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[ispcp] Online Forum on Internet Governance launched

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  • Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2004 06:08:45 -0600
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Subject: [WSIS CS-Plenary] Online Forum on Internet Governance launched


Online Forum on Internet Governance launched on wsis-online.net

Geneva, March 5, 2004

In the context of consultations leading to the establishment of the working
group on Internet Governance to be set up by the UN Secretary General,
wsis-online.net, the community platform of the World Summit on the
Information Society, opens an online forum on Internet Governance to host
contributions from all concerned stakeholders. The forum is accessible at:

The UN secretary General has been asked by the recent first phase of the
World Summit on the Information Society, held in Geneva on December 10-12,
2003, to set up a working group on Internet Governance, in an open and
inclusive process.

The mission of this working group will be, inter alia: 1) to develop a
working definition of Internet Governance, 2) to identify the relevant
public policy issues, 3) to develop a common understanding of the respective
roles and responsibilities of governments, international organizations,
private sector and civil society and 4) to report before the next phase of
the Summit in Tunis in november 2005.

Preparatory meetings and workshops organized by various convenors will allow
a large diversity of actors to engage in open consultations before the
formation of this group. In this perspective, an ITU workshop in Geneva on
26-27 February and an ICANN workshop in Rome on March 4 already took place.
Other meetings are already planned. In particular, with the encouragement of
the UN Secretary General, a two-day Global Forum on Internet Governancewill
be held in New York on March 25-26, organized by the UN ICT Task Force on
the occasion of one of its biannual meetings.

Large visibility must be given to these efforts and all stakeholders should
be able to contribute in this open participatory process. It is with this
objective in mind that an online forum is offered on wsis-online.net to host
contributions from all willing stakeholders.

To facilitate navigation and contributions, this forum is structured around
four threads:
    * What are the different dimensions of Internet Governance?
    * Who are the main stakeholders already convening groups or
consultations on these themes or who should be involved in such
    * What are the main concerns or challenges for each of these different
    * How can this consultation process facilitate the future work of the
working group the Secretary General was asked to set up?

The Global Forum on Internet Governance to be held in March will review the
first results of this open consultation.

Participation in the Online Forum is open to any individual or organization
concerned with Internet Governance and willing to contribute to the debate
in a constructive way. The only condition for participation is registration
on the wsis-online web site with a valid email address.

Contributions should be short to facilitate interaction and oriented towards
producing a common vision. They can be submitted in English or French.
Contributions will be moderated to guarantee focus on the different threads
and a summary in six languages will be produced regularly to facilitate the
interactive debate. Forum archives will be freely accessible.

The wsis-online Forum on Internet Governance is accessible at the following
address: http://www.wsis-online.net/igov-forum

About wsis-online.net

wsis-online.net is the online community platform for all actors willing to
implement the WSIS Geneva Action Plan. It offers a calendar of events, and
promotes people, organizations and projects involved in building the
Information Society, indexed through a list of summit themes. To know more
about this multistakeholder effort, visit: http://www.wsis-online.net .

About the UN ICT Task Force

The Task Force is a multi-stakeholder initiative launched by the
Secretary-General in 2001. In supporting the first phase of the WSIS, the
Task Force successfully helped in placing the United Nations development
objectives at the heart of the Summit and mobilized the participation of the
multi-stakeholder networks, organized a series of side events and launched
new initiatives, including on education. The Task Force contributes actively
to the preparations for the second phase of the WSIS leading up to the Tunis
Summit in November 2005. For more information, please visit:
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