ISOC, APC, ICC BASIS: Enhanced Cooperation on Internet governance: from deadlock to dialogue

05 November 2012 - A Pre-event on Baku,Azerbaijan


Organizing entities: Association for Progressive Communications (APC), Internet Society (ISOC) and International Chamber of Commerce and its Business Action to Support the Information Society initiative (ICC-BASIS) with the support of the governments of Brazil, Egypt, and Kenya.

Description and objective:

This IGF pre-event is open to all participants. For more information and to register visit or email igf-pre-event [at]

The objective of this pre-event is to enable frank and constructive dialogue on enhanced cooperation in Internet governance.

It will build on the many discussions that have taken place in the last two years at various UN meetings1 and on reports related to these meetings, including the UN Secretary General’s report of the consultations held in New York in December 20102. It will reflect on recent discussions at the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) consultation on Enhanced Cooperation held on 18 May 20123, and further dialogue that took place during the 15th session of the CSTD in the week of 21 May 2012 in Geneva. Relevant activities undertaken in multistakeholder bodies and processes (e.g. ICANN, RIRs, IETF) and intergovernmental organizations (e.g. CoE, IBSA, ITU and the OECD4, among others) will also be taken into account.

In preparation for the event, the organizers invite written contributions to deepen participants' understanding of the issues at stake and insight into stakeholder perspectives of enhanced cooperation. These contributions will be made available prior to the event, and will be considered for inclusion in an online publication after the event. We believe that the contributions that address the following would be of particular value:

Mapping enhanced cooperation: an exploration of Internet governance (IG) processes and spaces, which maps gaps, progress, and good and bad practice from various perspectives with regard to enhanced cooperation.

Priorities: which governance institutions and areas of governance are various actors most concerned about and what are the changes they would like to see made and the reasons for wanting these changes?

Principles: what are the core principles that should underpin global Internet governance? How are these defined?

Case studies or scenarios: of how specific IG processes or institutions operate from the perspective of stakeholder inclusion/exclusion and/or scenarios of how IG processes or institutions can change in line with the WSIS principles and the goals of the Tunis Agenda. Case studies or scenarios of what kind of international public policy issues may require resolution and may not be adequately addressed at present are also encouraged.

Next steps: what steps and processes can take this discussion forward in a productive manner?

A programme and registration information will be made available shortly. The Internet Society will invite all participants to a reception after the event.