Evaluating Multistakeholder Mechanisms to Address Internet Governance Issues

03 September 2014 - A Workshop on Istanbul,Turkey


IGF 2014 sub theme that this workshop fall under

IGF & The Future of the Internet Ecosystem


The evolution of Internet governance principles frameworks and accountability mechanisms has been the focus of considerable discussion in 2014. This process must proceed through careful analysis. Some governments highlighted concern about Internet-related policy issues for which they cannot identify relevant existing mechanisms. However, before concluding that new mechanisms should be created to address these issues, alternative options must be sought to ensure that changes would contribute to enhancing the security, stability, privacy, resiliency and interoperability of the Internet, and to economical and societal benefits.

This workshop will examine how governance/operational problems can be addressed in a manner that continues to safeguard the security and stability of the Internet. It will use a four-step process ICC-BASIS submitted to NETmundial.
1. A potential issue should be identified to the global stakeholder community, indicating the implications to governance and to determine whether the issue has already been addressed in an existing mechanism.
2. Upon assessment, proposed solutions should be described to the global stakeholder community.
3. Proposed solutions should be analysed to determine whether it would violate the principle of "first, do no harm" to the functionality, stability and interoperability of the global Internet.
4. Finally, solutions should be evaluated to determine potential effectiveness for addressing the issues and their potential for unintended consequences.

This workshop also will examine the WGEC mapping analysis and consider how to utilize the WGEC's work to enable a stakeholder to identify existing mechanisms - developed through private sector, (inter)-governmental organizations - to address governance issues.

Name(s) and stakeholder and organizational affiliation(s) of institutional co-organizer(s)

- Valeria Betancourt, civil society, Association for Progressive Communications (APC)
- Constance Weise, private sector, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)/BASIS
- Constance Bommelaer, Senior Director, Public Policy Partnerships, Internet Society (ISOC)

Has the proposer, or any of the co-organizers, organized an IGF workshop before?


The link to the workshop report


Type of session


Duration of proposed session

90 minutes

Subject matter #tags that describe the workshop

#governance, #mapping, #multistakeholder, #enhancedcooperation, #stability

Names and affiliations (stakeholder group, organization) of speakers the proposer is planning to invite

- Mohamed El Dahshan, International Language Institute Helioplis - confirmed
- Baher Esmat, Vice President of Stakeholder Engagement for the Middle East, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers(ICANN) - confirmed
- Jandyr Santos Jr, Head of the Information Society Division Department of Scientific and Technological Themes, Ministry of External Relations, Government of Brazil - confirmed
- Phil Rushton, Standards and Numbering Policy Strategy, British Telecom - confirmed
- Joy Liddicoat, Project Coordinator, Internet and Human Rights, Association for Progressive Communications (APC) - confirmed

Sebastian Bellagamba, Director, Regional Bureau Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Internet Society

Remote moderator:
Constance Weise, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)/BASIS - confirmed

Substantive rapporteur: Barbara Wanner, Vice President, ICT Policy, US Council for International Business (USCIB)- confirmed

Lead discussant: TBC

Name of Moderator(s)

Constance Bommelaer, Senior Director, Public Policy Partnerships, Internet Society (ISOC)

Name of Remote Moderator(s)

Constance Weise, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)/BASIS

Description of how the proposer plan to facilitate discussion amongst speakers, audience members and remote participants

This workshop will take the format of a roundtable discussion. If the rooms permit, we envision having the panellists facing each other and ensure that the participants are part of the roundtable to increase the interaction as well as from remote participants.

Description of the proposer's plans for remote participation

This workshop’s organizers and participants will ensure active outreach to suitable experts in the field as the workshop’s preparations get underway. In addition, the workshop’s organizers will strive to promote this workshop to encourage remote participation via social media, such as Twitter and Facebook.

Background paper

No background paper provided