Making Multistakeholderism More Equitable & Transparent

23 October 2013 - A Workshop on Internet Governance Principles in Bali, Indonesia

Agenda

Policy decisions in IG or climate change directly affect daily lives of billions. To expect a high level of rule observance a high level of public participation is mandatory, thus ownership of the adopted rules. Risks from and on Multistakeholderism are, paradoxically, related to the very nature of this model: openness and inclusiveness. Without enshrining equality, equitability and transparency in Multistakeholderism, any engagement can be easily hijacked by small groups. Therefore, global IGF has the responsibility to identify and define these principles, to be followed by the local and regional IGFs, thereby assuring local credibility, legitimacy and appropriate representation. Failure to implement these global IG principles for local and regional IGFs to follow will have dire consequences on the credibility of Multistakeholderism and the global IGF itself.

This workshop will address how to make Multistakeholderism More Equal, Equitable & Transparent. Identify The shortcomings of the Multistakeholder model overall, especially in emerging markets, and the great potential and risks they can represent unless more equality, equitability, and better transparency are infused in it. Its greatest potential is its facilitating more inclusive policy processes. But more inclusive policy is not only an ethical question, but also a very practical issue: No policy implementation without representation.