Hu XianhongOrganizer Entity
Principles of Multi-stakeholder CooperationConsise description
Building on previous literature and ongoing initiatives and given the unprecedented pervasiveness of Internet in modern society, UNESCO perceives a need for a more consolidated conceptualization and holistic approach to address the ever-increasing complexity of the ecosystem of the Internet and its governance. UNESCO is thus canvassing a new concept of “Internet Universality”, which could be understood as a heuristic to highlight the interdependence of the components of this uniquely open ecosystem - the normative, technical, social, etc. and the inseparability between issues of access, use and expression.
UNESCO envisages this concept to highlight an Internet that is free and rights-based, open, accessible for all, and nurtured by multi-stakeholder participation, and therefore serving as an overarching framework and shared approach to shape the future of global Internet governance and facilitate international multi-stakeholder cooperation.
In a nutshell, the concept highlights the Internet for the people (the utility of the facility for global humanity), by the people (the growing number of stakeholders who create and use the Internet), and of the people (governance norms should be shared, and not vested in one single constituency).
For this aim, it is important to trigger debate and reach consensus at IGF meetings on the key components of the concept of Internet Universality: i) free and right based, (ii) open, (iii) accessible and (iv) multi-stakeholder driven. The discussion will be convened in following areas at the session:
- sharing of existing initiatives and challenges of Internet Universality as an overarching concept
- exploring the harmony of Internet access and use with the principles and the freedoms asserted in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)
- examining the engagement of international organizations within the framework of this concept
- identifying the implications for multi-stakeholder dialogue and collaboration under such a conceptual framework
The Concept paper (summary and full version) is available at the link:
9:00 Opening Remarks by Chair 5’ Mr Janis Karklins, Assistant Director General for Communication and Information, UNESCO 9:05 Introduction of UNESCO draft new concept of Internet Universality 10’ Mr Guy Berger, Director of Freedom of Expression and Media Development, UNESCO 9:15 Comments by panelists (5 minutes each) Mr Lee Hibbard, CoE Ms Anriette Esterhuysen, CEO, Association for Progressive Communications, South Africa Ms Constance Bommelaer, Director, Public Policy, The Internet Society Mr Singh Parminder Jeet, Internet Governance Caucus, India Mr William Echikson, Google’s Head of Communications and Public Affairs for Free Expression in Europe, Middle East and Africa Representative from OECD (TBC) Representative from Internet Society of China (TBC) 9:50 Questions and Answers (40 minutes, also open to remote participation) Name of Moderator: Janis Karklins, ADG/CI, UNESCO Panelists 1 Guy Berger, Director of Freedom of Expression and Media Development, UNESCO 2 Lee Hibbard, CoE 3 Ms Anriette Esterhuysen, CEO, Association for Progressive Communications, South Africa 4.Ms Constance Bommelaer, Director, Public Policy, The Internet Society 5.Singh Parminder Jeet, Internet Governance Caucus, India 6.Mr William Echikson, Google’s Head of Communications and Public Affairs for Free Expression in Europe, Middle East and Africa Name of Remote Moderator(s) Xianhong Hu, UNESCO The Concept paper (summary and full version) is available at the link: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/communication-and-information/resources/news-and-in-focus-articles/all-news/news/open_consultation_on_unesco_new_concept_internet_universality/Moderator
Janis Karklins, Assistant Director General for Communication and Information, UNESCORemote Moderator
Xianhong Hu, UNESCOHave you organized workshops at previous IGFs?
The session aims to trigger debate at IGF on the key components of UNESCO draft concept of Internet Universality and Its four norms: for the Internet to fulfill its historic potential, it needs to achieve fully-fledged “Universality” based upon the strength and interdependence of the following: (i) the norm that the Internet is Human Rights-based, (ii) the norm that it is “Open”, (iii) the norm that highlights “Accessible to All”, and (iv) the norm that it is nurtured by Multi-takeholder Participation. The four norms can be summarized by the mnemonic R – O – A – M (Rights, Openness, Accessibility, Multi-stakeholder).
Conclusions drawn from the workshop and further comments
Panelists from governments, IGOs, private sector and civil society shared their existing initiatives and agree that ROAM principles is compatible with those values and standards they are promoting.
Xianhong HuEstimate the overall number of women participants present at the session
About half of the participants were womenTo what extent did the session discuss gender equality and/or women's empowerment?
Discussion affecting gender equality and women's empowerment
It was raised by one or more of the speakers as an important aspect of the session's theme
Universality concept highlight women and girls empowerment to use Internet.Workshops Staticals
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