Arrangements for Internet governance – global and national/regional

5 December 2008 - A Main Session on Internet Governance Principles in Hyderabad, India


Chair: Ramlinga Raju, Founder and Chairman of Satyam Computer Services Limited

Emily Taylor, Oxford - Nominet (UK), Director of Legal and Policy 


  • Haiyan Qian, Acting Director, Division for Public Administration and Development Management, Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) 

  • Everton Lucero, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Brazil 

  • Richard Beaird, Department of State, USA

  • Parminder Singh, IT for Change

  • Byron Holland, President and CEO, Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA)

  • Raul Echeberria, LACNIC

Panel Description: 

Internet-related public policy issues and management of the technical components of the Internet are in many cases inseparable.  The WSIS focused attention on both sides of the issue and the importance of having appropriate multi-stakeholder approaches to Internet governance. This session is intended to bring together spokespeople from relevant stakeholder groups and organizations to discuss arrangements for Internet governance, including an exploration of enhanced cooperation in global Internet governance as originally proposed in the Tunis Agenda for the Information Society.  Participants will be prepared for an interactive policy discussion.

Discussion of arrangements for Internet governance will draw on the preceding workshop on the transition from IPv4 to IPv6 as a source of examples of Internet governance mechanisms, what is positive and where there are opportunities for improvements. There are different views about what arrangements do or could constitute ‘enhanced cooperation.’  The panel will engage in a lively session exploring the meaning and possibilities of the term enhanced cooperation, including a discussion of the progress and results of the United Nations recent request for reports on enhanced cooperation from selected global organizations. 

There will be a focus on four questions: 
(1) what do different actors mean and understand by the term enhanced cooperation?  
(2) what are your experiences with the state of enhanced cooperation in Internet governance in your field?  
(3) What do you believe should be the direction of enhanced cooperation going forward and your vision for the future?  
(4) what further steps are needed to create enhanced cooperation, if any?

It is expected the session will provide input for the afternoon policy forum on critical Internet resources.