Enhanced Cooperation for Sustainable Development

24 October 2013 - A Workshop on Enhanced Cooperation in Bali, Indonesia


According to the Tunis Agenda "Tunis Agenda for the Information Society" (http://www.itu.int/wsis/docs2/tunis/off/6rev1.html), it was agreed that there is a need for “enhanced cooperation in the future, to enable governments, on an equal footing, to carry out their roles and responsibilities, in international public policy issues pertaining to the Internet,” but without neglecting to “involve all stakeholders in their respective roles” and “be responsive to innovation.”   In practice, the current multi-stakeholder model of Internet governance has laid a solid basis for enhanced cooperation. Its fast evolvement and flexibility has offered great vibrancy to the Internet growth. However, when we approach the sustainablity issue of Internet growth, especially when we see the ICT capacity shortage of the developing countries and how they are deprived of the opportunities of growth, we notice that the current cooperation model need to be further improved in terms of sustainablity in order to support global Internet prosperity. 


  In fact, according to the Internet usage statistics, the growth of Internet penetration has been slowing down in recent years, and the fractions for sustainable Internet economy are getting more intense especially in many developing countries. Digital divide, online crime, personal information leakage and limited local content have significantly endangered the online consumer trust.  This situation may impede the generation of the next billion Internet users.

In our workshop we will focus on these obstacles and have a panel discussion on the innovative cooperation mechanisms to be developed to tackle those obstructions. To be specific, our discussion will try to address the following issues:

* What are the major obstacles for sustainable Internet development.

* What kind of ICT development/cooperation model is unsustainable?

* Are there any implications for the Internet infrastructure development or policy-making framework we can draw from the current sustainability issues?

* How to enhance the current global cooperation model for sustainable Internet development.

*How to empower the developing regions, minority and consumers in the future enhanced cooperation initiatives.



  Briefly speaking, this workshop will be a panel discussion to address the needs for innovative enhanced cooperation mechanisms which enabling more in-depth involvement of the stakeholders from the developing countries for the sustainable global Internet growth. Possible enhanced cooperation mechanism will also be talked about. Some underlying principles for such cooperation will also be discussed.One fundamental issue we need to address for Internet governance is to transform the minority into empowered group, users into internet innovators so that the Internet will fuel the economic transformation and international development in the future. Therefore concerning the current status of developing countries, what we need to do is to balance between the pros and cons of different governance models in order to make more adaptive cooperation model for all the stakeholders.