Public participation in Internet Governance: Emerging issues, good practices and proposed solutions

12 November 2007 - A Best Practice Forum on Internet Governance Principles in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


This forum will explore how adherence to the World Summit on the Information Society principles can become common practice in institutions involved in Internet governance (IG). The availability of a growing number of tools for e-participation continuously broadens the scope for public participation in policy-making processes, including in the field of Internet governance. Drawing from current work of the Council of Europe’s Ad Hoc Committee on e-democracy and ten years of experience with the UN Economic Commission for Europe's Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention) in Europe and Central Asia, the forum will consider which levels should be envisaged for public participation in Internet governance, involving all relevant stakeholders, what methods and e-participation tools could be used and how they should be combined with offline participatory methods. Participants will outline what is needed to ensure that citizens can participate meaningfully in IG decision-making processes.