While consensus was not reached on all issues discussed at the meeting among stakeholders, spirited discussion and collaborative drafting resulted in a breadth of opinions as well as an outcomes document that will serve as useful input to other forums and meetings addressing governance principles, issues, and processes. Business was pleased that the outcomes document not only reinforced the importance of meaningful multistakeholder participation in existing Internet governance processes and forums, but also reaffirmed the importance and value of the annual, UN-linked Internet Governance Forum (IGF).
The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and its BASIS initiative
have also recognized NETmundial for aiding further consensus and dialogue on
central issues being addressed at multiple, global forums, including the protection
of the Internet as a vehicle of innovation and economic growth, respect for the
rule of law, the importance of maintaining cross-border and global flows of
information, and the vital importance of protecting and advancing the
multistakeholder model in policy discussions.
“The success of NETmundial should not be measured in declarations or new
commitments, but in how it helps to advance the multistakeholder model and set
in motion talks that will add value to existing processes,” said Joe Alhadeff, Chair,
ICC Commission on the Digital Economy.
He added: “The meeting has reinforced the importance and validity of
existing mechanisms, including the Internet Governance Forum, and the need for
constructive dialogue on how to strengthen them”.
Despite divergent views on the content of a proposed roadmap for the
evolution of Internet governance, business was gratified to see the importance
placed on the orderly transition of the NTIA
functions related to IANA. This was another
important topic in the roadmap and business was encouraged by inclusion of all
the NTIA operational conditions that must be met in this regard, including the
need for a multistakeholder successor.
Voices not always heard in the global Internet governance debate were
given a platform to join discussions that will directly influence policy
development. Less developed economies, as well as the small business community and
global citizens, were able to take advantage of opportunities to participate in
the dialogue, both onsite, and via remote participation.
Mr Alhadeff added: “ICC BASIS recognizes that NETmundial marked an
important moment in the discussion of Internet governance, which has helped
drive multistakeholder participation and encouraged greater geographic reach
for Internet policy discussions.”
As an active participant in the discussions, ICC BASIS represented the
international business community at NETmundial, working within its membership and
with other global businesses and organizations, to contribute to dialogue that will
feed into Internet governance meetings going forward, as approporiate.
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