[AfrICANN-discuss] Fw: Fwd: FW: [ISOC] The Future of the Internet Governance Forum

titilayo titilayo at afrinic.net
Fri Dec 10 14:45:05 SAST 2010

Just an FYI.

Interesting days ahead and potentially more backlash to progress made on Multi-stakeholder nature for Internet 

Subject: [ISOC] The Future of the Internet Governance Forum

Dear Colleagues,

In an extraordinary meeting on 6 December the United Nation's Commission on
Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) decided to create a Working
Group on Improvements to the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) (
http://www.intgovforum.org/) with a membership made up only of governments.

We believe this decision sets back the model of multistakeholder cooperation
under which the IGF was established, and contradicts the instructions given
to the CSTD for the establishment of the Working Group

The Internet Society has joined the International Chamber of Commerce -
Business Action to Support the Information Society, the Internet Governance
Caucus, and many other Internet, business, and civil society organizations
in sending a letter to the CSTD, asking them to retract their previous
decision and to establish an appropriately constituted Working Group that
ensures the full and active participation of governments, the private sector
and civil society from both developing and developed countries, involving
relevant intergovernmental and international organizations and forums.

Like the Internet, a multistakeholder approach has been at the core of the
Internet Governance Forum's formation and success. We hope that Internet
Society Chapters and Members, as well as other organizations, will join us
in signing the letter.

You may read the full letter, and see the growing list of signatories, and
indicated your own support here:



Jon McNerney
Chief Operating Officer
Internet Society
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