NETmundial – 2015

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4 June 2015
Programme overview 2015

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What is this side event about?(1 sentence)

Implementation of the NETmundial Multistakeholder Statement, including discussion of the NETmundial Initiative and relevant developments concerning the WSIS +10 review.



The NETmundial meeting held in São Paulo, Brazil, in April 2014, brought together more than 1,200 people from governments, the private sector, civil society, the technical community and academia around the world to address key issues in global Internet governance. Its concluding document, the NETmundial Multistakeholder Statement (NMS), recognized that the Internet is a global resource which should be managed in the public interest, reaffirmed the importance of human rights, and provided a set of guiding substantive and procedural Internet Governance Principles. In addition, it charted a “ Roadmap for the Future Evolution of Internet Governance” that included improvements to existing global mechanisms like ICANN and options for the creation of new processes to facilitate the exchange of information, promote multistakeholder collaborations, and generally strengthen the distributed Internet governance ecosystem.

This session will take stock of efforts to follow-up and implement the NMS. The first part of the session will set the stage by reviewing the main features of the NETmundial meeting and NMS and draws comparisons and contrasts between these and the intergovernmental WSIS+10 review by the UN General Assembly that is scheduled for December 2015. The second part will focus on current multistakeholder efforts including strengthening the IGF and especially the NETmundial Initiative, which has been launched to carry forward the Roadmap's agenda by creating an open informational clearinghouse and platform for projects and partnerships. The third part will assess the state of play in European discussions and policies on these matters. The speakers will provide basic factual information and highlight some of the possible points of contention and choices before us in order to lay the groundwork for a dynamic and inclusive dialogue among all participants.


  • William Drake / University of Zurich & Noncommercial Users Constituency, ICANN


  • Raúl Echeberria / The Internet Society
  • Anriette Esterhuysen / Association for Progressive Communications
  • Lee Hibbard / The Council of Europe
  • Desiree Miloshevic / Afilias
  • Megan Richards / DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology, the European Commission
  • Stefaan Verhulst / The GovLab, New York University

Remote Moderator:

  • Monika Zalnieriute / Centre for Internet & Human Rights, Berlin


  • Stefania Milan / University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands


NETmundial Meeting, NETmundial Initiative, WSIS+10


Highly interactive roundtable "talk show" style format. The moderator will pose some questions to the panelists and then open the conversation to all participants.

Further reading

NETmundial Multistakeholder Statement (April 2014)

NETmundial Initiative Terms of Reference and related materials (May 2015)

William J. Drake and Monroe Price, eds. Internet Governance: The NETmundial Roadmap, University of Southern California Annenberg Press (December 2014)

Wolfgang Kleinwächter, "NETmundial Initiative Taking Positive Steps Forward" (10 February 2015)

Wolfgang Kleinwächter, "From Connecting Computers to Connecting Stakeholders: Stanford Univ. Hosts NetMundial Initiative," (8 April 2015)

“Map of Internet Governance Maps: Toward a NETmundial Solutions Map, Updated”

“Post-NETmundial Statement by I* Leaders” (May 13, 2014)

Stefaan G. Verhulst, Beth S. Noveck, Jillian Raines, and Antony Declercq. “Innovations in Global Governance: Toward a Distributed Internet Governance Ecosystem,” Global Commission on Internet Governance (December 2014)

The Panel on Global Internet Cooperation and Governance Mechanisms, “Towards a Collaborative, Decentralized Internet Governance Ecosystem” (May 2014)

Association for Progressive Communications (APC) statement on NETmundial (April 2014)


  • Organiser: William J. Drake

  • Organizing Team:

William Drake / University of Zurich & Noncommercial Users Constituency, ICANN

Cristina Monti / Directorate-General for Communication Networks, Content and Technology, European Commission

Ana Neves / UMIC- Knowledge Society Agency, Portugal

Stefaan Verhulst / The GovLab, New York University

Wolfgang Kleinwachter / University of Aarhus & ICANN Board[[Category:Side events 2015]]