In preparation of the next Internet Governance Forum (IGF), which will be held in Istanbul on 2-5 September 2014, the European Commission organises an exchange views with civil society and invited us to participate in a webinar on 7 August. The IGF is a platform where activists, industry, academics and policy-makers discuss and develop solutions to Internet governance problems.
The United Nations review of implementation of the 2005 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) is well underway, while efforts to meet the September target for the IANA handover are intensifying.
Although not a policymaking event, the 25-29 May WSIS Forum resulted in a set of outcomes that will be sent on to the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD). The event included a dedicated panel to the IANA transition which can be consulted here: “IANA Stewardship Transition – A Live Example of a Multi-Stakeholder Process.”
The UN Internet Governance Forum was the most important product of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). It was supposed to serve as a bridge between the private sector-based Internet governance institutions (such as ICANN, IETF, ISOC, and the RIRs) and the world of national governments and the United Nations, a meeting ground where stakeholder silos would dissolve and fruitful dialogue would take place.
The multistakeholder basis of the IGF, however, may be breaking down. The UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) seems to be claiming authority over the IGF as its own project.
EDRi obtained documents revealing different drafts of the Code of Conduct against Hate Speech and the correspondence exchanged between the European Commission and the four big companies that concluded the agreement on 31 May 2016: Facebook, Google, Twitter and Microsoft. These documents complement an interesting response sent by Commissioner Jourová to a letter from the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) on 21 June 2016.
Following the reform of Internet Governance from US to ICANN based on a multi-stakeholder concept, France expressed its disappointment with the fact that the new organization hands over the control of Internet to private actors. Paris denounces the heavy lobbying and influence of “GAFA (Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon)” during the summits held during the past months and deplores the further diminishing weight of individual countries within ICANN.