NoC Internet Governance Case Studies Series: The Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance (NETmundial)

24 Pages Posted: 16 Aug 2015

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Marilia Maciel

Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV) - Center for Technology and Society

Nicolo Zingales

University of Leeds - School of Law; Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC); Tilburg University - Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT); Stanford University - Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society

Daniel Fink

ICANN

Date Written: January 1, 2015

Abstract

This case study examines NETmundial, the Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance, which was held in Sao Paulo, Brazil on April 23 and 24 of 2014. The meeting was convened by 1net, a coalition of stakeholder groups involved in Internet governance discussions, in partnership with the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee (CGI.br), in response to revelations of mass surveillance of communications by the United States. It sought to develop a set of universally acceptable Internet governance principles as well as a way forward for the evolution of the Internet governance system, which together could serve as a framework for the governance and use of the Internet. It convened 930 participants from 110 different countries, representing civil society, the private sector, academia, the technical community, governments and intergovernmental organizations, as well as over 1000 remote participants from 23 countries around the globe. It also employed a content contribution platform that sought to crowd source inputs from stakeholders for the production of the outcome document. The meeting served as a demonstration of the multistakeholder process in action: in the production of the outcome document, stakeholders with a diverse range of backgrounds and interests collectively negotiated the inclusion or exclusion of highly sensitive and complex issues. While the process of achieving rough consensus involved sometimes messy debates and there were procedural imperfections, the case is informative for its structured production of bottom-up multistakeholder outcomes.

Keywords: Internet, Internet governance, NETmundial, multistakeholder

Suggested Citation

Maciel, Marilia and Zingales, Nicolo and Fink, Daniel, NoC Internet Governance Case Studies Series: The Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance (NETmundial) (January 1, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2643883 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2643883

Marilia Maciel (Contact Author)

Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV) - Center for Technology and Society ( email )

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Nicolo Zingales

University of Leeds - School of Law ( email )

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United Kingdom

Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC) ( email )

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Tilburg University - Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT) ( email )

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Stanford University - Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society ( email )

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Stanford, CA 94305-8610
United States

Daniel Fink

ICANN ( email )

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