A Networt of Centers (NoC) Event in the Series on the Collaborative Internet Governance Ecosystem hosted by the Center for Technology and Society of FGV Law School Rio de Janeiro (CTS/FGV), in partnership with the Research Group on Law and Innovation of FGV Law School São Paulo.
In April 2014, Brazil has offered to host the Global Multi-Stakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance, to pursue consensus about universally acceptable Internet governance principles and to propose a roadmap for the further evolution of the Internet Governance institutional ecosystem. Internet Governance is in a defining moment. In 2015, ten years after the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), stakeholders will gather to discuss what has been achieved and what is the way forward. Until then, several UN specialized agencies will be holding events under the WSIS review process, including an ITU Plenipotentiary Conference later this year. By the end of 2014, the UN General Assembly will decide if the mandate of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) should be reviewed, while it also continues to address the problem of mass surveillance. The upcoming meeting in Brazil will be an important milestone for the process, and its outcomes should feed into the overall WSIS review process, although it is still unclear how this will happen.
So far discussions have been highly politicized and have shown entrenched viewpoints. There is room for a long-term and interdisciplinary academic reflection about possible frameworks for Internet governance. In 2013 a considerable number of academic organizations have decided to redirect their efforts to study Internet governance related aspects. Calls for studies and papers have been opened in an unprecedented manner. Enhancing academic dialogue is fundamental to create synergies among research initiatives and avoid duplication of efforts.
The goals of the this roundtable are:
- To foster stronger ties among academic institutions;
- To develop a synthesis of discussions following the Brazil conference, which could contribute to efforts aimed at channeling the outcomes from the Brazilian meeting into other spaces, such as the IGF and the overall WSIS review process;
- To reflect on possible frameworks for Internet Governance and evaluate them against widely accepted principles (eg. the need to preserve the interoperability and stability of the Internet);
- To foster the convergence between academics in the area of social science and technology;
- To identify gaps for further research in the field.
|Friday, 25 April 2014|
|09:00 – 09:30||Registration|
|09:30 – 09:45||Welcome Address|
|09:45 – 10:45||Internet Governance ecosystem evolution: what are the ongoing processes for discussion and their achievements so far?|
|10:45 – 11:00||Coffee break|
|11:00 – 12:00||Debriefing of Net Mundial: General Evaluation|
|12:00 – 13:00||Internet Governance Principles: from paper to practice|
|13:00 – 14:30||Lunch|
|14:30 – 16:00||IG ecosystem evolution: Globalization of ICANN|
|Saturday, 26 April 2014
|09:30 – 10:00||Coffee|
|10:00 – 12:30||Ecosystem Institutional Innovation|
|12:30 – 14:00||Lunch|
|14:00 – 15:30||Panel: Identifying gaps and increasing collaboration among Academics in the field of Internet Governance|
|15:30 – 16:00||Wrap up and closing|