If there’s one thing that is number one as far as the WSIS Tunis summit is concerned, its the concern about Internet Governance. Just this morning, the BBC relayed the story of how the “EU and the UN is trying to wrestle the control of the Internet from the US”. Clearly, there’s a lot of interest in the issue of Internet Governance, and this is the best time for some countries that have taken the different issues around Internet Governance lightly to wake up before they sell their future to the best called ignorance.
Yesterday, the WSIS Working Group on Internet Governance agreed on ten points, and I’m producing them below (courtesy of a Random-bits email from James Love from CPTech at 11:10pm Tunis time). This will be reported back this morning (9am) to subcommittee A, which is a sort of plenary for thee Internet issues:
1. Internet governance should respect the Geneva principles as set out in the Geneva declaration and plan of action;
2. Internet governance includes more than Internet names and addresses, issues dealt with by ICANN, it also includes other critical issues…(wording from WGIG report para. 12 to be considered);
3. There are many cross cutting international public policies that are not adequately addressed with the current mechanisms which require attention;
4. Importance of maximizing the participation of developing countries for development;
5. Countries’ legitimate interests regarding decisions affecting their ccTLDs;
6. Importance of the stability and security of the Internet;
7. Finding solutions to issues arising from the use and misuse of the Internet of particular concern to everyday users;
8. Any Internet governance approach should continue to promote an enabling environment for innovation, competition and investment;
9. Agreement to creation of a forum (function) [pending conclusion of discussions on Internet governance and determination of its mandate] (based in multistakeholder participation);
10. the need for governments, on an equal footing, to be able to carry out their roles and responsibilities in international public policy issues pertaining to the Internet, but not in the day-to-day technical operation or arrangements
Did I hear someone say “this gets more interesting”?