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Workshop Proposals 2009


Title: Code of good practice on participation, access to information and transparency in Internet governance, Version 1.0 completed

Concise Description:
This workshop is organised jointly by UNECE, the CoE and APC, taking forward a trilateral initiative that has been developed since the first IGF in Athens. This first draft of a Code is based on the WSIS principles and on existing arrangements in Internet Governance (IG) institutions and uses the Aarhus Convention as a benchmark where appropriate. It is the result of consultations with IG stakeholders during the IGF process since 2006 and of a comparative assessment (mapping) of existing information and participation arrangements in a number of selected IG institutions that agreed to participate in this exercise. The aim of the workshop is to discuss the draft text with a view to an agreement on its format and its key elements from the perspective of both IG entities and Internet users.

The workshop will not have many speakers, but will rather consist of a facilitated process of different stakeholder groups discussing the draft principles and code of practice from their perspective.

The initiative will be introduced by:
Michael Remmert, Council of Europe
Hans Hansell, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
Anriette Esterhuysen, APC

Karen Banks, APC

Rapporteurs and convenors for the different stakeholder groups will be pre-identified. Provisionally these are:

Internet technical community - Constance Bommelaer, ISOC (to be confirmed) (Europe)

NROs - Paul Wilson, APCNIC (Asia Pacific)

Internet governance capacity building - Jovan Kurbalija, Diplo (to be confirmed) (South East Europe)

Developed country governments - Mr Thomas Schneider, BAKOM, Switzerland (Europe)

Developing country governments - Mr Jose Vitor Carvalho Hansem, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of Brazil (Member of ICANN's Governmental Advisory Committee) (to be confirmed) (South America)

Noncommercial Users Constituency in ICANN - Milton Mueller, Internet Governance Project (North America)

Intenet Governance Caucus (civil society) - Ginger Paque (South America)

CCTlDs - Emily Taylor, Nominet (to be confirmed) (Europe)

Business - (to be confirmed)

Women's empowerment stakeholer groups - Ms Natasha Primo, APC (Africa)

Which of the five broad IGF Themes or the Cross-Cutting Priorities does your workshop fall under?

Have you organized an IGF workshop before? Yes
If so, please provide the link to the report:

Would you be the Workshop organizer? Yes
If so, who would you approach as co-organizers ? If not, who do you think should organize it?
The workshop will consist of different stakeholder groups discussing the draft code of practice from their respective perspectives. It is therefore multi-stakeholder in its conception and execution.

Covenors for different stakeholder groups have been drawn from different regions, and participants will be invited beforehand to ensure diversity of region and perspective.

The draft code of practice has been developed with input from different perspectives and in consultation with existing internet governance institutions.

As for the workshop itself, its primary purpose is to gather different perspectives from a wide variety of stakeholder groups on whether the proposed code of practice will help achieve what they perceive transparent and participative internet governance to be.

The Workshop is proposed on behalf of:Association for Progressive Communications

Contact Person: Anriette Esterhuysen