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Dynamic Coalitions

The concept for Dynamic Coalitions (DCs) first emerged at the IGF's inaugural meeting in Athens in 2006, with a number of coalitions establishing themselves at that time. They are open, multistakeholder groups dedicated to an Internet governance issue or set of issues. 

DCs welcome any individual interested in contributing to their activities. Please see detailed information for each DC below, including how to join.

Access to all open individual DC Meetings is available via the IGF Calendar.

More information about DC Coordination activities for 2021 and 2020. 

  1. Dynamic Coalition on Accessibility and Disability (DCAD)   
  2. Dynamic Coalition on Blockchain Technologies (DC-Blockchain)
  3. Dynamic Coalition on Children's Rights in the Digital Environment (DC-Children)   
  4. Dynamic Coalition on Community Connectivity (DC3)
  5. Dynamic Coalition on Core Internet Values (DC-CIV)   
  6. Dynamic Coalition on Data and Trust (DC-DT)
  7. Dynamic Coalition on Data Driven Health Technologies (DC-DDHT)
  8. Dynamic Coalition on DNS Issues (DC-DNSI)
  9. Dynamic Coalition on Gender and Internet Governance (DC-Gender)   
  10. Dynamic Coalition on Innovative Approaches to Connecting the Unconnected (DC-Connecting the Unconnected)
  11. Dynamic Coalition on Internet and Jobs (DC-Jobs)
  12. Dynamic Coalition on the Internet of Things (DC-IoT)
  13. Dynamic Coalition on Internet Rights and Principles (IRPC)   
  14. Dynamic Coalition on Internet Standards, Security and Safety (DC-ISSS)
  15. Dynamic Coalition on Internet Universality Indicators (DC-IUI)
  16. Dynamic Coalition on Network Neutrality (DCNN)
  17. Dynamic Coalition on Platform Responsibility (DCPR)   
  18. Dynamic Coalition on Public Access in Libraries (DC-PAL)
  19. Dynamic Coalition on Schools of Internet Governance (DC-SIG)
  20. Dynamic Coalition on Small Island Developing States in the Internet Economy (DC-SIDS)   
  21. Dynamic Coalition on the Sustainability of Journalism and News Media (DC-Sustainability)
  22. Youth Coalition on Internet Governance (YCIG)

[See Past DCs]

How to Start a Dynamic Coalition Recognised by the IGF Secretariat

To establish a Dynamic Coalition, interested individuals are advised to first hold a meeting and express the need for creating their coalition. DCs are required to produce a written statement which should outline:

  1. The need for the dynamic coalition
  2. An action plan
  3. A mailing list
  4. The contact person(s)
  5. A list of representatives from at least three stakeholder groups

It is also recommended that the support of different stakeholder groups in creating the coalition is illustrated. Whilst not compulsory, setting up a webpage or a blog is highly recommended.

If you are planning to create a dynamic coalition, please contact the IGF Secretariat. The Secretariat will carefully review the request to form a coalition and will inform you of the result.

Guidelines for Dynamic Coalition Work

  • Once established, coalitions must follow three basic principles of inclusiveness and transparency for carrying out their work:
    • Open membership
    • Open mailing lists
    • Open archives
  • DCs must also ensure their statements and outputs reflect minority or dissenting viewpoints.
  • DCs should follow further guidelines laid out in the Dynamic Coalition Coordination Group ToR, which is applicable to all DCs.
  • DCs should adhere to guidelines for managing their individual mailing lists, in particular as regards conduct on the mailing list, as specified here.
    These guidelines were conceived by DCs themselves in their coordination meetings and through joint discussion on the DC coordination mailing list.
  • Coalitions are also asked to submit a yearly report to the IGF secretariat as an update of their activities and to demonstrate they are active.
    • This report is also required if the DC wishes to be considered eligible for an individual meeting slot at the annual IGF meeting.
    • The annual report should provide an overview of the DC’s activities for the year, including:
    • Any events organised/attended
    • DC meetings held
    • Outcomes realised, and/or information about a substantive output for the annual IGF.
      Substantive outputs in the past have included an edited volume of research from an array of contributors pertaining to the DC’s focus area(s), the creation of a charter that outlines the guiding principles, code of practice, and leadership structure of the DC, and any other work completed to improve the overall work of the IGF.
    • The annual report should not be confused with:
      • The DC session report, which is submitted at the end of a DC session during the annual IGF summarising the discussion.
      • Substantive output that the DC collectively produces to realise its mission and objectives.
    • The yearly reporting period is 1 January to 31 December.
    • All DCs are expected to submit their annual report to the IGF Secretariat for the previous year by 31 January to be considered active.
      If a DC cannot provide this, and if after a discussion with the Secretariat, it is determined they are no longer truly active, they will be listed among the inactive coalitions.
  • Coordinators are strongly encouraged to keep up-to-date on the DC community's activities, including joint, cross-DC activities, by subscribing to and participating in the DC mailing listand consulting theDC Coordination page.

2017 and 2018 versions of a comprehensive Briefing Document were shared with the IGF's Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG), and provide useful overviews of the individual and joint work of DCs during the 2017 and 2018 cycles.

The Dynamic Coalition Coordination Group (DCCG)

Each DC is invited to volunteer one or two of its members to join the DCCG and its regular monthly meetings. DCCG meetings are open and all DC members are invited to attend.

To be a part of coordination activities, please subscribe to the DC mailing list. All news about upcoming meetings and coordination work will be available on the list, including details on how to participate in the meetings, as well as on the dedicated DC Coordination page.

The DCCG is guided by its Terms of Reference.

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