IGF 2017 WS #53 Multi-stakeholder consultation on defining Internet Universality indicators

Proposer's Name: Ms. Xianhong Hu
Proposer's Organization: UNESCO
Co-Proposer's Name: Mr. Hara Padhy
Co-Proposer's Organization: UNESCO
Co-Organizers:
Ms Constance Bommelaer, Technical Community; ISOC
Ms Anriette Esterhuysen, Civil Society, Association for Progressive Communication


Session Format: Round Table - 90 Min

Proposer:
Country: France
Stakeholder Group: Intergovernmental Organizations

Co-Proposer:
Country: France
Stakeholder Group: Intergovernmental Organizations

Speaker: Guy Berger
Speaker: Anriette Esterhuysen
Speaker: Frank La rue
Speaker: Dudley Stephen Wyber

Content of the Session:
UNESCO takes the occasion to present its new project of Defining Internet Universality Indicators supported by Sweden and ISOC(Internet Society) and the draft indicators as prepared by UNESCO commissioned research consortium as led by APC (the Association of Progressive Communication).

The project aims to elaborate appropriate Internet indicators which can serve to enrich the stakeholders’ capacity to assess Internet development, broaden international consensus, and foster online democracy and human rights towards knowledge societies engaged in sustainable development.

The Internet Universality indicators project is an immediate response and action following UNESCO’s adoption of CONNECTING the Dots Outcome document in 2015 as its new approach to Internet issues as well as the successful development and application of the UNESCO IPDC Media Development Indicators.

The structure of indicators aligns with use the UNESCO concept of Internet Universality and related R.O.A.M principles which promote an Internet based on human Rights, and the principles of Openness, Accessibility and Multi-stakeholder participation (abbreviated as the R.O.A.M principles).

The session aims to engage with various stakeholders to comment on the first draft indicators and provide their further inputs and suggestions which will inform the finalization of the indicators in five categories:

 Category 1: Human Rights-based indicators
 Category 2: Openness indicators
 Category 3: Accessibility indicators
 Category 4: Multi-stakeholder indicators
 Category 5: Cross-cutting indicators

The session will trigger debates and brainstorming on those challenges in the implementation of the indicators:

 How to guarantee the universal application of indicators at all countries’ level?
 How to distinguish national & global dimensions into national-level indicators?
 How many key indicators would be workable and feasible for implementation?
 What data source are available for measuring an indicator?
 What efforts are needed to formulate recommendations & follow-up with stakeholders to stimulate change?

The written contributions are welcome to address to UNESCO email: [email protected]

An online platform for consultation is available at: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/internetuniversality

The session will be started by a brief presentation of draft indicators which will be addressed by speaker based on their expertise areas (which corresponding to the indicator categories) as indicated for each speaker.

Moderator: Indrajit Banerjee, UNESCO Director for Knowledge Society

Speakers:

Mr Guy Berger, UNESCO Director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development (On human rights and crosscutting dimension)
Ms Anriette Esterhuysen, Association for Progressive Communication (on Gender)
Ms Lillian Ngawoga, Cipesa (on Human rights)
Ms Carolina Rossini, Facebook (on Openness)
Ms Chinmayi Arun, National Law University of Delhi (on Openness)
Mr Stephen Wyber, Manager of Policy and Advocacy IFLA (On Access)
Mr Benedicto Fonseca, Brazilian Ambassador for Internet issues (on Multi-stakeholderism)
Ms Jasmina Byrne, UNICEF (on Youth)
Ms Dorothy Gordon, Chair of the Working Group on Information Literacy of UNESCO’s Information For All Program, IFAP (on MIL)
Mr Frank La Rue, UNESCO Assistant Director General for Communication and information (On human rights and crosscutting dimension)

Resources and links

Link to UNESCO Internet Study “Keystones to foster inclusive Knowledge Societies”:
http://www.unesco.org/new/en/internetstudy/

UNESCO Series on Internet Freedom:
http://www.unesco.org/new/en/communication-and-information/resources/pub...

Link to UNESCO Concept note on Internet Universality:
http://www.unesco.org/new/en/communication-and-information/crosscutting-...

Link to CONNECTing the Dots Outcome document of UNESCO:
http://www.unesco.org/new/fileadmin/MULTIMEDIA/HQ/CI/CI/pdf/outcome_docu...



Relevance of the Session:
The session contributes to elaborate appropriate Internet indicators which can serve to enrich the stakeholders’ capacity to assess Internet development, broaden international consensus, and foster online democracy and human rights towards knowledge societies engaged in sustainable development. The discussion will help foster evidence based policy dialogue and improvements at global and national level.



Tag 1: Internet Governance
Tag 2: Human Rights Online
Tag 3: Multistakeholderism

Interventions:
The session will be started by a brief presentation of draft indicators which will be debated by speakers. We have carefully selected speakers based on their expertise areas as of the Internet Universality indicators: Human rights, Openness, Access, Multi-stakeholderism as well as crosscutting issues of Gender, youth and children, etc. Pls see the below list that each speaker is indicated the dimension she or he is supposed to contribute:

Mr Guy Berger, UNESCO Director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development (On crosscutting dimension)
Ms Anriette Esterhuysen, Association for Progressive Communication (On Gender)
Ms Lillian Ngawoga, Cipesa (on Human rights)
Ms Carolina Rossini, Facebook (on Openness)
Ms Chinmayi Arun, National Law University of Delhi (on Openness)
Mr Stephen Wyber, Manager of Policy and Advocacy IFLA (On Access)
Mr Benedicto Fonseca, Brazilian Ambassador for Internet issues (on Multi-stakeholderism)
Ms Jasmina Byrne, UNICEF (on Youth)
Ms Dorothy Gordon, Chair of the Working Group on Information Literacy of UNESCO’s Information For All Program, IFAP (on MIL)
Frank La Rue, UNESCO Assistant Director General for Communication and information (on Cross cutting dimension)



Diversity:
The speakers represent governments, IGOs, private sectors, academia and civil society which covers Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe. There are 8 speakers from developing countries which means a majority out of a total of 10. There is a total of 6 women speakers out of 10 which strikes a good gender balance. The session particularly with experts on gender and youth. The session is co-organized with ISOC and APC which represents a great collaboration between IGOs, technical community and civil society.

Onsite Moderator: Indrajit Banerjee, UNESCO Director for Knowledge Society
Online Moderator: Hara Padhy
Rapporteur: Xianhong Hu

Online Participation:
The session starts to receive the written contributions via UNESCO email: [email protected]

An online platform for remote participation and contribution is available at: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/internetuniversality

The session will be tweeted and connected to remote participation on the spot.


Discussion facilitation:
The discussion will be very interactive as a roundtable is supposed to be. The moderator will structure the discussion into five slots on Human Rights, Openness, Access, Multi-stakeholderism and crosscutting dimension, and then invite speakers to address briefly for no more than three minutes and open the floor to audience. For each slot, the moderator will give priority to remote participants to intervene from the audience.

Conducted a Workshop in IGF before?: Yes
Link to Report: http://www.intgovforum.org/multilingual/content/igf-2016-day-2-room-6-ws159-encryption-and-safety-of-journalists-in-digital-age

Additional Reference Document Link: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/internetstudy/

Contact Information

United Nations
Secretariat of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

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