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Dynamic Coalitions


The concept for IGF 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 2020. 

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

[See Past DCs]


♦ How to Start an IGF Dynamic Coalition ♦

*To establish a Dynamic Coalition, interested individuals are advised to first hold a meeting and express the need for creating their coalition. They 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, and open archives. They 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 DCs mailing list. 

*Coalitions will also be asked to submit a yearly report or thematic paper to the Secretariat as an update of their activities. Such a report is required to be considered eligible for an individual meeting slot at annual IGFs and to be listed as an active coalition. 

*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 list and consulting the DC 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 Terms of Reference, available here.



Contact Information

United Nations
Secretariat of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

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