IGF 2017 WS #150 Good governance with governments: Getting governments involved in internet governance

Proposer's Name: Mr. Martin Fischer
Proposer's Organization: IGF Academy
Co-Proposer's Name: Ms. Lorena Jaume Palasi
Co-Proposer's Organization: iRights e.V.
Mr. Martin Fischer, Civil Society, IGF Academy
Ms. Lorena Jaume-Palasí, Civil Society, iRights e.V.

Session Format: Round Table - 90 Min

Country: Germany
Stakeholder Group: Civil Society

Country: Germany
Stakeholder Group: Civil Society

Speaker: Juuso Moisander
Speaker: Frederico Links
Speaker: Natasha Tibinyane
Speaker: Gabriel Ramokotjo

Content of the Session:
In the light of the new consultation process to define the concept of enhanced cooperation, it is useful to look at existing practices and the roles assumed by governments active within Internet governance structures, in particular at a local level, and extract best practices. The round table will focus on exchanging experiences among long existing IGF initiatives and incipient IGFs. It will show examples of meaningful governmental involvement and discuss both incentives, challenges and outputs. The speakers will point out the benefits of government involvement, judging from their own national experiences. Risk factors and obstructions (capturing, blocking of the process, process delay, incompatibilities with democratic due process etc.) will be presented, where applicable, and the speakers will share their strategies to mitigate and resolve such situations.

Relevance of the Session:
There are 195 countries in the world and 80+ NRIs under current development. They face similar obstacles to implement a full-fledged multi-stakeholder process, and they are all still in the process of defining the roles and forms of contribution of each of their stakeholder groups. Governments are a key stakeholder to allow transition from Internet governance debates into policy and to embed the multistakeholder model within their political structure in an efficient way for the growth and benefit of their societies.

Tag 1: NRIs
Tag 2: Decision makers
Tag 3: Multistakeholderism

Each speaker will have a brief intervention laying out their approach to involve governments in their NRIs and comment on challenges, outputs and recommendations.
Mr. Hasanul Haq Inu, Information Minister, People's Republic of Bangladesh, Chair IGF Bangladesh,
Marjolijn Bonthuis, civil society, Netherlands IGF
Gabriel Ramokotjo, technical community, South Africa
Juuso Moisander, MAG member, government, Finland
Olga Cavalli, academia, South School on Internet Governance, Argentina
Frederico Links, Natasha Tibinyane, media, Namibia

The speakers will be composed of representatives from all geographic regions and stakeholders. It will ensure gender balance and present a diversity of opinions and approaches.

Onsite Moderator: Helani Galpaya, LIRNEasia
Online Moderator: Martin Fischer, IGF Academy
Rapporteur: Lorena Jaume-Palasí, iRights e.V.

Online Participation:
Particular attention will be given to online participation as the panel is especially catering for the needs of lesser developed NRIs, who might not have the means to attend the IGF in person. Therefore a proactive online moderator will encourage remote attendees to contribute with questions and experiences.

Discussion facilitation:
The focus will lie on interaction with the attendees and online participation in order to respond to specific interventions and to support developing NRIs.

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