What’s next for the Internet Governance?

29 October 2013 Author: EIFonline

On 16 October EIF organised a preparatory meeting for the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Bali, just in time to exchange views with stakeholders ahead of the participation of the European Parliament and European Commission delegations. 

This year the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) took place in Bali, Indonesia on 22-25 October, under the theme "Building Bridges"- Enhancing Multistakeholder Cooperation for Growth and Sustainable Development".  EIF again is coordinated with the European Parliament and the European Commission delegations in organising bilateral meetings with ICANN, National Parliamentarians and EIF members.

Sabine Verheyen, MEP, EIF Political Member and the lead of the European Parliament’s delegation, hosted this debate and opened the floor for speakers.

Nigel Hickson, VP for Stakeholder Engagement – Europe at ICANN, took the floor first to present the international dimension of IGF. He noted that this IGF is taking place at the time of an intense worldwide debate on internet governance resulting from the Snowden’s case, review of the World Summit on the Information Society Forum 2013, and the upcoming review of the future role of the ITU at the Plenipotentiary Conference at the end of 2014. He also drew attention to the Montevideo statement on the future of internet cooperation and the announcement by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and Fadi Chehade, CEO of ICANN, to host an international conference on Internet Governance in Brazil in 2014. These issues will certainly be under the spotlight at the IGF in Bali.

Listen to Nigel Hickson’s full speech: 


Linda Corugedo-Steneberg, Director for Cooperation at DG CONNECT and the lead of the European Commission’s delegation at IGF, presented the Commission’s point of view. She regretted the difficulties in financing the IGF in Bali. She also stressed the importance of developing an international agreement on a common set of principles for internet governance, and stressed the need for a clear view of the multi-stakeholder process. The European Commission believes that Europe can be a model of openness and inclusiveness towards all stakeholders while at the same time upholding the role of government.

Listen to Linda Corugedo-Steneberg’s full speech:


Victor Silveira Braoios, First Secretary of the Brazilian Mission to the EU, then took the floor to present Brazil’s position. The IGF 2015, the last IGF of this mandate, will take place in Brazil. Mr Silveira Braoios began by noting that Brazil and the EU share the same point of view on how to ensure open, transparent, democratic and multi-stakeholder governance of the internet, and outlined Brazil's views and actions for the future of internet governance. He noted that Brazil will send a high level delegation to the IGF led by Paulo Bernardo, Brazil’s minister of telecommunications.

Listen to Victor Silveira Braoios’ full speech: 


On the 22 of January, 2014 EIF will host a breakfast debate to collect feedback from the IGF in Bali. This event again will be chaired by Sabine Verheyen MEP and EIF Political Member.

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