Past Internet Governance Events
- ITU Plenipotentiary Conference
Busan/Korea; 20 October - 7 November 2014
- Ninth Internet Governance Forum
Istanbul, Turkey; 2-5 September 2014
- NETmundial - Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance
São Paulo, Brazil from 23 - 24 April 2014
- ITU World Telecommunication Development Conference 2014
Dubai, UAE from 30 March - 10 April 2014
- Eighth Internet Governance Forum (2013)
- WTDC Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Americas [RPM AMS]
- Fifth World Telecommunication Policy Forum (WTPF) (Geneva, 14-16 May 2013)
- 2013 Canadian Internet Forum (CIF) (Ottawa, 28 February 2013) [Regional Event]
- WSIS+10 (Paris, 25- 27 February 2013)
- World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) (Dubai, 3-14 December 2012)
- World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA) (Dubai, 20-29 November 2012)
ITU Plenipotentiary Conference
Busan, Korea from 20 October - 7 November 2014
Held every four years, the plenipotentiary is the top policy-making conference of the ITU. During this session, Member States set the ITU's general policies, adopt four-year strategic and financial plans, and elect senior management and other officials. ITU Sector Members, Regional Telecommunication and Intergovernmental Organizations, and the United Nations and its specialized agencies may also attend the Conference as observers.
As noted on the ITU website, "The Plenipotentiary Conference is the key event at which ITU Member States decide on the future role of the organization, thereby determining the organization's ability to influence and affect the development of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) worldwide."
Archive webcasts are available to view, and new this year, ITU members voted to allow public access to all input and output documents as well.
The agenda of an ad hoc working group on Internet related issues included proposed changes to three existing Resolutions:
- 101 Internet Protocol-based networks
- 102 ITU's role with regard to international public policy issues pertaining to the Internet and the management of Internet resources, including domain names and addresses
- 180 Facilitating the transition from IPv4 to IPv6
The most significant negotiation for the RIR community resulted in the removal of language that suggested the ITU should look into becoming a number registry that allocates IP addresses.
Ninth Internet Governance Forum (2014)
Istanbul, Turkey from 2 - 5 September 2014
The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) brings together varied viewpoints from around the world and from many cross sections of the Internet community; including stakeholders representing development, regulatory, technical, economic, social, and civil society communities. The 2014 IGF focused on the theme of "Connecting Continents for Enhanced Multistakeholder Internet Governance."
ARIN participated in this forum as part of the Number Resource Organization (NRO) by contributing and participating in many workshops and sessions. In particular, there was much discussion around the impact of carrier-grade NAT technology on users and policymakers, the IANA oversight transition process, cybersecurity and capacity building.
NETmundial - Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance
São Paulo, Brazil from 23 - 24 April 2014
The Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance focused on crafting Internet governance principles and proposing a roadmap for the further evolution of the Internet governance ecosystem following an initiative proposed by CGI.br and /1net. The outcome document, the NETmundial Multistakeholder Statement, set consistent definitions for principles of Internet governance and roadmap for future development of Internet governance.
ITU World Telecommunication Development Conference 2014
Dubai, UAE from 30 March - 10 April 2014
The 2014 World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC), centered on the theme of Broadband for Sustainable Development, came to a successful conclusion on 10 April in Dubai, UAE.
The general tenor of the conference was one of collaboration and open dialogue amongst attendees. The Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) were fully represented and involved. Speaking for ARIN, we were pleased with the amount of interaction with Member States who sought us out during the meeting and at coffee breaks to ask questions and share information. This was clear evidence of the positive progress interaction and acceptance between the public and private sectors has made since the last WTDC in 2010.
Eighth Internet Governance Forum (2013)
Bali, Indonesia from 22-25 October 2013
On 22 October, the official opening ceremony began in Bali, Indonesia with all due pomp and circumstance. Leaders from governments, civil society, and the technical sector took turns addressing the audience about the importance of inclusivity and openness, and the future of the multi-stakeholder model of Internet Governance.
For the next three days, delegates and attendees participated in panels and presentations following a number of tracks, focused around the overarching theme "Building Bridges"- Enhancing Multistakeholder Cooperation for Growth and Sustainable Development".
On 25 October, Anne-Rachel Inne, AFRINIC COO delivered the closing remarks from the technical community, addressing the highly discussed Montevideo Statement on the Future of Internet Cooperation as well as other issues and themes from the meeting.
ARIN participated with our fellow RIR colleagues as part of the Number Resource Organization (NRO) presence at the IGF. There were two NRO workshops scheduled as part of the "Enhanced Cooperation" presentation track:
(No.144) Moving to IPv4 Markets and Legacy Space
Thursday, 24 October
The workshop examined the current status of IPv4 transfers, and the possible emergence of an IPv4 market and the relationship between this market the deployment of IPv6. Discussion also included issues related to legacy IPv4 address space and the role of the Regional Internet Registries in its administration. A diverse panel provided ranging opinions on these issues and provided differing regional perspectives on the implications of inter-regional IPv4 transfers.
(No.145) Importance of Regional Coordination in Internet Governance
Thursday, 24 October
The panelist presented examples of existing regional coordination structures from around the globe, examining issues which were successfully addressed, and identifying strategies that may offer best practice models or simply provide inspiration for further development of regional Internet governance.
To get a fuller appreciation of all that transpired, we'd like to call your attention to the following items:
WTDC Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Americas [RPM AMS]
Montevideo, Uruguay from 19 - 22 August 2013
Leading up to the World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC 2014), there were six Regional Preparatory Conferences throughout the world. These conferences explored and discussed regional needs and projects of the ITU Development Sector. Participation in the Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Americas (RPM AMS) was open to ITU Member State Administrations, ITU-D Sector Members within the Americas regions, regional and international organizations, and intergovernmental organizations operating satellite systems.
Fifth World Telecommunication Policy Forum (WTPF)
Geneva, 14-16 May 2013
Event update: From the opening ceremony, it was clear that the 5th World Telecommunication Policy/ICT Forum WTPF would differ from the previous ITU conferences that touched on Internet issues. The image of Secretary-General Toure donning the blue-helmet of the U.N. Peacekeepers while stating that the UN is not here to take over the Internet seemed to set the stage for the a much more collegial approach from the conference participants as work on the Draft Opinions progressed. The resulting Chairman's Report includes six adopted Opinions regarding Internet development and deployment: http://www.itu.int/md/S13-WTPF13-C-0016/en
While the role of Governments in Internet Governance and related public policy issues still needs substantive discussion, significant agreement was achieved on the need for greater efforts in the deployment of more Internet exchange points, broadband connections, and IPv6. This brings us another step closer to the end of the journey towards a multi-stakeholder climate.
In late April, on behalf of the five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs), the RIPE NCC submitted a document to the ITU that addresses a range of issues to be discussed at the upcoming WTPF-13. It addresses some of the opinions discussed by the Informal Expert Group (IEG) that was convened in preparation for the WTPF-13 and includes an annex outlining the efforts of the five RIRs to support the deployment of IPv6 and IPv6 capacity building. The document is available on the NRO website at: http://www.nro.net/news/rir-wtpf-13
Organized by the ITU, the WTPF seeks to foster debate and build multi-stakeholder consensus through non-binding opinions that will serve to guide ongoing global ICT policies, regulatory, and standardization efforts worldwide. It will examine international, Internet-related public policy matters.
The specific discussion points will come from the final report of the ITU's Secretary-General, including input from any conference, assembly or meeting of the Union, and contributions from Member States and Sector Members. An Informal Group of Experts will convene in February to discuss potential themes and to further preparatory discussions in their respective countries. The final report is expected in early March.
The current Secretary-General's draft report, dated January 2013, is available on the ITU website.
The suggested broad discussion themes in this report are:
- The multistakeholder model of the governance of the Internet;
- Global Principles for the governance and use of the Internet;
- Development and diffusion of ICTs and strategies for developing Internet connectivity globally;
- How to develop an enabling environment for encouraging growth, interoperability and development of the Internet;
- How can the Internet contribute to developing an enabling environment for encouraging growth;
- Strategies for increasing affordable global connectivity: the critical role of IXPs .
- On the basis of reciprocity, to explore ways and means for greater collaboration and coordination between ITU and relevant organizations - including, but not limited to, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the Regional Internet Registries (RIRs), the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the Internet Society (ISOC) and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) - involved in the development of IP-based networks and the future internet, through cooperation agreements, as appropriate, in order to increase the role of ITU in Internet governance so as to ensure maximum benefits to the global community.
Participation in the WTPF is open to Member States, Sector Members and small and medium-sized enterprises with attendance, as observers, by the public.
2013 Canadian Internet Forum (CIF) [Regional Event]
Ottawa, 28 February 2013
The Canadian Internet Forum (CIF) is in its third year hosted by the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) and is a one-day event for people to discuss the Canada's Internet development, deployment, and governance. This year's them is "Digital Literacy, Cyber-security, and Internet governance." Participation was open to all and there is no cost to attend.
Paris, 25- 27 February 2013
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is one of three organizations charged with implementation of the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) outcomes from 2003 and 2005 (ITU and UN Development Programme being the other two), sponsored the first official review event. The original WSIS discussions covered the digital divide, human rights, and other important issues, prompting ongoing multi-stakeholder Internet related discussions in many forums, including the Internet Governance Forum, which was created out of WSIS.
Outcomes of the discussions will feed directly into the subsequent review meetings and into the 2015 UN General Assembly overall review. Results will also be reported to the 37th session of the General Conference of UNESCO (November 2013). The final statement on WSIS + 10 renewed the commitment to the multistakeholder model and the importance of education and innovation to promote Internet expansion.
"The Event offered a unique opportunity for all WSIS stakeholders to review progress made and lessons learned. The outcome of this Review Meeting will serve as an input into the discussions during the WSIS Forum 2013 in Geneva in May as well as inform the work of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development, the designated system-wide focal point for follow up to the WSIS outcomes, when it meets at its 16th Session."
World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT)
Dubai, UAE, from 3-14 December 2012
The first ever World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) made a lot of news headlines as member states of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) reviewed and made modifications to the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs). The outcome of the conference was a new ITR treaty that defines the general principles for the provision and operation of international telecommunications.
55 Member States declined to sign the new treaty largely because of Resolution 3, "To foster an enabling environment for the greater growth of the Internet." Many saw this as a major and unwelcome leap for the ITU to include the Internet in telecommunication regulations.
World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA)
Dubai, UAE from 20-29 November 2012
A thousand attendees from over one hundred countries participated in plenary and working group sessions throughout the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA). Six new resolutions were adopted, 49 resolutions were revised, seven of the A series Recommendations were revised, and six new ITU standards were developed. Of particular interest to the ARIN community are Resolutions 64 and 69.