Bali IGF Concludes with Renewed Support for Multistakeholder Cooperation

Posted: Thursday, 31 October 2013

Last week ARIN, along with the other Regional Internet Registries (RIRs), ICANN, the Internet Society and others from the technical community participated in the 8th Internet Governance Forum held in Bali, Indonesia.

This year's theme, "Building Bridges – Enhancing Multistakeholder Cooperation for Growth and Sustainable Development", was reflected in many workshop discussions.  Many workshops focused on defining the term Multistakeholder and what multistakeholderism looks like in practice. One definition offered by Drs. Mark Raymond and Laura DeNardis, CIGI, in their paper "Thinking Clearly about Multistakeholder Internet Governance", suggests that multistakeholderism should be looked at with a view towards how it measures up in openness.  They detailed different aspects of openness; participatory openness, informational openness, and implementational openness in their paper which will be available later this year.

Another major focus area was how to develop processes that ensure the parties most impacted by specific Internet-related policy decisions have a voice in determining a result that keeps the Internet open, available, flexible and scalable. 

Collectively as the Number Resource Organization (NRO), the RIRs hosted a booth to provide educational materials on IPv6 and the open and transparent community policy development process facilitated by each RIR. The NRO sponsored two workshops, one on "IPv4 Markets and Resource Transfers" and a second on "The Importance of Regional Coordination in Internet Governance".

There was some discussion and support for the technical community's recent Montevideo Statement. A new proposal was introduced during the week by Brazil to host a Summit meeting in May 2014 where multistakeholder discussions will work toward launching a process that would achieve principles and norms to guide the use and operation of the Internet.

AFRINIC COO Anne-Rachel Inne, in closing ceremony remarks on behalf of the technical community, commented, "We hope that it will be possible to maintain the open and collaborative spirit of the Internet cooperation which we witnessed at the Bali IGF meeting – it is needed for the further evolution of Internet governance in all discussions going forward." She went on to call on the United Nations to help efforts to strengthen the IGF Secretariat and to find financial support to safeguard these important annual meetings.

To get a fuller appreciation of all that transpired, we'd like to call your attention to the following items:

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