Statement on behalf of the Internet Governance Caucus:
1. The Civil Society Internet Governance Caucus would like to express its
support for the Working Group on Internet Governance's multi stakeholder
approach. We believe that legitimate and successful Internet Governance
can only be achieved if all concerned or affected groups have an
opportunity to influence the outcome of governance processes. We want to
stress that there is a fundamental difference between multilateral and
multi stakeholder processes.
It should be remembered at all times that the WSIS declaration of
principles states that Internet governance decision making should be
pursued on a multi-stakeholder basis reflecting the full participation or
civil society. The governments that agreed to this new international norm
should now take positive steps to ensure its full implementation.
As a first step, conformity with this norm should be carefully assessed
with respect to existing arrangements at intergovernmental level, like the
ITU, OECD and WIPO, private sector arrangements like ICANN, and to any new
2. The Internet Governance caucus proposes that the WGIG places greater
emphasis on basic principles such as human rights, freedom of expression,
openness and innovation. The caucus believes that two outcomes of the WGIG
that will add significant value are: - an understanding of how governance
mechanisms can further these basic principles, and, - an elaboration of
the concept of democratic internet governance in the context of the
interplay between local and global decision-making.
3. We would like to point out that the extent of participation from the
developing parts of the world in the various Internet governance
mechanisms is still far from sufficient. This is especially true for civil
society actors. We would like to suggest that the WGIG make appropriate
recommendation to ensure the effective participation of ALL stakeholder
groups from developing countries.
4. We think it is important for WGIG members to recognize the diversity of
processes and mechanisms involved in Internet governance, including: -
decisions by individual users
- private agreements
- national policies, and,
- international and transnational bodies.
These correspond to a diversity of perspectives on what issue areas are
important in Internet governance. The caucus would recommend that all
relevant issues of importance to stakeholder groups should be addressed by
the working group. Unresolved controversies should be documented in papers
and statements and not used as a basis to omit particular issues.