SAO PAULO – The coordination council of the NETmundial Initiative, a diverse group of global Internet stakeholders, met for this first time this week in Sao Paulo to chart a path to enhanced Web governability, the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee, which organized the gathering, said in a statement Wednesday.
During the closed-door meeting, held on Tuesday, the NETmundial Initiative established the basic pillars of its letter of intent, which aims to provide a reference for governments, the private sector and civil society organizations in addressing Internet governance challenges.
The meeting participants included China’s cyberspace administration minister, Lu Wei; a member of the managing board of the World Economic Forum, Richard Samans; and the CEO of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, Fadi Chehade.
The council stressed the need to support the work of the United Nations’ Internet Governance Forum, as well as help catalyze cooperation among stakeholders to address Internet issues and advance the implementation of NETmundial’s principles, the statement read.
After a four-month consultation with the global Internet community, six activities were established as part of the initiative’s scope, including serving as an impartial clearinghouse of ideas, providing a collaboration platform and facilitating participation in Internet governance.
The council also reviewed and endorsed two of the initiative’s tools, both still in the beta phase: NETmundial Solutions, which is designed to support information sharing, and the NETmundial Collaboration Platform, a space for collaboration on and cooperation and solicitation of Internet governance proposals and proposals.
The Brazilian Internet Steering Committee also presented a proposal for enabling a space for sharing best practices on local multi-stakeholder Internet governance structures.
The council also elected five co-chairs, including Chehade and the founder and executive chairman of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, Jack Ma.
The NETmundial Initiative says it seeks to “energize a global movement toward a distributed Internet governance system to propel the Internet as a shared, neutral and global resource for human solidarity and economic progress.”