[ccwg-internet-governance] Report on multistakeholder governance groups released

Marilyn Cade marilynscade at hotmail.com
Mon Jan 19 19:29:46 UTC 2015

Thanks so much for posting this. 

I have been looking for it, after hearing it would be available at end of January. I appreciate your posting! 

Nigel, Sally -- for the other projects ICANN either catalyzed, or supported both financially, or by name, related to IG, if you can post an update to the CCWG-IG, that would be much appreciated.  I think that includes the upcoming DAVOS activities, and others.

You will recall that during the Public Forum at ICANN51, I asked the CEO for an update, and I believe we have a commitment for sharing information on the various initiatives where ICANN staff, or designees, or Board, or consultants are engaging in IG activities. 

That will help us as CCWG-IG, to bring in the community's perspectives.

Internet Governance, and post WSIS activities are going to be on a critical path in 2015. It will be good to have ICANN engaging, with guidance from its broader communities, alongside the rest of the stakeholders in IG. Important, as well, not to let CIR and ICANN overtake the broader issues of WSIS Review and Post WSIS, as the challenges and issues are much broader.  

I look forward to our CCWG IG discussions. 

And, thanks again, Marilia, for this posting! 

Marilyn Cade

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> On Jan 19, 2015, at 1:42 PM, Marilia Maciel <mariliamaciel at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello all,
> Sorry for any duplication of this message.
> I would like to share with you a recent publication that presents case studies on multiskeholder governance groups. They cover experiences in many different areas - from aviation and water management to Internet governance - on the national and global levels. Authors tried to capture the most important characteristics of these arrangements and the lessons learned. A synthesis paper summarizes the main findings. These diverse array of experiences may provide some interesting insights on the future evolution of Internet governance. 
> The studies were developed by academic institutions that are members of the Global Network of Internet & Society Research Centers (NoC) and was facilitated by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. 
> The Center for Technology and Society at the FGV School of Law in Rio de Janeiro contributed with the case study on NETmundial. We all hope that you find the reading useful to your own projects and initiatives. 
> Best wishes,
> Marília
> Full announcement:
> Multistakeholder as Governance Groups: New Study by Global Network of Internet and Society Centers
> January 15, 2015
> The Global Network of Internet and Society Research Centers (NoC) and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University are pleased to announce the release of a new report on Multistakeholder Governance Groups, which informs the debate about Internet governance models and mechanisms. The report is the result of a globally-coordinated academic research effort among NoC participants and consists of twelve geographically and topically diverse case studies of governance structures, and a synthesis paper that summarizes key findings across these cases. The research examines multistakeholder governance groups with the goal of informing the future evolution of the Internet governance ecosystem. Building upon theNETmundial Principles and Roadmap, it contributes to current policy debates at the international level, including the Internet Governance Forum, the NETmundial Initiative, and the World Economic Forum.
> "We are at crossroads when it comes to the global governance of the Internet, where we must not only respond to complex technical challenges, but also deal with a broad range of policy issues ranging from cybersecurity to net neutrality and human rights," said Berkman Center Executive Director and Harvard Law School Professor of Practice Urs Gasser, who led the international effort. "This collaborative research wants to strengthen the evidence-base as we search for future governance models that preserve the generativity and openness of the Internet, while also addressing pressing challenges and problems."
> At a point where the future of Internet governance is being re-envisioned, the report deepens our understanding of the formation, operation, and critical success factors of governance groups. The study concludes that:
> “...there is no single best-fit model for multistakeholder governance groups that can be applied in all instances. Rather, it reveals a range of approaches, mechanisms, and tools available for both the formation and operation of such groups. The analysis demonstrates that the success of governance groups depends to a large degree on the careful selection, deployment, and management of suitable instruments from this ‘toolbox’. As governance groups pass through different phases of operation, conveners and facilitators must remain alert to changes in circumstances that necessitate adjustments to the approaches, mechanisms, and tools that they deploy in order to address evolving challenges from inside and from outside. The case study series provides insights into how those instruments can be deployed and adjusted over time within such groups, and highlights how their interactions with important contextual factors may be successfully managed within given resource restraints.”
> Other key observations from the study, as further described in the synthesis paper, include:
> Inclusiveness (including mechanisms for participation) and transparency are critical factors to be managed and adjusted throughout the lifecycle of governance groups.
> How governance groups define accountability and legitimacy is highly reflective of and dependent on contextual factors.
> Different governance groups have different measures of success and effectiveness that are tied to their unique contexts and to factors that change over time.
> The report is the first study by the recently launched Global Network of Internet and Society Centers, which brings together over 30 academic institutions from around the globe. As a milestone, it demonstrates that a global network of academic research centers can create a shared repository of timely and relevant research, which includes peer-reviewed methodologies and adherence to academic standards, open data, and expertise on diverse issues related to global policy debates. More broadly, the Network of Centers seeks to contribute to a more generalized vision and longer-term strategy for academia regarding its roles in research, facilitation and convening, and education in and communication about the Internet age.
> About the Network of Internet and Society Research Centers
> The Global Network of Internet and Society Research Centers (NoC) was launched by a group of academic centers – including the Berkman Center - in 2012 in recognition of the lack of internationally coordinated research and engagement activities in issues concerning the Internet and related technologies. The NoC is a collaborative initiative among academic institutions with a focus on interdisciplinary research on the development, social impact, policy implications, and legal issues concerning the Internet. This collective aims to increase interoperability between participating centers in order to stimulate the creation of new cross-national, cross-disciplinary conversation, debate, teaching, learning, and engagement regarding the most pressing questions around new technologies, social change, and related policy and regulatory developments. More information can be found at http://networkofcenters.net/about.
> -- 
> Marília Maciel
> Pesquisadora Gestora - Centro de Tecnologia e Sociedade - FGV Direito Rio
> Researcher and Coordinator - Center for Technology & Society - FGV Law School
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