[ccwg-internet-governance] [Ext] Re: High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation - An Update

Nigel Hickson nigel.hickson at icann.org
Wed Apr 24 00:32:57 UTC 2019

George cc as above 


Good evening; in the Session which I attended I do not recall specific issues / problems being raised (as issues that could be addressed by these proposed arrangements); but had the sense that they would be the sort of issues (privacy, cybersecurity, jurisdiction, data-governance, content regulation etc) discussed before in the context of the perceived need for new fora; 






From: George Sadowsky <george.sadowsky at gmail.com>
Date: Tuesday, 23 April 2019 at 13:48
To: Nigel Hickson <nigel.hickson at icann.org>
Cc: ccwg <ccwg-internet-governance at icann.org>
Subject: [Ext] Re: [ccwg-internet-governance] High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation - An Update




Thanks for this "heads up."  


When I read these descriptions, I find myself slightly nodding my head, but at the same time it feels unreal without any framework around the space of issues. Whether these approaches make sense will depend upon the nature, complexity, size, comprehensiveness, and scope, as well as the extent of the solution desired and the successful execution of a feasible implementation.


Were any examples given of specific problem statements given that would be amenable to solution by such approaches.  If not, perhaps you could pose a few to help the discussion to move forward? 


Best regards,



On Apr 23, 2019, at 7:16 AM, Nigel Hickson <nigel.hickson at icann.org> wrote:




Good morning.  We briefly discussed the work of the UN High Level Panel in Digital Cooperation Panel, touched on below, in a recent Call and during the IG Public Session in Kobe. 


The Panel held a public session at the WSIS Forum; a report of it by the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP) is at https://dig.watch/sessions/road-testing-governance-models-secretary-general%E2%80%99s-high-level-panel-digital-cooperation [dig.watch]


A Report will be delivered to the UN Secretary General, by the Panel, in early June.


Of potential significance to ICANN (and more broadly within the IG Ecosystem) are the draft proposals in the Report for new Cooperative Models (for Internet policy discussions); these were described as follows: 


The first model is imagined as a ‘network of networks/experts’. Once an organisation, a company, or a government poses an issue, a call for organisations/think-tanks/universities that have signed an agreement of commitment to solve the issue would form an entity or a forum. This entity or a forum would convene for a certain period to answer the question and to propose a solution. Their work would be hosted at an established organisation (e.g. the International Telecommunication Union), which would act as an organisational catering for the discussion, inviting the global community to take part in answering the question. It would promote private-public-partnerships.


It was noted that the “forum” could perhaps meet annually to discuss priorities. 


The second model is building on the Internet Governance (IGF) digital architecture. This IGF+ model would affirm the expertise of the IGF approach and philosophy, while moving the process to the next phase. To connect the dots between different discussion arenas it would act as a ‘coordination accelerator’. It would provide problem solving as a ‘policy incubator’, and would serve as a ‘helpdesk’ for developing nations in accessing resources.


The third model is the Digital Commons Platform, which would provide a place for better understanding of digital commons and global public goods. This platform would deal with public goods and commons related to the Sustainable Development Goals. It would be a technical body housed within the United Nations system.









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Date: Monday, 15 April 2019 at 14:46
To: Nigel Hickson <nigel.hickson at icann.org>
Subject: [Ext] High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation - April 2019 Newsletter


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