[bestbits] Draft joint statement on European Parliament IGF resolution

Jeremy Malcolm jmalcolm at eff.org
Mon Feb 9 14:10:28 EST 2015

This has been put together by the CCIA, which is of course not a civil
society organisation but they are canvassing for civil society
signatories and some civil society inputs have already been
incorporated, along with inputs from the private sector.  They are
trying to close by 9:30am Brussels time on Wednesday.

If you would like to endorse, I can forward on your name (along with any
requests for small changes) - or alternatively, if it would be helpful,
I could put this up on the Best Bits site for those who want to sign on
to do so there (but I plan to check with CCIA first whether this would
be OK with them).

**Stakeholders welcome the European Parliament’s Resolution to**
**Strengthen the Internet Governance Forum*

We the undersigned, representing civil society and the Internet
industry community in Europe:

*The need for renewal of the Internet Governance Forum’s mandate*

    Welcome the European Parliament’s calls for a renewal of the
mandate of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and for the
strengthening of its resources.

    We strongly support the call on the General Assembly of the UN to
renew and possibly extend beyond 5-year terms the mandate of the IGF.

    Underscore that the IGF must be a genuinely representative
multi-stakeholder global forum for open discussions on Internet
governance.  The IGF has been a catalyst for the creation of regional
and national IGFs which have positively enriched the discussions and
increased the level of inclusiveness.

    Commend the European Parliament, and the European Union, more
broadly for its active support and participation in the IGF.
**The value of the open and global Internet*

    Commend the Resolution for underscoring the Internet’s crucial
role in our society.

    Welcome the understanding of the Internet’s potential for
supporting democracy, cultural diversity and promotion of human rights
such as freedom of expression.

    Support the resolution’s call for the open and independent
Internet and the need to secure non-discriminatory access to the
Internet in the future.

    We applaud the European Parliament for correctly stressing “that
it is crucial … to ensure legal protection of net neutrality which is
an indispensable precondition to safeguard the freedom of information
and expression, to boost growth and jobs by developing innovation and
business opportunities in the Internet and to promote and safeguard
the cultural and linguistic diversity.”

*The importance of today’s multi-stakeholder governance model*

    Welcome calls for a genuinely multistakeholder model of Internet
governance and the call to further strengthen the model by making
processes at national, regional and international levels more
inclusive, transparent and accountable.

    We call on European decision makers to go further and demand that
UN processes become more inclusive, transparent and more open in its
processes towards all stakeholders.

    We discourage any attempts to “centralise” Internet governance
debates by moving the debates from multi-stakeholder fora to
inter-governmental organisations.

    We support an active participation and engagement by the
multistakeholder community in the WSIS+10 review process.

    We warn that the future of the IGF must not become a bargaining
chip for seeking a more intergovernmental model for Internet
governance.  While the UN plays an important role on key matters such
as broadband development and issues of a more developmental nature, we
oppose any proposals to extend the scope to areas such as the routing
of Internet-based traffic or content-related issues.

    We stress the importance of fundamental freedoms and human rights
such as freedom of expression, access to information and privacy.  We
agree with the Resolutions rejections of attempts by states and
non-state actors to impose censorship and mass surveillance.

*Support for the IANA transition*

    We agree with the importance of the successful completion of the
IANA stewardship transition from the U.S. government to the global
multistakeholder community and its support for enhanced accountability
and transparency of ICANN which will provide a long term solution to
the stability and security of the Internet’s domain name system.

Jeremy Malcolm
Senior Global Policy Analyst
Electronic Frontier Foundation
jmalcolm at eff.org

Tel: 415.436.9333 ext 161

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