[bestbits] Draft joint statement on European Parliament IGF resolution

Carolina Rossini carolina.rossini at gmail.com
Tue Feb 10 15:49:14 EST 2015

+1 on Erik suggestion
Jeremy, is this still possible?

On Mon, Feb 9, 2015 at 2:54 PM, JOSEFSSON Erik <
erik.josefsson at europarl.europa.eu> wrote:

>  Please consider explicitly supporting the following amendment too:
> AM 2 (to point 6):
> "Stresses that it is firmly committed to a *democratically accountable
> multistakeholder model* of Internet governance; calls upon the Member
> States, the European Commission and all relevant stakeholders to further
> strengthen the sustainability of the multi-stakeholder model by making
> actors and processes at national, regional and international levels more
> inclusive, transparent and accountable;"
> It should have been tabled less than an hour ago!
> //Erik
>  ------------------------------
> *From:* bestbits-request at lists.bestbits.net [
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> jmalcolm at eff.org]
> *Sent:* Monday 9 February 2015 20:10
> *To:* bestbits at lists.bestbits.net
> *Subject:* [bestbits] Draft joint statement on European Parliament IGF
> resolution
>  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
> https://eff.org
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