[governance] New Dynamic Coalition on Trade and the Internet

Jeremy Malcolm jmalcolm at eff.org
Tue Feb 28 14:24:21 EST 2017

The IGF Secretariat has just formally approved the formation of a new
Dynamic Coalition on Trade and the Internet.  Its website is at
https://opendigital.trade/projects/dc-trade and its mailing list is at

The formation of the Dynamic Coalition was motivated by the fact that
many Internet governance issues that are discussed at the IGF are also
the subject of rulemaking through bilateral, plurilateral and
multilateral trade agreements. The purpose of this Dynamic Coalition is
to provide an interface for the exchange of information and best
practices between the negotiators of these trade agreements and the
bodies in which they work, and the Internet Governance Forum and its
multi-stakeholder community. This information exchange will be both
substantive (that is, concerning particular Internet public policy
issues) and also procedural (that is, about how Internet public policy
can be developed in a transparent and inclusive way).

Our provisional 2017 action plan is:

 1. To publish a background paper describing the major trade agreements
    that are in place or under negotiation, as well as the venues where
    this takes place, and identifying the key Internet governance issues
    that are the subject of such agreements and negotiations.
 2. To develop a multi-stakeholder approach to facilitating the
    transparency and inclusiveness in international trade negotiations
    and the domestic consultation processes.
 3. To build a network of representatives from trade institutions and
    delegations for liaison with our Dynamic Coalition and the broader
    IGF community.
 4. To hold our inaugural meeting at the 2017 IGF in Geneva to present
    our outputs to the IGF community.

If you are interested to join, please do so by joining the mailing
list.  If you also wish to participate in our web platform (highly
recommended!) you should also separately register an account at

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

Tel: 415.436.9333 ext 161

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