We reaffirm the goals and principles of the statement submitted to the ITU Secretariat in November 2012 in which we urged member states to implement inclusive and transparent ITU processes and uphold and protect the public interest and fundamental human rights.
These fundamental human rights must be at the forefront of internet governance and ITU convenings, including the WTPF. Internet policy topics, including but not limited to affordable access, development, multilingualism, openness and access to knowledge, net neutrality, privacy, and security must be considered through the framework of human rights, in particular freedom of expression.
We welcome progress made by the Secretary-General and the Informal Experts Group in achieving consensus on the six draft opinions. These begin to address important goals, including the expansion of key internet infrastructure in order to reduce costs for those in need; the reaffirmation of multistakeholder processes; and the promotion of transparent and inclusive enhanced cooperation. Rather than seeking to address additional issues, we urge the Secretary-General to move forward in engaging all stakeholders to implement these opinions.
Unfortunately, we must disagree with the Secretary-General’s report’s framing of the debate on multistakeholderism. The WTPF has not yet achieved open and participatory internet policy making. In endeavoring to foster multistakeholder consensus, it is critical that the WTPF facilitate civil society’s participation as an independent and authoritative voice. The ITU should, for this and future fora, bring all stakeholders together to work on implementing WTPF opinions at the national, regional, and global levels. This means creating spaces for civil society to express their views, for example through an online platform for comment that is part of the official WTPF record, through speaking rights as was done during the WSIS process, as well as providing for both remote participation and live webcasting of the WTPF meeting. Video, audio, and text transcripts will further enables participation by all, including persons with disabilities.
Open and transparent participation will augment the critical efforts toward broadband connectivity, IXP promotion, enhanced cooperation, and IPv6 deployment that the WTPF is undertaking with these opinions. We look forward to working together with the ITU as it pursues these policies and institutes a multistakeholder structure that can achieve the goals articulated herein in a manner consistent with the public interest and fundamental human rights.
Endorsement of Civil Society Statement to the ITU WTPF
This statement is now closed to new endorsements.
End date: May 18, 2013
Signatures collected: 39
|26||Global Illuminators International||Malaysia||May 15, 2013|
|25||Article 19||Brazil||May 15, 2013|
|24||University of Zurich||Switzerland||May 14, 2013|
|23||Pasifika Nexus||Fiji||May 13, 2013|
|22||Civil Society Internet Governance Caucus||May 13, 2013|
|21||Thai Netizen Network||Thailand||May 13, 2013|
|20||Instituto Nupef||Brazil||May 12, 2013|
|19||IT for Change||India||May 12, 2013|
|18||Centre Africain d'Echange Culturel||Democratic Republic of the Congo||May 11, 2013|
|17||University of Aarhus||Denmark||May 11, 2013|
|16||Alternative Informatics Association||Turkey||May 10, 2013|
|15||Association for Progressive Communications (APC)||May 10, 2013|
|14||Public Knowledge||United States||May 10, 2013|
|13||Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy & Public Interest Clinic||Canada||May 10, 2013|
|12||Idec (Brazilian Institute for Consumer Defense)||Brazil||May 10, 2013|
|11||Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society||Germany||May 10, 2013|
|10||Internet Society - Philippines Chapter||Philippines||May 10, 2013|
|9||OpenMedia.org||International||May 10, 2013|
|8||ONG Derechos Digitales||Chile||May 09, 2013|
|7||New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute||United States||May 09, 2013|
|6||Center for Democracy & Technology||United States||May 09, 2013|
|5||Access||Global||May 09, 2013|
|4||Global Partners & Associates||Global||May 09, 2013|
|3||Internet Democracy Project||India||May 09, 2013|
|2||Center for Technology and Society (CTS/FGV)||Brazil||May 09, 2013|
|1||Consumers International||Global||May 09, 2013|
|13||Peter Trevor||Canada||May 16, 2013|
|12||Normand Bureau||Canada||May 16, 2013|
|11||Grace Githaiga||Kenya||May 13, 2013|
|10||Lee McKnight||USA||May 13, 2013|
|9||Hago Dafalla||Sudan||May 12, 2013|
|8||Sonigitu Ekpe||Nigeria||May 10, 2013|
|7||Charity Embley||USA||May 10, 2013|
|6||Nnenna Nwakanma||Côte d'Ivoire||May 10, 2013|
|5||Ginger Paque||United States||May 10, 2013|
|4||Norbert Bollow||Switzerland||May 10, 2013|
|3||rafik dammak||Tunisia||May 10, 2013|
|2||Dashamir Hoxha||Albania||May 10, 2013|
|1||Adam Peake||Japan||May 10, 2013|