Why is the participation of the social sector in the Internet Governance important for everybody?

Meeting type: 
Side Session
Meeting Description: 

There is an ongoing tension around the multi sectored approach to Internet Governance like it is practiced by ICANN and affirmed by the WSIS process in Tunis. One of the main questions is if the social sector should be included in the Internet Governance at all and if yes to what extent. The proposed Open Forum wants to ask the question of:”Why is the participation of the social sector in the Internet Governance important for everybody?”, from the perspective of the social sector but also from the perspective of the private and governmental sector and Internet Governance. Are there insurmountable differences in the different sectors approach to Internet Governance, or can Internet Governance only function well if there exists a symbiotic relationship between sectors. Furthermore we would like to explore options how the social sector can engage with the Internet Governance in particular and with all sectors involved in general. In this way we hope to be able to make a positive contribution to the ongoing debate and if possible initiate even practical steps forwards.
1. Introduction
(5 Minutes)
2. Multi sector approach as the key for successful Internet Governance.
(12 Minutes)
3. The role of the social sector in Internet Governance: a private sector view
: a governmental sector view
: a social sector view
: a internet governance View
(10 Minutes each)
4. Moderated Panel Discussion
(20 Minutes)
5. How can the social sector become involved in Internet Governance
(7 Minutes), Summary and closing remarks
(5 Minutes)

Provide the name of the speakers and their affiliation to various stakeholder groups: 

Alain Berranger,  Chair NPOC
Klaus Stoll, Executive Director, Global Knowledge Partnership Foundation, GKPF.
Bill Drake. Bill Drake is a lecturer at the Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research, University of Zurich.

Prof. Mary Wong,  Professor of Law,Director, Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property
Chair, Graduate Intellectual Property Programs
Joy Liddicoat, APC
Professor Dr. Hong Xue, Director of Institute for the Internet Policy & Law (IIPL), Beijing Normal University
Wolfgang Kleinwaechter. Professor for International Communication Policy and Regulation at the Department for Media and Information Sciences of the Unversity of Aarhus

Provide the name of the organiser(s) of the Meeting and their affiliation to various stakeholder groups: 

What is NPOC? (“Not-for-Profit Organizational Concerns Constituency”)

NPOC is a new constituency within the Non Commercial Stakeholder’s Group (NCSG) of ICANN, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers”), was formed in 1998. It is a not-for-profit partnership of people from all over the world dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It promotes competition and develops policy on the Internet’s unique identifiers.” (For more information, visit www.icann.org)
NPOC is a collaboration of Not-for-Profit civil society organizations that are concerned with the best possible access to, and the reliable and secure use of information and communication technologies (ICT's) for humanitarian or philanthropic activities.

What is the Purpose of NPOC?

NPOC allows NGOs and not-for-profit organizations that deliver primarily non-commercial services an opportunity to affiliate, discuss and participate in the development of Domain Name System (DNS) policies. Issues such as the security, stability and resiliency of the Internet, increasing social inclusion of non-governmental organizations with technology, and increasing public participation, communication and global outreach are important to the NPOC members. See www.npoc.org for more information.

NPOC members are particularly interested in how DNS policies impact the operation of their organizations. Examples of these operational concerns include:

The Global Knowledge Partnership Foundation, (GKPF), The Global Marketplace for Development

What is GKPF?

Every individual and organization involved in the field of development has abilities and needs. Over the last 14 years, GKPF has played a crucial role as the Global Market Place for Development abilities and needs. GKPF enables practitioners and organizations to bring forward and offer their specific goods for all to see. In turn they are able to acquire the goods and abilities that are needed to make themselves stronger and more effective. The trading on this Global Marketplace for Development is done through sharing knowledge, building partnerships and the implementation of joint projects and activities. GKPF acts as market broker and market crier.
What is the purpose of GKPF?
GKPF supports development practitioners and public, private, civil sector organizations exhibit their goods and enter into active trading and exchange directly. GKPF:
• Provides a virtual and, at times, a physical global development market place;
• Facilitates peer-to-peer dialogue on issues and themes at regional and global level;
• Establishes linkages and implementation for projects, program/campaign specific partnerships. GKPF influences, leverages and creates synergies between development and business activities;
• Facilitates linkages for mobilizing resources on projects, programs or policy related work – while building coherence in strategies common to all participants in this global development market place.
GKP is also marketing and delivering targeted professional advisory and consulting services, through members-primarily to developing country governments and corporate partners.
The results of GKPFs Global Marketplace for Development place function are very concrete, tangible and demonstrable, and can be expressed in monetary as well as human, social and business development terms. Every dollar invested in GKPF multiplies into many dollars in development gains!

• GKPF’s work avoids duplication and waste of resources;
• GKPF contributes to the most effective implementation and highest possible impact of projects and activities;
• GKPF supports the successful implementation of products and infrastructures critical for development;
• GKPF provides access to market places that previously could not be reached;
• GKPF offers scaling and expansion opportunities;
• GKPF is the ideal partner to make your corporate social responsibility program grow and more effective;
• GKPF is actively engaged in the creation of synergies and win/win situations;
• GKPF is a ready and cost effective way to access knowledge and expertise locally, regionally and globally;
• GKPF provides constantly updated development news and information;
• GKPF is the ideal research partner;
• GKPF is actively involved and supports innovations in development;
• GKPF assures quality in the implementation and transparent reporting of project and initiatives.

For any questions or further information please contact Klaus Stoll, Executive Director of GKPF at klaus.stoll@gkpfoundation.org