(No.152) What does it take?: Mechanisms to ensure transparency and accountability in internet governance negotiations [working title]

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Workshop Theme: 
Internet Governance for Development [IG4D]
Theme Question: 

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Concise Description of Workshop: 

This workshop –which takes the GISWatch 2012 report as the starting point – will explore how transparency and accountability can be strengthened in internet governance fora. While numerous multi-stakeholder forums at the national, regional and global levels have been established in order to provide a way of collectively addressing the common concern of how the internet is used, evolves and is managed, these are not always successful. At times they provide little more than a token gesture towards transparency in important decision-making processes – while the real influence in the policy terrain occurs elsewhere (whether through undue pressure from powerful interested parties, or other strategically based groups). This workshop will ask: What are the key challenges multi-stakeholder forums face in ensuring transparency and accountability in decision-making processes? Is “multi-stakeholderism” past its sell-by-date? What does it mean to be “transparent” and “accountable” in the internet domain? What mechanisms or steps are essential in realizing accountability? Given the increasingly powerful economic and social impact of the internet on people’s lives, a rights-based approach to human development insists that we all know why decisions are being made, how they are made, and have a say in shaping those decisions. It is only through this way that citizens will be empowered, the negative influences of powerful groups limited and the legitimacy of decisions made by such for a be assured.

Organiser(s) Name: 

Humanist Institute for Development Cooperation (Hivos) - International development organisation Association for Progressive Communications (APC) - Civil society

Previous Workshop(s): 

IGF 2011, Nairobi
• Exporting the Internet: Human Rights and Technology http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/component/chronocontact/?chronoformname=W...

IGF 2011, Nairobi
• Open spectrum for development in the context of the digital migration http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/component/chronocontact/?chronoformname=W...
• Human rights: a unifying approach for development, freedom, access and diversity? http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/component/chronocontact/?chronoformname=W...
• Do policymakers understand the role of libraries in mobilising the internet as a catalyst for development, innovation and freedom? http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/component/chronocontact/?chronoformname=W...
• Women and internet governance http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/component/chronocontact/?chronoformname=W...

IGF 2010, Vilnius
• Sexual rights, openness and regulatory systems http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/component/chronocontact/?chronoformname=W... • Applying a code of good practice on information, participation and transparency in Internet governance http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/component/chronocontact/?chronoformname=W...
• Protecting women’s rights: Internet content from a gender perspective http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/component/chronocontact/?chronoformname=W...

IGF 2009, Sharm El Sheikh
• A code of good practice on participation, access to information and transparency in internet governance http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/index.php/component/chronocontact/?chrono...
• Content regulation, surveillance and sexuality rights http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/index.php/component/chronocontact/?chrono... IGF 2008, Hyderabad
• Promoting pro-poor access to ICTs http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/2008-igf-hyderabad/event-reports/72-works...

IGF 2007, Rio de Janeiro
• Towards a code of good practice on public participation in Internet governance - Building on the principles of WSIS and the Aarhus Convention http://www.intgovforum.org/Rio_event_report.php?mem=28
• Regulatory frameworks for improving access http://intgovforum.org/Rio_event_report.php?mem=26
• Content regulation and the duty of States to protect fundamental rights http://intgovforum.org/Rio_event_report.php?mem=19

IGF 2006, Athens
• Greening development through ICT and civic engagement http://www.intgovforum.org/Athens_workshops/GreeningIT_Workshop_report_P... • Content regulations from gender and development perspective http://igf.wgig.org/Athens_workshops/Content_Regulation.pdf

Submitted Workshop Panelists: 

    •    Mr. Anriette Esterhuysen, Executive director, Association for Progressive Communications, APC. Status: confirmed.

[Introductory Speakers]
    •    Sebastián Bellagamba, ISOC LAC Director. Status: confirmed - Technical community
    •    Paul Maassen, Open Government Partnership. Status: confirmed - International cooperation
    •    Alice Munyua, Government of Kenya. Status: confirmed - Government
    •    Heather Creech, Director of Global Connectivity at IISD - Civil society

    •    Mendi Njonjo, Fund Manager ATTI initiative. Status: confirmed - Non governmental organisation
    •    Pedro Less Andrade, Google LAC. Status: confirmed - Private sector
    •    Loe Schout, Hivos. Status: confirmed - International cooperation
Agenda outline:
- Introduction by moderator to present worskshop objectives and speakers
- Introductory interventions/perspectives by stakeholders from different groups
- Comments and reactions by a group of discussants from different stakeholder groups
- Comments and questions by the audience
- Final round of comments and responses
- Final remarks by moderator

Name of Remote Moderator(s): 
Lisa Cyr (APC) - confirmed
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A brief substantive summary and the main issues that were raised: 

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Conclusions and further comments: 

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