(No.68) Multi-stakeholder Internet Public Policy: Toolkit for internet public policy practitioners
Security, Openness and Privacy Q5; IG4D, Enabling Environment Thematic Cluster: Q2, Infrastructure Cluster: Q1
At the “Multi-stakeholder Internet Public Policy Dialogue: Lessons Learned and Best Practice Examples of Local to Global Policy Making” organized by IISD at the Nairobi IGF, and involving a rich panel consisting of coordinators of the Canadian, UK, Brazilian/South American, East African, Togo National IGFs, and the UNDP, certain key messages emerged that recognized:
• the relationships between global and public spheres in policy making
• The importance of awareness raising, representation, partnership, auditing and tracking of the policy making process
• The need for evidence and consent in public policy
The outcome from this session, and other national and regional process that IISD has been involved with has helped to shape the production of a toolkit that is about supporting and building the capacity of stakeholder dialogue and engagement. The toolkit is a subset of what might constitute a much broader range of activities related to internet public policy development. Elements in this toolkit will be used to guide the discussion at this workshop which aims to:
• Build and support stakeholder dialogue and engagement, and of public consultation forums and the various processes for developing public policy as a shared responsibility.
Through a well moderated panel dialogue and broad open discussions, experts, practitioners and stakeholders will engage on the good practices and lessons learned at various national and regional public consultations forums and how the tools in the toolkit can be adopted and adapted for their own use.
The project specifically falls within the IGF theme of Internet Governance for Development because it equips local practitioners especially those in developing countries to better engage in global public policy spaces.
The workshop intends to address the “Internet Governance for Development” main theme question that explores the kinds of support needed to help communities, NGOs and businesses from the developing world to participate in the IG process. It also explores the security, openness and privacy question on policies and practices that can assist in making the internet and effective multistakeholder model for national and regional issues that developing countries can benefit. The discussion will be guided by other sub questions in each of the following thematic areas:
Internet Governance for Development Question:
• Enabling Environment Thematic Cluster: Question 2: What does it take in terms of IG policy, legal and regulatory approaches? What are the challenges to and opportunities for participation of stakeholders from developing countries with a special focus on increasing participation by youth and women participation in IG from Least Developed Countries?
• Infrastructure Cluster: Question 1:What are the key concerns regarding Internet infrastructure from developing countries' experiences and how can new technologies and the Global Internet Governance mechanisms address limitations, offer opportunities and enable development?
Security, Openness and Privacy Question:
• Question 5: What policies and practices that can assist in making the Internet an effective multistakeholder model to discuss national & regional issues and what best practices developing countries can benefit from.
International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
• Alice Munyua, EAIGF
• Sheba Mohammid, Caribbean IGF
• Nnenna Nwakanma, WAIGF
• Heather Creech, IISD
• Martin Boyle, Nominet/UK IGF
• Towela Nyirenda, Southern African IGF