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The Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance, São Paulo - Conference Update

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The Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance will take place in São Paulo, Brazil on April 23rd and 24th 2014. This meeting will focus on crafting Internet governance principles and proposing a roadmap for the further evolution of the Internet governance ecosystem.

Prof. Virgílio Fernandes Almeida, Coordinator of the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee and Secretary for Information Technology Policy of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, will be the Chair of the meeting. The Chair will shortly appoint co-chairs from other sectors of the global community to ensure multistakeholder balance.

Four committees will be created to ensure a successful event.

The High-Level Multistakeholder Committee, chaired by the Brazilian Minister of Communications Mr. Paulo Bernardo Silva, will be responsible for overseeing the overall strategy of the meeting and fostering the involvement of the international community. It will be composed of: Ministerial-level representation from twelve governments; twelve members of the multistakeholder community (3 from civil society, 3 from the private sector, 3 from academia and 3 from the technical community) to be proposed through /1net; and two representatives from International Organizations to be appointed by the Secretary General of the United Nations.  The names of the members of this committee will be announced on Monday, January 27th 2014.

The Executive Multistakeholder Committee, co-chaired by Demi Getschko and one more person to be proposed through /1net, will be responsible for the meeting agenda, the design of the meeting format and invitation of attendees, all equally balanced across the global multistakeholder community. It will be composed of the following eight Brazilian members through CGI: Maximiliano Martinhão and Benedicto Fonseca from government, Carlos Afonso and Percival Henriques from civil society, Cassio Vecchiatti and Henrique Faulhaber from the private sector, Flávio Wagner and Demi Getschko from academia and the technical community. Eight additional members from the global multistakeholder community will be proposed through /1net by Friday, January 17th 2014. The United Nations was invited to appoint one member from an International organization.

The date of the first meeting of the Executive Multistakeholder Committee will be Monday, January 27th 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil at the CGI office and remote participation will be facilitated.

The Logistics and Organizational Committee will be co-chaired by Hartmut Glaser (CGI) and Nick Tomasso (ICANN). Initially this committee will include three additional members one each from the Ministry of Justice of Brazil, the Ministry of External Relations of Brazil and one liaison proposed by the Steering Committee of /1net. This committee will be responsible for guiding all logistical aspects of the meeting including: media outreach, international communications, website design and management, awareness raising, meeting venue, traveler funding strategy, security, and remote participation.

The first meeting of the Logistics and Organizational Committee will be held on Monday, January 27th, 2014. In the meantime the two co-chairs are already engaged in laying the groundwork for the logistics of the meeting to ensure timely execution.

The last committee, the Council of Governmental Advisors, will welcome all government representatives interested to participate and contribute to the meeting. The High Level Multistakeholder Committee will soon establish a process for the creation and operation of this Council.

To support the committees and operationalize their decisions, a Secretariat will be formed and headed by Daniel Fink who will be empowered as the Secretariat full-time Executive Director. The Secretariat, to be located in Sao Paulo, will be responsible for all aspects of management and operations to ensure the success of the meeting including: logistics, finance, risk, content contributions, and communications. The start date of the Secretariat operations will be Monday, January 27th 2014.

The official website for the meeting will be launched on January 27th 2014. The website will enable the global community to provide contributions for the substantive agenda of the meeting, which consists of the following two specific topics:

  • Internet governance principles;
  • Roadmap for the further evolution of the Internet governance ecosystem.

The roadmap should address the desirable properties for globally effective, legitimate and evolving governance frameworks. The roadmap should also encompass a path to evolve and globalize the current institutions and mechanisms, as well as address emerging needs.

Diagram of High Level Meeting and Organizational Chart of Meeting Chairs

About the Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance

This meeting will focus on crafting Internet governance principles and proposing a roadmap for the further evolution of the Internet governance ecosystem. The meeting is scheduled for April 23rd and 24th 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil and will be live webcast enabling remote participation. The meeting is a partnership between and /1net.

Meeting hashtag: #netmundial2014


The Brazilian Internet Steering Committee, responsible for establishing strategic directives related to the use and development of the Internet in Brazil, coordinates and integrates all Internet service initiatives in the country, promoting the technical excellence, innovation and dissemination of offered services. Based on the principles of multilateralism, transparency and democracy, represents a multistakeholder Internet governance model with the effective participation of all society sectors in their decisions. One of its formulations are the 10 Principles for the Governance and Use of the Internet ( More information:

About /1net

/1net provides an inclusive and open platform to discuss Internet governance matters for all those interested (individuals, governments, civil society, academia, technicians, and business).

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