Internet Governance Forum 2014, Turkey: Call for Workshop proposals

The IGF Secretariat has just launched the 2014 Call for workshop proposals (deadline: 14 April). Guidelines for proposers and a template of the online proposal form are available here:

This call follows the recent IGF Open Consultations (OC) and Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) meetings that were held on 19-20 Feb., in Geneva. The meetings were chaired by Ambassador Janis Karklins (Latvia), who succeeded Markus Kummer as interim chair.

Discussions focused on the themes for IGF 2014, including Enabling Access Policies, Content issues, Digital Trust, Human Rights and Critical Internet Resources. The importance of the IGF in the evolving Internet Governance Landscape was also identified as a central theme for this year’s meeting. MAG members held the view that the community has high expectations for the IGF, which they see as an indispensable element of the Internet ecosystem.

The IGF Secretariat presented a synthesis paper of all suggestions received regarding IGF 2014, which is available here: ISOC’s proposal to seek inspiration from the IETF and have the IGF produce non-binding policy outcomes found widespread support. As a result, Best Practices Forums will be included in the structure of the event and linked to the themes of the main sessions.


ISOC IGF 2014 proposal:

ISOC Webex on the Future of the IGF:

(from the Internet Society mailing list, information posted by Constance Bommalaer)

Internet Society Fellows to IETF 89: increasing the diversity of voices working on Internet standards development

In 2006, the Internet Society introduced the Fellows to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) programme to increase the diversity of voices  and contributions to the standards development process.  Since then, the Internet Society Fellows to IETF programme has brought more than 175 technologists from 45+ countries to IETF meetings.

These competitive fellowships foster participation of technologists from developing and emerging economies to IETF meetings and working groups.  Typically attracting more than 10 applicants per available award, selected Fellows must also demonstrate how they will apply their learning back to their regions and local communities.

ISOC fellows to IETF
Internet Society Fellows to IETF London

Returning fellow Palanivelan Appanasamy currently works with Verizon R&D Labs as Distinguished MTS in India. IETF 89 will be his fourth IETF. He has extensive experience in Telecom and Networking, having previously worked with EMC, Cisco, Juniper, LucentTech and Motorola. His IETF contributions and interests are in the routing, security and transport areas.

First-time fellow Antonio Araujo is from Mérida, Venezuela.  He is a systems engineer and works as a software developer in CENDITEL, a Venezuelan National Development and Research Center for free and open technologies. Antonio is working on a Masters in Computer Science in Universidad de Los Andes in Mérida, Venezuela. He is particularly interested in helping IETF Working Groups (WG) as wpkops, tls and oauth.

Nabil Benamar is from Morocco and is involved with the work of some WGs and also non-WGs, namely the ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) group.  Nabil, a first-time fellow, is a professor of computer networks at the Moulay Ismail University in Meknes, Morocco. His main research topics are DTN, VANET, VDTN, IoT and IPv6. His blog,, acts as a hub for publication of his articles and projects, as well as debates with readers around the world and especially in the Arab region.

As an electronic engineer, Diego Dujovne has worked as a consultant for five years on telecom development and industrial instrumentation in Argentina. He then moved to INRIA Sophia Antipolis, where he developed an experimental methodology for wireless networks that led him to obtain a PhD in Informatics. He is currently researcher and professor at Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago, Chile. Diego’s main research and development topic is the Internet of Things, where he has been working since 1999. In 2013, Diego started to collaborate with the 6TiSCH WG, where he is currently editor of a draft. This is his second IETF.

Ana Hernandez graduated from the Universidad de Los Andes, Merida – Venezuela and is a Systems Engineer. A first-time fellow, she is working as a Consultant and Auditor of technological systems, infrastructure and IT operations at Deloitte. Her principal area of interest is Security Automation and Continuous Monitoring.

Sakaio Manoa, originally from Tuvalu, is a returning fellow and is currently studying at the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia for a Masters in Network System specializing in Security. His area of interest is the implementation of IPv6 for which he has been following IETF and the Deploy IPv6 for guidance and direction.

Fabian Mejia is an Electronics and Telecommunications engineer from Escuela Politecnica Nacional (EPN) in Quito, Ecuador. He works for the association of Ecuadorian ISPs, AEPROVI, where he manages the national IXP, NAP.EC. He is a founding member of the IPv6 Task Force Ecuador ( and leads its activities. Fabian was also elected chair of LACNIC’s Regional Interconnection Forum.  His particular areas of interest are BGP routing and IPv6.

Carlos Paparoni is currently a Systems Engineering student, with a specialization in Computer Systems in the Universidad de Los Andes in Merida, Venezuela working on his undergraduate thesis. His background involves web design and developing server/client side programming. His interests include the JSON, Web Security and IPv6 Working Groups.

Leaf Yeh is a first-time Fellow, but has attended the IETF on five occasions. He is interested in 6man, though his previous contributions to the IETF focused on the WGs of DHC, Softwires and Radext. Leaf is the author of RFC7037, and has worked for China Telecom Research Institute, Conexant Systems. Inc., ZTE Corp. and Huawei Technologies.

Dessalegn Yehuala is a returning fellow, and works for the Computer Science department of Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa University as Lecturer/Researcher. His research interests include Information Centric Networks, DTN (Delay Tolerant Networks), Multi-path tcp and AQM. He subscribes to four IETF working groups (ICNRG, ICCRG, multipathtcp and AQM).

Congratulations to all of our IETF 89 Fellows.

(Reproduced from an Internet Society Report)

Participation in I E T F London

The 89th I.E.T.F meeting will be held in London during March 2-7, 2014 at London. For the benefit of those interested in remote participation, Internet Society India Chennai is EXPLORING the possibility of setting up a remote participation hub at Chennai. If we have a sufficient number of participants interested in taking part every day at a common venue in Cheenai during 2-7 March, we will organize a remote participation hub.

The form is embedded below. However, if not visible, Please follow this link and pre-register at page

Internet Society President on engaging Global Multi-Stakeholder Community on Internet Governance

This blog post by the Internet Society President Lynn St.Amour on Internet Governance issues is intended to share background with and invite comment from the Internet Society community on how we might strengthen the Internet governance model central to the Internet’s success. Of course, as always, I encourage and look forward to input more broadly, so I welcome input from anyone who shares our vision for an open and global Internet, and a vibrant and engaged community to support it.

As I mentioned in a previous blog post, there have been many developments since the Montevideo statement, in which I* leaders agreed to catalyze community-wide efforts towards the evolution of global multistakeholder cooperation.

As the community’s discussion and the pace of developments continue to accelerate, including at the Buenos Aires ICANN meeting, now is an opportune time to consider opportunities for moving forward.

The path to where we are today

Shortly after the I* CEO’s met in Montevideo, a meeting in Brazil on Internet governance emerged—and was confirmed this week for Sao Paulo on 23-24 April 2014. At the Internet Governance Forum last month, numerous meetings were held with individuals from Industry, Civil Society, governments, I*, and others in order to assess what might be done to catalyze cooperation in evolving, and strengthening multistakeholder Internet governance arrangements. Since then, a mailing list has been launched at 1Net. This has sparked further discussion in many communities about what, exactly, 1Net ought to be.

Opportunities for moving forward

And, this is where we all play a role, as our collective experiences can inform that exploration. Speaking personally, fostering successful multistakeholder engagement and dialogue requires broad engagement, and it takes time. The result of this shared investment of time and effort are sustainable efforts that effect real and positive differences for the Internet and in the world.

For example, our experience with the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), the Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG) and, of course, the IGF provides an important perspective. The Internet Society was asked to participate, and was represented by Daniel Kaplan from the French Chapter, in the initial discussions in 2001 that led to WSIS and ultimately the IGF. For the past seven years, the IGF has been a key forum for bringing people together. Today, the IGF encompasses not only the global meeting, but also regional IGF events around the world. The breadth of the community the IGF convenes around Internet governance is remarkable.

The Internet Society itself has grown and evolved significantly over the past two decades. In fact, we just welcomed the Paraguay Chapter of the Internet Society as our 100th Chapter, and we now have nearly 150 Organization Members. Together our members and Chapters are very active in policy and development as well as technical matters at local, regional, and global levels. Together, we have all done amazing work to build and strengthen the open, global Internet. Their work, and the work of organizations throughout the Internet ecosystem, has informed a framework that provides a way to understand and highlight the distributed, collaborative stewardship that is the hallmark of the Internet’s success, and how the challenges it faces are addressed.

You might ask, as 1Net is to be a dialogue on global Internet governance, does it stand alone? Does it work alongside or through the IGF and related processes? Or, you may be wondering how 1Net and Internet Society fit together?

Whatever you believe, we would like to have a discussion here, as ISOC Members, in order to inform the 1Net evolution. How can we, as a community, best strengthen Internet Governance cooperation across the world, for all?

Of course, we are all invited to participate in the 1Net discussion directly.

All of us in the Internet Society, look forward to hearing your thoughts, so please do share them.

High-Level Panel Organizes to Address Future of Internet Governance

A diverse global group of stakeholders from government, civil society, the private sector, the technical community and international organizations has formed a Panel on the Future of Global Internet Cooperation. The Panel’s first meeting is scheduled for December 12 – 13 in London.

Focusing on the pressing issue of Internet governance, and committed to a multistakeholder approach, the Panel plans to release a high-level report in early 2014 for public comment. The report will include principles for global Internet cooperation, proposed frameworks for such cooperation and a roadmap for future Internet governance challenges.

Recognizing the importance of the initiative, Estonian President Toomas Ilves has agreed to serve as the group’s Chairman. “Our future approach to Internet governance should be thoughtfully designed and implemented,” said President Ilves. “Without a cohesive global approach, emerging issues will not be properly addressed. Individual governments or intergovernmental organizations could begin to develop their own solutions without understanding the global context.”

ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, was an early catalyst for the Panel and recognized the need for a globally diverse group to independently address broad, complex issues. It will organize the secretariat and provide logistical support for the Panel. ICANN cited growing pressures to address issues outside its sphere of responsibility as a motivating factor in forming a high-level panel.

“So many of today’s headline issues stem from national policies that aren’t enforceable across the borderless network we call the Internet,” said Fadi Chehadé, president of ICANN and a member of the Panel. “For organizations like ICANN, most of these issues fall outside our area of responsibility. The Panel should focus on evolving and globalizing the current Internet governance framework and exploring mechanisms to address these complex issues.”

Vint Cerf, often cited as one of the founders of the Internet, will serve as a vice-chair of the Panel. “The Internet was designed for openness and rapid expansion, and its existing distributed and collaborative model of governance has worked remarkably well for thirty years of its operation,” said Cerf. “However, as the Internet and its applications have spread across the globe and become ever more vital to daily lives, attention to transnational public policy issues and their resolution calls for further adaptation and evolution of the present model.”

In the coming year, several key events will address Internet governance topics, including the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, and a recently announced conference to be hosted by Brazil in Spring 2014. The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands will also be a substantive partner in the work of the Panel and host a meeting at the historic Sunnylands estate in Rancho Mirage, California in early 2014.

ICANN consulted with a number of organizations to develop the Panel. Members were chosen to ensure that a regionally diverse cross-section of stakeholders would be represented. Panel members’ activities will be independent of their organizations. Panel members include:

  • Mohamed al Ghanem, Founder and Director General of the UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority; former Vice-Chair, UAE Information and Communications Technology Fund
  • Virgilio Fernandes Almeida, Member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences; Chair of Internet Steering Committee; National Secretary for Information Technology Policies
  • Dorothy Attwood, Senior Vice President of Global Public Policy, Walt Disney Company
  • Mitchell Baker, Chair, Mozilla Foundation; Chair and former CEO, Mozilla Corporation
  • Francesco Caio, CEO of Avio; former CEO, Cable and Wireless and Vodafone Italia; Founder of Netscalibur; broadband advisor in UK and Italy
  • Vint Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google; former Chairman, ICANN; Co-Founder of the Internet Society
  • Fadi Chehade, CEO and President of ICANN; Founder of Rosetta Net; technology executive
  • Nitin Desai, Indian economist and diplomat; former UN Undersecretary General; convener of Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG)
  • Toomas Ilves, President of Estonia; former diplomat and journalist; former Minister of Foreign Affairs; former Member of the European Parliament
  • Ivo Ivanovski, Minister of Information Society and Administration, Macedonia; Commissioner to the UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development
  • Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe; former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Norway; Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee
  • Olaf Kolkman, Director of NLnet Labs; “Evangineer” of the Open Internet; former Chair of the Internet Architecture Board
  • Frank La Rue, labor and human rights lawyer; UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression; Founder, Center for Legal Action for Human Rights (CALDH)
  • Robert M. McDowell, former U.S. Federal Communications Commissioner; Visiting Fellow, Hudson Institute’s Center for Economics of the Internet
  • Andile Ngcaba, Chairman, Convergence Partners; Executive Chairman, Dimension Data Middle East and Africa; former South African Government Director General of Communications
  • Liu Qingfeng, CEO and President of iFLYTEK; Director of National Speech & Language Engineering Laboratory of China; Member of Interactive Technology Standards working group
  • Lynn St. Amour, President and CEO of the Internet Society; telecoms and IT executive
  • Jimmy Wales, Founder and Promoter of Wikipedia; Member of the Board of Trustees of Wikimedia Foundation
  • Won-Pyo Hong, President, Media Solution Center, Samsung Electronics

Additional members to be confirmed.

For more information on the Panel, please see