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Lynn St. Amour, Senior Fellow GSN, is at the NETmundial meeting on the Future of Internet Governance in Brazil this week. Her early report:

NetmundialNETmundial got off to a somewhat slow start given all the necessary formalities. One highpoint though is the signing by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff of the Marco Civil da Internet bill (Civil Rights Framework for the Internet). This bill is aimed at guaranteeing civil rights in the use of the Internet in Brazil, and has been some time coming.

Now, back to NETmundial (aka the Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance) which is being convened to discuss two issues relevant for the future evolution of the Internet, in an open and multistakeholder fashion:

  • Internet Governance Principles, and
  • Roadmap for the future evolution of the Internet Governance Ecosystem

NETmundial is pioneering an evolutionary approach combining multi-lateral approaches with multi-stakeholder practices to drive new processes.

Nearly 1500 contributions were received from all stakeholders around the globe, and these are serving as the basis for a draft outcome document. This draft outcome document is currently under discussion with more sessions scheduled for Day 2.

Any document coming from NETmundial is expected to be used in other Internet governance related fora and entities, particularly the IGF as NETmundial is intended to be a one off/stand-alone meeting.

More to come…