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Wednesday, November 11 • 11:00 - 12:30
WS 68 Can civil society impact Global Internet Governance?

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While multistakeholderism model is spreading as an approach for internet policy-making in global/regional/national level, it still faces questions about its effectiveness and limitations. It also impacts in particular civil society participation and raises challenges.

This raises questions about the legitimacy of processes and the value of participation there depending to the structure e.g. ICANN, OECD, CoE. CS can participate in different capacities: observers, experts, full-participation or only during consultation phase.

The workshop is aiming to describe and compare experiences of CS participation in different processes (multistakeholder/multilateral) and fora, and what it achieved or not there in term of policy-making. Those practical experiences will be discussed with other stakeholders representatives and understand how they perceive CS participation.

The roundtable will go from global to national level, drawing best practices, successes and limitations. That will also open a room to highlight common ground between the stakeholders. The workshop is designed to be action-oriented: collecting practices, getting input from participants, then recommendations.

As questions :
1- How do we assess the extent to which civil society succeeded in its participation in the different processes to advance its goals?
2- How can civil society participation be enhanced in practical manners?
3- How can intergovernmental organizations become more responsive to civil society concerns?
4- What lessons can civil society learn from different experiences of other stakeholders? and how to build partnerships with them?
5- How can civil society efforts and possible outcomes at global and regional level can translate into and feed national IG discussions?


  • William Drake, Civil society, Non-commercial Users Constituency,  @wjdrake
  • Baher Esmat, Technical community, ICANN, @baheresmat
  • Deborah Brown, Civil Society, APC, @deblebrown 
  • Susan Chalmers, Technical Community , @susanchalmers
  • Meryem Marzouki, Academia, CNRS & UPMC Sorbonne Universités, @MMPolyTIC
  • Hanene Boujemi, Civil Society, Hivos, @HananeBoujemi 
  • Marianne Franklin, Civil Society, IRP Coalition/Goldsmiths (University of London) , @GloComm
  • Lee Hibbard, Intergovernmental Organization, Council of Europe, @leehibbard
  • Matthew Shears, Civil Society, CDT
  • Anne Carblanc, Intergovernmental Organization, OECD
  • Mongi Marzoug, Private Sector, Orange 
  • Juuso Moisander, Government, Finnish Ministry of foreign affairs, @igfsuomi
  • Canela De Souza Godoi Guilherme, Intergovernmental Organization, UNESCO
  1. Setting the scene : explaining context and objectives behind the roundtable (5min) 
  2. Paper presentation: cases studies & theoretical framework (5min)
  3. Discussants' interventions: going through the questions above and presenting their own experiences (35min) 
  4. Q&A session with the audience, interaction between discussants (35min) 
  5. Wrap-up: recommendations & actions (10min) 
Workshop page: http://cs-netgov.tumblr.com/

Contact: @rafik

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Rafik Dammak

Non-commercial Stakeholder Group former Chair
He is engineer working and living in Japan. He is member of the steering committee for the Dynamic Coalition on Internet Rights and Principles . He has been involved in ICANN community as NCUC (Non-commercial users constituency) individual user member, former elected GNSO Councillor... Read More →

Wednesday November 11, 2015 11:00 - 12:30 GMT-03
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