Internet Governance

Day Two at the World Telecommunication Policy Forum

WTPF Day Two started with  Working Group 2 discussion on the two draft IP Addressing Opinions (Opinion 3 on “Supporting capacity building for the deployment of IPv6” and Opinion 4 on “In support of IPv6 Adoption and Transition from IPv4”). Contributions proposing modifications to the Opinions were presented and discussed. One item that was debated was the proposal to add an additional instructs section to Opinion 3 to include the Secretary General’s responsibility to ensure transition and adoption of IPv6 address.  After discussion, it was determined that the responsibility should be directed to the ITU’s Development Sector and this would be noted in the meeting report. Opinion 3 was adopted without any modifications as a result.  In addition there were no comments for Opinion 4 and it was adopted as written.

WTPF Day Two then moved into Working Group 3 and a robust discussion on Opinion 5 “Supporting multistakeholderism in Internet governance” and 6 “On supporting operationalizing the enhanced cooperation process” which took up the majority of the morning and afternoon sessions. Stakeholders worked quickly and listened to concerns and agreed to both Opinions 5 and 6. Critical issues were discussed in the afternoon that had been raised by several countries that focus on the role of Government in the management of the Internet, and the need for Governments to have a forum to discuss issues and make decisions.  Some stakeholders supported the current model, others support the need for the ITU to play a role as a place for those discussions. At the heart of the debate for some governments is whether or not the current model is effective, and how to strengthen the role of governments in Internet governance and how to operationalize their role. Discussion will continue in Day 3 to determine whether an additional Opinion should emerge from this debate based on the contributions from Brazil and Russia.