Sign-On Statement regarding the 2014 Internet Governance Summit in Brazil

(This statement was initiated on the Best Bits platform, and it has received consultative feedback from members of Best Bits and the Civil Society Internet Governance Caucus.)

We, the undersigned organizations and individuals from around the world, recognize that we are in a critical moment for the Internet Governance regime, in which the increasing use of surveillance mechanisms poses a challenge for the whole community to tackle. Proactive action is required to restore trust and to ensure human rights are respected and upheld. We remain committed to the development of an open Internet and its use for advancing human rights, express our hope and expectation that the Internet governance summit in Brazil in 2014 incorporate a multistakeholder model of agenda setting, participation and decision making from its inception. This requires:

  • The event should discuss what Internet governance architecture is required to support an inclusive, people-centric, development-oriented information society. We believe that this requires at the very minimum that such a structure is democratic, in that it should be inclusive of all countries and all stakeholders, and that it protects and promotes human rights.
  • The full participation of civil society stakeholders in planning and in the meeting should be guaranteed and resourced.
  • A strengthened Internet Governance Forum could play a role in the future Internet governance arrangements to be discussed at the event, and it should be linked with the CSTD WGEC process as appropriate.
  • The event should extend beyond good will speeches or presentations of good intentions and seek to produce actionable outputs. Modalities should be developed to allow all stakeholders, including remote participants, to participate on an equal footing from the preparatory process to final outputs.

We stress that opening doors for more stakeholders to attend meetings is not sufficient. Multistakeholderism has been used with a variety of meanings, sometimes only referring to a very limited kind of openness and consultation. If the goal is to achieve an open, inclusive and participatory debate, it is crucial that civil society is centrally involved at every step of the decision-making process.

If you wish to endorse this statement, please send email to <> indicating the name of the individual or organization expressing endorsement and, where appropriate, the person’s or organization’s country.

So far the following endorsements from organizations have been received:

  1. Consumers International
  2. The World Wide Web Foundation
  3. Pasifika Nexus
  5. Internet Democracy Project, India
  6. Electronic Frontier Finland
  7. Korean Progressive Network Jinbonet
  8. Opennet Korea
  9. Sorge Magazine, Indonesia
  10. DIGILEXIS, headquartered in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire
  11. ITU-APT Foundation of India
  12. Data And Investment Consult Lebanon
  13. Gambia YMCA
  14. Asociación Colombiana de Usuarios de Internet
  16. Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA), Philippines
  17. Intlnet
  18. New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute
  20. Inc.
  21. Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC)
  22. Medienstadt Leipzig e.V.
  23. IT for Change, India
  24. South Pacific Computer Society
  25. Internauta Brasil
  26. Association for Progressive Communications (APC)
  27. Instituto Nupef, Rio, Brazil
  28. European Media Platform
  29. Bytes for All, Pakistan
  30. Global Partners Digital
  31. Bolo Bhi, Pakistan
  32. CCOAI, India
  33. Bangladesh Dignity Forum
  34. Software Freedom Law Centre, India

In addition, the following persons have endorsed the statement in their personal capacity:

  1. Lee W. McKnight, Kauffman Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Syracuse University iSchool, USA
  2. Salanieta Tamanikaiwaimaro, Fiji
  3. Norbert Bollow, Switzerland
  4. Sonigitu Ekpe, Nigeria
  5. Y.J. Park, SUNY Korea
  6. Professor Chris Marsden, School of Law, University of Sussex
  7. Walid Al-Saqaf
  8. Karim ATTOUMANI MOHAMED from Comoros
  9. Izumi Aizu, Japan
  10. Imran Ahmed Shah
  11. Evang. (Dr.) Michael O. A. Idubor
  12. Hago Dafalla, Sudan
  13. Carolina Aguerre, Argentina
  14. Carlton Samuels, Jamaica
  15. Jeremy Hunsinger, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University and Co-Director Center for Digital Discourse and Culture, Virginia Tech
  16. Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Benedek, Institute of International Law and International Relations, University of Graz, Austria
  17. Dave Kissoondoyal
  18. Cheryl Langdon-Orr
  19. Fouad Bajwa, Pakistan
  20. Norbert Klein, Cambodia
  21. David Solomonoff
  22. Prof. Wolfgang Kleinwächter, University of Aarhus
  23. Qusai AlShatti
  24. Suresh Ramasubramanian, India
  25. Sylvia Herlein Leite, Brazil
  26. Ian Peter, Australia
  27. Prof. Dr. Nuno Garcia, Portugal
  28. Dr John Selby, Macquarie University, Australia
  29. Paulina Ravouvou, Auckland, New Zealand
  30. Jodie Nanuman, Vanuatu
  31. Oksana Prykhodko, Ukraine
  32. Suluo Daunivalu, Pacific Art Gallery Director, Riga, Latvia
  33. Ing. Petr Hornát, Prague, Czech Republic
  34. Mwendwa Kivuva, Kenya
  35. Tevita Tamanikaiwaimaro, Lami, Fiji
  36. Marc Perkel, founder of Church of Reality
  37. Ian Thomson, New Zealand
  38. Lai Tora, Fiji
  39. Bayezid Dawla, Executive Director, Civic Bangladesh
  40. Gorka Orueta Estibariz, Spain
  41. Aboudem Bavou Clément Martial, Cameroon