[discuss] Contributions to NETmundial

Nigel Hickson nigel.hickson at icann.org
Mon Mar 10 21:52:44 UTC 2014


Good evening; this part of their submission is consistent with their recent
Communication. It remains to be endorsed as European policy.



From:  Milton L Mueller <mueller at syr.edu>
Date:  Monday, March 10, 2014 8:23 PM
To:  'Constance Bommelaer' <bommelaer at isoc.org>, "discuss at 1net.org List"
<discuss at 1net.org>
Subject:  Re: [discuss] Contributions to NETmundial

As one of ISOC¹s policy staff, I would like to know your reaction to the
European Commission submission to NetMundial, specifically those portions of
the comments that call for forms of oversight to make IETF standards
conformant to public policy concerns.
To make things easier, I paste in the relevant text of the EC submission
5. Technical details of Internet protocols and other information technology
specifications can have significant public policy implications. Even where
the technical discussion process is open, key decisions are frequently made
by technical experts in the absence of broad stakeholder representation. An
effective multistakeholder approach to specification setting on the internet
will be based on efficient mutual interactions between technical and public
policy considerations so that technical specifications more systematically
take into account public policy concerns. This is particularly important
when legal rights of individuals, especially their human rights, are clearly
impacted. The implications of this evolution in norm setting in relation to
the Internet require an open public debate with all concerned.

The Commission proposes to convene, together with interested parties, a
series of workshops with international experts in law, ethics, social
sciences, economics, international relations and technology, in order to
develop concrete and actionable recommendations to ensure coherence between
existing normative frameworks and new forms of Internet-enabled

Furthermore, all stakeholders should strengthen (and where appropriate
create) structured mechanisms to allow regular, early and truly inclusive
upstream participation, review and comment in technical decisions. These
structured mechanisms should also strive towards consistency of technical
decisions with human rights. The Commission stands ready to discuss with
relevant stakeholders the best options to achieve this objective.


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