[discuss] Contributions to NETmundial

Erika Mann erika at erikamann.com
Tue Mar 11 12:33:09 UTC 2014

Just to be clear. The submission from the European Commission covers the
policy opinion from the DG CONNECT, the department VP Neelie Kroes is
responsible for.

A confirmation from European States (European Council) and the European
Parliament is only needed if regulatory approaches will be submitted by the
European Commission in the future. A Communication or a submission are
nothing more than declarations of possible policy approaches. There are
important nonetheless because they guide possible upcoming legislations.


Erika Mann
ICANN Board of Directors

On Mon, Mar 10, 2014 at 10:52 PM, Nigel Hickson <nigel.hickson at icann.org>wrote:

> Milton
> Good evening; this part of their submission is consistent with their
> recent Communication. It remains to be endorsed as European policy.
> Best
> Nigel
> 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
> Constance
> As one of ISOC's 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
> here:
> 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
> norm-setting.
> 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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