The NETmundial event took place in Sao Paolo, Brazil, from 23-24 April 2014 and was attended by over 1,000 stakeholders both online and in person. Attendees from governments, the private sector, civil society, technical community, and academia from around the world gathered to discuss Internet governance principles and to develop a roadmap for the future evolution of the Internet governance ecosystem.
Discussions centered around the IANA Transition process, network neutrality, surveillance and the need to fortify the current Internet Governance Forum (IGF) structure. The outcome of the two-day event was the Multi-Stakeholder Document, a consensus-developed, non-binding set of principles and guidelines, which forms an important milestone for the evolution of Internet governance.
Quite a few representatives of the African community participated to ensure that African region’s unique needs are taken into consideration. Though not all agreed with the Multi-Stakeholder Document, all recognised the value of coming together to discuss and arrive at a common result: the Multi-stakeholder Document.
While NETmundial established the ground for heightened and more inclusive discussion on Internet governance, all these discussions are ongoing and more collaboration and input is expected in the coming months. AFRINIC looks forward to the community’s input during the upcoming AFRINIC Meetings.