A diverse global group of stakeholders from government, civil society, the private sector, the technical community and international organizations has formed a Panel on the Future of Global Internet Cooperation. The Panel's first meeting is scheduled for December 12, 13 in London.
Focusing on the pressing issue of Internet governance, and committed to a multistakeholder approach, the Panel plans to release a high-level report in early 2014 for public comment. The report will include principles for global Internet cooperation, proposed frameworks for such cooperation and a roadmap for future Internet governance challenges.
Recognising the importance of the initiative, President Toomas Ilves of Estonia has agreed to serve as the group's Chairman. President Ilves is a longtime public supporter of an open, secure and accessible Internet. Vint Cerf, often cited as one of the founders of the Internet, will serve as a vice-chair of the Panel.
ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, was an early catalyst for the Panel and recognized the need for a globally diverse group to independently address broad, complex issues. It will organize the secretariat and provide logistical support for the Panel. ICANN cited growing pressures to address issues outside its sphere of responsibility as a motivating factor in forming a high-level panel.
ICANN consulted with a number of organizations to develop the Panel. Members were chosen to ensure that a regionally diverse cross-section of stakeholders would be represented. Panel members' activities will be independent of their organizations. Panel members include:
*Mohamed al Ghanem, Founder and Director General of the UAE elecommunications Regulatory Authority; former Vice-Chair, UAE information and Communications Technology Fund.
*Virgilio Fernandes Almeida, Member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences; Chair of Internet Steering Committee; National Secretary for Information Technology Policies.
*Dorothy Attwood, Senior Vice President of Global Public Policy, Walt Disney Company.
*Mitchell Baker, Chair, Mozilla Foundation; Chair and former CEO, Mozilla Corporation.
*Francesco Caio, CEO of Avio; former CEO, Cable and Wireless and Vodafone Italia; Founder of Netscalibur; broadband advisor in UK and Italy *Vint Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google; former Chairman, ICANN; Co-Founder of the Internet Society
*Fadi Chehade, CEO and President of ICANN; Founder