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November 9, 2015

Time to Step Up Efforts

The NetMundial Initiative's Inaugural Council invited I&J to present the global multistakeholder process and its need for increased, sustainable funding on November 9, 2015 at the Internet Governance Forum in Joao Pessoa, Brazil. The NetMundial Council featured I&J as an exemplary multistakeholder initiative that addresses a specific need identified by the NetMundial Roadmap: jurisdictional issues and how these relate to the Internet. A stated goal of the NetMundial Initiative is to further the “development of the Internet Governance ecosystem to produce operational solutions.” Fadi Chehade, CEO of ICANN and Co-chair of the NetMundial Council, stressed:

The work the Internet & Jurisdiction Project has been doing is amazing. It needs to be accelerated and supported.

During the presentation, Bertrand de la Chapelle highlighted the urgency to find operational solutions to the jurisdiction problem in order to preserve the global nature of the Internet. He emphasized that it is vital to demonstrate that a multistakeholder approach can produce operational solutions to resolve this common challenge that all stakeholder groups face:

We must tackle this issue of jurisdiction. It is at the core of the governance ON the Internet. If we do not find solutions, we run the risk of destroying the benefits of the Internet. It is not easy – but the experience that we have gathered at the Internet & Jurisdiction Project shows that it is possible to collectively develop operational solutions through multistakeholder cooperation.

In order to fulfill the expectations that the different stakeholders have of the Internet & Jurisdiction process, I&J requires a minimum budget of €1 million in 2016. Eileen Donahoe, NetMundial Council Co-chair and Director of Global Affairs at Human Rights Watch, told the community at the Internet Governance Forum:

The Internet & Jurisdiction Project is a unique example of a successful multistakeholder approach to address the crucial jurisdiction problem.

The NetMundial Initiative comes out of the 2014 NetMundial meeting in São Paulo. Its mission is to provide a platform that helps catalyze practical cooperation between all stakeholders in order to address Internet issues and advance the implementation of the NetMundial Principles and Roadmap.

Members of the NetMundial Council

Akinori Maemura

General Manager, Internet Development Department

Japan Network Information Center

Andile Ngcaba

Chairman & Founding Partner

Convergence Partners Investments and Dimension Data Middle East & Africa (DDMEA)

Andrus Ansip

Vice President

European Commission

Anriette Esterhuysen

Executive Director

Association for Progressive Communications

Christoph Steck

Director, Public Policy and Internet


Eileen Donahoe

Director of Global Affairs

Human Rights Watch

Fadi Chehade

Chief Executive Officer


Jack Ma

Founder and Executive Chairrman

Alibaba Group

James Poisant

Secretary General

The World Information Technology and Services Alliance

Jean-François Abramatic

Member, International Relations Team


Jean-Jacques Subrenat

European Regional At-Large Organization (EURALO)

João Carlos Rebello Caribé

Activism and Policy Manager

Movimento Mega

Juan Cruz González Allonca

National Director for Personal Data Protection

Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, Argentina

Khaled Negm

Minister of Communications & Information Technology

Lu Wei

Minister of Cyberspace Administration of the People’s Republic of China

Marília Maciel

Digital Policy Senior Researcher


Nii Narku Quaynor


University of Cape Coast Ghana

Pablo Bello Arellano

Secretary General

Association of Latin American Telecom Operators

Penny Pritzker

US Secretary of Commerce

Richard Samans

Member of the Managing Board

World Economic Forum

Virgilio Augusto Fernandes Almeida

Secretary for Information Technology Policy

Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of Brazil

William Drake

International Fellow and Lecturer, Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research

University of Zurich

Wolfgang Kleinwächter

University of Aarhus