[IRPCoalition] 2014 Brazil Meeting on Internet Governance - Letter supporting Multistakeholder participation

Marianne Franklin m.i.franklin at gold.ac.uk
Fri Nov 22 15:15:21 EET 2013

Dear all

FYI, the following letter below has been drafted through a collaborative 
effort across several civil society platforms in order to support 
current efforts on the ground, in Brazil and this week's ICANN meeting 
in Buenos Aires to ensure that the 2014 Brazilian hosted meeting on 
Internet Governance holds to its promise of inclusive and 
multistakholder participation at the preparatory level and for the 
meeting itself.

Mr. Paulo Bernardo Silva, Minister of Communications - Minicom

Mr. Virgilio de Almeida, Secretary for Information Technology Policy at 
the Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation - MCTI

Mr. Valdir Simão, Special Assessor for the Presidency

Emb. Benedicto Fonseca, Director of the Department of Scientific and 
Technological Affairs of the Minister of External Relations - MRE and
Mr. Harmut Glaser, Secretariat of the Brazilian Internet Steering 
Committee - CGI.br

We, as representatives of three networks that include civil society 
organisations and individuals involved in Internet governance, are 
writing with reference to preparations for the Global Multistakeholder 
Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance that is planned to be held 
in São Paulo, Brazil by April 2014.

During the eighth Internet Governance Forum in Bali this year, many of 
us met in person, and some others participated remotely and agreed that 
the following persons would be delegated to serve as interim Liaisons 
from across these networks for purposes of planning the Global Meeting:

* Ms Joana Varon Ferraz

* Ms Carolina Rossini

* Mr Carlos A Afonso

* Ms Laura Tresca

This letter is to express our continuing support for this arrangement as 
planning for the meeting takes shape. The above interim Liaisons shall 
remain at disposal of the Brazilian authorities in all matters 
pertaining to the organisation of the Global Meeting, and we urge that 
our Liaisons should in the context of these preparations be invited to 
all meetings with all other constituencies as full participants in this 
process. We support their work and look forward to hearing of progress 
in their reports back to our networks that are made up of a broad 
constituency of civil society groups and individuals. They have our 
trust and support.

If you have any inquiries about the above matter, please do not hesitate 
to contact us at any time, either directly or through the above Liaisons.

Yours sincerely,


Please indicate if you support this letter being sent as soon as 
possible as the work that Joana, Carolina, Carlos, and Laura have been 
doing on behalf of civil society, broadly defined, in this respect needs 
support from everyone committed to this meeting being a successful and 
constructive one.

If anyone is not clear about why we are proposing this letter, or who 
are not up to speed with the Brazilian initiative, please feel free to 
ask. There are quite a few people on this list new to all these issues 
so do not hesitate to speak up. All those involved will do their best to 
clarify for sure.

Thanks all for the time to consider this cross-network initiative.

Professor Marianne Franklin
Convener: Global Media & Transnational Communications Program
Co-Chair Internet Rights & Principles Coalition (UN IGF)
Goldsmiths, University of London
Dept. of Media & Communications
New Cross, London SE14 6NW
Tel: +44 20 7919 7072
<m.i.franklin at gold.ac.uk>

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