Thursday, February 24, 2005

Civil Society on Internet Governance

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From Andy Carvin's Waste of Bandwidth Blog:

Jeanette Hoffmann has just started speaking in the intergovernmental plenary; she is the first of several civil society speakers to address various aspects of Internet governance. She applauded the UN's creation of a working group on Internet governance (WGIG) and its multi-stakeholder approach, involving civil society and the private sector as active participants rather than as observers. Her statement advocates greater sensitivity to gender rights, human rights, linguistic diversity and freedom of expression. She also notes that work on Internet governance should involve disenfranchised groups on the wrong side of the digital divide, including NGOs and individuals. This diversity of perspectives and values should be reflected in the final documents generated by WGIG. These documents must reflect the multi-stakeholder approach that produced it, she said.

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