Submission by AHCIET to the Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance. NETMundial

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AHCIET wants to express its support for NETMundial and congratulate the Government of Brazil for this big effort to evolve the existing model of Internet Governance and appreciates the opportunity to submit a contribution to this relevant meeting. Latin American telecom operators are working hard developing and delivering Internet thorough the region and they want to enhance the cooperation with the other stakeholders contributing to the discussions towards the evolution of Internet Governance model

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Submission by AHCIET to the Global Multistakeholder Meeting 

on the Future of Internet Governance. NETMundial 

 

AHCIET wants to express its support for NETMundial and congratulate the Government of 

Brazil for this big effort to evolve the existing model of Internet Governance and appreciates 

the opportunity to submit a contribution to this relevant meeting. 

 

Latin American telecom operators are working hard developing and delivering Internet 

thorough the region and they want to enhance the cooperation with the other stakeholders 

contributing to the discussions towards the evolution of Internet Governance model. 

 

We want to recognize the current channels of discussion established in the context of Internet 

Governance to date, the consolidated Internet Governance Forum (IGF) with their regional and 

national branches and the recently created Global Commission on Internet Governance (GCIG). 

AHCIET (Latin American Association of Research Centers and Telecommunication Enterprises) is 

a non-profit, private organization founded in 1982. It represents the business interests of 50 

Information and Communications Technologies companies from all over Latin America.

 

 

The Association’s mission is to serve as a platform that facilitates dialogue between the public and 

private sector e.g., (international organizations, regulators and governmental authorities.), in 

order to foster alliances and initiatives resulting in the development of policies, programs and 

projects that leverage economic and social development of regional economies 

Internet Governance Principles. 

 

AHCIET proposes the following items for consideration to the discussion regarding Principles for 

Internet Governance: 

 

1. Respect and protect the Universal Human Rights and the fundamental principle that 

the people has the same rights online and offline. 

o Internet governance arrangements must ensure the protection of all 

fundamental human rights and freedoms and affirm their universality, indivisibility, 

interdependence and interrelation in accordance with International Human Rights 

Law.  

 

2. We support an evolved global, collaborative, diverse and inclusive Internet governance 

model, building on existing foundations and with the involvement of all relevant 

stakeholders (including industry, governments, the technical community, civil society 

and academia) on an equal footing and in an open, transparent, efficient and 

collaborative manner. This model should respect the changing nature of the Internet. 

o The current global nature of the Internet has brought social and economic 

benefit to users all around the world. 

o Any proposed changes to the current governance model, have to take into 

account that the principles of flexibility and agility should be applied and that all 

relevant stakeholders are represented appropriately. 

o The strength of the current model is based in the Internet technical 

infrastructure, provided from different entities working in a collaborative way, and 

its ability to adapt the standards and protocols to changing technologies and user 

requirements. In the evolution of the governance model is necessary to maintain 

that key principle. 

o The Internet governance system must avoid the “primus inter pares” relations, 

especially when countries are involved. 

 

3. The current Internet model has proved to be a useful and effective tool for diffusion 

and interchange of knowledge, being an obvious incentive to the development of the 

global economy. Any proposed technical or operational change affecting the core 

Internet activities, including naming and numbering, has to preserve the integrity of 

the network as well as its robustness, resiliency, security and stability. In the other 

side, any proposal to localize the Internet and its governance will affect the operational 

and economics of the current Internet, and could act as a barrier to the growth itself 

and undermining socio-economic benefits. 

 

4. We recognize that the current government mechanisms for technical and operational 

matters of the Internet have proved to make it a remarkably stable and resilient 

system and that the technical community and private sector should retain their leading 

roles for the day-to-day management of the global, interconnected Internet. 

 

5. Issues should be resolved with due process in a clear and transparent way 

 

6. AHCIET support the process of globalization of ICANN and IANA functions and we 

believe that this task must be accelerated with a clear roadmap. 

 

Roadmap for the Further Evolution of the Internet Governance 

Ecosystem. 

Due to the growing diversity of the Internet and its huge social and economic impact, its 

governance has become more challenging and an issue of international politics. 

 

AHCIET proposes the following for consideration to the discussion regarding Roadmap for the 

Further Evolution of the Internet Governance Ecosystem: 

 

1. Ahciet is aware that the existing mechanisms and organizations dealing with Internet 

Governance have worked in a good manner allowing the tremendous development  

achieved by the Internet, so we are of the opinion that there is no need to create new 

institutions or a global governing body for the Internet. 

 

2. The current multistakeholder fora such as the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), the 

IETF and ICANN should be strengthened in order to reflect the changing nature and 

various aspects of Internet governance. AHCIET believes that the multistakeholder 

model is the best way to govern the Internet but that it needs to evolve and be 

improved. An analysis of the work of existing multistakeholder fora should be carried 

out with a view to streamlining processes identifying overlapping areas where they 

exist and eliminating duplication. 

 

3. The current status of ICANN/IANA should be changed gradually, the initiated 

globalization process is a good way to go forward in this sense it has to be 

strengthened and accelerated with a clear roadmap. Therefore, in line with the recent 

Montevideo Statement on the Future of Internet Cooperation1, we are in favor of this 

process leading to an environment in which all stakeholders, including all 

Governments, participate on equal footing. 

 

4. All stakeholders, including governments, should work together in transparent processes 

to make sure that everyone can use the Internet with confidence that his or her security 

and privacy is respected, in this sense, the Internet Governance Forum has played a 

very important role, have been successful and become more diverse and international 

It could be better funded and its role and influence expanded.

 

5. AHCIET is the opinion that the roadmap should work clarifying the legitimate 

involvement of Governments in Internet governance debates, we could support a 

model whereby Governments are involved, as an equal player, in high-impact Internet 

public policy issues such as; cybersecurity, critical infrastructure debates and 

societal/development debates, in this sense the IGF could be the appropriate 

framework. 

o We recognize that there are some Internet-related issues, such as privacy and 

security, where governments have an especially important role to play. 

o The role of the Governmental Advisory Group (GAC) at the ICANN could be 

strength and clarified. 

 

6. The roadmap should also seek to clarify the roles of civil society and business 

(telecomm operators). 

o Civil society involvement is warranted in areas touching upon civil rights and 

consumer issues 

o Telecom operators should be involved in any discussions affecting their core 

infrastructure. 

 

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See : http://www.lacnic.net/en/web/anuncios/2013-declaracion-montevideo



 

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