On 11 February, the European Commission issued a Communication on Internet Policy and Governance: Europe’s role in shaping the future of Internet Governance. The proposal calls for more transparent, accountable and inclusive governance. The paper focuses on specific areas and sets actions that will be assessed in a progress report in 2015:
1. Concrete actions:
- Establishment of a clear timeline for the globalisation of ICANN and the “IANA functions”
- A strengthening of the global IGF
- Launching an online platform for creating transparency on internet policies, the Global Internet Policy Observatory
- A review of conflicts between national laws or jurisdictions that will suggest possible remedies
2. Commitment to improve the transparency, accountability and inclusiveness of the multi-stakeholder processes and those who participate in these processes
3. A commitment to create a set of principles of Internet governance to safeguard the open and unfragmented nature of the Internet
4. A commitment to globalise key decision-making (for example the coordination of domain names and IP addresses) to safeguard the stability, security and resilience of the Internet.
Find full Communication here.