The World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) - Geneva 2003 and Tunis 2005 - was set up by the United Nations to address the possible contribution of ICTs to achieving the Millennium Development Goals, to bridging the digital gap and to contributing to an inclusive and people-centred Information Society. The "Tunis Agenda for the Information Society", adopted in the Tunis session of WSIS, is the main reference document setting future commitments with regards to Internet related issues, relevant to both public and private sectors.
The International Affairs and Internet Governance Working Group (IAIG WG) monitors post-WSIS activities related to the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and 'enhanced cooperation' as contained in the Tunis Agenda (par. 72 and par.69-71 respectively).
On 25 November 1998, the United States Department of Commerce (DOC) on behalf of the United States Government (USG) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with ICANN, a private sector, not-for-profit Corporation, with a mission to coordinate, at the overall level, the global Internet's systems of unique identifiers, and in particular to ensure the stable and secure operation of the Internet's unique identifier systems.
The purpose of the MoU was to effect the gradual transition of Domain Name and Addressing System (DNS) management to the private sector. In September 2006 the Joint Project Agreement (JPA, the successor agreement to the MoU) was signed, setting 10 responsibilities for ICANN.
In September 2009 ICANN and US Department of Commerce signed the Affirmation of Commitments (AoC) that established a long-lasting framework for the technical coordination of the Internet’s DNS. One of the key tasks of the AoC is periodic reviewing to ensure accountability and transparency, preserving security, stability and resiliency, promoting competition, consumer trust, and consumer choice, as well as enforcing policy relating to WHOIS.
In 2014, the US Government announced that it would transition the stewardship of the IANA functions to a multi-stakeholder model, to be agreed by the global community.
The IAIG WG will provide input concerning strategic issues on ICANN’s evolution and more in particular to the transition of ICANN from a single party oversight to a bottom-up self-governance approach.
The IAIG WG will coordinate ETNO’s contributions to the multi-stakeholder dialogue in the relevant Internet governance fora, including the recently established Netmundial Initiative, making sure that the key principles publicly called for by ETNO are duly taken into consideration. These key principles are:
- Recognition of the effectiveness of current mechanisms, while acknowledging the need to evolve and build on existing structures
- Recognition of the need for enhanced cooperation between governments and all other stakeholders on public policies related to the Internet, without any direct government involvement in the day to day technical and operational management of the Internet
- No absolute government oversight function in relation to Internet Governance.
Working Group Structure
ETNO WGs are the engine of the Association. The bottom-up approach when formulating ETNO position papers ensures that all ETNO member interests are captured. The IAIG WG Chair is Christoph Steck, Telefonica : christoph.steck(at)telefonica(dot)com.