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Wednesday, December 7 • 16:30 - 18:00
WS163: A New Social Compact for Internet Governance

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A prerequisite for attaining inclusive and sustainable growth through the power of the Internet is the trust all stakeholders have in the stability, security and availability of the network. The Global Commission on Internet Governance has undertaken an extensive program of research and through its deliberations believes that the necessary level of trust and confidence can only be achieved through a normative process. All stakeholders must collaborate to arrive at a broadly agreed social compact ensuring that the Internet continues on track to become more accessible, inclusive, secure and trustworthy. This social compact will require a very high level of agreement among governments, private corporations, civil society, the technical community and individuals. Governments can provide leadership, but cannot alone define the content of the social compact. Achieving agreement and acceptance will require the engagement of all stakeholders in the Internet ecosystem. The social compact must offer a framework where each actor understands that they have the responsibility to act not only in their own interest, but also in the interest of the Internet ecosystem as a whole. 

This workshop will bring together members of the Global Commission and researchers who contributed to their work, to describe their reasoning and their conclusions, and to engage in an active debate and problem solving session with participants on the topic of the essential elements of a social compact, mechanisms to achieve agreement, and the best ways to build on that agreement to make Internet governance more inclusive and supportive of sustainable growth around the world.

Read the Global Commission's statement: Toward a Social Compact for Digital Privacy and Security
Read the Global Commission's final report and find more of its research: One Internet


Moderator: Laura DeNardis, American University - Director, Global Commission on Internet Governance

Ambassador Latha Reddy, Commissioner, Global Commission on Internet Governance
Ambassador Eileen Donahoe, Commissioner, Global Commission on Internet Governance
Emily Taylor, Research Advisory Network, Global Commission on Internet Governance
Pablo Hinojosa, Strategic Engagement Director, APNIC
Sally Wentworth, VP of Global Policy Development, Internet Society

Session Organizers

Wednesday December 7, 2016 16:30 - 18:00 CST
Workshop Room 5 PALCCO, Guadalajara, Mexico