Submissions to NetMundial

Knowledge Commons has made the following submissions to NetMundial:

a)     “Towards Reform of Global Internet Governance
b)    “Towards Reform of Global Internet Technical Framework

Knowledge Commons has supported, with certain reservations, the “proposals of a broad coalition of Brasilian civil society groups for reform of Internet Governance.

Knowledge Commons has also supported and endorsed the submissions of the Coalition for a Just and Equitable Internet, a broad coalition of several dozen civil society actors from different global regions, concerned with Internet governance, human rights and social justice and the relationship between them.

(a)   Just Net Internet governance principles

(b)  Just Net Roadmap

Knowledge Commons has summarised and analysed the 187 submissions made to the NetMundial

Summaries of Submissions to NetMundial
Analysis of NetMundial Submissions

Proposals for NetMundial

In total, 187 governments, technical experts, academics, individuals and businesses met the 8 March 2014 submission deadline.

Who participated?

  • 31 submissions came from individual and groups of governments
  • 105 submissions were from civil society
  • 42 submissions were from the private sector
  • 3 UN bodies made submissions
  • 6 came from multistakeholder bodies

From where?

  • 64 submissions came from the global South
  • 99 submissions came from the global North
  • 24 submissions came from global bodies


  • 127 submissions were from men
  • 51 submissions were from women
  • 9 were non-gender specific

Because the purpose of NetMundial is to craft a set of high-level global principles and a roadmap for future of global Internet governance systems, most submissions were organized around these two themes:

Human Rights

  • 110 out of 187 submissions emphasized the importance of recognizing and protecting human rights online, particularly the rights to privacy, freedom of expression and association.
  • 50 out of 187 recognize the need for strong protections against mass surveillance, while almost all mention privacy

Governance Reform

  • 135 out of 187 submissions acknowledge problems with the multistakeholder model of Internet governance, with reform urgently needed to improve transparency in decision making and reporting and to establish clear operating procedures to ensure fair and equal representation, geographic and gender balance.
  • 63 out of 187 submissions explicitly supported the call for the globalization of ICANN, currently linked to the US Department of Commerce and tied to California law.
  • 145 out of 187 submissions affirm the fact that governments have a public policy role to play in Internet governance in areas such as protecting the human rights of citizens, regulating costs of access and net neutrality, cybersecurity and the protection and stability of international telecommunication services.

Principles proposed include

  • The Internet is a global knowledge commons
  • Human rights online are equivalent to human rights offline
  • Drag net surveillance is not legitimate and should be explicitly outlawed
  • Surveillance must be necessary, targeted, and with judicial oversight
  • Backdoors into software and hardware violate users human rights
  • Information governments and companies collect, store and use need limits
  • Competition and consumer law should prevent online monopolies
  • Fair and transparent cross border regulation & taxation of Internet business

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