As the NETmundial Initiative (NMI) adopted its terms of reference in June 2015, one of the commitments made was to “seek to complement and support” the work of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF).
Details of what that support could entail were presented to the broader IGF community during NMI’s session at the 2015 IGF in João Pessoa, Brazil, which took place on 9 November 2015.
Members of the inaugural Coordination Council shared their views and sought the community’s feedback on how two concrete tools built by NMI, the NETmundial Solutions Map (“Map”) and the NETmundial Collaboration Platform (“Platform”), could be leveraged and utilized by the IGF community in efforts to improve information and knowledge sharing across Internet governance issues.
Specifically, it was suggested that the Map could prove a useful tool in helping facilitate pre and post-event efforts of the IGF community by serving as a central repository for collecting and sharing relevant information. The Map aims to reduce information costs and friction in searching for knowledge and relationships. GovLab’s Stefaan Verhulst spoke about the latest developments surrounding the Map and called on the community to actively engage and lend its expertise in crowdsourcing its content.
It was also suggested that the Platform could serve as a space for the broader community to create a bigger pipeline of concrete bottom-up project proposals, either analytical or capacity building, with particular focus on assisting developing country communities, governments and underserved stakeholders to address issues.
Authors of project proposals currently on the Platform, specifically Friends of the IGF and the Internet & Jurisdiction Project, took the opportunity of being present at the IGF to showcase their projects and discuss specific goals and needs.
Council Co-Chair, Virgilio A. F. Almeida, presented the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee/CGI.br’s multistakeholder makeup, it's bottom-up approach to designing processes and implementing activities. CGI.br plans on documenting its best practices and use the Platform to share the methodology and engage in constructive dialogues with the community. CGI.br’s best practices could serve as a resource for developing-country communities, governments and underserved stakeholders.
The constructive dialogue that took place during this session helped further the understanding about NMI and its activities, highlighting opportunities for collaboration through concrete action.