The purpose of the Netmundial Initiative is an outcome and action from the first Netundial meeting held Brazil in April 2014.
The initiative, which works under the direction of a Coordination Council consisting of 23 global stakeholders who represent civil society, government,the private sector, technical and academic community, and international entities, was deemed necessary to encourage the participation and collaboration from the growing number of Internet users, especially those from developing countries. The importance of ensuring Internet openness, inclusiveness and accessibility in such an environment cannot be overemphasized.
It is due to the above that the Netmundial Initiative was officially launched on 6 November 2014. Since this official launch, public consultation sessions have been held in order to establish the role and activities in which such an initiative would be involved.
On the 31 March 2015 the Netmundial Initiative Stanford Communique wayside following the meeting held at Stanford University in California, USA. The initiative aims to be a platform that helps accelerate a concrete cooperation amongst all the global Internet’s stakeholders in order to address issues concerning the Internet and the advancement and implementation of the Netmundial Principles. The group released a draft Terms of Reference document that was available for public comment on the 1st of April 2015 to the 1st of May 2015.
It cannot be overstated how important it is that members of the global Internet community read, understand and express their views concerning this document as ultimately, these policies will affect each and every one of us. The Stanford Communique also presented the group with the opportunity to recognize the projects submitted through the Initiative’s platform to date, whilst also allowing the public to preview all three of them which are namely the Netmundial Solutions Map prototype, the Internet Jurisdiction Project and the Deliberative Poll on Internet Governance.
The Stanford Communique concluded with an undertaking by the group to conduct a series of outreach and engagement activities at different global meetings preceding the Council’s Inaugural Meeting in order to promote greater understanding and transparency concerning the Netmundial Initiative organisation, its role and its activities.