About the Internet Governance Caucus

The Internet Governance Caucus (IGC) was originally created by individual and organizational civil society actors who came together in the context of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) to promote global public interest objectives in Internet governance policy making.

The mission of the Internet Governance Caucus (IGC) is to provide a forum for discussion, advocacy, action, and for representation of civil society contributions in Internet governance processes. The caucus intends to provide an open and effective forum for civil society to share opinion, policy options and expertise on Internet governance issues, and to provide a mechanism for coordination of advocacy to enhance the utilization and influence of Civil Society (CS) and the IGC in relevant policy processes.

The objectives and tasks of the IGC are to:

  • Inform civil society and other progressive groups/actors on significant developments impacting on Internet governance policies.
  • Provide a context for open on line and, wherever and whenever possible, face-to-face debate on the range of issues related to Internet governance policies from a civil society perspective.
  • Develop an on-going and outcome oriented structure. Create informal relationships with various CS groups and individuals with a direct interest in Internet governance policies, including those involved in human rights, ICT4D, intellectual property, international trade and global electronic commerce, access to knowledge, and security.
  • Provide outreach to other CS groups who have an interest or a stake in some aspect of Internet governance polices.
  • Act as the representative of itself, and other CS constituencies with similar interests, generally or on specific issues, at various forums involved with Internet governance policies.
  • For the sake of the above, as well as for more general purposes, develop common positions on issues relating to Internet governance policies, and make outreach efforts both for informing and for creating broad-based support among other CS groups and individuals for such positions.
  • Anticipate, identify and address emerging issues in the areas of Internet governance and help shape issues and perspectives in a manner that is informed by the stated vision of the IGC.
  • Collaborate with other stakeholders in the implementation of agreed projects and policies towards better Internet governance.

Co-ordinators

The current co-ordinators of the Internet Governance Caucus are Izumi Aizu (Japan) and Salanieta Tamanikaiwaimaro aka Sala (Fiji). You can find out more about the co-ordinators here.

Appeals team

The IGC Charter allows for an Appeals team to deal with specific issues which might arise. Appeals team information can be found here.

Membership

The members of the IGC are individuals, acting in personal capacity, who subscribe to the charter of the caucus. All members are equal and have the same rights and duties. You can find out more about membership here.

Join our mailing list

If you wish to participate in our activities, or just observe our activities, you are welcome to join our mailing list. The mailing list is our priority working space. You can subscribe by visiting http://lists.igcaucus.org/info/governance and following instructions from there.

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