JPRS Submitted its comments in response to the questionnaire of WGEC
(2 September 2013)
On August 30th, 2013, JPRS submitted its comments in response to the questionnaire of the Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation (WGEC), which is under the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) within United Nations.
The purpose of this questionnaire provided by WGEC is to gather comments relevant to the implementation of enhanced cooperation. Submitted comments will be used in the review of "Tunis Agenda[*1]" which was[*2] adopted at "World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) "in Nov 2005. The WG seeks inputs to this questionnaire broadly.
JPRS has strongly supported the arrangement of the management of the Critical Internet Resources with private sector initiative, and therefore support the open and bottom-up multistakeholder model.
With the above background, JPRS submitted comments to WGEC are as follows.
JPRS Comments to the Questionnaire of the Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation
- *1. What is "Tunis Agenda"? (JPNIC official Website: Japanese only)
- *2. What is "Internet Governance"? (JPNIC official Website: Japanese only)
3. To what extent has or has not enhanced cooperation been implemented?
Please use the space below to explain and to provide examples to support your answer.
The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is the forum where participants share the information and exchange their opinions relevant to the international public policy issues pertaining to the Internet. Various stakeholders including governments participate in the IGF activities. Sharing issues and actions to solve them are employed in a bottom-up manner.
We appreciate these actions as a worthy progress of implementing enhanced cooperation.
4. What are the relevant international public policy issues pertaining to the Internet?
The essential issue is the promotion of active participation of various stakeholders in relevant international public policy setting scenes pertaining to the Internet. Other important issues are to design seamless policies for both international and domestic matters giving deliberation on the borderlessness of the Internet and to cooperate globally to implement such policies.
5. What are the roles and responsibilities of the different stakeholders, including governments, in implementation of the various aspects of enhanced cooperation?
Each stakeholder should contribute in solving various issues lying on the way to enhanced cooperation by taking action based on the stakeholder's own experience and wisdom acquired in their field. They should also work together with other stakeholders to cope with the issues.
6. How should enhanced cooperation be implemented to enable governments, on an equal footing, to carry out their roles and responsibilities in international public policy issues pertaining to the Internet?
As mentioned in question 3, we appreciate IGF promoting various multistakeholders including governments to share information and exchange opinions regarding the relevant international public policy issues pertaining to the Internet.
We should not make discussions more complicated or deconcentrated, but make use of the proven framework of IGF. By utilizing IGF framework, the governments should not intervene the fields which each stakeholder can take sound and autonomous actions. We expect governments to coordinate and implement the bare minimum of required international policies and domestic policies which only the governments can work on.
8. What are the most appropriate mechanisms to fully implement enhanced cooperation as recognized in the Tunis Agenda, including on international public policy issues pertaining to the Internet and public policy issues associated with coordination and management of critical Internet resources?
ICANN is a pioneering organization that employs multistakeholderism in coordinating the critical Internet resources based on the autonomous input from various stakeholders, such as governments, private sector, and civil society. We believe this model is the appropriate mechanism to fully implement the enhanced cooperation as recognized in the Tunis Agenda. We should refer to this model as a basis in coping with issues other than the Internet resource management as well.
9. What is the possible relationship between enhanced cooperation and the IGF?
As mentioned before, various multistakeholders including governments participate in the IGF and discuss international public policy issues pertaining to the Internet. IGF framework should be further utilized at a maximum as a forum to discuss and yield a concept or specific idea of promoting enhanced cooperation.
18. Are there other comments, or areas of concern, on enhanced cooperation you would like to submit?
We support the open and bottom-up multistakeholder model so that the Internet continues to evolve and equally connects every corner of the world.