Based on the feeling and importance that /1net should provide some kind of formal input to the NetMundial meeting in April, we have specifically developed a statement and process to meet the tight deadline for submitting input (Saturday 8 March).

The statement is built from the Montevideo Statement, and split up into the two themes of the NetMundial meeting. There shouldn't be anything in this statement that is controversial or surprising if you have been following Internet governance discussions over the past four months.

A few quick things to note:

  • Having a /1net statement should not in any way preclude people from sending their own input to the NetMundial meeting
  • The statement should be viewed as the broad perspective on Internet governance issues from the /1net community. There is plenty of opportunity for more in-depth discussions outside this singular event
  • Given the tight deadline, we should as much as possible avoid suggestions that others will disagree with

Process of converging on the content of the statement:

  • An online survey gives everyone the opportunity to review each sentence within the draft statement. You can simply agree with it (obviously the preferred response), you can "Agree but…" and provide some brief feedback, or you can disagree and explain why you feel would need to change to the wording in order for you to agree.
  • That survey will run from now until the end of Tuesday (23:45 UTC),
    at which point it will close.
  • The results from the survey will be analyzed to see what changes
    could be made to accommodate different views - and statistics
    released to show what the feedback was (comments will be published
    but not attributed).
  • On Thursday, a reformed statement will be put to a second survey sent
    to Steering Committee members who will act as representatives of
    their stakeholder groups in deciding yes or no to specific
  • That survey will close Friday and /1net coordinator Adiel Akplogan
    will review the results and decide what can be put forward to the
    NetMundial meeting as representative of /1net's view.

It is far more rushed than is ideal but given the fact that there is only this week to reach agreement, hopefully you will all see the value in responding quickly and constructively.

You can find the survey and the statements at:

Please note that the survey will automatically close at 23.45 UTC on Tuesday 4 March.

Thank you for your input in advance.