IGF Outcome : Dynamic Coalition on Privacy

By EDRi · November 8, 2006

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At the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) a diverse group of stakeholders has
agreed to launch a Dynamic Coalition on Privacy, which will address emerging
issues of internet privacy protection such as digital identities, the link
between privacy and development, and the importance of privacy and anonymity
for freedom of expression. It will initiate an open process to further
develop and clarify the public policy aspects of privacy in internet
governance in the perspective of the next IGF meeting in Brazil in 2007. The
group will use online collaboration tools as well as facilitate meetings at
related events all over the world throughout the year. Participants in
Athens in particular agreed that there is a need for greater public
participation in technical and legal standardizations that have a global
public policy impact on privacy. They also emphasised that it is important
to better include perspectives from developing countries in these processes.

One of the main outcomes of the IGF is the creation of “dynamic coalitions”
or multi-stakeholder groups working together on a common issue over a
multi-year process. The Dynamic Coalition on Privacy is a direct outcome of
two privacy workshops at the IGF on 31 October, co-organized by the
Information Systems Group at the LSE and the University of Bremen. It also
reflects discussions held during the IGF main session on cyber-security as
well as the IGF workshops on “Human Rights and the Internet” organized by
the Council of Europe and on an “Internet Bill of Rights” organized by the
Government of Italy together with IP Justice and the Internet Society of
Italy. It builds upon several months of multi-stakeholder collaboration in
the run-up to the UN meeting in Athens.

The coalition is open to interested parties and will start a global process
to engage more stakeholders over the next year. Therefore, more than 40
start-up organizations call for people interested in or willing to join the
work of this coalition and for recommending other stakeholders that should
be contacted.

The French government has offered to host a follow-up meeting in Paris in
early 2007.

Dynamic Coalition on Privacy