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Internet Governance

Volume 453: debated on Monday 27 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans he has to hold regional and national conferences before the next Internet Governance Forum in Brazil in November 2007. (101325)

DTI is not currently planning to hold regional or national conferences before the Internet Governance Forum in Brazil.

The world summit on the Information Society in November 2005 agreed to hold the forum as a way to improve understanding of the international public policy issues associated with the internet through multi-stakeholder dialogue. DTI held an initial consultation meeting in January 2006, but we have been keen to encourage UK stakeholders to take the lead: we want to see a strong industry and civil society engagement in the process.

This approach worked well for the first IGF meeting, with preparatory events organised by Nominet UK and the Oxford Internet Institute. The event ‘The Parliament and the Internet: Workshop on Internet Governance’ on 12 October which my hon. Friend organised also contributed to improving awareness and understanding of the issues. By working with key stakeholders we ensured strong UK involvement with good participation from the media, civil society and the internet industry in the UK.

We propose to adopt a similar approach in preparation for the second meeting.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what agreement was reached on spam at the Internet Governance Forum in Athens. (101326)

The Internet Governance Forum is not a negotiating forum, but a framework for sharing best practice and for promoting cooperation between stakeholders.

It was used as a platform to launch the Stop Spam Alliance, bringing together the OECD, ITU, APEC, the Contact Network of Spam Authorities, and the London Action Plan. The alliance is a joint initiative to gather information and resources on combating spam and will provide easy internet access to information about the main international anti-spam initiatives.

The alliance is one of the “dynamic coalitions” established by the IGF to continue discussion and cooperation in preparation for the 2007 meeting.