Sustainable model for internet policy observatories
Over 20 people participated in the GIPO session at EuroDIG 2017 on ‘a sustainable model for internet policy observatories’
Three interrelated questions were raised:
1. Is there a sustainable governance model post-European Commission funding for the tool? If so, what should it look like.
2. How can we encourage increased use of the observatory, or how can we use the tool to build better multistakeholderism?
3.How can we encourage increased participation in providing sources for the tool?
The discussion was rich, with many people providing input from their own experience of working with or in internet policy observatories.
One of the key conclusions to emerge was that the tool may be automated, but still requires a community to maintain sources, continue to disseminate it, and most importantly to use it.
Outcomes and points for action:
1. Build on the Federation Roadmap findings and >IES Policy Brief recommendations to target specific user communities. Make particular efforts to initiate closer cooperation between the observatoriet policy observatories that have participated in our activities thus far, identifying.
i. possibilities of integrating databases, and
ii. steps to ensure common or transposable taxonomies
2. Initiate Regional Working Groups (RWGs), starting with efforts in Eastern Partnership countries and the Middle East, and see how this progresses.
3. Ensure the AG takes a proactive and evangelising role in promoting the tool
4. Fine-tune the communication of the tool’s role in informing stakeholders (particularly the uninitiated stakeholders) about recent internet governance debates.