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Thursday, September 4 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm
WS153: Institutionalizing the “Clearing House” Function

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Ever since the WSIS and WGIG a decade ago, many have argued that there is an important gap in the distributed institutional architecture of global IG. We lack ways to perform holistic, ongoing monitoring and analysis of policy-related developments, and to aggregate and disseminate information needed to make fully informed decisions. This is especially the case with so-called “orphaned” and multidimensional issues that do not fit neatly within any single organization. Where then can governments and stakeholders turn for accessibly formulated and usable information on policy, best practices, and lessons learned, and to connect with sources of experience and expertise in order to construct governance networks that can help identify forward-looking solutions?

Recently, there has been a number of proposals about this informational function. They vary not only in their details but even in how they label what is proposed, e.g. a clearing house, knowledge bank, observatory, policy network facilitator, IGF+, etc. While none of the labels fully capture the ideas in play, there is growing interest in moving forward, as is evidenced by the dialogues and initiatives in the IGF, WGEC, NETmundial, the High Level Panel, EC, ISOC, civil society, academic organizations, etc. Accordingly, the NonCommercial Users Constituency of ICANN (includes 94 organizations and 252 individuals in 81 countries) proposes this workshop to help advance and give shape to the discussion. The panelists and audience would brainstorm on such questions as: What, substantively and operationally, would be entailed by the function? What would be needed to institutionalize and perform it effectively? Which organizations would be involved, with what kinds of interrelationships?

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William Drake

International Fellow & Lecturer, University of Zurich
William J. Drake is an International Fellow and Lecturer in the Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research at the University of Zurich. He is also a faculty member of the European and South schools on Internet governance, and an Affiliated Researcher at the Institute for... Read More →


Lea Kaspar

Programme Lead, Global Partner Digital
At Global Partners Digital (GDP), Lea leads a programme of work that aims to facilitate global South civil society engagement in international debates on internet policy and governance. She provides research and analysis on a range of internet policy issues, particularly on the evolution... Read More →

Markus Kummer

Senior Vice President, Internet Society
Markus Kummer is Senior Vice President of the Internet Society.   He has extensive experience with Internet policy at the global, regional, and national levels. Before joining the Internet Society in February 2011, he was the Executive Coordinator of the Secretariat supporting the... Read More →

Megan Richards

Principal Adviser in DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology, European Commission
Megan Richards is Principal Adviser in DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology (CONNECT) of the European Commission. She has a bachelor of science, bachelor of laws and master of public administration degrees. She has worked for the United Nations Development Programme... Read More →

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Thursday September 4, 2014 2:30pm - 4:00pm EEST
Workshop Room 06 (Rumeli Mezzanine / Hisar)

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