NETmundial – 23 and 24 April 2014 – São Paulo, Brazil

EUBrasil and a delegation from ETNO, Europe’s leading trade association have attended the largest telecom operators, are participating in NetMundial, the Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance. This event, organised by the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee and /1Net, officially took place in 23 and 24 April and brought together approximately 800 participants from across the globe and spanning a range of stakeholder groups.

NetMundial is a unique occasion bringing together all actors in the Internet governance space and ETNO applauds the Brazilian Government’s efforts in arranging the debate based on the multi-stakeholder approach, and inspired by the principles of openness and transparency. At a time in which the Internet has become such a vital part of society at large, it is critical that its governance is effectively opened up to all stakeholders. The Association, in this context, called for an establishment of a clear timeline for the globalisation of ICANN and the IANA functions, announced earlier this year.

Luigi Gambardella, EUBrasil Chairman, said: “It is now time to live up to the promise of a more open Internet governance model. Europe’s leading telecom operators are ready to contribute to this process. Building a better Internet for all also depends on our ability to innovate and invest in cutting edge networks. We believe the Internet should be economically sustainable, interconnected, safe, resilient and secure”.