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Montevideo statement on the future of the Internet

On October, 7, 2013, the leaders of organizations responsible for coordination of the Internet technical infrastructuremet in Montevideo, Uruguay.  Participants included the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN); the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN);  the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF); the Internet Architecture Board (IAB); and the Internet Society (ISOC), They discussed issues determining the future of Internet cooperation. In particular, they agreed on the following key factors for a healthy Internet environment:

  • The Internet should be governed in a global and coherent fashion through multi-stakeholder cooperation. Fragmentation at national level must be avoided.
  • The trust of users must be strengthened, especially after the recent revelations concerning widespread secret surveillance.
  • The globalization of ICANN and IANA functions should be accelerated.   The goal should be that all stakeholders, including governments, can jointly and equally participate in Internet governance.
  • The transition to IPv6 should remain a high priority.

The joint press statement of the participating Internet organizations is available here.