The Montevideo Statement on the Future of Internet
Cooperation was released on 7 October 2013 by the leaders of a number of
organizations involved in coordinating the Internet's global technical
infrastructure. The statement was signed by the heads of the Internet
Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the Internet Engineering
Task Force, the Internet Architecture Board, the World Wide Web Consortium, the
Internet Society, and the five regional Internet address registries (African
Network Information Center, American Registry for Internet Numbers,
Asia-Pacific Network Information Centre, Latin America and Caribbean Internet
Addresses Registry, and Réseaux IP Européens Network Coordination Centre). In
large part, the statement is seen as a response to the ongoing NSA surveillance
scandal. The leaders made four main points:
They reinforced the
importance of globally coherent Internet operations, and warned against
Internet fragmentation at a national level. They expressed strong concern over
the undermining of the trust and confidence of Internet users globally due to
recent revelations of pervasive monitoring and surveillance.
They identified the need
for ongoing effort to address Internet Governance challenges, and agreed to
catalyze community-wide efforts towards the evolution of global
multistakeholder Internet cooperation.
They called for
accelerating the globalization of ICANN and IANA functions, towards an
environment in which all stakeholders, including all governments, participate
on an equal footing.
They also called for the
transition to IPv6 to remain a top priority globally. In particular Internet
content providers must serve content with both IPv4 and IPv6 services, in order
to be fully reachable on the global Internet.
Listen to an important conversation with Fadi Chehade which
provides some explanations and information about things in motion at present: http://audio.icann.org/ig-1900-08nov13-en.mp3