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November 2020

UNESCO’s launch of IGF Dynamic Coalition on Internet Universality ROAM-X Indicators and presentation of national assessments

At this UNESCO pre-event in the run-up to the Internet Governance Forum 2020 (IGF), PD Dr. Matthias C. Kettemann and Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schulz present the "Country Report" for Germany.
10:00 a.m. to 4:05 p.m. (UTC)
Information of the organizer
Based on its deep engagement with IGF community in the past 15 years, UNESCO is pleased to launch a Dynamic Coalition on Internet Universality ROAM-X indicators, as a new shared space for sharing experiences and raising awareness of the value of these ROAM-X indicators and good practice in applying them in more countries. This Dynamic Coalition will also be used to strengthen UNESCO’s synergies and partnership with IGF MAG and all stakeholders, National and Regional IGFs(NRIs), Best Practice Platforms (BPP) and other DCs to jointly advance the evidence-based Internet policies at national, regional and global levels.

The Internet Universality ROAM-X Indicators framework is a set of 303 indicators that aim to multi-stakeholders, including governments, companies, and civil society perform in adhering to the ROAM principles of Rights, Openness, Accessibility, and Multi-stakeholder participation. It also includes 79 cross-cutting Indicators (category X) concerning gender and the needs of children and young people, sustainable development, trust and security, and legal and ethical aspects of the Internet.

At national level, these indicators aim to assess achievement and gaps of Internet development and policies via an inclusive multi-stakeholder methodology. The national assessment process proves to be a holistic approach for individual countries to operationalize the ROAM principles and to achieve evidence-based policy reform and improvement.

UNESCO has been working with stakeholders from an increasing number of countries to implement national assessments of Internet development using the Indicators, including Bénin, Sénégal, Kenya, Ghana, in Africa, Thailand and Nepal in Asia, Tunisia and Sudan in the Arab region, Brazil, Ecuador, Paraguay and Uruguay in Latin America, Germany, Serbia, and France in Europe. The first completed assessment of Internet Universality indicators is in Brazil, with the report published by UNESCO as the first edition of the newly created Series of National Assessment of Internet Universality Indicators.

To meet UNESCO ‘s Member States and all stakeholders’ increasing demand to access and use the ROAM-X indicators and national assessments related data, tools and reports, UNESCO is envisaging to consult with the Dynamic Coalition and stakeholders on building a consolidated online platform and policy observatory to support optimisation of data and deliver online tutorials/ help desks for stakeholders to research using UNESCO indicators and make intelligent use of data made available by the platform. The online platform will particularly contribute to the deepening synergies of Dynamic Coalition and advancing countries to transform information and policy recommendations into actions.

Jointly with Polish National Commission for UNESCO, German National Commission for UNESCO, Association of Progressive Communications, CETIC.br, Missions Publiques, Global Network Initiative (GNI), Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD), UNESCO is proposing this day 0 event on UNESCO's Internet Universality ROAM-X indicators project to achieve below objectives:

1. To launch IGF Dynamic Coalition on Internet Universality (ROAM-X) Indicators and consult on UNESCO’s building of online platform and policy observatory of ROAM-X indicators
2. to showcase both the completed national assessment results and those ongoing processes, from the 15 countries mentioned above, in order to share good practice and the lessons learned from conducting assessments of IUIs at a national level.
3. to debate how to implement these policy recommendations at national level and trigger evidence-based policy reforms and improvements
4. to encourage more countries and the key actors to initiate voluntary national assessments process
5. to offer on-site training to interested actors and research teams on the implementation process as well as research methodology to aid them with conducting national assessment of indicators within their respective countries 6. to foster Multi-stakeholder participation with representatives, researchers and experts from various partners and interested actors across five continents.

A draft agenda is presented as below for further elaboration:
Duration Item 0.5 hour To launch IGF Dynamic Coalition on Internet Universality (ROAM-X) Indicators and consult on UNESCO’s building of online platform and policy observatory of ROAM-X indicators
Remarks by DC partners and stakeholders
2.5 hours 15 Country presentations of assessment results and ongoing processes, and methodological discussion.
(10 minutes PPTs presentation for each country)
0.5 hours Coffee Break
1.5 hours Policy debates by the Dynamic Coalition members and Multi-stakeholder policy makers/experts:
1. How to impact Internet policies and implement the policy recommendations in the assessed countries? 2. What are good practice and lessons learned in the assessment process 3. How to expand ROAM-X assessment to more countries 4. What could ROAM-X contribute to global Internet governance

Infos zur Veranstaltung

Contact person

Prof. Dr. Matthias C. Kettemann, LL.M. (Harvard)
Senior Researcher "Regulatory Structures and the Emergence of Rules in Online Spaces"

Prof. Dr. Matthias C. Kettemann, LL.M. (Harvard)

Leibniz-Institut für Medienforschung | Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI)
Rothenbaumchaussee 36
20148 Hamburg

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