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Multi-stakeholder Engagement

The RIPE NCC actively works with a wide range of stakeholders, including business, governments, regulators and law enforcement agencies, to ensure the future growth and continued stability of the Internet.

Moscow Roundtable 2009

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), beginning in 2003, marked a turning point, with all stakeholder groups focusing more closely on the processes and structures of Internet governance. The term "enhanced cooperation" was used to describe the ideal of these many disparate groups working together for the protection and promotion of the Internet (see items 69-71 in the Tunis Agenda for the Information Society).

The WSIS was directly responsible for the foundation of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). This event has been staged annually since 2006 and provides an opportunity for representatives from the technical community, the public sector, business and civil society to come together and discuss the many issues that fall under the heading of Internet governance.

Internet Governance and the RIPE Community

At the RIPE 54 Meeting in 2007, the RIPE community formed the RIPE Task Force on Enhanced Cooperation. The goal of this group was to advise on issues of enhanced cooperation between the RIPE community and stakeholders such as governments and regulators. Based on the advice of the task force, the RIPE Cooperation Working Group was formed in 2009 as a means for the RIPE community to communicate with other Internet stakeholder groups, and as a forum in which to develop or clarify RIPE community positions on issues relating to Internet governance.

RIPE NCC Roundtable Meetings

The RIPE NCC also hosts regular Roundtable Meetings for Governments and Regulators. These invitation-only events are an opportunity for the RIPE NCC and members of the RIPE community to speak with representatives of the public sector about Internet governance issues of common concern.

Working With Other Stakeholders

The RIPE NCC is committed to engaging with a wide range of governments and related global institutions with an interest in the development of the Internet. This includes work in the following areas and institutions:

Get Involved

The Cooperation Working Group is an open forum for discussion focusing on collaboration between the private and public sectors on Internet matters. This kind of collaboration has taken on increased prominence in recent years, as the wider Internet community strives to ensure that all voices are heard and the interests of all parties are considered. Fostering more open dialogue between all stakeholders is vital to ensuring the continued stability of the Internet. To post a message to the list, send an email to cooperation-w[email protected]. Please note that only subscribers can post messages.