From Connecting Computers to Connecting Stakeholders: Stanford Univ. Hosts NetMundial Initiative


1974, Bob Kahn and Vint Cerf checked in the Crown Plaza Hotel in Palo Alto, worked a couple of days and presented to the world the TCP/IP protocol. Stanford hosted one of the four computers connected on equal footing (ARPANET) in 1969. Five years later, the TCP/IP protocol connected networks of computers on equal footing, enabled inter-networking and moved the development of the Internet to the next level. A framed document in the hotel lobby remembers the historic moment.

On March 31, 2014 a crowd of about 30 people from all over the world checked in the same Crown Plaza hotel for the first working meeting of the new Coordination Council (CC) of the NetMundial Initiative (NMI). After a one day meeting they agreed on a document — Terms of Reference (ToR) — which will enable and promote the connection of networks of stakeholders. The document is now open for public comment. Last year in Sao Paulo, the "Global Multistakeholder Conference on the Future of Internet Governance" linked the four most relevant stakeholder groups for the governance of the Internet on equal footing: governments, private sector, technical community and civil society. The Palo Alto CC.NMI meeting on March 31, 2015 did move this multistakeholder Internet Governance inter-networking now to the next level.

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