Net Dialogue Launched

Net Dialogue, a joint project between Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society and Stanford's Center for Internet and Society, on Monday announced its mechanism for promoting transparency and public discourse in international Net governance.

The website clearinghouse is intended for the benefit of people in government, business, non-profits, international organizations, the media and the public at large. The site provides summaries of decisions by international organizations and serves as a portal to other resources, thus sparing people from having to sift through thousands of pages on sites of the international bodies involved. Meanwhile, Net Dialogue's discussion forum enables public comment on each initiative and affords groups with deep expertise an avenue to connect with broader audiences.

The mechanism is announced as the UN's Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG) convenes to consider recommendations to Novemberís World Summit on the Information Society. Special thanks to Shunling Chen, Jean-Denis GrËze, Maximiliano Orazi, Jean-Francois Raymond, Julie Shen, and Shaukat Valitov for their excellent translation work. Check out the WGIG site for overviews in Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish!

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