IGF 2022 Open Forum #62 Dutch approach to protect the public core of the Internet

Friday, 2nd December, 2022 (12:00 UTC) - Friday, 2nd December, 2022 (13:00 UTC)

Round Table - Circle - 60 Min


Following the norm for the protection of the public core of the Internet and following earlier reports from the UN Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) and the UN Group of Governmental Experts (GGE), the international community has indicated that a need exists to further protect the public core of the Internet. The OEWG previously agreed on the need to protect all critical infrastructure (CI) and critical information infrastructure (CII). The technical infrastructure of the Internet is crucial in ensuring the resilience of the Internet, including the general availability and integrity of the Internet. Four essential functions form the basis of the public core of the Internet, including routing, naming, numbering and cryptography. These functions are engrained in three different parts of the core internet architecture: the logical layer, the layer of technical infrastructure and some core internet organisations. In protecting the public core of the Internet, the Netherlands focuses on the lowest common denominator approach. The protection of the public core of the internet is a matter of protecting a common, transnational infrastructure. All states rely on the public core’s functionality and integrity. Protecting the public core of the Internet is crucial to prevent the fragmentation of the Internet and safeguard one united and resilient, open, free, and secure Internet. In this open forum, we like to further the dialogue on strengthening the public core of the Internet through a multistakeholder round table. This initiative is widely supported within the Dutch government, in particular by the ministry of Foreign Affairs and the ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy.

We plan to have a hybrid meeting with the panel as mentioned above. There will be ample time for questions to the panel after a brief introduction and Q&A by the moderator.


Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy
Alisa Heaver, Ministry of Eocnomic Affairs and Climate Policy, Government, WEOG Marjolijn Bonthuis, NLIGF, Civil Society, WEOG Stephanie Teeuwen, NLIGF, Civil Society, WEOG


Nathalie Jaarsma, Cyberambassador At Large, Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government Anriette Estherhuysen, Former MAG Chair, Senior advisor global and regional internet governance, Association for Progressive Communications Olaf Kolkman, Principal at the Internet Society Dennis Broeders, Full Professor of Global Security and Technology at Universiteit Leiden

Onsite Moderator

Stephanie Teeuwen

Online Moderator

Marjolijn Bonthuis


Alisa Heaver


9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
17. Partnerships for the Goals

Targets: By safeguarding the public core of the Internet, the Netherlands works towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. In order to achieve the SDGs, it is essential to prevent Internet fragmentation by ensuring one united and resilient, open, free, and secure Internet. #9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure 9.1 Develop quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, including regional and transborder infrastructure, to support economic development and human well-being, with a focus on affordable and equitable access for all 9.5 Enhance scientific research, upgrade the technological capabilities of industrial sectors in all countries, in particular developing countries, including, by 2030, encouraging innovation and substantially increasing the number of research and development workers per 1 million people and public and private research and development spending 9.c Significantly increase access to information and communications technology and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet in least developed countries by 2020 #17. Partnerships for the Goals Technology 17.6 Enhance North-South, South-South and triangular regional and international cooperation on and access to science, technology and innovation and enhance knowledge sharing on mutually agreed terms, including through improved coordination among existing mechanisms, in particular at the United Nations level, and through a global technology facilitation mechanism 17.8 Fully operationalize the technology bank and science, technology and innovation capacity-building mechanism for least developed countries by 2017 and enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology Capacity-Building 17.9 Enhance international support for implementing effective and targeted capacity-building in developing countries to support national plans to implement all the sustainable development goals, including through North-South, South-South and triangular cooperation Systemic Issues Policy and Institutional coherence 17.14 Enhance policy coherence for sustainable development Multi-stakeholder partnerships 17.16 Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals in all countries, in particular developing countries 17.17 Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships