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2017 Special Issue - Internet governance from the edges: NRIs in their own words
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IGF Ecuador

Carlos Vera,


NRI founding stories and development



What is the story of the founding of your NRI? What were its inspiration, its objectives?


Please refer to and for details.


How did it develop and what difficulties did you experience along the way?


We began organising working groups and integrating different sectors and actors into what we call the Mesa Ecuatoriana de Gobernanza de Internet, MEGI. This group organised the first official IGF in 2016 and now we are working towards the second. The main difficulties have been the same ones that face very volunteer-based processes, related to financial resources and participants' time.


How do you imagine your NRI and its activities in the future?


As a more active and strengthened community, making a greater contribution.


NRI internal governance and initiatives



Who are the people involved in your NRI and how do they contribute to it?


We have members from the different stakeholder groups. We participate in meetings, and we work collaboratively for the development of an agenda and the adoption of decisions related to the Ecuador IGF.


Have you experienced difficulties in ensuring all stakeholder groups participate fully and more or less equally?


The greatest difficulty has been with government participation. The other sectors participate much more freely and proactively.


Do you measure gender balance in your NRI? Did you undertake measures to encourage gender balance?


We have not done it up until now, but we have participants who are specialists on the subject working on related issues for the upcoming Ecuador IGF 2017.


How was your last forum organised, what were the topics chosen and the outcomes of discussion? How was it financed?


Details available at: and at


Are there controversial topics that have been difficult in your NRI and if so, why?




Perspectives on the role of NRIs in internet governance



What is your take about the role of your NRI in internet governance processes, at the level of your country, region and globally?


We are part of a global process. We have little contact with the regional IGF, which needs to improve its integration and participation processes.


How do you perceive your role and position towards other NRIs, the IGF and the IGF Secretariat?


We are part of a balanced and proactive team. Some rights reserved.

Global Information Society Watch 2017 special edition web and e-book


ISBN: 978-92-95102-92-7 APC-201712-CIPP-R-EN-DIGITAL-282

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