In 2014, the International Telecommunications Union made moves to take a new, larger role in Internet governance. An existing civil society Internet governance caucus, then beset with internal disagreements, was in no place to respond. Rising to this challenge, I brought together a new civil society network on Internet governance and Internet rights. Supported by key digital and human rights rights organizations, it offered an open space where each group could present and advocate for the initiatives that they believed offer the best positive agenda for advancing broadly shared civil society interests in Internet governance.