[governance] [bestbits] Your sign on requested- Civil society statement post-WCIT
parminder at itforchange.net
Sun Dec 23 06:42:05 EST 2012
I am fine with your vision and strategy on how to go ahead.
On Sunday 23 December 2012 03:41 PM, Jeremy Malcolm wrote:
> On 23/12/2012, at 12:06 PM, parminder <parminder at itforchange.net
> <mailto:parminder at itforchange.net>> wrote:
>>> Referring to the BestBits statement in reacting to the new ITRs
>>> seemed like the natural and right thing to do, but it was most
>>> certainly not meant to speak on behalf of the BestBits group. There
>>> are of course a variety of different views on WCIT, so it is
>>> understandable that there may be disagreement among BestBits
>>> signatories on how the new treaty measures against the BestBits
>>> statement. But as you suggest, initiating that conversation within
>>> the BestBits group may be valuable.
>> I propose that Jeremy and Andrew attempt that exercise, whether or
>> not it culminates into an agreement on a single text.
> First dealing with whether there should be another statement, many of
> you (including IT for Change) have already signed on to a post-WCIT
> statement developed at a workshop ‘Governing the Internet’ held in Rio
> last month. For lack of a decent alternative place for it on our
> current website, when Andrew asked me to add the statement to the Best
> BIts site I just stuck it on the front page underneath our main
> pre-WCIT Best Bits statement (though since it's not an output of our
> Best Bits meeting maybe I should move it to the "links" section at the
> There is some overlap between this and the statement developed in
> Dubai, though the latter is longer and pushes more strongly for the
> reform of the ITU. There's no reason why I couldn't link to that too.
> But if we want to highlight only one of them, it should be one that
> has the support of the whole group if possible. Do we want to
> collectively support one or the other? Or just link to them both?
> Whilst I have supported both statements, I do have reservations about
> how the longer one presupposes that we want the ITU to remain in this
> space as an institution that we would have a strong interest in more
> deeply engaging with.
> The alternative, and what Andrew and I (and others) had proposed that
> the Best Bits group should move onto in the new year, would be trying
> to map out a future for Internet governance that doesn't revolve
> around the ITU, and indeed would probably to some extent sideline the
> ITU, as WGIG did with its four recommendations in 2005. This would be
> our input into the new CSTD working group on Enhanced Cooperation. We
> (at least those who can make it) will have the opportunity for a
> face-to-face on this at a workshop on 25 February in Paris that has
> been reserved already. Personally I think this is a better way
> forward than getting hung up on the ITU and thereby investing it with
> more importance than it deserves.
> So whilst you have proposed that Andrew and I attempt to assess how
> the new treaty measures against the (first) Best Bits statement, I
> would also note that this kind of analysis is something that the
> Internet Governance Caucus is planning to do, and so it might be more
> efficient for those who want to do an in-depth analysis of the ITRs to
> join that effort, rather than duplicating it. There is a little
> working group mailing list for that
> (http://lists.igcaucus.org/info/wcit), which you can join. Trying to
> do both as Best Bits is possible, but I would favour a division of
> labour between us and the IGC whereby their working group can analyse
> the ITRs, and we can focus on "if not the ITU, then what".
> Anyway, these are just my thoughts and I welcome alternative views.
> Meanwhile Andrew and I are planning to talk early in the new year and
> come back with some suggestions about the way forward.
> *Dr Jeremy Malcolm
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