[bestbits] Coordination during WCIT -- who's attending, who's reporting

Ellery Biddle ellery at cdt.org
Tue Nov 27 18:50:13 EST 2012

Hi everyone,

We have been talking here at CDT about various strategies for communications and coordination during the WCIT. Lots to think about here. Two items on this:

First: Who is going to Dubai? We really want to develop a list of civil society people who will be in Dubai for the conference. We think it would be helpful for those attending WCIT to know what other CS people will be there, and to develop a rough plan for coordinating once they are in Dubai. Matthew Shears, ISOC's former policy director who has been working on ITU issues with CDT, will be in Dubai on CDT's behalf. He will not be affiliated with any delegation. If you or someone from your organization is going to be in Dubai (with or without delegate status), and you'd like to be in touch with other civil society folks there, please send Matthew an email letting him know. Matthew's email: mshears at cdt.org

Second: How can we coordinate on public communication about the WCIT? We know that many CSOs will be blogging, tweeting, and responding to press inquiries about the WCIT as it's happening. Given the relatively closed nature of the event, we know that it may be difficult to get the information we need in order to do this well, and that some coordination between groups may help fill this gap. We also anticipate that rumors and misinformation may become an issue, as different delegates may hear different things, etc. In anticipation of this, we want to propose a group call for next week. This will be open to any civil society groups planning to report on WCIT, either from Dubai or from outside the UAE. Given the size of these lists, I am setting an arbitrary (though early, which generally seems best) time and date for the call. Hope that plenty of folks can join -- we'll take and circulate good notes for those who can't make it.

The call will take place on Tuesday, December 4 at 16:00 UTC / 11:00 EST. A list of international toll-free call-in numbers is attached. I will circulate this again, along with a reminder, on Monday.

As always, please feel encouraged to reply to the list with additional ideas, questions, etc.

Thanks all!


Ellery Roberts Biddle
Center for Democracy and Technology
(415) 814-1711

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