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

Deborah Brown deborah at accessnow.org
Wed Nov 28 11:12:28 EST 2012

Hi all,
Thanks for coordinating this Ellery/Matthew. Picking up on Bill's last
point, it might be helpful to include people's dates in Dubai in the list
to facilitate coordination on the ground. I'm happy to lend a hand in
coordination as well.


On Wed, Nov 28, 2012 at 4:06 AM, William Drake <william.drake at uzh.ch> wrote:

> Hi
> Despite all the debate and mobilization, and ITU staff's refrain that the
> meeting's fully multistakeholder since people can simply join their
> national delegations, a cursory scan of the Announced List of Participants
> as of 27 November shows 1764 participants, only a dozen or so that seem
> obviously to be civil society—half on the US del, the others scattered.
>  Caveats apply: a) It may be that I just don't recognize some individual
> and organizational names so this guesstimate's a little low.  b) In the
> UN context (WSIS/IGF/CSTD etc) and OECD the technical community and CS are
> separated, so that's how I count.  I see more TC than CS names on the list,
> and while most of the former work in the private sector or for
> administrative bodies like the RIRs, there are some people who are by
> various standards in both.  c)  The list is being periodically updated, so
> there may be some late registrations.  All that said, the number seems
> unlikely to be terribly high.  There may be more CS just coming and hanging
> around in hopes of getting into any open to the public sessions (TBD
> Monday), or otherwise populating the hallways, than there are on the
> delegations.
> It would be good to have a list with contact details and to establish a
> communication channel e.g. Skype/mail (although delegation members will
> have some constraints) if Matthew wants to coordinate.
> Best,
> Bill
> PS: The call time below may not be optimal for people on dels if meetings
> run late (I'll be on a plane).
> On Nov 28, 2012, at 12:50 AM, Ellery Biddle wrote:
> 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
>  Ellery Roberts Biddle
> Center for Democracy and Technology <http://cdt.org/>
> (415) 814-1711

Deborah Brown
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