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

Anriette Esterhuysen anriette at apc.org
Wed Nov 28 11:17:42 EST 2012

Hi all

Please let's make a list as proposed.  No one from APC will be there but
we are facilitating participation of around 5 CS people from Africa who
will be in official government delegations.

Will send details as soon as arrangements are final.

Would be good to get hotel suggestions.. we are battling to find
reasonable accommodation.


On 28/11/2012 18:12, Deborah Brown wrote:
> 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.
> Best,
> Deborah
> 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

anriette esterhuysen anriette at apc.org
executive director, association for progressive communications
po box 29755, melville 2109
south africa
tel/fax +27 11 726 1692

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