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

Tim Hwang tim at mozillafoundation.org
Wed Nov 28 14:19:06 EST 2012

To facilitate the on-the-ground list - I've thrown up a quick Etherpad page
here that people can fill in with information, if it's helpful:

Password is: ITU.


On Wed, Nov 28, 2012 at 9:31 AM, William Drake <william.drake at uzh.ch> wrote:

> Hi
> FWIW I'm on a US del call right now and we just finished a long briefing
> on security, thought I'd pass along a few points of local interest while
> thinking it:
>    - expect to be constantly electronically surveilled, including in
>    hotels
>    - expect all electronic communications to be insecure, particularly
>    wireless
>    - keep any confidential info on you rather than in hotel
>    - USG has received no info on how the government might react to any
>    on-site activism of an unapproved nature, and if relevant urges US citizens
>    to let State or the consulate know they'll be in town.
> Make of these what you will….
> Cheers,
> Bill
> On Nov 28, 2012, at 5:12 PM, 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
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> Deborah Brown
> Policy Analyst
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