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

parminder parminder at itforchange.net
Thu Nov 29 00:32:16 EST 2012

well sorry, that was not the oped I did but another news item on 
censorship in India

the oped is below


On Thursday 29 November 2012 10:54 AM, parminder wrote:
> Hi All
> Without distracting all of you from the important task of on the 
> ground coordination at the WCIT, I will like to draw your attention to 
> the oped that I did on WCIT in the larger content of global IG in the 
> top India daily 'The Hindu'. It kind of gives a balancing view to what 
> I think it often a one-sided campaign with a relatively narrow vision 
> and purpose.
> http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/civil-society-seeks-serious-relook-at-law/article4145033.ece
> parminder
> On Thursday 29 November 2012 10:41 AM, Tim Hwang wrote:
>> Ack! My mistake - didn't realize there would be the other etherpad 
>> setup, please disregard the one I sent out earlier today (i.e. 
>> https://foundation.etherpad.mozilla.org/itudubai).
>> Thanks,
>> Tim
>> On Wed, Nov 28, 2012 at 8:01 PM, Emma Llanso <ellanso at cdt.org 
>> <mailto:ellanso at cdt.org>> wrote:
>>     Hi all,
>>     I wanted to share two things CDT has put together for our own
>>     information security and coordination during WCIT, which I hope
>>     will be helpful to the larger group. The first is the attached
>>     tipsheet on information and device security for people who will
>>     be on the ground in Dubai, which our senior staff technologist
>>     Joe Hall put together (with some very helpful contributions from
>>     NDI).  If anyone has other tips to share, please do! And let me
>>     know if you have any questions about the doc.
>>     The second is this etherpad setup:
>>     https://civ-soc-wcit.etherpad.mozilla.org/. It's a central
>>     homepage that can host multiple private and publicly accessible
>>     pads/docs; accessing the above URL or any of the private pads
>>     requires an account, but anyone with the URL to a public pad
>>     (e.g. https://civ-soc-wcit.etherpad.mozilla.org/1) should be able
>>     to read it. We thought this provided a good mix of opportunity
>>     for relatively secure communication plus potential to create
>>     public-facing docs as well.  If you'd like to access the private
>>     pads, please email me and ellery at cdt.org <mailto:ellery at cdt.org>
>>     and we'd be happy to create an account for you.
>>     I've begun keeping a list of civil society attendees (with
>>     contact info and hotel, where I know it) on a private pad at the
>>     above link, but I'm happy to combine with Tim's pad, if that's
>>     easier for folks.  And if you see your information listed but
>>     don't want it to be, please let me know!
>>     Best,
>>     Emma
>>     On 11/28/2012 4:09 PM, Lea Kaspar wrote:
>>>     Dear Ellery et al,
>>>     For those of you I haven't had the pleasure of meeting yet, I'm
>>>     Lea Kaspar, working with Global Partners in London.
>>>     We are facilitating participation of several groups – I can
>>>     post/send the info as soon as I have the final details. Should
>>>     this be done to Matthew directly or are we using the etherpad? I
>>>     will also be attending the conference as an unaffiliated rep
>>>     from Dec 4 to 10.
>>>     Unfortunately, I'll be on a plane at the time of the call, but
>>>     would like to be kept in the loop about what other folk are
>>>     doing/planning. Are you planning to share the list here?
>>>     Someone asked about accommodation – I got a very affordable deal
>>>     at the hotel IBIS WTC, which seems to be practically adjacent to
>>>     the conference venue.
>>>     Best,
>>>     Lea
>>>     From: Rashmi Rangnath <rrangnath at publicknowledge.org
>>>     <mailto:rrangnath at publicknowledge.org>>
>>>     Date: Wednesday, 28 November 2012 19:39
>>>     To: Tim Hwang <tim at mozillafoundation.org
>>>     <mailto:tim at mozillafoundation.org>>
>>>     Cc: William Drake <william.drake at uzh.ch
>>>     <mailto:william.drake at uzh.ch>>, Deborah Brown
>>>     <deborah at accessnow.org <mailto:deborah at accessnow.org>>, Ellery
>>>     Biddle <ellery at cdt.org <mailto:ellery at cdt.org>>, "wcit12 at cdt.org
>>>     <mailto:wcit12 at cdt.org>" <wcit12 at cdt.org
>>>     <mailto:wcit12 at cdt.org>>, "bestbits at lists.igcaucus.org
>>>     <mailto:bestbits at lists.igcaucus.org>"
>>>     <bestbits at lists.igcaucus.org
>>>     <mailto:bestbits at lists.igcaucus.org>>, Harold Feld
>>>     <hfeld at publicknowledge.org <mailto:hfeld at publicknowledge.org>>
>>>     Subject: Re: [bestbits] Coordination during WCIT -- who's
>>>     attending, who's reporting
>>>     Al:
>>>     I and my colleague Harold Feld will be on the US delegation.
>>>     I will be in Dubai from December 9th to the14th.
>>>     Harold will be there from December 4th to the 12th.
>>>     Rashmi
>>>     On Wed, Nov 28, 2012 at 2:19 PM, Tim Hwang
>>>     <tim at mozillafoundation.org <mailto:tim at mozillafoundation.org>>
>>>     wrote:
>>>         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:
>>>         https://foundation.etherpad.mozilla.org/itudubai
>>>         Password is: ITU.
>>>         -Tim
>>>         On Wed, Nov 28, 2012 at 9:31 AM, William Drake
>>>         <william.drake at uzh.ch <mailto: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 <mailto: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
>>>>>                 <mailto: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 <tel:%28415%29%20814-1711>
>>>>             -- 
>>>>             Deborah Brown
>>>>             Policy Analyst
>>>>             Access | AccessNow.org <http://AccessNow.org>
>>>>             E. deborah at accessnow.org <mailto:deborah at accessnow.org>
>>>>             S. deborah.l.brown
>>>>             T. deblebrown
>>>>             PGP 0x5EB4727D
>>>     -- 
>>>     Rashmi Rangnath
>>>     Director, Global Knowledge Initiative and Staff Attorney
>>>     Public Knowledge
>>>     1818 N Street NW
>>>     Suite 410
>>>     Washington, D.C. 20036
>>>     202 861 0020 <tel:202%20861%200020>
>>>     rrangnath at publicknowledge.org <mailto:rrangnath at publicknowledge.org>
>>>     ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
>>     -- 
>>     Emma J. Llansó
>>     Policy Counsel
>>     Center for Democracy & Technology
>>     1634 I Street NW, Suite 1100
>>     Washington, DC 20006
>>     202-407-8818 <tel:202-407-8818> | @cendemtech
>>     <https://twitter.com/#%21/CenDemTech>
>> -- 
>> Tim Hwang
>> Twitter: @timhwang
>> Phone: 973-960-4955
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