ITU Action Steps (Tactical)

Steve Anderson steve at
Sun Nov 4 04:36:27 EST 2012

Hey, great to see all this... people should be aware of the ITU unity
statement that groups has already put together -- although a more detailed
policy statement is very much a good addition.

The following groups have signed the existing statement:

❯ Samuelson Glushko Canadian Internet Policy & Public Interest Clinic
❯ Consumers International
❯ Human Rights Watch
❯ OpenMedia International
❯ Reporters Without Borders
❯ Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)
❯ Access
❯ Mamfakinch
❯ Thai Netizen Network
❯ Fight For The Future
❯ May First/People Link
❯ FreePress
❯ Center for Democracy and Technology

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On Sun, Nov 4, 2012 at 1:06 AM, Brett Solomon <brett at> wrote:

> Best Bits Civil Society meeting in Baku (November 3-4)
> ****
> * *
> Below you will find the key strategic and tactical initiatives that were
> discussed at the breakout session. The document is separated into three
> sections: between now and WCIT; during WCIT; and post WCIT. This is not a
> consensus document, rather a collation of ideas /strategies that were
> proposed by individuals at the session. All are invited to be involved in
> any of the actions below
> *1. Between now and WCIT*
> *a. Issue: Lack of civil society membership on delegations*
> It’s important for civil society to be present at WCIT even if we can’t be
> on the floor, to craft statements, convene breakfast meetings, suggest
> draft language, be a resource to government reps and keep them in line
> *Actions:*
>    - Identify countries that are amenable to civil society membership
>    - Find funding for civil society delegates to attend WCIT (we know
>    that Global Partners, Internews, and Mozilla all have funding for this)
>    - Prepare briefing materials for delegates to help them identify
>    key/likely issues and potential approaches to draft language/responses
>    - Consider attending as unaffiliated civil society if we can’t get on
>    a delegation (it is useful to have a critical mass of unaffiliated civil
>    society in Dubai)
> *Who has civil society on their delegation (that we know about)?:* UK,
> Sweden, US, Germany, Bangladesh, Canada, Australia
> *Who could be open to having civil society participation on their
> delegation:* Argentina, Uruguay, Kenya, Colombia, Brazil, Finland,
> Norway, Netherlands, India, South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, New Zealand,
> Senegal
> *b. Issue: Influencing national positions prior to WCIT*
> National positions are not yet set - there is still opportunity to
> influence how countries will vote.
> *Actions*:
>    - Continue to request opportunities to participate in national
>    consultations
>    - Place opinion pieces in national publications to influence/represent
>    public opinion
>    - Use FFTF/Access video to spread awareness and create noise. It will
>    be found at
>    - Push govts on open up to civil society and press
> *
> *
> *c. Issue: Using the IGF to influence the 90 governments in attendance**
> **Actions:*
>    - All civil society at IGF should be using the opportunity to push
>    member states present to keep IG out of the ITRs
>    - Ask questions at every panels, approach informally etc, hand over
>    materials, this will also help to ensure that this gets mentioned in the
>    IGF outcome doc
> * *
> *2. During WCIT*
> **
> *a. Issue: Coordination among civil society during WCIT*
> Create a community of empowered civil society advocates at WCIT; and
> coordinate with non-affiliated CS; note that those on delegations are
> limited in their capacity to act and this will need to be respected
> *Actions:*
>    - Create a Skype group or some other means for delegates to chat
>    informally to check in on policy developments with folks back home and
>    coordinate amongst civil society in Dubai
>    - Develop ideal treaty language been drafted basically on what we want
>    to see included / not included
>    - Ensure that civil society that are there all know each other in
>    advance and can coordinate
>    - Reach out to technical community who will be in the room and
>    coordinate during the WCIT (eg ISOC, LACNIC, APNIC,)
>    - Coordinate among civ soc that are affiliated with delegates and
>    those that are unaffiliated
>    - Identify potential unaffiliated delegates (whose participation will
>    be voted on on Day 1). It is worthwhile for independent civil society to go
>    even if they can’t get on a del - this role is needed. Potential
>    unaffiliated delegates:
>       US/UK - Matthew Shears (confirmed?)
> Africa - Mawaki Chango?; Jimson Olufuye?
> Asia-Pacific - Pranesh
> Latin America/ Caribbean – Brazil? (Marilia Maciel)
> Russia/RCC
> Europe
> Arab States
> *b. Issue: Reporting to outside world what is going on in the WCIT**
> *Create communications mechanisms to ensure that those outside of the
> WCIT are kept in touch and able to mobilize.
> Actions:
>  ·       Encourage member states to vote to open sessions to the public
> and to live stream on UN WebTV.
> ·       Create a media kit and collate the media contacts prior to the
> event. Identify foreign correspondents in the UAE or going to Dubai for
> WCIT and target them by writing to major outlets ahead of time.
> ·       Post a daily blog post/WCIT Watch reporting on the biggest
> issues/worst proposals/biggest challenges for civil society of the day
> (given the limitations on speaking to the press that people on delegations
> will face, this is a very important role for unaffiliated civil society
> will play)
> ·       Unaffiliated civil society may want to consider getting press
> accreditation (this was a useful tactic at WSIS and among other things
> allowed for greater access to some documents)
> ·       Release a civil society statement on closing of event, to help
> shape the media narrative (the lasting story will be determined within a
> few hours of the last plenary adopting the final acts)
> *c. Issue: Devil is in the detail*
> The language agreed upon will be changed during WCIT and we may need to
> have some creative actions
> ·       Should we consider a CS walkout if needed – OR even better a
> walk-in?
> ·       Find a cartoonist or infographic artist who can produce visuals
> for each day
> ·       WCIT Watch daily briefing should be printed out and put in WCIT
> café and given to press
> ·       Livetweeting and #hashtag
> ·       Mobilize the internet to create actions including a internet
> blackout style digital action
> Having a group of dedicated civil society actors in other time zones (who
> will ostensibly be more awake) to help review late night text changes.
> Based on reports at the African IGF, it sounds like there will be regional
> bloc negotiations on proposed revisions to the ITRs, and it’s possible that
> unaffiliated civil society members may be allowed into these meetings.
> Should find out which regional blocs would be amenable to this.
> *3. Post WCIT *
> **
> a. *Issue: WCIT is not the end of the line*
> WCIT is one step on the pathway; and we need to be prepared for the next
> steps including WTPF, WTSA, ITU plenipot, WSIS +10, etc.*
> ***
> ·       Messaging: We will also be at all those other meetings, so don't
> think you can kick the can down the road. Warn governments we are watching
> them.
> ·       We must educate civil society about post-WCIT challenges and
> position ourselves best in relation in these negotiations in the future and
> not prejudice ourselves in other contexts
> o   WTPF: There have been reports that the topic of the WTPF will be
> internet governance. While WTPF does not result in a treaty, but
> contributes to norm building, but it is unclear how receptive SG is to
> comment from non-Sector Members
> o   WSIS +10 evaluation in UNESCO (Feb) and ITU (2014).
> ·       Renewal of mandate of IGF is in 2015 will be a pure decision by
> UNGA – this is a big concern
> ·       Get free ITU membership AFTER WCIT (ahead of WTPF) – all groups
> should consider this
> ·       Need to clearly develop a position on - If not ITU, then who? A
> literature review of current perspectives on a positive reform agenda would
> be useful.
> --
> Brett Solomon
> Executive Director | Access
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