Best Bits: Agenda Organization Options

parminder parminder at
Mon Sep 10 08:04:30 EDT 2012

Jeremy and All

I suggest that the meeting principally focusses on listening to 
different civil society perspectives on key IG issues and looking for 
areas of possible convergences and common/collaborative action in future 
- both the process of it (like possible common platforms) and substance 
(specific key issues identified at the meeting). As was the flavour of 
the initial concept note, trying to listen to and bridge perspectives 
across North and South (apologies to those who think these categories 
are  superfluous) and across other possible divides, and seek such  
basic global civil society coherences of vision and possibilities of 
common action as do obtain in many other areas of global governance like 
trade, IP, climate change, development and social justice, human rights 

Meanwhile, recognising the urgent topicality of the WCIT issue, a 
subsidiary but still key focus could be to bring out some kind of common 
position on this matter, and strategise on how to employ it for 
practical results. I think attempting a process of drawing out global IG 
principles at the meeting may not be very fruitful. But yes, we must 
discuss this possibility and how to do it etc. We can have a session on 
the subject.

my 2 cents.


On Monday 10 September 2012 10:47 AM, Norbert Bollow wrote:
> Parminder <parminder at> wrote:
>> I also think than in trying to focus just on two tracks of IG
>> principles and WCIT meeting, the proposed best bits meeting is
>> loosing its initial focus - on which understanding the groups
>> participating/ supporting it came together. Let me quote from the
>> initial concept note circulated by Jeremy
>> "We therefore propose an inclusive gathering of key civil society
>> organisations from across the world, at which they would have the
>> opportunity to highlight their various initiatives, and provide the
>> opportunity for mutual learning and broader engagement. The gathering
>> is to be called “Best Bits” because it does not aim to present a
>> single solution for ratification by the assembled groups, but rather
>> to offer an open space where each group can present and advocate for
>> the initiatives that they believe offer the best positive agenda for
>> advancing broadly shared civil society interests in Internet
>> governance."
>> I think this initial focus needs to be maintained, while we must
>> certainly see how much we can work towards specific outcomes. In this
>> regard, I am not very sure we can achieve a statement of IG
>> principles from the meeting. A possible common position on WCIT is
>> however much more doable. Even such a position however should be
>> first discussed and debated enough - preferably on this list, and on
>> the IGC list, to get an fully informed view on what should be done
>> and how.
> I strongly agree. The main focus of Best Bits needs to remain on
> movement-building. This must not be sacrificed for a focus on drafting
> exercises!
> I am also not totally sure about the wisdom of splitting
> up for two parallel streams of drafting groups. Maybe an alternative to
> doing that would be to change the Sunday morning programme so that
> instead of splitting up, we would have, for each of the topics that need
> drafting work, an introductory explanation of the thoughts that went
> into each of the zero drafts, followed by an initial group discussion,
> and then just *organizing* how the drafting work will be taken forward
> using internet-based collaboration during the weeks following the IGF?
> Greetings,
> Norbert

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