[bestbits] Draft workshop proposal for the APrIGF
jeremy at ciroap.org
Wed Apr 24 03:12:48 EDT 2013
As you all know, work on Best Bits is going on behind the scenes
including the new website, calendar, fundraising and the two IGF
workshops that will follow on from our main Best Bits meeting in Bali in
October. For the first workshop on enhanced cooperation, we propose
inviting the members of the CSTD Working Group to lead discussions.
Andrew will be writing more about that soon.
Meanwhile as I mentioned earlier on the ec at lists.bestbits.net list
<http://lists.bestbits.net/wws/info/ec>, in the leadup to Bali we also
have the opportunity for a workshop at the Asia-Pacific Regional IGF
<http://aprigf.asia/> (APrIGF) in Korea. Here is my proposed text for
that workshop, which is open for your comment. In line with the purpose
of the regional IGFs, it intended to feed in to the later global IGF
workshops, so the content is basically similar to those:
*Title:* Internet governance for human rights and democracy
*Thematic area of interest:* Enhanced cooperation, Internet
principles and multi-stakeholder Internet governance
*Description:* The Internet is governed through a patchwork of
rules, norms and standards, which its stakeholders have developed
largely independently and without reference to an overarching
framework of principles. This has allowed the Internet to flourish
through the adaptive and innovative development of new services,
particularly in the technical sphere. But the absence of guiding
principles has also allowed powerful stakeholders to drive changes
to Internet governance that conflict with human rights and other
emerging global norms of Internet user communities, though
undemocratic processes such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership
Agreement, member-only discussions at the International
Telecommunications Union (ITU), and North-heavy regional groupings
such as the G8 and OECD. Is this status quo sustainable? Would it
help to democratise global Internet governance if all stakeholders
had a better way of developing guiding principles for policy makers
in areas that are not already covered by multi-stakeholder
democratic processes? How will the discussions at the CSTD Working
Group on Enhanced Cooperation be able to address this? What
progress (if any) was made at the ITU's World
Telecommunication/Information and Communication Technology Policy
Forum (WTPF)? What principles initiatives already exist, and what
role could the IGF play in legitimising these at the global level?
What other mechanisms are available to advocate for the Internet we
want, that is globally democratic and respects human rights? This
workshop will attempt to address these questions, including through
the presentation of concrete proposals for practical reforms.
*Expected format:* A roundtable discussion that will feed into the
two-day Best Bits civil society meeting in Bali in October, and into
two subsequent multi-stakeholder workshops at the global IGF.
*Target panel members:** Parminder Jeet Singh (IT for Change), Ian
Peter (consultant), Anja Kovacs (Internet Democracy Project), David
Allen (Harvard University), Michael Gurstein (Centre for Community
Informatics), Iarla Flynn (Google), Keith Davidson (Internet NZ)
*Workshop organiser:* Best Bits
* The panelists list is not really satisfactory because of the lack of
gender balance. Suggestions for improving that appreciated... note the
Best Bits members are those who volunteered already, mostly subject to
funding; likely not all of them will end up coming.
PS. Separately, Deborah from Access will be writing here soon about a
possible Best Bits statement to the WTPF, which I think is a great idea.
For those who haven't seen it already, I think today's blog from Milton
Mueller, "WTF? WTPF! The continuing battle over Internet governance
does a nice job of linking the WTPF to the failure of the IGF to live up
to its potential.
The proposal with which I kicked of discussion on the
ec at lists.bestbits.net list, and which is also online at the top of
http://igfwatch.org/, was about turning that around, by developing a
mandate for further reform of the IGF in the CSTD enhanced cooperation
discussions. We had some comments on the ec list, but more are welcome
here. The ec working group will be reporting back here also once
discussions are further advanced.
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