[bestbits] Meeting before the IGF?

Jeremy Malcolm jmalcolm at eff.org
Fri Jun 26 13:51:09 EDT 2015

On 26/06/2015 8:28 am, Anriette Esterhuysen wrote:
> Dear all
> I hope that we are not all so fed up with one another that we don't want
> to meet before the IGF :)
> Any chance of such a meeting taking place?

The steering committee has indeed been discussing this Anriette!  We
don't have an agenda but there had been a loose idea to have it in
conjunction with a full-day civil society meeting on a single
substantive topic.  Also, we need to reaffirm our acceptance of the
revisions to the Best Bits procedures
(http://bestbits.net/wiki/main/procedures/) that were presented on the
list in March.

However, one reason why no plans have been discussed here as yet is that
Ian Peter is about to call for nominations for a new steering committee
for Best Bits, which would have to take charge of the organization of
the meeting.

Another is the perennial question of funding.  I'm known for being frank
so I'm just going to come right out and say that we lost the chance of
funding for the meeting over the last flare-up over the false claim that
Best Bits was secretly part of a government-funded capacity building

For my own part, EFF has just approved a slight expansion of its work on
Internet governance so I would like to see the meeting go forward
regardless.  In any case, the next step will be to refresh the steering
committee and as I said, we'll be hearing more about that very soon.

Jeremy Malcolm
Senior Global Policy Analyst
Electronic Frontier Foundation
jmalcolm at eff.org

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