[bestbits] [governance] IMPORTANT : Merging IGC with Best Bits

Nadira Alaraj nadira.araj at gmail.com
Mon Dec 17 17:03:22 EST 2018

Hi Farzaneh,
I'm putting some information that could be an answer to one of your
inquiries. Taken from http://internetgov-cs.org

On Mon, Dec 17, 2018, 23:34 farzaneh badii <farzaneh.badii at gmail.com wrote:

> I think the most important is to discuss why BestBits was created and
> whether the reasons still stand and how BestBits members feel about the
> merge.
*Internet Governance Caucus (IGC) <http://igcaucus.org/>*
> Our vision is that Internet governance should be inclusive, people
> centered and development oriented. Our contributions to the various forums
> relevant to Internet governance, will strive to ensure an information
> society which better enables equal opportunity and freedom for all.
> *Best Bits <http://bestbits.net/>*
> Best Bits is a civil society network on Internet governance and Internet
> rights. It offers 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.

> On Mon, Dec 17, 2018 at 9:00 AM Arsène Tungali <
> governance at lists.riseup.net> wrote:
>> Hi everyone,
>> You have probably seen this already on a different thread but thought
>> it well to have this discussion solely on the IGC list (as I expect
>> Best Bits to do the same), that's why i started this thread hoping to
>> hear from you on this important question.
>> This need for merging was raised by some IGC members during a civil
>> society call that had mostly IGC and Best Bits participants; many of
>> whom are both IGC and Best Bits (BB) members. The call happened last
>> week and Farzaneh offered to share the link to the recording.
>> I will not go into much details about the rationale but would welcome
>> anyone to weigh in and share their reasoning on whether or not we
>> should merge both lists. We will need to also answer the question on
>> how (who is doing what?) will this happen? Is the IGC going to become
>> BB or the latter becoming IGC? Or are we working towards a different
>> group where members of both groups will all be added?
>> This brings back to my memory the whole hassle we had to migrate
>> (SAVE?) this list and allow us to have this discussion list (which
>> hasn't been quite active for a few months but where many feel safe to
>> share IG related updates). So i hope we discuss and take into account
>> the technical cost of the merging process (should it happen).
>> I am also not sure how we will gauge consensus about this question on
>> this list? Should we vote? How long do we take to decide? Should we
>> consult IGC 'founders' or former Co-coordinators separately and ask
>> them what they think?
>> During the call, Bruna and I offered to have a decision by mid-January
>> and we hope this is realistic given the holiday season. We will then
>> report to the group.
>> I just wanted to throw this all here and would REALLY appreciate a
>> discussion that will help us move forward and come to a conclusion.
>> Best regards,
>> Arsene
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