[governance] Online Collaboration Dynamic Coalition for the IGF

Jeremy Malcolm Jeremy at Malcolm.id.au
Wed Jan 24 03:00:38 EST 2007

At the inaugural meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in 
Athens last year, a number of "dynamic coalitions" were formed between 
different stakeholders (governments, business, civil society) in order 
to advance joint aims on particular Internet-related issues.

The Online Collaboration Dynamic Coalition is the latest of these, 
aimed at providing the IGF community, including other dynamic 
coalitions, with online collaboration tools in order to help them carry 
out their tasks in the most efficient, effective and inclusive way possible.

Amongst our particular projects are:

* Developing the new Community Participation Site for the IGF
   (the http://igf2006.info for 2007 and beyond)

* Providing best practice tools and techniques for participants
   in IGF processes to engage in group discussion, collaborative
   authoring and decision making

* Considering how to unify dispersed sources of information using
   metadata (such as tags)

* Further developing online sources of information about Net
   governance issues and institutions (not just the IGF)

* Facilitating remote participation in future open IGF meetings,
   hopefully including the 13 February consultations.

The coalition will evaluate the available collaboration tools and 
provide two-way support and advice on what technical solutions and 
approaches are best suited for multi-stakeholder discussions.

Finding a permanent domain and hosting home for the coalition is one of 
its first topics for discussion, but for now its Web site is a wiki page 
at http://igf2006.info/wiki/IGF-OCDC, and its mailing list may be joined 
at http://igfwatch.org/wws/info/igf-ocdc.

If you wish to participate, please log in at the wiki and add yourself 
or your organisation to the list of members there (creating an account 
for yourself if you don't have one), and also join the coalition's 
mailing list using the URL above.

Jeremy Malcolm LLB (Hons) B Com
Internet and Open Source lawyer, IT consultant, actor
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