[governance] IGF workshop proposal

Robert Guerra lists at privaterra.info
Thu Jul 5 15:32:59 EDT 2007

ca. Karen's posted a few of the proposals on the wiki @



Robert Guerra <rguerra at privaterra.ca>
Managing Director, Privaterra
Tel +1 416 893 0377

On 5-Jul-07, at 9:04 AM, Carlos Afonso wrote:

> Hi Parminder,
> Is there a non-official list of all (or most) workshops proposed so  
> far?
> frt rgds
> --c.a.
> Parminder wrote:
>> Hi All
>>   The IGC's workshop on 'Fulfilling the Mandate of 'IGF' needs  
>> your help for
>> getting
>>  1.	Co-sponsors - especially from the private sector, Internet
>> community, governments 2.	Right and good speakers  Pl suggest co- 
>> sponsors including contacting them on IGC's behalf. We have
>> little or no constraints on co-sponsorship, so all are welcome.   
>> And also speakers.  I expect that in case of speakers - where we  
>> constrained
>> in terms of a final list of 4-5 -  we will need to be mindful in our
>> suggestions as to the possibility of the majority of the list  
>> approving our
>> choices. We should aim at getting a good range of views during the  
>> workshop.
>> I don't think we shd go for a consensus vote for the speakers  
>> list. This may
>> be left to the co-coordinators to go by what they think is the  
>> list with
>> most support.  During the workshop, we may try to keep most of the  
>> time for comments from
>> the floor. Such suggestions about the format etc are also  
>> welcome.  Parminder  ________________________________________________
>> Parminder Jeet Singh
>> IT for Change, Bangalore
>> Bridging Development Realities and Technological Possibilities  
>> Tel: (+91-80) 2665 4134, 2653 6890
>> Fax: (+91-80) 4146 1055
>>  <http://www.itforchange.net/> www.ITforChange.net   _____  From:  
>> Parminder [mailto:parminder at itforchange.net] Sent: Saturday, June  
>> 30, 2007 10:51 PM
>> To: 'IGF'
>> Cc: governance at lists.cpsr.org
>> Subject: [governance] IGF workshop proposal
>>  Dear Sir
>>  Please find enclosed a workshop proposal on 'Fulfilling the  
>> mandate of IGF'
>> on behalf of the Civil Society Internet Governance Caucus. We will  
>> soon
>> submit additional information, as mentioned in the proposal.  We  
>> did try online submission, but the system does not look like it is
>> working.  A word of acknowledgement will be appreciated.
>>  Thanks, and best regards
>>  Parminder Jeet Singh
>>  Co-coordinator, Civil Society Internet Governance Caucus.
>>                Workshop Proposal from the Civil Society Internet  
>> Governance
>> Caucus for IGF, Rio
>>  Workshop Title: Fulfilling the mandate of IGF
>> 1. Provide a concise formulation for the proposed workshop theme
>>  The Tunis Agenda for the Information Society mandates the IGF to  
>> perform the
>> following functions:
>>  a)    Discuss public policy issues related to key elements of  
>> Internet
>> Governance in order to foster the sustainability, robustness,  
>> security,
>> stability and development of the Internet;
>> b)    Facilitate discourse between bodies dealing with different
>> cross-cutting international public policies regarding the Internet  
>> and
>> discuss issues that do not fall within the scope of any existing  
>> body;
>> c)    Interface with appropriate inter-governmental organisations  
>> and other
>> institutions on matters under their purview; d)    Facilitate the  
>> exchange of information and best practices, and in this
>> regard make full use of the expertise of the academic, scientific and
>> technical communities;
>> e)    Advise all stakeholders in proposing ways and means to  
>> accelerate the
>> availability and affordability of the Internet in the developing  
>> world;
>> f)    Strengthen and enhance the engagement of stakeholders in  
>> existing
>> and/or future Internet Governance mechanisms, particularly those from
>> developing countries;
>> g)    Identify emerging issues, bring them to the attention of the  
>> relevant
>> bodies and the general public, and, where appropriate, make  
>> recommendations;
>> h)    Contribute to capacity-building for Internet Governance in  
>> developing
>> countries, drawing fully on local sources of knowledge and expertise;
>> i)    Promote and assess, on an ongoing basis, the embodiment of WSIS
>> principles in Internet Governance processes;
>> j)    Discuss, inter alia, issues relating to critical Internet  
>> resources;
>> k)    Help to find solutions to the issues arising from the use  
>> and misuse
>> of the Internet, of particular concern to everyday users;
>> l)    Publish its proceedings.
>>  Based on the experience of the Athens conference and the draft  
>> program
>> outline for the Rio conference, it could be argued that the IGF is
>> contributing to the realization of some of these objectives.   
>> However, other
>> items in the list are more difficult to promote solely through annual
>> conferences comprising main sessions with panels of speakers and an
>> assortment of workshops.  Accordingly, it would be useful to have  
>> an open,
>> inclusive, positive and constructive dialogue about what  
>> additional steps,
>> if any, could be taken on a consensual, multistakeholder basis to  
>> help the
>> IGF community achieve the mandate.  To that end, the workshop  
>> would consider
>> such matters as:
>>  A. The thinking behind the formulation of the mandate, which  
>> derives from
>> the WGIG Report and the discussions held during Prep-Com 3 of the  
>> WSIS Tunis
>> phase;
>>  B. Whether some or all of the functions enumerated in the mandate  
>> are
>> important, value-adding, activities that are not being performed  
>> elsewhere,
>> would benefit the global community, and are uniquely suited to the  
>> IGF;
>>  C. Operationally practical steps that could be pursued on a  
>> consensual,
>> multistakeholder basis by the IGF community in order to perform those
>> functions identified in B, above.
>>   2. Provide the Name of the Organizer(s) of the workshop and their
>> Affiliation to various stakeholder groups. Describe how you will  
>> take steps
>> to adhere to the multi-stakeholder principle, including geographical
>> diversity.
>>  The Internet Governance Caucus comprises a diverse range of  
>> individual and
>> organizational civil society actors who are committed to the  
>> promotion of
>> global public interest objectives in Internet governance decision- 
>> making.
>> The caucus was created in early 2003 and played a leading role on  
>> Internet
>> governance issues for the broad civil society coalition that  
>> participated in
>> the WSIS process.  Some of its members were early proponents of an  
>> IGF and
>> active participants in the WGIG, and in the current IGF Advisory  
>> Group. The
>> caucus strongly supported the WGIG's proposal of an IGF, as well  
>> as the
>> mandate given to it by the Tunis Agenda.
>>  The caucus has many connections to all relevant stakeholder  
>> groups. For
>> example, a number of caucus members are employed in the private  
>> sector; and
>> many members, and indeed the caucus itself, have had productive
>> collaborative relationships with international organization,  
>> government, and
>> business representatives in the course of the WSIS and IGF  
>> processes, as
>> well as in other Internet governance-related contexts.
>>  The caucus has every intention of organizing a multistakeholder  
>> panel of
>> speakers representing all groupings involved in the IGF and  
>> diverse range of
>> views on the subject matter.
>>  The caucus would warmly welcome the co-sponsorship of any  
>> stakeholder entity
>> that would like to participate.   3. Why do you think the proposed  
>> theme is important?
>>  The theme concerns the purpose and possibilities of the IGF.
>>   4. Describe the workshop's conformity with the Tunis Agenda in  
>> terms of
>> substance and the mandate of the IGF.
>>  The proposed workshop is about the Tunis Agenda's mandate for the  
>> IGF.
>>   5. Provide the Name and Affiliation of the panelists you are  
>> planning to
>> invite.
>>  We are soliciting panelists, and a list will be submitted in the  
>> next 2-3
>> weeks.  The panel would comprise known representatives from the
>> international organization, government, business, technical and
>> administrative, and civil society communities who are well  
>> informed about
>> the mandate, have a diversity of perspectives on the issues, and  
>> can engage
>> in a constructive and collegial dialogue.
>>   6. Describe the main actors in the field. Have you approached  
>> them and asked
>> whether they would be willing to participate in proposed workshop?
>>  See # 5, above.
>>   7.  List similar events you have organized in the past.
>>  Caucus members have organized many related panel discussions  
>> during the WSIS
>> process (including workshops on the nature and mandate of the then  
>> proposed
>> IGF), at the Athens conference, and elsewhere, and are involved in  
>> various
>> proposals for the Rio conference as well.      
>> ________________________________________________
>> Parminder Jeet Singh
>> IT for Change, Bangalore
>> Bridging Development Realities and Technological Possibilities  
>> Tel: (+91-80) 2665 4134, 2653 6890
>> Fax: (+91-80) 4146 1055
>>  <http://www.itforchange.net/> www.ITforChange.net   
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> Carlos A. Afonso
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