[governance] IGC Workshop Proposal

Carlos Afonso ca at rits.org.br
Wed Jun 27 15:42:30 EDT 2007

I guess I voted in favor already, but just to be sure:


[]s fraternos


(*) Yes or "Aye" in Portuguese.

Parminder wrote:
> Hi All
> Find below the proposal for an IGF workshop for which a consensus is sought.
> The call for consensus will be closed in 48 hours from this posting. 
> However, I will like to mention here that we won't consider the consensus
> call as carried unless there are at least a few ayes. I know many members
> are quite busy with different things, but in my opinion an implied consensus
> can only be built over at least a few express endorsements, whereby the
> silence of others may be considered as implicit endorsement. This is
> especially so in such an important matter as the IGC holding a workshop at
> the IGF as the primary organizer. 
> Thanks.
> Parminder
> IGC's Proposed Workshop for IGF, Rio - June, 27, 2007
> Workshop Title: Fulfilling the mandate of IGF
> 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
> www.ITforChange.net 
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