[governance] CS input to Chairs Statement for GCCS - apologies for short time frame

Ian Peter ian.peter at ianpeter.com
Fri Apr 10 20:30:07 EDT 2015

Thanks to everyone (about 40 people)  who responded to this with comments and suggestions.

I am attaching the letter which was sent a few hours ago to the Dutch organisers, with consolidated CS inputs. Our understanding of the process is that a new draft of the Chairs statement, taking into account the various inputs, will be issued just before the conference next week. However at that stage there will be no more new inputs to text, but rather discussion limited to red line text.

This ended up being a very rushed process, as we were advised with 48 hours of a new deadline for us to submit our suggestions. Compiling about 40 sets of comments at short notice into one document was difficult, and left very little time for a small group to produce a consolidated text and submit it. Apologies for not being able to consult wider on this, but we trust that the document submitted covers the range of suggestions and viewpoints submitted. It will be interesting to see which of our suggestions make it through to the final statement!

Ian Peter

From: Ian Peter 
Sent: Saturday, April 04, 2015 8:02 AM
To: governance at lists.igcaucus.org ; bestbits at lists.bestbits.net ; forum at justnetcoalition.org 
Subject: CS input to Chairs Statement for GCCS - apologies for short time frame

Dear friends,

[Apologies for cross-posting]

Below is a statement requesting your input into formulating the civil society response to the Chair’s statement for GCCS 2015. Apologies for very short comments period, but the draft was only released for our wider input in last 24 hours, and we need to submit a consolidated CS response after getting your input. There will be another (again short) opportunity to comment on the consolidated response as per message below.

Governments and business interests will also be responding to the text separately in the same time frame, so we can expect changes. There are some (surprisingly) good sections of the text  currently (IMHO) that we need to argue to retain, plus plenty where we can suggest improvements. But please input within the time frame either by the form or the email address below.

We would like to bring to your attention the call for civil society input on the outcome document for the Global Conference on Cyberspace 2015 (GCCS 2015), hosted by the government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and taking place in The Hague on 16 and 17 April 2015. 

Following on from the London (2011), Budapest (2012), and Seoul (2013) Conferences - a series also known as the London Process, the 2015 event in The Hague will provide an opportunity for further high-level discussion of key cyberspace issues, structured around the three main themes of Freedom, Security and Growth. The Conference will be a stock-taking event, assessing the current global situation and mapping out the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. By engaging governments, business, academia and civil society participants at the Conference, the organisers hope to find practical solutions to real and urgent challenges, and to progress the agenda of a free, open and secure internet. 

Based on the assumption that all those who have a stake in cyberspace should be able to express their views and participate in a meaningful way, this year, the organisers are putting particular emphasis on facilitating multistakeholder engagement in the Conference. As part of an effort to achieve this, the Conference organisers are interested in getting Civil Society input on the draft outcome document of the Conference (The Chair’s Statement).


Ian Peter

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