[governance] Remote participation
williams.deirdre at gmail.com
Tue Apr 21 11:28:20 EDT 2015
It used to be (my observation) that meetings concerning the internet had a
default position of trying to make their proceedings accessible online - if
you are discussing a communication tool it seems good sense also to use it.
However recently (again my observation) this practice has become less
common. The ITU, the IGF and ICANN do their best within their financial
capabilities, some institutions having larger budgets than others.
"[I]nternational IG meetings" is something of an awkward construct since
the majority of IG meetings are international in nature - in their speakers
and/or their participants.
I checked (not as carefully as I might have done - my non-virtual life is
quite busy at the moment) for remote access to the meeting in the Hague.
Judith says that remote access was available, but I would propose that the
links were rather less easy to find than is usual with a meeting of that
size. Recently I became aware of a meeting to be held in Malta at the end
of the month. I was interested to attend so asked about remote
participation. I was told that they were trying but the budget probably
wouldn't stretch so far.
I hope this clarifies my original message.
I agree with Daniel, David and Michael - participation is crucially
important, and in the context of the internet should NOT be measured in
terms of physical presence.
On 21 April 2015 at 09:39, Arsene TUNGALI (Yahoo) <arsenebaguma at yahoo.fr>
> Hi De,
> Trying to understand your point...
> Do you mean there is less remote participation possibilities offered for
> international IG meetings?
> Thanks for clarifying for me,
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> Le Mardi 21 avril 2015 15h32, Nick Ashton-Hart <nashton at consensus.pro>
> a écrit :
> While I am sure we all agree with the sentiment - and I am certain that
> I’m relatively spoiled as I attend anything in Geneva in person - it would
> be helpful to see some examples of meetings where this is a problem, and
> especially, where annual meetings have decreased remote participation
> > On 21 Apr 2015, at 05:15, David Cake <dave at difference.com.au> wrote:
> > This is a serious issue. We strongly need to encourage and expand remote
> participation, not decrease it.
> > Remote participation in the form of webcasts and assigned remote
> participation people to ask questions on behalf of remote participants is a
> bare minimum. Improving remote participation by whatever means -
> mechanisms such as properly staffed remote hubs, screens so that remote
> participant comments are visible to those in the room, enabling
> telepresence panellist participation, etc spring to mind - should be the
> what we are aiming for, not just maintaining the minimal levels of
> > While multi-stakeholder processes may be much more open than those
> gatekeepered by governments, they will remain the province of a relatively
> small elite unless we can ensure that physical travel is not a necessity
> for participation. I think we currently do this OK for working group style
> processes, we don’t do it at all well for higher level processes.
> > Regards
> > David
> >> On 21 Apr 2015, at 8:04 am, Deirdre Williams <
> williams.deirdre at gmail.com> wrote:
> >> Colleagues,
> >> During the discussion of recent internet governance related meetings I
> don't remember seeing any comments about the steady erosion of remote
> participation or even webcasts.
> >> Considering the area being discussed by these meetings this seems to me
> to be a very serious loss.
> >> How do others feel?
> >> Deirdre
> >> --
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