[governance] Bruna Santos as the new IGC Co-coordinator

Ian Peter ian.peter at ianpeter.com
Thu May 11 06:53:52 EDT 2017

Congratulations Bruna!

From: Arsène Tungali 
Sent: Thursday, May 11, 2017 7:38 PM
To: Internet Governance 
Subject: [governance] Bruna Santos as the new IGC Co-coordinator

Dear IGC members,

I would like to use this opportunity to bring to your attention this wonderful news that we have a new Co-coordinator, joining me in this role to support this group. Her name is Bruna Martins dos Santos (Bruna Santos), from Brazil. She was chosen based on the following process:

A call for nominations for a new co-co was sent to the list on April 27, 2017 and was supposed to close on May 10th, giving ample time for us to carry the nomination process. Several reminders, as promised, were sent by Arsene Tungali, the last one being a day prior to the expiration of the nomination process.

Please see pasted bellow the call sent, just for record:

---Message begins--

Dear colleagues,

It is time to elect a new Co-coordinator for the Caucus, to replace Analía who has already completed her two-year term, and to work with me (Arsene). As you know, the IGC is operating with two volunteers called “Co-coordinators”. 

I would like to send my apologies for the time it took me to quick start this process; as you know, we have been busy with migrating our server but also I informed that I will be launching this once we have submitted our workshop proposal to the upcoming IGF (which we did today). This is an usual process and I beg you to bear with me. You will remember I did launch this call while we were still working on the server but so many of you only saw it later on when the system was restored back.

We invite members of the IGC to nominate candidates (please check with them first about their willingness to serve), or to nominate themselves as Co-coordinator to serve for 2 years, from 2017-2019. All you need to do is to send TO THE LIST your statement of interest (in the body of an email and attached in a .doc file) with the following elements:

-          Your full name

-          Your country of origin and of residence

-          Anything we need to know about your work/involvement with IGC/IGF/Civil Society activities. (200 words max)

-          Why do you think you can be a good Co-coordinator for the IGC? (Max 200 words)

-          What’s your vision for the IGC during your term if elected? Pick up to 3 current issues we face in the group that you will consider as priority during your first year. (Max 200 words)

The nomination period will be open until midnight UTC on May 10th, 2017. After this date, we will circulate a resume of candidate's profiles and enable a voting link to all IGC members in order to elect our new co-coordinator. 

You can check duties and responsibilities on our website (www.igcaucus.org)

I do encourage all of you who wish to have a different experience with international advocacy or Internet public policy issues to consider applying. Also, we need to revitalize our group so we need someone very dynamic that will bring a push to support me.

Kind regards,


IGC Co-coordinator

---Message ends---

We received the nomination from Ms. Bruna Martins sent to the list on May 9th expressing her interest to join this voluntary leadership position. Her statement of interest as well as her vision for this group are pasted bellow for your record (at the end of this email). She received public expression of support from Michael Oghia, Evelynn Namara and Renata Aquino and no one had a negative view on her candidacy.

Given the fact that she was the only one, we will not proceed to the next phase which was to organize a poll but I suggest we immediately consider her into the role, as our new second Co-coordinator, serving from May 2017 to May 2019. As a reminder, my term will expire on or around February 2018 and she will be responsible to carry the election for the new Co-coordinator.

I will leave this open for the next few days should anyone has any comment on the process or anyone has a strong feeling about why Bruna Santos should not be considered for this role in line of the above explained process. Please, do state why you think she will do great or not in your comment (that can be sent to me privately or directly to the list). On Monday, May 15th, I will send a final email based on the feedback that I will have received.

Best regards,

Arsene, IGC Co-coordinator

--- Statement from Bruna---

Your full name: Bruna Martins dos Santos

Your country of origin and of residence: Brazil

Anything we need to know about your work/involvement with IGC/IGF/Civil Society activities. 

I am an active member of the ISOCs SIG Group Youth Observatory and, therefore, an advocate for the inclusion of youth in policy-making processes regarding Internet Governance. I have also contributed to the IGF's Best Practice Forum on Gender and Access as an independent researcher and one of the authors of the Young Latin American Women Declaration: Enabling access to empower young women and build a feminist Internet Governance, an input from the Youth Observatory to the BPF Gender that addressed the importance of ensuring a safe online environment for women online. 

Why do you think you can be a good Co-coordinator for the IGC? 

I believe I'd be able to serve IG Caucus as a co-coordinator due to the fact that I have been for the past years a good advocate for the interests of Civil Society as I have been involved in some local brazilian initiatives for ensuring the rights of citizens online such as the Marco Civil da Internet and the organization of Arena NETMundial, a side event for the NetMundial directed at the Civil Society representatives that were in brazil during the meeting and that aimed to hold the same discussions regarding the future of the Internet with the local community . Therefore I believe that despite the fact that I am quite young, I believe I would be a good co-Coordinator due to that fact that Im willing to advocate for a more inclusive and equal Internet, and am also continuing my engagement activities with the IG community.

What’s your vision for the IGC during your term if elected? Pick up to 3 current issues we face in the group that you will consider as priority during your first year. (Max 200 words)

As for my visions for the IGC during the Term, given the fact that this list was my prior tool for accessing informations regarding Internet Governance, I believe on making it more participative through accountability. I think it would be important for the members to know who else is alongside them and also whom they could reach out in any subject they wish to, outreach for the IG Caucus is a very important thing for the list as its members are the influencers in all of the different regions of the globe 

As for the 3 current issues, I believe that Increasing balanced participation in internet governance debates - gender and regional representations;  bringing youth into the internet governance debate;  interconnecting more civil society groups would be the three elected by me. 

-----Statement ends---

*Arsène Tungali*

Co-Founder & Executive Director, Rudi international,
CEO, Smart Services Sarl, Mabingwa Forum 
Tel: +243 993810967

GPG: 523644A0

Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo

2015 Mandela Washington Felllow (YALI) - ISOC Ambassador (IGF Brazil & Mexico) - AFRISIG 2016 - Blogger - ICANN Fellow (Los Angeles & Marrakech). AFRINIC Fellow (Mauritius) - IGFSA Member - Internet Governance - Internet Freedom. 

Check the 2016 State of Internet Freedom in DRC report (English) and (French)

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