[governance] _World_Economic_Forum_-_Davos_2018_ "Creating_a_Shared_Future_in_a_Fractured_World”

parminder parminder at itforchange.net
Fri Jan 19 11:03:59 EST 2018

i sent the following to the bestbits, bec i did not receive the original
email from IGC...

I really did not know that IGF had its own agency to represent itself at
other forums. Whom does it really represent? Because when you represent,
you also speak for. For whom does the it speak, and on what basis? ..
That is a mission creep which has been done without consulting or even

IGF is not even an agency like the WTO which has a certain substantive
beinghood ..... Even WTO's going to WEF and making programs with WTO
have been criticised (see for
instance http://www.twn.my/title2/wto.info/2017/ti171233.htm ). I
remember that when the WEF centric Netmundial Initiative was formed the
IGF was invited to join it, but a view was taken that the IGF is not a
substantive agency/ organisation to represent any substantive view etc
to be a part of such an initiative.... So, why is "the IGF" going to WEF
now, and "representing the IGF" ...... MAG is a program management
committee, and it has no role beyond organising the IGF. This has been
clarified many time.... (In fact even when some of us wanted to give a
more substantive role to the IGF, as part of CSTG WG on IGF
improvements, some of those who are now associated with representing the
IGF opposed such a role.) 

MAG Chair DOES NOT represent the IGF in any way. 

I dont accept such a representational role. I will request the CS
members of the MAG to explain this to me. 

thanks, parminder

On Friday 19 January 2018 08:36 PM, LB at lucabelli.net wrote:
> Thanks for sharing this.
> With all due respect, I am not sure that sharing a note 2 business
> days before the WEF starts is the most transparent way to announce
> that the “IGF has been invited to WEF,” nor the most efficient way to
> ensure inclusion/participation of any member of the IGF community.
> Moreover, there is no trace of the WEF invitation on the IGF website.
> I think the IGF Secretariat should have announced that the IGF had
> received such invitation, that the MAG chair had been selected to
> represent the IGF and, ideally, should have opened a call for
> contributions to make the representation of the IGF as inclusive as
> possible.
> I would also like to understand to what refers the sentence concluding
> the email  i.e. “Very much look forward to your contributions.” Is
> there some sort of ongoing consultation regarding the IGF
> participation to the WEF? If so, I reiterate my concern regarding the
> quite hasted/opaque/non-inclusive process which – I guess the MAG and
> the Secretariat? – decided to utilise to ensure participation of the
> IGF community to the WEF. Personally, I also do not think this type of
> process aligns with the considerable requirements in terms of
> transparency, inclusiveness, reporting, etc that both workshop and
> intersessional-activity organisers are required to comply with.
> Perhaps I am missing some points and, in this case, I would very much
> appreciate if anyone could help me having a clearer picture.
> Best regards
> Luca
>     -------- Original Message --------
>     Subject: [governance] Fwd:_[bestbits]_Fw:_[Igfregional
>     s]_Fw:_[IGFmaglist]_World_Economic_Forum_-_Davos_2018_
>     "Creating_a_Shared_Future_in_a_Fractured_World”
>     From: Deirdre Williams <williams.deirdre at gmail.com
>     <mailto:williams.deirdre at gmail.com>>
>     Date: Fri, January 19, 2018 10:09 am
>     To: governance at lists.riseup.net <mailto:governance at lists.riseup.net>
>     Thank you Imran for sharing this
>     Deirdre
>     ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>     From: *Imran Ahmed Shah* <bestbits at lists.bestbits.net
>     <mailto:bestbits at lists.bestbits.net>>
>     Date: 19 January 2018 at 08:35
>     Subject: [bestbits] Fw: [Igfregionals] Fw: [IGFmaglist] World
>     Economic Forum - Davos 2018 "Creating a Shared Future in a
>     Fractured World”
>     To: "bestbits at lists.bestbits.net
>     <mailto:bestbits at lists.bestbits.net>" <bestbits at lists.bestbits.net
>     <mailto:bestbits at lists.bestbits.net>>
>     Dear All,
>     Just to share an announcement from the MAG Chair on representing
>     the IGF at the 2018 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos,
>     where the theme of the year is "Creating a Shared Future in a
>     Fractured World”. Might be interested for you.
>     Best Regards
>     Imran Ahmed Shah
>     ----- Forwarded Message -----
>     *From:* Anja GENGO <AGENGO at unog.ch <mailto:AGENGO at unog.ch>>
>     *To:* "igfregionals at intgovforum.org
>     <mailto:igfregionals at intgovforum.org>"
>     <igfregionals at intgovforum.org <mailto:igfregionals at intgovforum.org>>
>     *Sent:* Friday, 19 January 2018, 17:06
>     *Subject:* [Igfregionals] Fw: [IGFmaglist] World Economic Forum -
>     Davos 2018 "Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World”
>     Dear Colleagues,
>     Please see below an announcement from the MAG Chair on
>     representing the IGF at the 2018 World Economic Forum Annual
>     Meeting in Davos.
>     Best regards,
>     Anja
>     -----Forwarded by Anja GENGO/UNOG/GVA/UNO on 01/19/2018 01:00PM -----
>     To: IGF Maglist <Igfmaglist at intgovforum.org
>     <mailto:Igfmaglist at intgovforum.org>>
>     From: "Lynn St.Amour"
>     Sent by: "Igfmaglist"
>     Date: 01/18/2018 08:50PM
>     Subject: [IGFmaglist] World Economic Forum - Davos 2018 "Creating
>     a Shared Future in a Fractured World”
>     Dear colleagues,
>     I am writing to you as I/the IGF have been invited to participate
>     in the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos.   This year
>     the theme is: "Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World”.  
>      Note: There is a guide on how to follow/“participate” in Davos
>     here:
>      https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/12/how-to-follow-davos-2018/
>     <https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/12/how-to-follow-davos-2018/>  
>      And, there is an ongoing stream of content on digital issues,
>     including an interesting interactive map available through the
>     first panel here:
>     https://www.weforum.org/system-initiatives/shaping-the-future-of-digital-economy-and-society/articles
>     <https://www.weforum.org/system-initiatives/shaping-the-future-of-digital-economy-and-society/articles>
>     In 2017,  the IGF Secretariat, the CENB facilitators, some DCs,
>     and I (as IGF MAG Chair) participated in various World Economic
>     Forum (WEF) meetings/conference calls.   Many were connected to
>     Access and their “Internet For All” projects, but others were
>     connected to IoT, and Networks as Platforms, to name only a few.  
>      WEF activities in relevant areas (where we were aware of them)
>     were flagged to the NRIs, DCs, etc.   In addition, for several
>     years there has been a two-way collaboration between the WEF and
>     the IGF major policy initiative (IGF Policy Options for Connecting
>     and Enabling the Next Billion(s)).  
>     As mentioned during previous MAG meetings,  I was also asked to
>     Co-Chair the Stewardship Board for a WEF Initiative called
>     “Digital Economy and Society” (DES).    This Stewardship Board is
>     convened annually during the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting
>     in Davos.  Per the WEF this initiative provides an opportunity to
>     develop a shared vision for a sustainable, inclusive, and
>     trustworthy digital future and priorities for collaborative
>     action.   In particular, the initiative seeks to align and
>     accelerate progress around six shared global outcomes:
>     1.     Access & Adoption: All people (without differences in
>     geography, gender or income) can access and use the internet
>     2.     Responsible Digital Transformation: Business, government
>     and civil society leaders act responsibly and competently to usher
>     in a sustainable digital transformation
>     3.     Fit for purpose, informed governance: Global, regional,
>     national policies are informed by evidence and well-equipped to
>     deal with the transnational nature of digital connectivity
>     4.     Secure & resilient people, processes & practices: All
>     individuals, institutions and infrastructure are resilient to
>     vulnerabilities created by increasing digital connectivity
>     5.     Robust, interoperable digital Identities: All people can
>     access and use integrated, inclusive, trusted digital identity
>     regimes that enhance their social and economic well being
>     6.     Benefits from data sharing while respecting privacy:
>     Individuals and institutions can share data in ways that create
>     social and economic value while respecting the privacy of fellow
>     digital citizens
>     James Smith, President & CEO, Thomson Reuters is the other
>     Co-Chair, and together, we will be facilitating the Stewardship
>     Board Meeting at Davos this year.   To the extent that there are
>     activities that are aligned and that you wish to highlight we
>     would welcome hearing them.  
>     I am also moderating or speaking at various panels during Davos
>     and will be reflecting IGF activities, value, values and
>     principles.  Some of the sessions:
>     - Strategic Outlook: Digital Economy
>     - BroadBand Commission - Internet For All session
>     - Trustworthy Data: The Foundation of Innovation
>     There are many common topics of interest and everyone is
>     encouraged to share view points/submit questions, so please see
>     the link below for social media info., etc.
>     https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/12/how-to-follow-davos-2018/
>     <https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/12/how-to-follow-davos-2018/>
>     Note: I am sending this note to last years MAG (noting the 2018
>     MAG and MAG Chair are not yet formally constituted).  I am also
>     asking  the secretariat to forward this note to the NRIs, DCs,
>     CENB, etc. and to note this on the IGF website in order to get the
>     broadest distribution possible.
>     Very much look forward to your contributions,
>     Best,
>     Lynn
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