[governance] [bestbits] Fw: [Igfregionals] Fw: [IGFmaglist] World Economic Forum - Davos 2018 "Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World”

parminder parminder at itforchange.net
Fri Jan 19 22:13:58 EST 2018

On Friday 19 January 2018 11:23 PM, Jeremy Malcolm wrote:
> On 19/1/18 5:11 am, parminder wrote:
>> 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 declaring....
> I actually agree with Parminder on this (yes, it does happen). Not
> that I think that the IGF shouldn't be able to be represented in an
> official way at other international institutions. On the contrary, I
> strongly believe that it should be able to do so, 

That might be one view, but it was not ever proposed nor agreed to by,
lets use the term, "IGF community". This is always the problem with so
called or claimed "open and flexible process", they get captured by
whoever can expend the most resources. Norms and structures then can
accordingly work to ensure fairness and equity, the values that should
be central to progressive civil society

.... parminder

> and the fact that it hasn't been able to effectively deliver messages
> to other institutions has been one of its chief failings. I also don't
> blame Lynn St Amour for wanting to do this.
> But this is not the way to do it! The liaison between IGF and WEF (and
> IETF, ICANN, OECD, WTO...) should be formally institutionalised in
> some way, so that there is accountability and legitimacy. It shouldn't
> just be casually announced that "I/the IGF have been invited...", as
> if the distinction is immaterial.
> I do disagree in one minor respect with Parminder and that's that, in
> my reading of what has happened, it's not that the MAG has engineered
> this, but rather that it's been done in a way that deliberately
> bypassed the MAG, because the MAG is so dysfunctional that it stands
> in the way of the evolution of the IGF, in this and other respects,
> and Lynn knows this.
> But that doesn't make it right. If anything, this means the MAG needs
> to be overhauled, not that it needs to be minimized and bypassed. I
> support Parminder's call for the CS members of the MAG to hold it
> accountable here and to call for the institution of a proper,
> transparent and accountable process for the appointment of formal
> institutional liaisons between the IGF and other bodies.
> -- 
> Jeremy Malcolm
> Senior Global Policy Analyst
> Electronic Frontier Foundation
> https://eff.org
> jmalcolm at eff.org
> Tel: 415.436.9333 ext 161
> :: Defending Your Rights in the Digital World ::
> Public key: https://www.eff.org/files/2016/11/27/key_jmalcolm.txt
> PGP fingerprint: 75D2 4C0D 35EA EA2F 8CA8 8F79 4911 EC4A EDDF 1122

-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <http://lists.igcaucus.org/pipermail/governance/attachments/20180120/7fe8a18c/attachment.htm>

More information about the Governance mailing list