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

ljp at irights.info ljp at irights.info
Mon Jan 22 02:57:26 EST 2018

Hi all,
copy/pasting the follow-up email from Lynn that Renata mentioned,  
since I guess not many clicked on the link in her email.

Dear colleagues,

there is a discussion occurring on some Civil society lists where the  
members are looking for more information on my participation at Davos.  
  In response to part of that discussion (as I am not on those lists),  
I sent them the invitation I received with a brief message.

And, FYI, my participation in the System Initiative Stewardship Board  
started several years ago with the publication of the following 2  
articles (written by me and Don Tapscott in 2014) :

- The Remarkable Internet Governance Network – Part I "Understanding a  
Global Multi-Stakeholder Ecosystem:

-The Remarkable Internet Governance Network: Part II  "Moving to the Next Era"

Happy to respond to any additional questions,


> Begin forwarded message:
> From: "Lynn St.Amour" <st.amour at bluewin.ch>
> Subject: Fwd: Invitation for Ms Lynn St Amour
> Date: January 20, 2018 at 6:23:54 PM EST
> To: BestBitslist <bestbits at lists.bestbits.net>
> Dear colleagues,
> I understand there have been some questions re my participation in  
> the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting.  The invitation I received  
> is below, and I hope this helps clarify the status of my  
> participation.  If not, please let me know.  While my invitation was  
> not specific to the IGF, I do believe it is important to promote it  
> wherever possible and appropriate.  This is not speaking for the IGF  
> or on behalf of the IGF, but about the IGF - what it is, what it  
> does, why it is important, to encourage participation/support, etc.   
>    Apologies if my phrasing  "I/IGF" was confusing.  It was meant  
> only in this context.
> By way of background, I have participated in 6 or 7 World Economic  
> Forum Annual Meetings (Davos), a summer World Economic Forum Davos  
> meeting, several Global Agenda Council meetings, and in many  
> initiatives over the years.   I also served on a Global Agenda  
> Council on the Future of the Internet for several years.   Happy to  
> respond to any additional questions.
> Lynn
>> Annual Meeting 2018
>> Davos-Klosters, Switzerland 23-26 January
>> Dear Ms St Amour, We are pleased to invite you to the World  
>> Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2018, taking place in Davos-Klosters,  
>> Switzerland. You have been invited to participate in the Annual  
>> Meeting from 23 to 26 January in your capacity on the System  
>> Initiative Stewardship Board.
>> The Annual Meeting brings together a global multistakeholder  
>> community that is committed to improving the state of the world  
>> through public-private cooperation and to shaping the global,  
>> regional and industry agendas. The "Spirit of Davos" - the  
>> willingness of participants to engage in informal, constructive and  
>> practical dialogue - is a quintessential element of this meeting.  
>> We particularly want to draw your attention to the Stewardship  
>> Board related sessions you are invited to. You will be able to  
>> review these invitation(s) and confirm your participation on your  
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>> programme will begin on Tuesday morning (23 January), we warmly  
>> invite you to join us on Monday afternoon for the Crystal Awards  
>> ceremony honouring outstanding artists and cultural leaders,  
>> followed by a world premiere ballet performance with La Scala  
>> principal dancer étoile Roberto Bolle, accompanied by the Cameristi  
>> della Scala de Milano.
>> We encourage you to register on TopLink at your earliest  
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>> We look forward to your active engagement in the discussions and  
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>> Yours sincerely,
>> W. Lee Howell
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>> Davos-Klosters, Switzerland 23-26 January
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Zitat von Arsène Tungali <arsenebaguma at gmail.com>:

> That's a good point, De and I would welcome anyone who would like to
> hold the pen and draft something to Lynn. We can ask her clarification
> about all these things "representation" to help clear any future
> issues.
> I also liked the idea of having the IGF represented (through an
> individual representative or so) at these various fora/institutions.
> But again, where will this person come from? Someone from the
> Secretariat? Anyone from the community? How? I think there are so many
> things that the IGF (in its current form cannot just do).
> But more importantly, i would suggest we use this opportunity to make
> our voice, as CS, known in Davos through people such as Lynn who are
> invited (we can include few suggestions in our communication with her
> or through the different channels she suggested) or Access Now's CEO
> who will also speaking and who is receiving inputs from civil society
> groups (buff.ly/2FQXPZZ).
> Let's move this discussion ahead if we want to make our voice heard.
> 2018-01-20 17:33 UTC+02:00, Deirdre Williams <williams.deirdre at gmail.com>:
>> Rather than continuing to speculate should we not write to Lynn, listing
>> our concerns and asking for her explanation?
>> Deirdre
>> On 20 January 2018 at 11:10, parminder <parminder at itforchange.net> wrote:
>>> On Saturday 20 January 2018 04:56 PM, Chris Prince Udochukwu Njoku wrote:
>>> Can the invitation letter be seen by others? It's possible for the
>>> invitation to be just for Lynn (because she has adequate credentials to
>>> deserve personal invitation), but she sees an opportunity in it to make
>>> some presentations on behalf of IGF. That's what I suspect from the
>>> clause:
>>>  "I/the IGF have been invited..."
>>> That's IMO also why it looks like MAG was bypassed.
>>> If the invitation is personal, Lynn has every right and all it takes to
>>> attend the forum and do all the roles she had outlined, but any
>>> ideas/opinions/arguments she will present and any incidents are strictly
>>> hers.
>>> Yes Chris, it will be good to know, but do note that the email also talk
>>> about some "two way collaboration between the WEF and IGF" .... this
>>> doesn't look personal to me at all!  , parminder
>>> It doesn't (and can't) follow that because she's MAG chair she'll be
>>> representing MAG or IGF. If the invitation letter is specifically to IGF
>>> MAG Chair, then she's entltled to answer the invitation on that capacity,
>>> after properly informing the constituency. She may or may not seek
>>> anyone's
>>> inputs to what she'll say or do. However, an invitation letter to IGF
>>> certainly requires a process of determining the person or delegation to
>>> represent IGF in word and action.
>>> I strongly think it's important for Lynn to explain her use of the
>>> forward
>>> slash between "I" and "the IGF".  Is the invitation letter ambiguous (not
>>> clear about who's invited)?
>>> CPU
>>> On Jan 20, 2018 4:14 AM, "parminder" <parminder at itforchange.net> wrote:
>>> 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.
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