[governance] Is the Civil Society doing enough to bring about a balance in Internet Governance Policy positions?

Arsène Tungali (via governance Mailing List) governance at lists.riseup.net
Mon Apr 15 00:19:28 EDT 2019

Hi Siva,

Were you finally able to submit this proposal? I note this came in very last minute, i was on a flight so could not comment nor support it’s submission.

If it goes to the next stage, then we will have time to reshape it.

Good luck,

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> On 14 Apr 2019, at 22:22, sivasubramanian muthusamy (via governance Mailing List) <governance at lists.riseup.net> wrote:
> Hello,
> With a few hours remaining for submission of the 2019 workshops, I intend to propose a workshop.  Looking for support from IGC, Besbits and APC, some quick suggestions to improve the text, and more importantly, for suggestions of speakers who have a good understanding of the history of Civil Society in IG.
> Kindly respond ASAP.
> title 
> "Is the Civil Society doing enough?" 
> policy question 
> "Is the Civil Society doing enough to bring about a balance in Internet Governance Policy positions?"
> relevance to the theme: 
> Though proposed under "Digital Inclusion", it is a workshop across the three themes, and of relevance to the overall design of the multi-stakeholder model of Internet Governance. 
> relevance to Internet Governance: 
> When broadly classified, Civil Society is one of the three stakeholders in Internet Governance. Since WSIS 2005, Civil Society has played a constructive role to bring about a balance in Internet Governance debates. However, a certain degree of imbalance persists as the other stakeholder groups tend to steer policy a little more than proportionately towards their own respective positions. Governments around the world draft legislative directives some of which the Civil Society find undesirable. In some instances, Civil Society positions remarkably differed from that of Government, the proposed Acts such as SOPA or PIPA or Directives were withdrawn, only to be reintroduced and confirmed by some other title or form. Business responds to Civil Society positions, for instance, on Privacy issues, but many of the concerns of Civil Society are not adequately addressed. It could be stated that the other stakeholder groups prevail more than proportionately over Civil Society, in matters related to Internet Governance. This prompts the question, "Is the Civil Society participating enough? Is the Civil Society doing enough?"  
> If not enough, what needs to be done? In Internet Governance, the formal title as "Civil Society" is shared by a somewhat loose collaboration between Internet Governance participants who took up the Civil Society role since WSIS 2005, other early CS participants in the IGF, organizations that pursue issues in public interest including Privacy organizations, Freedom foundations etc, and also organizations such as some Internet Society Chapters, ICANN AtLarge, ICANN Non Commercial Stakeholder Group etc, who partake in Civil Society positions in their own way. 
> If the Civil society is not doing enough, is it because it requires greater interaction among those who pursue Civil Society positions in the IGF? How would Civil Society strengthen itself? Would it also look for Civil Society participation from beyond the IGF arena to bring in newer Civil Society participants to the IGF?
> These are some, and not all, questions that follow the questions in the title. 
> Workshop session description:
> The session would revolve around the Title Questions, "Is the Civil Society doing enough to bring about a balance in Internet Governance Policy positions?" to bring up supplementary questions, and in the process identify its strengths and weaknesses to identify solutions towards strengthening itself for a balance. 
> Sivasubramanian M
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