[governance] The proposal for closing Bestbits and merging with IGC + next steps (was "Follow-on from survey on the future of Bestbits: next steps")

farzaneh badii (via governance Mailing List) governance at lists.riseup.net
Fri Jun 14 04:41:45 EDT 2019

@Carolina (Hello!) I don't think anyone here is suggesting that BestBits
documents, materials etc will not be preserved. It is only a matter of how
we should preserve them when we carry out the merge. (Jeremy has been
wanting to transfer the domain name for the past  I think around 3 years,
no one wants to take over, so we definitely need a plan), we can for
example decide on having the materials stored on future IGC website.

As to changes to the IGC charter, as Sheetal explained and it is in the
proposal, the changes are going to be lightweight but if IGC charter
recommends a process for amendment, then we should follow that. I still
support forming a small group to look into these issues and let us know how
we should proceed. Even if we don't agree to change the charter, we can
consider what new features IGC should possess in order to address the needs
of its members and those members that are migrating from BestBits and
generally more engagement with IG processes.

As to the poll among BestBits members, that is something you need to
discuss with BestBits. Just a reminder that both groups have been in my
opinion briefed and engaged with the conversation. We did not just have a
meeting with 11 members. Since December 2018, IGC and BestBits held
meetings about this, a survey was taken to see what BestBits members think
(the average attendance in those meetings was something like 15 members,
Sheetal shared a comprehensive result of the survey).

@Sala thank you for your kind words. I believe in collective action and am
glad that you found the briefings and reports useful. InternetNZ's help was
crucial in making that happen.

Christchurch call was one instance when the civil society got together and
showed its depth of expertise and knowledge about Internet governance
issues. So we definitely can get it together and act collectively. It's
just a matter of how, which I am sure we solve if we keep at it and have
these conversations.


On Fri, Jun 14, 2019 at 3:42 AM Carolina Rossini <
governance at lists.riseup.net> wrote:

> I disagree with you Ian. A pool is needed among the BB members. There are
> more than 11.
> And for the BB folks, and it’s is not only the mailing list. BB site has a
> lot of good material and statements that should be captured and saved.
> Sorry I could not make to the meeting. You can only imagine how busy I am.
> Tks Sheetal for moving this forward with all the delicate and sensitive
> touch it does deserve.
> C
> On Fri, Jun 14, 2019 at 5:20 AM ian.peter at ianpeter.com <
> ian.peter at ianpeter.com> wrote:
>> No poll needed. Best Bits closes down (their call). Former members join
>> IGC individually. End of story.
>> But fixing the IGC constitution (a later step) is more complex as Sala
>> points out.
>> Ian.
>> ------ Original Message ------
>> From: "Salanieta T. Tamanikaiwaimaro" <governance at lists.riseup.net>
>> To: "Sheetal Kumar" <sheetal at gp-digital.org>
>> Cc: "Bakhtiyor Avezdjanov" <ba2482 at columbia.edu>; "Lee W McKnight" <
>> lmcknigh at syr.edu>; "Tapani Tarvainen" <tapani.tarvainen at effi.org>;
>> "Sivasubramanian M" <6.Internet at gmail.com>; "Akinremi Peter Taiwo" <
>> compsoftnet at gmail.com>; "governance" <governance at lists.riseup.net>
>> Sent: 14/06/2019 11:40:49 AM
>> Subject: Re: [governance] The proposal for closing Bestbits and merging
>> with IGC + next steps (was "Follow-on from survey on the future of
>> Bestbits: next steps")
>> The IGC usually takes a poll led by elected co-coordinators to determine
>> consensus. If post discussion and debate, consensusnis reached to merge
>> then by all means.
>> Nobody speaks for the IGC unless there is consensus, if you want to
>> change the Charter, then there is a process to follow. It is meant to
>> protect us. Members of Best Bits are members of the IGC anyway unless they
>> left or unsubscribed.
>> One of the challenges, I have seen is the loss of important IGC data from
>> the old servers. Every organsiation has to evolve, advance but this has to
>> be based on consensus, and papers for and against, proper discussion and
>> debate. From the outset, all I have seen is a presumption where the IGC has
>> been forcibly roped into discussing mergers without the consensus.
>> The co-coordinators have not set a strategic pathway for engagement in
>> key international fora as the IGC in the HLP session although I was to see
>> great geographical representation by some members of the IGC in the.forum
>> in their individual capacity.
>> I would also like to see the IGC working with the World Economic Forum
>> etc and participating in the UN New York meetings, although some members
>> participate in their organisational capacity. It is also significant that
>> UNDESA reviews the global SDG projects and has a
>> monitoring/evaluation/audit type role which it uses to review and report
>> back to the UNGA.
>> On another separate, note, whilst Arden (bless her heart), and others
>> have been royally pissed about making a dent in how global MNCs like
>> Facebook behave in crisis, these are not new issues as they are.similar to
>> historical discussion on the list about Brits imposing a temporary ban over
>> a certain radius of the London bombing just as the Egyptians and others
>> have done during times of national security. The Tech Accord which
>> represents the committment and negotiations between MNCs, Tech Giants and
>> some government reps as was shared by the former French Ambassador on Cyber
>> affairs and others, it is on a transcript at a main session from last year.
>> The most New Zealand can do is impose a law in New Zealand against these
>> giants.  Facebook's Mia in NZ who is based in the Sydney officer and global
>> public policy counterparts have alot of work on their hands.
>> One view is that the threat to freedom of expression (which the IGC has
>> always talked about is no respecter of whether you are from the East, West,
>> South, North. The principles are well established in International law and
>> Frank La Rue's report to the UN General Assembly which was endorsed is
>> relevant. On the other hand, threats that Jeremy Malcolm and others have
>> been raising on wordings and semantics on child pornography by a UN
>> Drafting.committee show an example of new and emergent threats.
>> Personally, even if Arden takes it to the UN, the UN is obliged and
>> mandated not to duplicate work that is already done and to this end, the UN
>> Secretary General's foresight in appointing the HLP and launching the
>> report is key as geopolitical tensions are further heightened. I have yet
>> to read the full HLP report, but if it is missing a FoX compoment, then a
>> letter to the Co-Chairs, the UN Secretary General.may the faster non
>> bureaucratic way to get traction.
>> What giants like Facebook would fear is being broken up for regulation!
>> Frankly Macron is hated in France just as Trump is hated in the US for
>> imposing taxes.
>> It would be great for the IGC to host and convene a panel to explore
>> this. I would recommend Bertrand from Internet Jurisdiction to co
>> facilitate and moderate a geographically diverse panel and a representative
>> from the Geneva Internet Platform. I know Bertrand is speaking at a
>> European Court of Human Rights with others.
>> We need to take a step back and reflect as a community how we want to
>> engage. We cannot be reactive and we have to stay ahead of the curve.
>> 2.36am so best be getting back to bed.
>> Cheers,
>> Sala
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