[Governance] IGC IGF pre-event information: register your interest and participate!

Sheetal Kumar sheetal at gp-digital.org
Fri Oct 9 09:31:52 EDT 2020

Dear all,

Following this email, an IGC member has proposed the following format for
our discussion. Ayden has also shared the resource " interplay between
Internet infrastructure and human rights".

This is just a suggestion and we would love to hear your thoughts on the
session - and hope you will be able to attend!


- * What is the 'public interest' internet? What would it look like?*

   1. What public values should be prioritized? (e.g. economic and
   innovation VS personal data protection and privacy
   2. Where these public values to be embodied?: Law and policies, terms
   and conditions of digital companies, regulatory standards, technical
   governance (openness), else?

- *What are the main challenges to the public interest internet?*

   1. Internal challenges within civil society
      1. Funding and capacity
      2. Collaboration among CS: Who do what; collaboration mechanisms.
      3. Legitimacy: of a civil society organisation (CSO), of CS entities
      as a group in the eyes of CS colleagues, of CS as a group in
front of other
      stakeholder groups.
   2. External challenges
      1. Polycentric governance in IG field: CS where to go to participate
      in shaping the public interest internet)
      2. And with lack of global leadership: Is the current leading role of
      Europe as a global regulator enough? CS where to anchor standards when
      conducting national advocacy efforts?
      3. Access to policy-making at the national, international, and global
      4. Shadowy governance by major digital platforms
      5. Regulatory capacity of governments
      6. The interests of authorities to control the Internet

- *Defining a long-term advocacy agenda*

   1. To strengthen internal CS entities: increase the visibility of global
   IG CS mailing lists like IGC, JNC; maybe to create a list of which CS
   organization do what, major CS to offer courses or sources in those mailing
   lists to marginalized CS groups
   2. To increase collaboration (or at least consultation) and strengthen
   the collaboration mechanisms among CS groups when participating in any
   policy-development process.
   3. To develop a policy ecosystem that is open to the participation of
   civil society, while at the same time maintaining the independence of civil
   4. To strengthen global leadership in IG field

- *Opportunities (which CS do what and potential collaboration?)*

   1. International multistakeholder forums: IGF+, regional and national
   IGF, Global Network Initiative, etc?
   2. Intergovernmental organisations: ITU, OHCHR, WIPO, WTO, Council of
   Europe, OECD, etc?
   3. Private sector commercial: major digital platforms and
   telecommunication companies, etc?
   4. Technical standards organisations: IETF, ICANN, etc?
   5. National governments
   6. Other opportunities: Rightscon, etc?

On Mon, 14 Sep 2020 at 16:33, Sheetal Kumar <sheetal at gp-digital.org> wrote:

> Dear all,
> With the global IGF approaching, please find below the information for our
> pre-event "Civil Society Coordination meeting: a Public Interest Internet
> discussion".
> https://www.intgovforum.org/multilingual/content/igf-2020-pre-event-31-civil-society-coordination-meeting-a-public-interest-internet
> It will take place on Tuesday, November 3rd from 15:10-16:40 GMT.
> The event is centred around a discussion on the "public interest
> internet", and it feeds into a session at the IGF itself entitled "Civil
> Society Coordination meeting: a Public Interest Internet discussion
> <https://www.intgovforum.org/multilingual/content/igf-2020-pre-event-31-civil-society-coordination-meeting-a-public-interest-internet>".
> We have an amazing line-up of speakers for that event, so please do mark it
> in your calendars for Friday, 13th November, 2020, 14h to 15h GMT.
> Regarding the pre-event, please reply to this thread if you're planning to
> come and you'd like to participate. Please also indicate what aspects of
> the discussion you're most interested in, and the particular topics you
> think should be discussed in relation to the public interest. For example,
> what does it mean to promote and protect the public interest at the
> different 'layers' of the internet: code, content, infrastructure? What
> are the challenges at the moment, and what can be done?
> I can then set up a pad to collect views and we can set up a call for
> those interested.
> Bruna (cc'd) and I really look forward to your participation in what is a
> very important discussion!
> Best
> Sheetal.
> --
> *Sheetal Kumar*
> Senior Programme Lead | GLOBAL PARTNERS DIGITAL
> Second Home, 68-80 Hanbury Street, London, E1 5JL
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