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Q5: ISOC’s initiatives

What are the fields of activities in your view, in which ISOC and ISOC chapters are participating poorly, or not participating/working at all. Please evaluate the weaknesses of ISOC’s work in the context of active participation in issues, you assume as important.

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7 Responses to “Q5: ISOC’s initiatives”

  1. Comment by: Artur Serra   
    March 30th, 2006 at 6:57 am

    I would prefer to refrase the question. What are the initiatives that ISOC and ISOC Chapters can take? In my experience, in our country, the professionals gathered in the local chapter are an important part of the IT leading group.
    Internet has been the begining of the digital era in our community, as in the majority of countries. Initiatives like designing the IT policies, promoting IT R&D, fostering the fight against digital divide and preserving minority languages, uniting the different IT “families” (OS, Grid, Web,…) are tasks where local chapter can be intrumental.

  2. Comment by: Bill St.Arnaud   
    March 30th, 2006 at 2:32 pm

    Again I would want to consult with exsiting board members and executive but I see two future roles for ISOC:

    (a) a low profile secretarial organization for IETF and IAB with a policy focus mostly related to technical issues; or

    (b) public advocacy role with ISOC as the coordinating body to bring together various stakeholders who have common cause with respect to governance, spam, etc

    I can see pro and con arguments to both approaches

  3. Comment by: Franck   
    April 4th, 2006 at 6:40 am

    Know your chapters and they will know you.

    I think more synergies are needed between chapters and ISOC HQ/World. Are the chapters performing poorly? Is ISOC performing poorly? I think we all perform at different levels depending of our available resources.

    ISOC performs now quite well in the advocacy areas and also with the IETF. The IETF journal is good, the ccTLD workshops run on behalf of ICANN are good, the involvement in the IGF is good. Now it needs to be mixed with local chapter participation. ISOC has to ensure that regional policy advisers do not work independently from chapters but liaise with them.

    On the IETF side of things, I think the role of ISOC is to explain what IETF means for the average Internet user, or even the basic Internet user. The IETF journal has started in this direction but still stay a little bit too abstract. There is progress on the second issue. I like the IETF journal, because as various stakeholders become involved in Internet Governance it is important to explain in simple terms what the IETF is currently doing, so that all stakeholders can support the IETF work and through this way the work of chapters and ISOC HQ/World.

    Finally, ISOC has to show it is a truly International organisation, and focus a little bit more on multi-lingual. The ISOC web site does not have directions in various languages to chapters that speak these local languages. May be a map of the world, or country flags linking to a brief translated introduction. Same in major documents, they would need to be reviewed as to include as many world experiences as possible and may be in various languages.

  4. Comment by: Franck   
    April 4th, 2006 at 6:52 am

    As an example for the internationalisation of ISOC. This page exists in spanish:

    But there is no link from the ISOC home page to it. A spanish flag and a link to this page and the problem is solved. Any spanish reader will understand where to go.
    This page was translated with the help of chapters members at least a year ago. As soon as the spanish flag shows on the ISOC home page, more translations will appear…

  5. Comment by: Richard Bell   
    April 6th, 2006 at 8:33 am

    I would prefer to talk more specifically about where I think real benefits can be achieved in my own region – Africa.

    The answer is quite simple:
    * More Training
    * More Awareness
    * More Opportunity

    Whether its to do with e-Governance where governments can learn from other’s successes of failures, whether its getting educational institutions to teach relevant skill sets, whether its about persuading government departments to allocate scarce resources efficiently, or whether its about technical matters – ultimately in developing economies we need training, training and more training. In Africa the mobile phone has changed our economies beyond recognition. If we can give people the tools then maybe we can extend this transformation through the web as well.

  6. Comment by: David Isenberg   
    April 16th, 2006 at 9:43 am

    There are four areas where ISOC could strengthen its leadership.

    ISOC should be the voice of the Internet community in International Internet governance discussions such as WSIS, where it should advocate for preserving the factors that have made the Internet successful so far, such as the end-to-end principle, open access, universal interconnectivity, et cetera.

    ISOC should be a lead advocate of expanding the Internet’s infrastructure in less developed and emerging economies.

    ISOC should actively reach out to Internet experts in China & India to incorporate their views, to work within the context of their national and local differences with the goal of fostering one global Internet.

    ISOC should encourage initiatives to use the Internet for socially useful ends, e.g., for applications that would contribute to sustainable energy policy.

  7. Comment by: Yan Baoping   
    April 27th, 2006 at 8:11 pm

    To improve participation, ISOC should develop on its chapters’ capabilities and structure building.