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Q1: Priorities

ISOC has a broad and large membership, with healthy debate regarding the priorities for the organization as a whole and on approaches/practices. What do you believe the priorities should be for the organization? What would you suggest the Board and Management do to bring about an agreed position?

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3 Responses to “Q1: Priorities”

  1. Comment by: Alejandro   
    March 23rd, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    ISOC is refining its strategy along powerful general lines of action. Complementary to the Technology Standards, Policy and Education pillars which have defined ISOC’s strategy, proposals are now being put into operation along three complementary Initiatives, Enabling Access, InternetWorks, and Trust and Identity.

    The Board of Trustees is actively discussing them with staff and shaping them; time is ripe to start discussing this with Chapters and individual members, as well as with Organizational Members.

    The purpose I see for the discussions with Chapters and with Individual Members has sligthly different effects for each of the initiatives.

    For Enabling Access, the thrust of the interaction with Chapters has to be that chapters become the active link with the society in their environment, particularly in developing countries, regions in need of development, and emerging economies. Access – access to the infrastructure, access to contents, knowledge of how to produce and operate Internet contents and services – are still the prime need, and shape the policy development in these environments.

    For InterNetWorks, which is mainly a technology-standards oriented initiative that is centered on ISOC’s principled approach to open standards and interoperability, Chapters can contribute locally available technical knowledge, and our ability to interact effectively with local citizens, governments, and corporations, in order to constantly press for the respect of standards and interoperatiblity. The transition/coexistence with IPv6 will be a test example of this ability.

    Regarding Trust and Identity, Chapters offer a much more varied spectrum. Some of us are located in countries where neither trust nor the means to securely manage electronic identity are the norm, so we will be mostly in the position of communicating the “law of the jungle” world we live in with the “rule of law” that evolves in the more advanced societies. We can also promote projects in our own environment which are infused by the knowledge of risks that have already been managed in other countries. And, with experiences that we have, like building the identity and trust systems (in my case, I led the construction of a PKI and digital signature system for a community of more than 500,000 people, including its legal underpinnings) we can inform ISOC’s general perspective and make it more realistic in a global context.

    The Board and management have a constant, intense interaction, and for key aspects of these initiatives to be successful we will have to involve the ISOC community early in shaping them towards their final form.

  2. Comment by: Alejandro   
    March 23rd, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    Regarding the priorities of ISOC:

    I believe that ISOC has to strenuously work to become the recognized reference organization in matters central to the Internet the world over. Achievements such as obtaining this recognition for the OECD meeting on “The Internet Economy” are incentives that underline the need to consolidate and broaden what ISOC can say and do.

    The priorities are defined on one side by the tree initiatives mentioned in my previous posting and on the other by a clear sense of what is needed by each of the communities that ISOC serves. ISOC has to continue to expand its creative, principled synthesis of supporting the IETF and further influencing the standards-setting environment that ensures interoperability; the policy and education actions that allow ISOC to influence the opinion and decisions of governments and corporations; and to nurture and grow on the basis of its globally located chapters, which need a different type of support.

  3. Comment by: Laina   
    March 26th, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    ISOC’s priority should continue to be “to promote the open development, evolution and use of the Internet for the benefit of all people throughout the worldâ€? (as stated in the Strategic Operating Plan 2005).

    ISOC should focus on how to keep the fundamental principles that made the Internet different from all other protocols and communications technologies, such as scalable open networks with an end to end principle, survive the next 5-10 years to come. In this regard, I am actually happy to see the 2008-2010 initiatives to focus on Enabling Access, InterNetworks, and Trust and Identity. These are very concrete deliverables and with focus, ISOC can definitely work to fulfilling its primary mission.

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