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Q6: Public Policy Issues

ISOC has provided a variety of services and activities related to public policy. It publishes briefings on the web for the education of its members. It participated extensively in WSIS and participates now in the IGF. It coordinated other volunteers and coordinated with organizational members, chapters and other Internet Community organizations in those discussions. It has hired consultants to advise on national ICT policy. Most recently, as part of our Chapter Development Program, and in an effort to expand our local policy and education activities, ISOC opened regional bureaus in Africa, Latin America, and Asia-Pacific. Many of our members and chapters consider national ICT policy a primary focus, working with ICANN and the RIRs among others in various ways. Organizational members have the opportunity to use ISOC as an additional correlative voice in the relevant fora. ISOC members and chapters have also directly advised government entities on the relationship between requirements for forensic access to the Internet, individual privacy, and the impacts of both on commerce as a small example of areas where we have been active.

What public policy issues do you believe will need to be addressed during your tenure, and how would you recommend that ISOC respond to them?

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2 Responses to “Q6: Public Policy Issues”

  1. Comment by: Alejandro   
    March 23rd, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    ISOC and its Chapters, as well as its organizational members, face different sets of public-policy issues. Some are local/national, with remarkable commonalities but also not-less remarkable differences; others are of a global nature. The epitome of these are those defined by the still evolving post-WSIS developments.

    At the local/national level, ISOC can contribute, as it has already, to enlighten the policy debates, to help focus them on the key issues, to provide the technical knowledge that all stakeholders need when they enter the policy-decision area, and to share the experiences from places which already have them. The regional bureaus have great potential and, if elected, I will act as much as possible to promote their increased reach and effectiveness.

    At the global level, the Internet Governance Forum embodies, and is the location of, the most important debates; whether on the field covered by ICANN, or on access, diversity, security, and openness, ISOC has to construct an ever-expanding and -evolviing discourse to face the major threats of subtle of overt imposed regulation that decreases the access of people to information through the Internet, diminishes the spectrum of interoperability of networks, and limits or twists adversely the creation and expansion of online contents and services.

    In response to the question, I consider myself well-prepared to face questions related to local regulations on access and interoperability, local and global issues that have a security component, and the challenges of the post-WSIS developments. I further consider myself capable of contributing to an all-important differentiation of ISOC as it encompases key areas of work in a way that is specific to its constitution and mission, interacting with other organizations effectively but without blurring its profile. In fact our members and constituents expect sharper definitions of ISOC’s identity in these fields.

  2. Comment by: Ganesh   
    March 29th, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    I congratualte ISOC for starting regional bureaus. It is a formidable step towards ensuring ‘enhanced’ participation from the stakeholders.

    Education & Governance are two broad areas of public policy I would recommend to focus during my tenure. The organizational members and chapter members should use the broader areas to address regional/local issues like ICT4D, industry-academia-government interaction etc.

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