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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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6 Responses to “Q1: Priorities”

  1. Comment by: Franck   
    March 25th, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    While most of the priorities and positions of ISOC are right, it is still obscure where they are coming from.
    I think this process is historical but with more staff, it is possible to have a better consultation model. The sphere project is working on it and I have been promoting the following change to the board. More consultation and engagement with members, and board oversight to ensure that ISOC positions and priorities are the result of consultation with the membership and stakeholders (sister/daughter organisations, IETF, PIR, ICANN,..).

  2. Comment by: Allen Miller   
    March 27th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    The current three major initiatives for the organization, (Enabling Access, InterNetWorks, and Trust and Identity) are appropriate priorities. They address the wide scope of needs of the organizations and individuals using, or wanting to use the Internet and are broad enough to be able to address the various challenges that have either been raised or are likely to be raised by individuals, governments or other entities. While these address the “Whatâ€? of the organization, an over-arching priority I would like to see the organization expand on over the next few years would address the “Howâ€? question. That priority would be leveraging the tremendous resources that exist both within ISOC and external to ISOC with other like-minded organizations. ISOC has already begun to address this need with the establishment of the Strategic Global Engagement unit. Additional emphasis can be achieved by harnessing the collective efforts and power of the Organizations, Chapters and Individuals that make-up ISOC.

  3. Comment by: Guanghao Li   
    April 6th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Among many of ISOC’s priorities, I think the following one is one of the most important one.
    “ Serves as a focal point for cooperative efforts to promote the Internet as a positive tool to benefit all people throughout the world.â€?
    Diversifying ISOC’s focus on many priorities will significantly reduce resources and energy that ISOC’s staff and board can put on each one. In fact, through pursuing such a single priority, ISOC will be able to fulfill other priorities alongside, such as realizing capacity building, international cooperation, influence policy development and etc. ISOC’s board and staff should work together to explore and identify such opportunities in realizing such a priority.

  4. Comment by:   
    April 8th, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    Education and enablement must always be priorities for the organisation. part of that is continuing education on participation in all aspects of Internet operation, form and function.

    We need to continuously improve how we engage with emerging economies, industry and ordinary users, so that we transfer know how in Internet standards, applications, governance models, and even ordinary day to day use and user protection.

  5. Comment by: Jonathan Zittrain   
    April 12th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    I’d like to see ISOC explore where it can help facilitate innovation, whether in new or refined Internet protocols or in new means of access to and understand of the Internet for those not yet fully on board. In the first category, ISOC might sponsor distinguished fellowships that cross academic and amateur lines, or even an X Prize- or Millennium Goal-style challenge for a particularly difficult concrete problem.

    On the access to and understanding of the Internet, I’d hate to see whole populations experiencing the Internet solely as a guided or restricted application running on a single proprietor’s mobile phone. ISOC might explore ways to facilitate innovation guided by chapters close to populations that are experiencing the Internet for the first time.

  6. Comment by: Khaled Koubaa   
    April 13th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    The ISOC strength come from its community of members ( organizations, chapters and individuals ), the priority in term of organization is to reinforce the relationship inside the community and between this community and the Internet community ( ICANN, IGF, … ).
    ISOC has already done some good initiatives such as the IGF Ambassador, but still there is more to do specially for chapters. ISOC Chapters come from different prospectives and have different specificities from one to another; we need to do more personal and one-to-one collaboration through regional bureaus.

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