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Africa Gov’t Caucus Report, Friday 23, Sept 2005

Posted on September 23, 2005 at 7:04 pm by McTim

After several days of talking about The Accra commitment, the Dakar Decklaration, the WGIG report, the GFC “Food For Thought doc and other texts, the African governmnental group today talked about the sub-committe “A” working methods, which is being called the “Singapore compromise”, whereby CS, & other stakeholders can make presentations, then leave room so governments could get on with their discussion. They would have no vote of course as it is a UN (government only) process.

Some governments are objecting to this change of UN procedure.

Amb Karklin came and spoke about the need for compromise. He asked that delegates don’t misuse procedure to delay and don’t re-open old agreements. He said we have 6 days left, lets maximise our time, his message was “it is doable”.

After further discussion, finally a consensus agreement was reached that CS, Business, others of the MS groups can make presentations, asked to leave the room, and then be consulted by the chair as and when needed.

A discussion ensued on definitions of Internet and Internet Governance.

A brief discussion of Sub-comitte B work followed.

A very brief discussion on whether an World Internet Day was needed, as an extension of World Telecommunications Day or a “Convergence Network” Day.

Working Groups in Sub Committee A

Posted on September 23, 2005 at 3:32 pm by Rishi Chawla

Chair Ambassador Khan desired to make the working groups today but there were concerns from the delegations that the Chair’s Paper has not been translated, was made available to them today so they did not have a chance to analyse and consult. So it was decided to delay the making of the groups till Monday Morning.

However the Chair has given the following structures of the Groups :

Group 1 – deals with Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 (b)

Group 2 – deals with Part 4

Group 3 – deals with part 3 (a) , 5

Rishi Chawla

Message sent to all Arab delegations to Prepcom-3

Posted on September 23, 2005 at 2:10 am by Sufiam Azm

جينيÙ? Ù?ي 23 / 9 / 2005

حضرات السيدات والسادة أعضاء الوÙ?ود العربية
الأجتماعات التحضيرية لقمة ويسيس 2

أود أن أشكركم على الموقÙ? المتقدم الذي أنتم بصدد اتخاذه بقبولكم مشاركة أعضاء مجتمعاتكم المدنية ومنظماتكم غير الحكومية وقطاعكم الخاص Ù?ي لجان الصياغة والعمل.

موقÙ?كم هذا يعبر عن تÙ?هم عميق للماهية الجديدة التي تطرحها مجتمعات المعرÙ?Ø© و حاكميتها. حيث التمثيل الأصح هو لجميع أصحاب المصالح Ù?يها.

وأسمحوا لي أن أنوه بأن تÙ?عيل المجتمع المدني والقطاع الخاص و المنطمات لن يكون الا دعامة للجبهة الداخلية وعوناً لكم Ù?ي تعدد الخيارات والخروج بحلول لمآزق الإستقطاب.

مع Ù?ائق الإحترام و التقدير

سـÙ?ـيـان الـعـظـم
ممثل جمعية الإنترنيت Internet Society ( ISOC)
Sufian@Azm.name
www.ISOC.Org

Thank you for aggreeing on the participation of CS, NGO’s and Private sector. Such participation is in line with present accepted wisedom on all stackholders participation. You will find your new interlocutors invaluable in developping new options, and in solving the dilemmas caused by polarizations in ideas and camps.

A short reflection on the multistakeholder framework

Posted on September 23, 2005 at 1:38 am by Ricciardi Sebastian

It came to my mind that most of the big ideas in this process are coming from the Civil Society, the private sector and the Internet community. CS has been organizing a number of meetings regarding different subjects: Internet governance, privacy, childhood, gender issues, education, digital divide and press freedom, just no name a few.

Of course, most of the ideas under discussion in the WSIS process come from the WGIG report. In that group, several stakeholders discussed their views and thoughts about the Internet Government Issue. That report – and more specifically the background report – shows a myriad of ideas and suggest the existence of a fructiferous debate, which must be commended.

The inclusion and debate of ideas coming from all who have interest in the process enrich its results and represent a milestone in the policy development. The Geneva declaration acknowledges the benefits of this framework, and promotes it.

However, this process is not being a multistakeholder process so far. Much has being said about the ICANN’s lack of transparency and participation, but here at Nations, the non government stakeholders have had fifteen (15) minutes to express their views, and they didn’t get a seat in those places where the real wording is being decided.

To achieve that transparency, openness and a real multistakeholder approach – that has characterized the development of the Internet until these days -, the different stakeholders should be able to participate at all levels of the process, and not only observe and submit comments from time to time.

Ambassador Kahn is facing a difficult decision, but he also has an incredible opportunity: to give these groups – the civil society, the private sector and the Internet community – a significant participation in the process not only would set a hallmark in the UN policy development process, but would also shows that the international community is ready to address continuously evolving issues, such as the development of the Internet.

An Internet for All.

Let’s not Delay this time in being recognised as important Stakeholder

Posted on September 22, 2005 at 5:29 pm by Rishi Chawla

I congratulate ourselves on participating in the WSIS processes. However, if its not TOO LATE it is definately late enough to cause Alarm. We should have participated in the WSIS and WGIG at a much earlier stage to make its presence felt in the International Community. It is very late that we are participating in the WSIS Processes. Probably we could not anticipate the importance of WSIS. Still it may not be too late if we recognise and forsee that what lies ahead in the future.

To me after observing, experiencing and analysing the Sub Comittee A deliberations, Attending the various Civil Sociey meetings, talking to the Government delegates , Business and NGO delegates it is vey clear that a FORUM is inevitable, whether we want it or not. ISOC will contiue to survive even if we continue to advocate against the concept of FORUM, however, I just dont want ISOC’s survival but its visibility and recognition. We as ISOC can have beer participation and visibility if we accept that a FORUM is inevitable and become pioneers as Stakeholders in the FORUM. Otherwise I feel at a later stage we will be ignored by the FORUM and its advocates.

Rishi Chawla

African Caucus in WSIS PrepCom 3

Posted on September 22, 2005 at 2:56 pm by Alex Corenthin

Les réunions de la Société civile africaine se tiennent tous les jours de 11h à 12h et réunissent les différents participants pour faire le point sur la présence Africaine dans les différents ateliers et analyser la contribution Africaine aux documents examinés par les plénipotentiaires.

ISOC est présent à travers les différents ambassadeurs présents à Genève dans les différentes rencontres programmés par les différentes parties prenantes au processus du Sommet.
Il faut se féliciter de cette opportunité qui est ainsi offerte de mettre en évidence le rôle souvent méconnu des chapitres dans le développement de l’Internet au niveau local dans les Pays en voie de développement.

Nous sommes persuadés et oeuvront pour que ISOC soit considéré comme une des parties prenantes de ce processus, car regroupant un certain nombre d’acteurs majeurs dans le développement technique de l’Internet (IETF, IAB, …), ceci a été mis en évidence par la contribution faite par Lynn St-Amour, Présidente de ISOC durant la session du 22 Septembre consacrée à la Gouvernance de l’Internet (Sous Comité A) qui met en évidence le rôle de la “Communauté Internet” dans son développement et dans sa gestion.

Il est important que la Société Civile Africaine apporte sa contribution à cette oeuvre, en apportant une contribution significative au rapport du Groupe de travail sur la Gouvernance de l’Internet (www.wgig.org), en demandant la prise en compte des recommandations de la réunion Africaine de Accra et de la position commune Africaine sur la Gouvernance de l’Internet, sans oublier la prise en compte de ses spécificités à travers la contribution générale de la Société Civile sur la Gouvernance de l’Internet prise en charge par le Caucus spécialisé (IG Caucus).

Le Groupe Africain s’est donné, parmi ses obkjectifs pour la première semaine, l’obligation de prendre en considération ces préalables et de présenter une contribution portant sur la Gouvernance de l’Internet et sur les aspects liés au développement.

Notre présence a permis d’éclaircir les enjeux (jugés trop techniques) pour les participants au Caucus.
Ce qui montre la pertinence de l’approche participative d’ISOC à travers ses ambassadeurs de bonne volonté.

Alex

Early thoughts on WSIS

Posted on September 22, 2005 at 12:48 pm by Ricciardi Sebastian

Not much has been going on in Nations this week: Even acknowledging that we may be attending at the beginning of an historical process, the initial enthusiasm falls quickly into the slow rhythm and slumber of government negotiations and discussions. At the same time I am writing these lines, Ambassador Kahn [Chairman of the Subcommittee A on Internet Government] promises the government delegates an aggressive agenda for the next week, given the concerns of many participants.

The lack of consensus on much the WGIG report is evident. One of the few ideas that seem to have some consent among the different governments and stakeholders is the so-called Forum for dialogue. The idea to have a place for discussions and debate around those issues that exceed the scope of the existent organizations is getting bigger. However, and having participated yesterday in the Civil Society brainstorming session on the forum, we notice that this is only an early idea, and the implementation of such a recommendation will not be easy or smooth.

We also attended the presentation of a new book, edited by Wolfgang Kleinwächter that contains different views about this process and some historic review. Vinton Cerf has a chapter there, and a lot of people have participated. I will let you know my views on the book later on!

Some of the things that are not happening yet, is the much needed debate about connectivity, and more precisely interconnection costs. APC has been distributing a paper on this issue yesterday, but, even when it is on the agenda, there haven’t been significant discussions on this topic. Same applies to capacity building programs, education and training and the digital divide.

The Internet Society made an important statement today. We ought to be considered as a different stakeholder, in the recognition of the special nature the Internet community has. The contribution made so far, not only by the Internet Society, but by the whole Internet Community, inter alia [a widely used expression these days] , the IETF, WC3, ICANN and its constituencies, etc., has been enormous, and must be acknowledge. As the statement reads, “…These entities have the expertise, the experience, the legitimacy, and the broad support of those building and running the Internet. In addition, many of these organizations have been instrumental in capacity building through assisting developing countries to “come onlineâ€? over the last 15 years …â€?, But it is not only a matter of history, the participation of the Internet community in this process is a key issue for the future : “…The Internet cannot function without this Community. Its contribution, value and importance to the future of the Internet should be clear. The long-term stability, security, adaptability of the Internet is fundamentally dependent upon the continued and integral engagement of the Internet Community in all governance discussions…â€?

We look forward to be really included in this process.

ISOC statement on Internet Governance

Posted on September 22, 2005 at 11:28 am by Webmaster

ISOC today presented a statement to Sub-committee A on Internet Governance. The full text is available here in PDF, Doc and text formats.

More engagements from different regional chapters

Posted on September 22, 2005 at 9:44 am by Ching Yi Liu

this ambassadors program is definitely a good idea and a right start. at the same time, it seems to me that more interconnected networking work and interactions among isoc regional chapters shall be encouraged and conducted so that we can really help the internet community to understand the WSIS process and its public policy implications to everybody’s digital life in the future.

ching-yi liu
from Taiwan

Welcome & Thanks

Posted on September 22, 2005 at 8:39 am by shahid_ictdpb@yahoo.com

ISOC WSIS Ambassador program is definitely a major step in the ISOC program to bring the global participants and contributing in the WSIS process at a greater aspects.

I like to express my gratitude to the ISOC leaders and also welcome the Ambassadors to start their new journey towards making the internet more useful for the Internet community.

Thanks,
Shahid Uddin Akbar
Bangladesh