[IGFmaglist] Save the date for the first online call. [Bp_counteringabuse] Invitation to participate in the Best Practice Forum on Countering the Abuse of Women Online

Subi Chaturvedi subichaturvedi at gmail.com
Wed Apr 29 10:59:14 EDT 2015


Dear MAG colleagues,

We would like to invite you to participate in an important initiative aimed
at investigating and collating information on practices for countering the
abuse of women online, as part of this year's Internet Governance Forum
(IGF)[1] intersessional[2] activities. The aim of this BPF is to create
good practices which work for your region/ country, although we understand
that this is a complex issue and there are no easy answers. The internet
has been a great equaliser and we hope to minimise at least this one
barrier so that when women come online, they stay online and use the
internet to its fullest potential.

*The details of the first online meeting are:*
Tuesday, May 5, 201512:00 pm | Greenwich Time (Reykjavik, GMT) | 1 hr
Failure to adequately address the issue of women's abuse online could
significantly impede women's access to the internet and participation in
online spheres in terms of use, design and governance. Due to years of
advocacy, research and reporting, cases of online harassment,
cyberstalking, sexist hate speech and other forms of abuse that women
experience online are finally receiving more attention and recognition in
the media as well as in policy deliberation arenas. We are therefore
excited that 'practices to countering abuse of women online' is one of the
five key issues identified as topics for Best Practice Forums (BPFs) at the
IGF[3], and strongly believe that this BPF has an important role to play in
contributing to this field.

BPFs, in general, are intersessional activities that aim to convene leading
experts, advocates, policy makers, academics, the private sector and
members of the technical community in virtual communities to exchange best
practices and discuss ways to further collaborate on identified emerging
key issues. This BPF will, more particularly, aim to produce a report that
can guide further discussion and action in this area at the IGF 2015[4] and
beyond. It will particularly focus on investigating issues including, but
not limited to:

   - how to define the topic more concretely;
   - whether any regional specificities pertaining to the topic have been
   observed;
   - what the existing policy measures (and private sector initiatives)
   aimed at addressing the topic are;
   - what practices have worked well (or not) in addressing the topic;
   - whether there are or were any unintended consequences of policy
   interventions (positive and/or negative);
   - whether there are any unresolved issues pertaining to the topic where
   further multistakeholder cooperation is needed;
   - what insights have been gained as a result of the experiences in
   dealing with the topic to date;
   - the proposed steps for further multistakeholder dialogue regarding the
   topic.


Given the work that you are doing related to this topic, your involvement
in the BPF will be invaluable to our work. *We therefore invite you to
participate in this conversation by:*

   - *subscribing to the BPF mailing list, where much of the conversation
   and coordination of meetings will be conducted: **http://bit.ly/1JPdZ1o*
   <http://bit.ly/1JPdZ1o>*; *
   - *participating in online meetings to discuss the various dimensions of
   the issue and to share your valuable perspective and experiences;*
   - *sharing any papers or case studies that you as an individual or as
   part of an organisation have produced.*


*The details for the first online meeting are:*
 Tuesday, May 5, 2015  12:00 pm | Greenwich Time (Reykjavik, GMT) | 1 hr

 *Register*
<https://intgovforum.webex.com/intgovforum/j.php?RGID=ra65c596c9fbb506ac8d85e3733c37a21>
After
your request has been approved, you'll receive instructions for joining the
meeting.

Can't register? Contact support.
<https://intgovforum.webex.com/intgovforum/mc>

Please note that you do not need to have past experience to engage with the
BPF. We welcome new voices and fresh insights and would like to hear more
from different regions and users about their experiences online and
effective strategies they may have used to counter abuse online.

We look  forward to your response and hope you will join us in working on
this important issue.

Best regards,

Jac sm Kee (coordinator; IGF MAG member)
Subi Chaturvedi (coordinator; IGF MAG member)


*Footnotes:*

[1] The IGF is a global platform for dialogue where various stakeholder
groups, including governments, business, technical experts, academic
researchers, international organizations, and other interested
organizations, gather as equals to discuss public policy issues related to
Internet governance. The IGF is open and inclusive – anyone from any part
of the world can join the discussion at any time. There are no members and
no fees.

The IGF was created by a mandate given to the UN Secretary General at the
World Summit on the Information Society in 2005. The mandate was 'to
convene a platform for multistakeholder dialogue' as a neutral forum to
facilitate discussion of public policy issues related to Internet
governance, to foster the sustainability, robustness, security, stability,
and the development of the Internet globally. Increasing Internet access
and building capacities in developing countries are part of its charter to
develop the information society globally.

The IGF meets annually to discuss issues that are selected from those
proposed by the multistakeholder community. Participants identify, discuss,
exchange information, and share best practices to further progress on the
respective issues. The IGF has no policy-making decision – it is unique as
the only global forum that can facilitate holistic dialogues on public
policy issues amongst the various stakeholders. For more information about
the IGF and its activities, see www.intgovforum.org.

[2] IGF intersessional activities are all activities that occur between IGF
meetings with the aim of producing more tangible IGF outcomes. Current IGF
intersessional activities include dynamic coalitions, BPFs and policy
messages.

[3] To read more about BPFs and last year's BPF outcomes, see
http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/best-practice-forums.

[4] The Tenth Annual IGF Meeting is scheduled to take place in João Pessoa,
Brazil, from 10 to 13 November 2015.




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