[IGFmaglist] Draft mail to Regional and National IGF's

Subi Chaturvedi subichaturvedi at gmail.com
Wed Mar 4 07:28:58 EST 2015

+1 Marilyn and Constance.

Dear Chengetai,

There are several national and regional initiatives and many do not use the
IGF nomenclature for obvious reasons. Adding the word initiative would be
We are hoping to receive inputs and maximise buy in , developing a sense of
ownership in the process.
The learning curve and the level of engagement with the global IGF remains
differentiated across groups depending upon their facilitation, adequacy of
resources, engagement, frequency and depth.

Would recommend adding

*Specific INPUTS- *
*Next Steps / Call to Action for National and Regional IGF initiatives*

1. We would request you to start with joining the mailing lists mentioned
2. We are hopeful that you will engage on matters on interest and expertise
by not just going the conversation but also mentioning specific local,
national, regional and global challenges for the themes.
3. Feel free to contribute to them by way of questions which you may have
for experts, defining the problem statement, sharing specific case studies,
possible research questions for the group and pointing each group to
pertinent academic or journalistic material by way of background
4. We hope to create good practices for each of the themes mentioned and
diversity from each region will help define the problem better and help us
all in jointly working towards better solutions.
5. You may also nominate volunteers after a wider consultation for each of
the groups from you national/ regional initiative.

Chengetai would also request an email id. could be that of the secretariat
or a volunteer from the MAG working on Best Practices for queries to be
addressed, to make the participation more meaningful.

Also would you like to keep this open and on a rolling basis or do you wish
to set some kind of an initial deadline for an expression of interest. This
sometimes helps in creating a sense of urgency.

I would also like this process to be consultative.

Different initiatives work differently, some are housed within the state
establishment, others include multiple stakeholders.

While it is great that we're putting a word out to the coordinators, may we
also do a wider dissemination of this call. By way of posting this on the
IGF website.

National and Regional IGFs are a major take away from the IGF and it will
good for us to share this as a separate new development where contributions
on Intercessional work as well Best practices are being invited from each
I'd like this also to be a two way process.

*Could you also include a line where you mention suggestions and inputs are
also welcome from each coordinator on how we may maximise, facilitate and
strengthen their engagement with BPF and intercessional work. *For the IGF
the community remains the most important stakeholder and we should be able
to help make the takeaways as relevant and meaningful as possible.



On 4 March 2015 at 17:27, Constance Bommelaer <bommelaer at isoc.org> wrote:

>  Dear Chengetai,
>  Thank you for putting this draft together. My only suggestion would be
> to specify what we are expecting from the local/regional IGFs re the
> horizontal theme "Connecting the Next Billion". Should we ask
> for suggestions of ideas on the pillars that need to be in place? Are we
> inviting contributions that would emerge from the local IGFs on this
> specific theme? I think it would help to formulate a few suggestions for
> the consideration of their organizers, bearing in mind that each IGF must
> feel free to develop its own agenda.
>  Best regards,
> Constance
>  ------------------------------
> *From:* Igfmaglist <igfmaglist-bounces at intgovforum.org> on behalf of
> Marilyn Cade <marilynscade at hotmail.com>
> *Sent:* Wednesday, March 04, 2015 12:38 PM
> *To:* Chengetai Masango
> *Cc:* MAG-public
> *Subject:* Re: [IGFmaglist] Draft mail to Regional and National IGF's
>  Chengetai, excellent.
>  I propose one change. I ask that you refer to the national and regional
> IGF Initiatives -- so add the word initiatives.
>  I had resisted calling the IGF the 'global' IGF, as in fact, its formal
> name is IGF.  I know that some have started using this modifier, and I am
> not refusing, but querying if that is a good idea or needed?  If we add the
> word "initiatives", then we can just use the formal and correct name of the
> IGF, which is just Internet Governance Forum (IGF).
>  Marilyn
> Sent from my iPad
> On Mar 4, 2015, at 6:23 AM, Chengetai Masango <cmasango at unog.ch> wrote:
>  Dear All,
>  Please find below a first draft of the mail. The Secretariat welcomes
> comments until 12 noon Geneva time tomorrow (Thursday).
>  Best regards,
>  Chengetai
>  °°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°
>  Dear Regional and National IGF coordinators,
> As you are aware, preparations for IGF 2015 are already in process. This
> year there is a particular emphasis on inter-sessional work. The
> Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) has recommended in its virtual
> meeting of 3 March that national and regional IGF initiatives be approached
> and invited to participate more closely in the preparation process. It is
> hoped that such participation will serve to strengthen the synergies and
> connections that exist between National, Regional and Global IGF’s
> thereby enriching the discourse.
> The “*Evolution of Internet Governance: Empowering Sustainable
> Development*” has been chosen for as the main overarching theme of IGF
> 2015. With eight sub-themes that are as follows:
>    · Cybersecurity and Trust;
>    · the Internet Economy;
>    · Inclusiveness and Diversity;
>    · Openness;
>    · Enhancing Multistakeholder Cooperation;
>    · the Internet and Human Rights;
>    · Critical Internet Resources;
>    · Emerging Issues.
> The MAG has recommended that a formal invitation be extended to all
> national and regional initiatives both to contribute to the horizontal
> global inter-sessional theme for this year: "*Policy Menus for Connecting
> the Next Billion*", and to develop messages and/ or conclusions that will
> support the global IGF inter-sessional work.
> The MAG also recommended that regional and national IGFs be invited to
> participate in the Best Practice Forums (BPF's). The mailing lists for the
> associated themes for this year’s PBF’s are as follows:
>    - Regulation and mitigation of unwanted communications (
>    http://mail.intgovforum.org/mailman/listinfo/bp_spam_intgovforum.org);
>    - Establishing and supporting Computer Security Incident Response
>    Teams (CSIRTs) for Internet security (
>    http://mail.intgovforum.org/mailman/listinfo/bp_certs_intgovforum.org);
>    - Developing meaningful multistakeholder participation mechanisms (
>    http://mail.intgovforum.org/mailman/listinfo/bp_multistakeholder_intgovforum.org
>    ;
>    - Practices to countering abuse against women online (
>    http://mail.intgovforum.org/mailman/listinfo/bp_counteringabuse_intgovforum.org
>    );
>    - IPv6 (
>    http://mail.intgovforum.org/mailman/listinfo/bp_ipv6_intgovforum.org);
>    - IXPs (
>    http://mail.intgovforum.org/mailman/listinfo/bp_ixps_intgovforum.org).
> We look forward to continuing and strengthening the collaboration that
> already exists between National and Regional IGFs and the Global IGF.
> Best regards,
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