[IGFmaglist] Draft mail to Regional and National IGF's - taking an invitational approach

Michael R. Nelson mnelson at pobox.com
Fri Mar 6 04:16:49 EST 2015

I agree with Marilyn STRONGLY.  Many national and regional IGFs will only touch on a few topics, which may or may not align with what happens in Brazil--but may lay the groundwork for new topics at future IGFs.  
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     On Wednesday, March 4, 2015 11:12 AM, Marilyn Cade <marilynscade at hotmail.com> wrote:

 I hope we will maintain a light approach on this.  I do not think it is a good use of MAG time to try to create further guidelines for what the National and Regional IGF Initiatives do. Let's take an informational approach, and trust these folks, many of whom are highly experienced as coordinators, and also as committed participants in the IGF itself. 
>From the research that I have done, and my own engagement, I can attest that they do their best to both support the IGF and also to reflect their own local Internet community, as in fact, we all want them to do.   It is not really appropriate for the MAG of the IGF to try to impose on the national and regional IGF Initiatives. Let's provide the information, and trust on the expertise, and the commitment of those who are doing a really tough job in each of their own countries, or regions, to organize effective and meaningful Initiatives.  Some reflect the themes of the IGF. Others may not, because their consultation or planning process pulls them into using a lens that is colored by their own communities of interest. 
We should value that diversity, while offering information that can be used, should that be supported by their planning communities.  
Marilyn Cade
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On Mar 4, 2015, at 8:46 AM, Makane Faye <fmakane at gmail.com> wrote:

Dear Chengetai, Marilyn and Constance,
Thank you for the the text and proposed amendments. Isuggest that we add that National/Regional IGF initiatives take into accountthe IGF themes and sub-themes.  In factin Africa, the annual programme of the African IGF conference (AfIGF) is alwaysbased on the theme and sub-themes of the IGF. We usually discuss them and comeup with recommendations in relation with the African context. In addition, weusually add 2 other sub-themes.
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On Wed, Mar 4, 2015 at 2:57 PM, 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. 
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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). 

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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,
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.

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