[IGFmaglist] Possible WG - ACCESS (was: Re: IGF: Intersessional and WG Proposals)

Lynn St.Amour Lynn at Internet-Matters.org
Mon May 16 18:21:33 EDT 2016

Dear colleagues,

Thank you to everyone for the comments and especially to those who have volunteered.  The Secretariat and I are preparing an update on the status of WGs, BPFs, etc.  and that should be out Tuesday.

I agree with Renata’s observation that coupling discussions on diverse WGs can make it hard to follow the discussion (and am experiencing that first hand) so let’s use specific titles to thread these discussions.  That should make them easier to follow.   

To that point, I would like to ensure Ginger’s comments below on the possibility of a WG on access were not missed in all the emails.  It is too important an area to just let slip by.   Is there interest/support for such a WG?   



> On May 10, 2016, at 9:31 AM, Ginger Paque <VirginiaP at diplomacy.edu> wrote:
> Thanks for the explanations and nuances of this discussion. I agree with Marilyn that the issue of gender and abuse needs to be ongoing.
> I think that gender and access is a broader priority issue, because we need to make sure we address getting online and opening doors (while, of course, still making sure these doors are safe to open). I join Renata, Jac, and others in support of a BPF on gender and access as an important, ongoing part of IGF work.
> I had earlier brought up the possibility of a WG on access that included online participation and disability efforts. There was no interest manifested, as other important priorities are being addressed. While online participation is being supported on an ongoing basis by the IGF Secretariat and team, I am concerned whether we are giving disability issues the attention they need.
> Cheers,
> Ginger
> Ginger (Virginia) Paque
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