[IGFmaglist] Proposal for a BPF on Remote Participation

Wisdom Donkor wisdom.dk at gmail.com
Tue Mar 14 14:58:01 EDT 2017

Dear Renata,

Thank you very much for kick starting BPF the remote participation. bellow
is my general thought;

A common thread weaving through the current public participation isthe need
for new approaches that emphasize  interaction between stakeholders,
decision makers and the public as well as deliberation among participants.
Increasingly complex decision making processes require a more informed
citizenry that has weighed the evidence on the issue, discussed and debated
potential decision options and arrived at a mutually agreed upon decision
or atleast one by which all parties can abide. We explore the recent
fascination with deliberative methods for public involvement first by
examining their origins within democratic theory, and then by focusing on
the experiences with deliberative methods within the igf community. In
doing so, I think we answer the following questions “What are deliberative
methods and why have they become so popular? What are their potential
contributions to the community?” this is critical to the the basis for
developing general principles that can be use to guide the design and
evaluation of public involvement processes for the igf community.

issues and needs:

While effective enough to attract usage, the tools for remote participation
could needsubstantial improvement.

These include:

1. Improvements in the underlying network. Throughput and bandwidth are not
always sufficient for the volume of data required. Some of this is due to
inherent latency in transcontinental connections and under-provisioned
networks, while other problems arise from national network configuration
and policies. That is, some problems are technical and may be fixable with
technology alone, others aren’t. National infrastructure and the ability of
the scientific communities to influence that infrastructure to optimize
their work varies greatly from region to region. Since traffic often
crosses multiple administrative domains, optimizing performance for our
applications is not always straightforward changes in technical
configuration and policy need to be negotiated case by case. The best time
to do this may be before collaborationagreements are signed, rather than
afterwards. It also should be recognized that in some cases (e.g. the
Chinese national firewall), our ability to effect change is probably nil.

2. Better and more widely deployed monitoring portals and tools. End users
often do not always have access to tools that allow them to readily assess
the state of the network and thus the expected performance of remote
participation tools. This can lead to unrealistic expectations and
frustration or conversely to unnecessary passivity in the face of fixable

 3. Tools for telepresence. While these are steadily improving, they do not
yet come close to supporting the level of ad hoc interpersonal
communications that characterize fusion control room operations.

4. Documentation. The quality of documentation and information sharing
about experimental operations, data management systems, analysis and
visualization tools, remote participation tools, etc.

E-government and Open Government Data Platforms Specialist
ICANN Fellow / Member, UN IGF MAG Member, ISOC Member,
Freedom Online Coalition (FOC) Member, Diplo Foundation Member,
OGP Open Data WG Member, GODAN Memember, ITAG Member
Email: wisdom.dk at gmail.com
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On Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 2:47 PM, Renata Aquino Ribeiro <raquino at gmail.com>

> Hello all,
> As it was raised on the last MAG Meeting, there could be a new
> intersessional activity called BPF on Remote Participation.
> This is an outline of the proposal for this BPF. Please send in your
> comments directly to me or to the list. You may also comment direclty
> on the document.
> https://docs.google.com/document/d/1fYChgZI1YUCLwI43gTWGoTHp0aW8E
> EsTLlvPkfmxpg8/edit?usp=sharing
> BPF Remote Participation
> Background
> Remote participation enables online participants to have their voice
> heard in meetings and events worldwide, enabling full and equal
> participation whether online or in room. It maximizes the
> possibilities of the use of internet for inclusion. It has to be more
> prioritized as an action events can move forward. There should be also
> a concern on making remote participation sustainable, either as a
> knowledge system and as an economic investment. A Best Practices fórum
> investigating these aspects of remote participation and documenting
> guidelines would be important to increase inclusion and outreach for
> participants online, onsite, moderators, chairs or speakers.
> ***Charter****
> Purpose
> Enlist recommendations for effective remote participation, reviewing
> on documents previously published in IGF groups, Dynamic Coalition on
> Accessibility and other spaces.
> Examine research such as done by Workshop 250 IGF2016 – How to make
> remote participation sustainable.
> Develop a survey for remote participation strategies.
> Develop groups on social media and mobile messaging to complete remote
> participation strategies.
> Articulate with working groups for reporting and outreach and
> intersessional activities of IGF2017 to examine a complete remote
> participation strategy.
> Establishing thematic sessions on the issue at IGF2017
> Output
> Data on survey about remote participation categorized and visualized.
> Report on guidelines for remote participation
> Planning a session for the IGF community on the 2017 edition of the forum
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