[IGFmaglist] Proposal for a BPF on Remote Participation

Mamadou LO alfamamadou at hotmail.com
Wed Mar 22 11:08:49 EDT 2017

Hello all!

If you have not seen that yet; some interesting recommendations relating to overall participation in the document below : IV/ Broadening participation and capacity building

Report of the working group on imrovements to the Internet Governance Forum




Mamadou LO
Chef du Département Communication et Information Documentaire
Head of Communication and Information Department
Crédit Agricole Sénégal
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Envoyé : mardi 14 mars 2017 18:58
À : Renata Aquino Ribeiro
Cc : MAG-public
Objet : Re: [IGFmaglist] Proposal for a BPF on Remote Participation

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 problems.
 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.

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On Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 2:47 PM, Renata Aquino Ribeiro <raquino at gmail.com<mailto:raquino at gmail.com>> wrote:
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.


BPF Remote Participation


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.



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


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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