[IGFmaglist] Potential IGF 2017 Intersessional activities

Mamadou LO alfamamadou at hotmail.com
Fri Mar 24 14:40:00 EDT 2017

Hi all

As new MAG member, I fully agree with Elizabeth to clear concept in DPFs, DCs, and in some ways, intersessional activities (as Avri requested) so as to go forward. Also, I do not understand a BPF on communication along with a working group on online participation as both items dealing with Global Communication.
By the way, I still think we do need to see how we can address the issue of support functions empowering MAG team within MAG and IGF. For example I see communication and informations support (weekly IG review) in those functions.
Otherwise, I would like to suggest a monthly weekly review for each BPFs. The review will consist on gathering mainly news each month relating to the issue. Like general weekly review we actually do on global IG, the BPF review will be sent in the igfmag mailing list in order to help ourselves be aware of what happening in each BPF environment. That will help to push forward on issue we have to talk about and to match community IG matters. If this proposal meet agreement of MAG, I can go further by beginning the job by end of May.


Mamadou LO
Chef du Département Communication et Information Documentaire
Head of Communication and Information Department
Crédit Agricole Sénégal
Tel : 221 77 645 59 57

De : Igfmaglist <igfmaglist-bounces at intgovforum.org> de la part de THOMAS-RAYNAUD Elizabeth <elizabeth.thomas-raynaud at iccwbo.org>
Envoyé : vendredi 24 mars 2017 16:43
À : cmasango at unog.ch; 'IGF Maglist'
Objet : Re: [IGFmaglist] Potential IGF 2017 Intersessional activities

Dear Chengetai,

In recent discussions with community members we found that we lacked clarity about the process through which the intersessional activities are respectively decided upon or resources designated to support the expansion of additional ones. I was asked whether it was a MAG or Secretariat decision and what considerations differed for BPFs vs DCs, so I must ask if you have that answer. We’ve spoken about limiting the number of concurrent BPFs recently among the MAG but I couldn’t answer the question whether there can be an unlimited number of DCs or whether there was any measurement/reporting activity on the intersessional activities that set any standard or requirement for them to continue. Your report on 2017 activities notes the items/proposals put forward but it doesn’t indicated what vetting process is required for them to go forward so is it correct to assume that anything not contested by MAG members is accepted?

I am requesting more clarity on these questions if you or someone else might write and share them ahead of the virtual meeting next week so we discuss these topics from a common understanding on these questions. I fear based on recent discussions with those who’ve served longer than me on the MAG as well as newly appointed, without this clarity we run the risk of misunderstanding our task on the call due to false assumptions.

There was a similar question posed about what determines whether a MAG Working Group goes ahead. Is it just for a member to propose and no one to contest or is there a critical mass that has to endorse it as a worthwhile pursuit? Is there an unlimited number? A process for distinguishing what makes sense for the MAG to consider working on and in what capacity it would be doing so. Having served on the WG on Outreach and Communication last year, I felt at times there was a confusion between what we as MAG could/should being doing and what was the role of the Secretariat.

Also, as expressed in the meeting in Geneva and reinforced since my discussions with many in the community since –we must keep top of mind that there are finite resources of Secretariat support, MAG time and community members to cover and contribute to work. We risk failing to be the IGF we want by never saying no so I hope we can work out how even good ideas that aren’t contested be weighed in view of relative value, importance and resource impact and I urge that we need more help in assessing that.

Many thanks in advance for assisting with these questions.

Happy weekend to all.



International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

Project Director, ICC Business Action to Support the Information Society (BASIS)

Senior Policy Executive, Digital Economy

From: Igfmaglist [mailto:igfmaglist-bounces at intgovforum.org] On Behalf Of Chengetai Masango
Sent: 14 March 2017 19:54
To: 'IGF Maglist'
Subject: [IGFmaglist] Potential IGF 2017 Intersessional activities

Dear All,

Please find attached a table of the potential 2017 intesessional activities and their status according to the Secretariat’s recollection.

Best regards,


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