[Wg-mwp] Proposed sub-working group charter

Jeremy Malcolm jmalcolm at eff.org
Tue Oct 17 12:09:49 EDT 2017

Since I was a proponent of the idea of the sub-working group that we
discussed during the last two calls, I've taken it upon myself to put
together a draft charter for it, on which your comments are invited. 
This hopefully gives a bit more clarity and substance to the proposal,
so that we can move forward if it seems generally acceptable, or abandon
it if not:

This sub-working group's mandate is to produce a short option paper for
consideration of the full working group, outlining a range of possible
approaches towards the fulfilment of the IGF's mandate from paragraph
72(g) of the Tunis Agenda to "Identify emerging issues, bring them to
the attention of the relevant bodies and the general public, and, where
appropriate, make recommendations."

Without prejudging that any changes from current practice are necessary,
the option paper should address:

  * What factors would make it more or less appropriate for the IGF to
    produce an output addressing a particular policy issue in
    conformance with its mandate in section 72(g)?
      o For example—strong and broad consensus around the issue, no
        other multi-stakeholder body directly addressing the issue
  * Are existing mechanisms for the developments of outputs within the
    IGF (eg. Dynamic Coalitions or Best Practice Fora) appropriate for
    the generation of draft text on such an issue from the IGF?
      o If not, what new mechanisms (such as expert working groups, or
        participatory political processes such as the "citizens jury",
        etc.) could be used to develop such draft text?
  * What form or forms could these outputs of the IGF take that would be
    consistent with its status as a forum for multi-stakeholder policy
    dialogue through a non-binding process?
      o For example, are Internet technical community processes of
        offering voluntarily-adopted "Requests for Comment" applicable?
  * Once draft text has been produced, what kinds of further process
    could allow for the IGF as a plenary body to meaningfully consider
    and provide feedback on it, and what institutional reforms to the
    IGF would be necessary to support that process?
  * What should be the threshold standard for the publication of a text
    as such an output of the IGF?
      o For example, would it be necessary to achieve a "rough
        consensus" standard within the community of registered on-site
        and online IGF participants?

As the working group is being convened for its technical expertise,
membership of the sub-working group should comprise those who have
published academic research or who have practical experience of
large-scale multi-stakeholder deliberative processes on Internet-related
technical and/or public policy issues. A maximum size of four members is

Jeremy Malcolm
Senior Global Policy Analyst
Electronic Frontier Foundation
jmalcolm at eff.org

Tel: 415.436.9333 ext 161

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