[Wg-mwp] Proposed sub-working group charter

Anupam Agrawal anupam.agrawal at tcs.com
Tue Oct 17 13:57:10 EDT 2017

The idea of sub working group which will look pro-actively into the 
effectiveness of the IGF process is welcome. It will definitely help in 
reinventing IGF and designing a new way to implement multi stakeholder 
process in IGF community.May I suggest to include the following into the 
charter as well if not covered 

What possible steps & tools should be used for scaling the outreach and 
feedback on issue to general public?
 - Reach out to national bodies, Country or Regional IGF lists etc...

Best Regards, 
Anupam Agrawal 

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From:   Jeremy Malcolm <jmalcolm at eff.org>
To:     wg-mwp <wg-mwp at intgovforum.org>
Date:   17-10-2017 21:41
Subject:        [Wg-mwp] Proposed sub-working group charter
Sent by:        "Wg-mwp" <wg-mwp-bounces at intgovforum.org>

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 

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)?
For example—strong and broad consensus around the issue, no other 
multi-stakeholder body directly addressing the issue
Are exi sting 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?
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?
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?
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

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