[IRP] Call notes and next steps...

parminder parminder
Mon Aug 8 11:23:37 EEST 2011

Dear Marianne, and all

Yes, we need to show that we do notice abject poverty and hunger, and I 
am not sure there will be any other clear initiative at the IGF to do 
so. And of course, in any case, civil society should stand up first in 
case of such issues.

However, perhaps by habit trying to be a little difficult :), could we 
actually look at what is happening in that part of the world and what 
are the normally recognised causes for it, and see where does global 
governance, and if indeed it does connect, Internet governance, figure 
in. And accordingly, what a meet on global Internet governance cna and 
should say to these people facing such trying conditions. That I think 
would be even more appropriate. Just my 2 paisa.

best regards


On Monday 08 August 2011 01:10 PM, M.I.Franklin wrote:
> Dear All
> Thanks Dixie and others for getting us off on the right foot. I was 
> sadly one of those trying to get powwoenow to work and so couldn't 
> make it.
> Great to hear that others too feel that as a coalition we need to make 
> some concrete show of solidarity with the refugees and also, as I have 
> recently read, famine-like conditions within Kenya and issues around 
> uneven distribution and inefficiency.,  This issue is so pressing and 
> also an opportunity for us to put our rights-based mouths where our 
> money is!
> There are many possibilities on a modest level, based on the important 
> point that a show of solidarity in difficult situations is also 
> worthwhile. Not sufficient but a start. I was thinking of three 
> possible approaches
> 1) A statement to the Kenyan authorities; jointly issued (as we did 
> during Tunis and Cairo); flag the issue and possible IG connections...
> 2) More concretely, get a fund-raising event going or simply raise 
> funds leading up to and during the IGF; think now about perhaps a 
> local NGO to give  the money to based on the networks of knowledge and 
> access we have in the coalition.
> 3) A statement at the IGF, in strategic moments and places about the 
> link between crisis managements, structural poverty and IG;
> I mention twice issuing statements because on a conscious-raising 
> level there is a strong undercurrent 'out there' about IG issues being 
> way down the list when it comes to basic necessities. As I recall 
> Parminder saying at some point last year (Parminder hope I have got 
> this right); there is no question about food and water coming first. 
> So the IRP coalition and other DCs at the IGF can take this 
> opportunity to make this point plain yet also contribute to raising 
> funds and/or resources....
> Anyway, just a start.
> best
> MF
> --On Friday, August 05, 2011 16:03 +0100 Dixie Hawtin 
> <Dixie at global-partners.co.uk> wrote:
>> Dear IRPers,
>> Great meeting yesterday ? thanks to those who attended (or tried to
>> attend, apologies for any difficulties with the service!) Notes from the
>> call are below ? please especially note the "next steps" stage and
>> see if you would like to be involved with anything...
>> Participants
>> Rebecca Mackinnon, Brett Solomon, Matthias Ketterman, Sam Gregory and
>> Dixie Hawtin.
>> (A few people were unable to connect in to the call as Powwownow didn't
>> work very well ? if anyone has suggestions for a different conference
>> call service to use please let me know)
>> Discussion
>> We began the call with a quick overview of what the IRP has achieved so
>> far since the IGF 2010 and our ongoing initiatives (for a list see the
>> agenda sent around last week). Most of the call was spent preparing for
>> the IGF.
>> * The IRP workshop: We discussed how best to use our workshop space and
>> agreed that a very important issue to address is: copyright and human
>> rights. Intellectual property is one of the main IG battlegrounds at
>> present. Debates are very polarized, and influential copyright lobbies
>> are successfully promoting "solutions" which erode human rights,
>> enable unaccountable censorship and privacy violations and undermine due
>> process rules. This is a problem in both developed and developing
>> countries. We have decided to use our workshop to build support and
>> awareness for the fact that while copyright infringement may be a
>> problem, solutions cannot undermine human rights standards. We can
>> explore how the problem is playing out in different countries and in
>> different policy forums (e.g. ICANN, OECD etc.) and define the place of
>> intellectual property within the human rights framework. If you would
>> like to be involved in organizing the workshop please let me know and we
>> can set up a smaller email group to focus on this. If you have
>> suggestions for speakers and key questions/initiatives, please put these
>> in the Google Doc (see below).
>> *Effective Advocacy at IGF: As Brett noted ? business lobbies tend to
>> be well-organized for maximum impact at the IGF. We are going to try and
>> take a leaf out of their books and start strategising now. We need to
>> identify: our key messages to promote at the IGF; the key challenges 
>> that
>> we will need to rebut, and key workshops to attend. Please fill in your
>> thoughts in the Google Doc (below). Nearer to the IGF we can have 
>> another
>> conference call, using the Google Doc as a basis from which to build a
>> coherent strategy. Note, there is likely to be disagreement over what
>> messages we should be pushing and what are key challenged are ? throw
>> everything in the Google Doc and we can argue it out later!
>> *Solidarity with Somali Refugees: Marianne has suggested that the IRP
>> find a way of showing solidarity with Somali refugees and some other IRP
>> members have followed up to say this would mean a lot to them. However,
>> we are still looking for ideas. Does anyone have any thoughts or any
>> insight into which organisations/initiatives are well-respected?
>> Next steps:
>> *Locate further volunteers to help translating the 10 IRPs.  Priority
>> languages include: Arabic, Mandarin, Japanese, Russian, Hindi, Urdu,
>> Malay, and Persian.
>> *The DRAFT Charter Commentary will be sent around in the next week. Look
>> out for it and please give us comments.
>> *The Google doc can be accessed here:
>> https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Ao4pSJn7RgATdEJPcktH 
>> UVVxSm1GRnVaZ0p2bTFZdEE&hl=en_US Please add your thoughts, or send them
>> through to the list if you would rather!
>> ALSO NOTE: when booking accommodation/travel make sure you account for
>> the Human Rights Pre-event on 26 September ? more details to follow!
>> All the best,
>> Dixie
>> ___________________________________________________________
>> Dixie Hawtin
>> Project Coordinator, Freedom of Expression and Communications Global
>> Partners and Associates
>> 338 City Road, London, EC1V 2PY, UK
>> Office: + 44 207 239 8251
>> mailto:dixie at global-partners.co.uk
>> www.global-partners.co.uk
> Dr Marianne Franklin
> Reader/Convener of the Transnational Communications & Global Media 
> Program
> Media & Communications
> Goldsmiths, University of London
> New Cross
> London SE14 6NW
> United Kingdom
> Tel (direct): #44 (0)207 919-7072
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> email: m.i.franklin at gold.ac.uk
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