[IRPCoalition] Fwd: Re: [bestbits] Coordination during WCIT -- who's attending, who's reporting

Marianne Franklin m.i.franklin at gold.ac.uk
Wed Nov 28 11:11:30 EET 2012

Dear all

And thanks here to Bill Drake who underscores the need for all 
stakeholders to take the initiative in terms of WCIT, including those 
who are not on formal delegations.


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 	Re: [bestbits] Coordination during WCIT -- who's attending, 
who's reporting
Date: 	Wed, 28 Nov 2012 10:06:36 +0100
From: 	William Drake <william.drake at uzh.ch>
To: 	Ellery Biddle <ellery at cdt.org>
CC: 	<wcit12 at cdt.org>, <bestbits at lists.igcaucus.org>


Despite all the debate and mobilization, and ITU staff's refrain that 
the meeting's fully multistakeholder since people can simply join their 
national delegations, a cursory scan of the Announced List of 
Participants as of 27 November shows 1764 participants, only a dozen or 
so that seem obviously to be civil society—half on the US del, the 
others scattered.  Caveats apply: a) It may be that I just don't 
recognize some individual and organizational names so this guesstimate's 
a little low.  b) In the UN context (WSIS/IGF/CSTD etc) and OECD the 
technical community and CS are separated, so that's how I count.  I see 
more TC than CS names on the list, and while most of the former work in 
the private sector or for administrative bodies like the RIRs, there are 
some people who are by various standards in both.  c)  The list is being 
periodically updated, so there may be some late registrations.  All that 
said, the number seems unlikely to be terribly high.  There may be more 
CS just coming and hanging around in hopes of getting into any open to 
the public sessions (TBD Monday), or otherwise populating the hallways, 
than there are on the delegations.

It would be good to have a list with contact details and to establish a 
communication channel e.g. Skype/mail (although delegation members will 
have some constraints) if Matthew wants to coordinate.



PS: The call time below may not be optimal for people on dels if 
meetings run late (I'll be on a plane).

On Nov 28, 2012, at 12:50 AM, Ellery Biddle wrote:

> Hi everyone,
> We have been talking here at CDT about various strategies for 
> communications and coordination during the WCIT. Lots to think about 
> here. Two items on this:
> First: Who is going to Dubai? We /really/ want to develop a list of 
> civil society people who will be in Dubai for the conference. We think 
> it would be helpful for those attending WCIT to know what other CS 
> people will be there, and to develop a rough plan for coordinating 
> once they are in Dubai. Matthew Shears, ISOC's former policy director 
> who has been working on ITU issues with CDT, will be in Dubai on CDT's 
> behalf. He will not be affiliated with any delegation. *If you or 
> someone from your organization is going to be in Dubai (with or 
> without delegate status), and you'd like to be in touch with other 
> civil society folks there, please send Matthew an email letting him 
> know. Matthew's email: mshears at cdt.org <mailto:mshears at cdt.org>*
> Second: How can we coordinate on public communication about the WCIT? 
> We know that many CSOs will be blogging, tweeting, and responding to 
> press inquiries about the WCIT as it's happening. Given the relatively 
> closed nature of the event, we know that it may be difficult to get 
> the information we need in order to do this well, and that some 
> coordination between groups may help fill this gap. We also anticipate 
> that rumors and misinformation may become an issue, as different 
> delegates may hear different things, etc. In anticipation of this, we 
> want to propose a group call for next week. This will be open to any 
> civil society groups planning to report on WCIT, either from Dubai or 
> from outside the UAE. Given the size of these lists, I am setting an 
> arbitrary (though early, which generally seems best) time and date for 
> the call. Hope that plenty of folks can join -- we'll take and 
> circulate good notes for those who can't make it.
> *The call will take place on Tuesday, December 4 at 16:00 UTC / 11:00 
> EST. *A list of international toll-free call-in numbers is attached. I 
> will circulate this again, along with a reminder, on Monday.
> As always, please feel encouraged to reply to the list with additional 
> ideas, questions, etc.
> Thanks all!
> Ellery
> Ellery Roberts Biddle
> Center for Democracy and Technology <http://cdt.org/>
> (415) 814-1711

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