[IRPCoalition] IRP Coalition Co.Chairs; Message #1

Anriette Esterhuysen anriette at apc.org
Wed Nov 28 17:11:47 EET 2012

Dear Marianne and Matthias

Welcome to the IRP as co-chairs!  We are very lucky to have two people
who have been around and committed to this process for so long in this role.

Dixie, you have been one of the most enabling, generous, openand
constructive people I have ever worked with. These qualities have been
really important in keep the IRP alive and a process which has not
fallen prey in any way to territoriality. Because of the rise in focus
on internet and human rights issues in the last two years this could
have happened so easily. That it did not is mostly, in my view, owing to
your qualities as a facilitator.  Thanks to Global Partners for letting
you dedicate the time.

Not much else to add from me right now. The summary below is very
helpful. My apologies for not being able to be at the IRP meeting in
Bakubecause of the Human Rights Round Table being scheduled at the same
time. We have to prevent this from happening next time. We should also
share a report of the HR Round Table here - we want to make it an
institution at every IGF. APC was represented at the IRP meeting by our
policy manager, Valeria Betancourt, andshe has already started the
process of building IRP collaboration into our plans for next year.

Best regards


On 28/11/2012 16:00, Marianne Franklin wrote:
> Dear IRP Coalition members,
> It is a pleasure for both of us to be co-Chairing the IRP Coalition
> for the coming year and we are very pleased to be able to greet you
> all on the new mailing list. Thank you for your patience with the
> various emails sent to you about this in the last couple of weeks.
> Before we sum up the tasks ahead of us and ideas for moving forward
> that came from the IRP Meeting in Baku, we would like to take convey
> our thanks and gratitude to Dixie Hawtin who co-Chaired the coalition
> this past year. Hers is a hard act to follow so we hope to be able to
> maintain her standard and refined and diplomatic approach to this
> work. Thank you Dixie!
> The rest of this longish mail is an overview of the IRP Meeting
> outcomes and look ahead. We will be sending call-outs and requests
> separately for each key piece of business to keep things clear.
> 1) BAKU IGF:
> The IGF 2012 Baku meeting is behind us and as you all know there are
> important meetings coming up in which the IRP Coalition (as a whole
> and also in partnership with coalition members who are working on
> specific projects) can and needs to be involved in. The main outcome
> of the IRP Meeting as Dixie noted is that the meeting (about 30-35
> present) endorsed the Coalition's work on the IRP Charter and Ten
> Principles. Promoting both these documents was considered a major
> objective. Another one was for the coalition to come up with ways to
> unpack the Charter itself in terms of taking specific clauses as
> projects or themes for interventions in relevant meetings.
> This work is something the Charter can call its own as well as
> coordinate and work with Coalition members who are doing their own
> work in these area e.g. APC, the Best Bits initiative, ITforChange,
> and partners in Brazil to name but a few.
> There are minutes of the meeting and we can send this around if people
> want them. So, to turn to tasks ahead:
> a) STEERING COMMITTEE elections. Thank you to all of those who have
> been or have self-nominated for the new Steering Committee. We will be
> back about this in a separate email as we hope to have a new committee
> voted in before the end of the year.
> We also have a number of new members, and people who would like to
> join. If anyone on this list is newly arrived do introduce yourself!
> b) IRP Coalition IGF REPORT; if people could continue sending through
> their impressions and thoughts about the Baku meeting for the report
> that would be helpful. We will then send the draft through for
> feedback and refining in the usual way. This report is about what the
> coalition did but also provides feedback to the IGF secretariat.
> c) UPCOMING EVENTS: The following are places and meetings in which we
> have already been active, or involved with others in activities.
> Others are ones we might want to consider in terms of unpacking the
> Charter, or creating synergies with others.
> - WCIT 2012; Is there anyone who is going who would be willing to act
> as rapporteur for the Coalition? This event is next week so we have
> little time to organize a coalition event.
> - UNESCO WSIS +10 Meeting in Paris this coming February. The call for
> panels is out and the deadline in 10th December. This might be a good
> opportunity for members who are involved in education and outreach
> around human rights and the Internet to move the IRP Charter on around
> the education and diversity clauses. These need work and have had
> relatively little attention. See
> http://www.unesco.org/new/en/communication-and-information/flagship-project-activities/unesco-and-wsis/wsis-10-review-meeting/
> Is anyone already involved or interested in organizing a Coalition
> panel there? Please let us all know.
> -EURODIG: the European Dialogue on Internet Governance will be in
> Lisbon next year in May. The coalition has been very active in these
> meetings; the new Council of Europe Expert Group initiative is where
> the IRP Charter has clearly a concrete role to play. Any coalition
> members interested in organizing something for this event, please let
> us know.
> - IGF 2013: this is in Bali. Indonesia. It is a while away but
> organizing events takes place ahead so we will keep you posted. If
> people or organizations are planning anything around Bali, good to let
> us know for coordination purposes.
> - Are the any other events to consider?
> A list below based on the meeting outcome and discussions since around
> how the Coalition can move forward and also continue the work started
> with the IRP Charter as the baseline document.
> a) Promoting and working with the IRP Charter more thoroughly by
> breaking it down into 'byte-sized' projects around one or more
> clauses. Flesh these out, debate, develop and apply accordingly.
> b) Educational: Gathering knowledge about curricula around IG and
> human rights in which the Charter, along with other rights-based
> projects from members, can be included. Here work with the Ten
> Principles as an outreach and educational tool as an access point to
> the fuller Charter. All imaginative ideas and concrete educational
> aids welcome; perhaps a list of current courses in which the Charter
> or HR issues around IG feature would be worth compiling.
> c) Development and Refinement of the IRP Charter itself; Formatting
> the Charter (already 30 pages, including commentaries, appendices, and
> the preambles/Ten Principles) to have it easier to read and access as
> a whole. A one-stop document project that needs coordination and some
> editing/publishing skills
> d) Creating collaborative links with coalition member-organizations
> and others beyond the coalition.
> e) The mailing list: recreate a space for constructive and lively
> debate around issues of common concern that need discussion and also
> organize and liaise on specific projects.
> f) Outreach; a Young People's section of the Coalition was one idea
> mooted; we co-Chairs support this idea. Anyone want to take the lead
> here?
> g) Continue developing the content on the IRP website
> (www.irpcharter.org); retrieve the list archives to store on the new
> list server; make more use of the coalition's Facebook and Twitter feeds.
> All material for these three outlets can be sent to Minda Moreira and
> Keith Hubbard (mindamoreira at hotmail.com; keith.a.hubbard at gmail.com)
> That's all for now. Any suggestions or comments gladly received. We'll
> be back with the Steering Committee nominations and voting schedule.
> Looking forward to working with you all.
> warm regards
> Marianne Franklin & Matthias Kettemann
> Co-Chairs IRP Coalition.
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anriette esterhuysen anriette at apc.org
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