[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 19:52:25 EET 2012

FYI for anyone heading to WCIT; still on the look out for someone to be 
rapporteur on these sessions for the Coalition.


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Subject: 	Re: [bestbits] Coordination during WCIT -- who's attending, 
who's reporting
Date: 	Wed, 28 Nov 2012 18:31:42 +0100
From: 	William Drake <william.drake at uzh.ch>




FWIW I'm on a US del call right now and we just finished a long briefing 
on security, thought I'd pass along a few points of local interest while 
thinking it:

  * expect to be constantly electronically surveilled, including in hotels
  * expect all electronic communications to be insecure, particularly
  * keep any confidential info on you rather than in hotel
  * USG has received no info on how the government might react to any
    on-site activism of an unapproved nature, and if relevant urges US
    citizens to let State or the consulate know they'll be in town.

Make of these what you will….



On Nov 28, 2012, at 5:12 PM, Deborah Brown wrote:

> Hi all,
> Thanks for coordinating this Ellery/Matthew. Picking up on Bill's last 
> point, it might be helpful to include people's dates in Dubai in the 
> list to facilitate coordination on the ground. I'm happy to lend a 
> hand in coordination as well.
> Best,
> Deborah
> On Wed, Nov 28, 2012 at 4:06 AM, William Drake <william.drake at uzh.ch 
> <mailto:william.drake at uzh.ch>> wrote:
>     Hi
>     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.
>     Best,
>     Bill
>     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 <tel:%28415%29%20814-1711>
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> Deborah Brown
> Policy Analyst
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