[IRPCoalition] Call for nominations to Brazil meeting committees
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Mon Dec 23 12:05:57 EET 2013
Below is an update and call for nominations for two of the committees
formed as part of the Brazil Meeting on the future of Internet
Governance in April 2014. It is a call that specifically calls for
nominees from Civil Society to come forward or be nominated and sent to
the Nomination Committee.
I am sending this to you all as it provides a succinct overview of how
the Brazilian government and partners have decided to organize the
event. The IRP Coalition has not been accepted onto the NomCom for this
process because it is not strictly a civil society organization, or
network. As a multistakeholder network we however do have a stake in
this event and can provide constructive input in other ways.
As only 20% of the IRP list are on the Best Bits list I hope the
forwarded mail below provides the much awaited sense of how this meeting
The IRP Charter is a substantive element to any discussions about
internet governance principles in the lead up and outcome of Brazil. If
anyone wants to nominate, or be nominated as a Civil Society
representative please let us know.
More information to follow.
Date: Sun, 22 Dec 2013 13:31:50 +0800
From: Jeremy Malcolm <jeremy at ciroap.org>
To: bestbits <bestbits at lists.bestbits.net>
This is a call for nominations to represent civil society on planning
committees in preparations for the “Global Multistakeholder Meeting on
Internet Governance”, to be held in Sao Paulo Brazilon April 23
<x-apple-data-detectors://0>and 24 2014.
*• Committee No. 1: Multistakeholder HighLevel Committee (HLC)*
This committee will set the high level political tone and objectives of the
conference. Committee members will engage on a global level with
encourage participation in the conference and maximize its chances of
This committee will include 4 civil society representatives.
• *Committee No. 3: Multistakeholder Executive Committee (EC)*
This committee owns the full responsibility of organizing the event,
conference purpose/agenda, managing invitations, organizing input
received into a coherent set of proposals for the conferees to address,
managing conference proceedings and process, and directing all
communications activities pre/during/post conference. This committee
will include 2 civil society representatives
The deadline for submitting expressions of interest is *midnight UTC* 7
<x-apple-data-detectors://1>* January 2014 <x-apple-data-detectors://1>*.
If you are interested, you are invited to send a brief biography and a
statement of relevant background and experience to jeremy at ciroap.org
<mailto:jeremy at ciroap.org> or by replying to this thread. At the closing
date for nominations, those submitted to various civil society networks
will be compiled and assessed by the Civil Society Co ordination Group.
Please indicate clearly at the beginning of your application whether it
is for the High Level Committee (HLC) or Executive Committee (EC) or both.
The following factors (among others) will be used to assess the
suitability of candidates
1.Able to represent civil society as a whole, not just your individual
civil society organisation(s)
2.Able to work collegiately with other stakeholder groups in a
3.Able to consult widely with civil society groups and to report back as
the process progresses
4.Ability to represent civil society at a senior level in these discussions
5.Broad knowledge of internet governance issues and the range of civil
society perspectives on these issues
6.Capacity to participate assertively and creatively
*Explanation of process*
The civil society coordinating group is a loose peak body that came
together this year to facilitate joint civil society participation in
several nominating processes. It currently comprises persons from the
most active civil society coalitions or networks in the Internet
governance space, which in no particular order are the Internet
Governance Caucus, Diplo Foundation, Best Bits, the Non Commercial
Stakeholder Group of ICANN, and the Association for Progressive
Communications. The current liaisons are Virginia Paque, Jeremy
Malcolm, Robin Gross and Chat Garcia Ramilo, with Ian Peter as an
independent facilitator. Its current composition is imperfect - the
boundary between an organisation and network is grey, and so is the
scope of "Internet governance". In particular, we are reaching out to
other civil society networks to further broaden the inclusiveness of the
group and have developed a draft set of criteria to assist in this process.
Likewise, the process for gathering and reaching consensus is also a
work in progress, but progressive improvements to the process have been
put in place since the group's first nomination. These improvements
include refinement of criteria for each member network to consider when
putting forward names for consideration. Other suggested changes to the
process, such as the use of a randomly-selected nominating committee,
have not met with consensual support from within the group and so have
not been adopted for this nomination. However, the coordinating group
welcomes other suggestions for improvement of the joint process.
Jeremy Malcolm PhD LLB (Hons) B Com
Internet and Open Source lawyer, consumer advocate, geek
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