[IRPCoalition] [JNC - Forum] [bestbits] Time-sensitive: 24 hour sign on period for ITU Plenipot joint recommendations

Jeremy Malcolm jmalcolm at eff.org
Wed Oct 22 22:42:04 EEST 2014

On 21/10/2014 9:04 pm, parminder wrote:
> BTW, as I mentioned above, so much of 'global' Internet issues get
> taken up today by the OECD's CICCP.... You proposal call for making
> ITU CWG-PP multistakeholder. Interesting, and I have asked this
> question often, I have never seen the civil society groups involved
> with OECD's CICCP work - which included a lot of those who have signed
> on this present ITU related statement - seek making the CICCP
> multistakeholder.... Would this not count as hypocrisy.

It is already putatively multi-stakeholder, though it's a different and
lesser implementation of multi-stakeholderism than those of other
Internet governance bodies such as ICANN and the IGF (though closer to
the former than the latter).  There was a big fight to get it to open up
as much as it has, with the creation of the CSISAC.  I agree that since
then, we have been muted in our calls to improve it further - though we
have made some noise asking OECD to support CSISAC better.  Not only the
OECD needs to improve its implementation of multi-stakeholderism, but
other regional bodies like APEC need to become multi-stakeholder too -
it's a long battle on multiple fronts.  So far I'm focussed on only some
of those, like TPP, which you've already identified.  Also important is
for us to present a clear standard of what kind of multi-stakeholderism
we want, which was the reason for attempting to use LiquidFeedback to
develop such a standard that civil society could broadly support (this
has faltered, but I am still committed to seeing it through).

The conception that the distributed, multi-stakeholder ideal for
Internet governance is a neoliberal fantasy, in distinction to the
so-called democratic/statist model, is quite bogus, by the way - but I'm
not going to jump back into that debate right now.  Very happy to leave
that to Niels and Stephanie who have replied so far.

Jeremy Malcolm
Senior Global Policy Analyst
Electronic Frontier Foundation
jmalcolm at eff.org

Tel: 415.436.9333 ext 161

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