[IRPCoalition] Internet Social Forum

parminder parminder at itforchange.net
Thu Jan 22 16:52:13 EET 2015

On Thursday 22 January 2015 07:58 PM, Jean-Louis FULLSACK wrote:
> Dear Norbert
> Dear all
> At last good news. My best thanks to the organizers and long life for 
> the ISF !
> I'm particularly happy to meet again, i.a., Louis Pouzin with Eurolinc 
> and Sally Burch, "our" former coordinator of the CS "Contents and 
> Themes Group" during WSIS ... ( :-) )
> I'll try do do my best for contributing in this new CS org. I do hope 
> that we'll soon see the rise of a "IS Social Forum", successfully 
> competing/challenging the long outdated and business-centered  WSIS ! 
> I have a dream ...

Sweet and very powerful words! I am sure /they will have the power./... 
Thanks Jean-Louis.

Best, parminder
> Best greetings
> Jean-Louis Fullsack
>     > Message du 22/01/15 14:46
>     > De : "Norbert Bollow" <nb at bollow.ch>
>     > A : "IRP" <irp at lists.internetrightsandprinciples.org>
>     > Copie à :
>     > Objet : [IRPCoalition] Internet Social Forum
>     >
>     > Global Civil Society launches the Internet Social Forum – With a
>     call to occupy the Internet PRESS RELEASE. Geneva, Switzerland,
>     22st January, 2015. A group of civil society organisations from
>     around the world has announced the Internet Social Forum, to bring
>     together and articulate bottom-up perspectives on the 'Internet we
>     want'. Taking inspiration from the World Social Forum, and its
>     clarion call, 'Another World is possible', the group seeks to draw
>     urgent attention to the increasing centralization of the Internet
>     for extraction of monopoly rents and for socio-political control,
>     asserting that 'Another Internet is possible'! The Internet Social
>     Forum will inter alia offer an alternative to the
>     recently-launched World Economic Forum's 'Net Mundial Initiative'
>     on global Internet governance. While the World Economic Forum
>     (WEF) and the 'Net Mundial Initiative' convene global elites, the
>     Internet Social Forum will be a participatory and bottom-up space
>     for all those who believe that the global Internet must evolve in
>     the public interest; a direct parallel to the launch of the World
>     Social Forum in 2001 as a counter initiative to the WEF. The
>     Internet Social Forum will reach out to grassroots groups and
>     social movements across the world, catalysing a groundswell that
>     challenges the entrenched elite interests that currently control
>     how the Internet is managed. The Internet Social Forum's
>     preparatory process will kick off during the World Social Forum to
>     take place in Tunis, March 24th to 28th, 2015. The Internet Social
>     Forum itself is planned to be held either late 2015 or early 2016.
>     “While the world's biggest companies have every right to debate
>     the future of the Internet, we are concerned that their
>     perspectives should not drown out those of ordinary people who
>     have no access to the privileged terrain WEF occupies – in the end
>     it is this wider public interest that must be paramount in
>     governing the Internet. We are organising the Internet Social
>     Forum to make sure their voices can't be ignored in the corridors
>     of power,” said Norbert Bollow, Co-Convenor of the Just Net
>     Coalition, which is one of the groups involved in the initiative.
>     The Internet Social Forum, and its preparatory process, is
>     intended as a space to vision and build the 'Internet we want'. It
>     will be underpinned by values of democracy, human rights and
>     social justice. It will stand for participatory policy making and
>     promote community media. It will seek an Internet that is truly
>     decentralized in its architecture and based on people's full
>     rights to data, information, knowledge and other 'commons' that
>     the Internet has enabled the world community to generate and
>     share. Somewhat similar to Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee’s call for
>     a ‘Magna Carta for the Internet', the Internet Social Forum
>     proposes to develop a People's Internet Manifesto, through a
>     bottom-up process involving all concerned social groups and
>     movements, in different areas, from techies and
>     ICT-for-development actors to media reform groups, democracy
>     movements and social justice activists. This year will also see
>     the 10 year high-level review of the World Summit on the
>     Information Society (WSIS), to be held in New York in December. As
>     a full-scale review of a major UN summit, this will be a critical
>     global political event. Since the WSIS, held in 2003 and 2005, the
>     Internet, and what it means socially, has undergone a paradigm
>     shift. The WSIS witnessed active engagement of civil society and
>     technical groups as well as of business. However, currently, there
>     seems to be an deliberate attempt to sideline this UN-led
>     initiative on governance issues of the information society and
>     Internet in favour of private, big-business-dominated initiatives
>     like the WEF's Net Mundial Initiative. The Internet Social Forum,
>     while remaining primarily a people's forum, will also seek to
>     channel global civil society's engagement towards the WSIS +10
>     review. The following organisations form the initial group that is
>     proposing the Internet Social Forum, and many more are expected to
>     join in the immediate future. This is an open call to progressive
>     groups from all over the world to join this initiative, and
>     participate in developing a People's Internet Manifesto. Just Net
>     Coalition, Global P2P Foundation, Global Transnational Institute,
>     Global Forum on Communication for Integration of our America,
>     Regional (Latin America) Arab NGO Network for Development,
>     Regional Agencia Latinoamericana de Información, Regional
>     Alternative Informatics Association, Turkey Knowledge Commons,
>     India Open-Root/EUROLINC, France SLFC.in, India CODE-IP Trust,
>     Kenya GodlyGlobal.org, Switzerland Centre for Community
>     Informatics Research, Development and Training, Canada IT for
>     Change, India Association for Proper Internet Governance,
>     Switzerland Computer Professionals Union, Philippines Free Press,
>     USA Advocates of Science and Technology for the People,
>     Philippines Other News, Italy Free Software Movement of India
>     Global_Geneva, Switzerland Solidarius (Solidarity Economy
>     Network), Italy All India Peoples Science Network, India Institute
>     for Local Self-Reliance - Community Broadband Networks, USA Please
>     contact us at secretariat at InternetSocialForum.net for further
>     information or clarification. Or the following regional contacts:
>     Africa: Alex Gakaru <AlexG at InternetSocialForum.net> Asia: Rishab
>     Bailey <RishabB at InternetSocialForum.net> Europe: Norbert Bollow
>     <NorbertB at InternetSocialForum.net> North America: Micheal Gurstein
>     <MichealG at InternetSocialForum.net> South America: Sally Burch
>     <SallyB at InternetSocialForum.net> This press release is also
>     available online, e.g. at http://justnetcoalition.org/ISF
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