[IRPCoalition] [bestbits] Fwd: Re: OECD - what is going on? and what do you need to know?

parminder parminder at itforchange.net
Mon Feb 8 17:02:06 EET 2016

The first point in my response was about the nature of UN based
proposals for Internet related policy making, which I insist remain on
the table. we especially cannot dodge them in view of the new UN WG on
enhanced cooperation which will begin working later this year. In that
regard my question is:

What is the response of civil society groups here to the proposal to
institute an Internet policy development model in the UN which is
exactly, repeat, exactly, the same as the CDEP process in the OECD
(whereby the only difference will be that instead of the 34 richest
countries making policy, there will the full list of 190 or so, or a
rotating smaller representative group of them, plus a clear
institutionalised linkage to the IGF)?

The second, complimentary question is, as follows:

The only logical and defensible reason for not accepting the above
proposal that I can think of is that such a proposal about does not
represent a mutistakeholder model of Internet policy making, and the
major civil society groups and persons here will only accept a
multistakeholder model of policy making (whatever it is).

Fair enough. In that case, is there a proposal to make this case to the
forthcoming OECD ministerial organised around the work of its Committee
on Digital Economy Policy (which is OECD's Internet policy making
organ)? I mean to at least clearly say, in a specific statement,  to the
ministerial that we do not accept their model of Internet policy making,
since it is not multistakeholder (and also offer a multistakeholder
option, which if you refuse their model, of course they'd ask for). This
is the first ministerial after the CDEP was formed with a re-adopted
mandate, which for the first time claims that it develops policy through
a 'multistakeholder process'.  Since, the civil society groups failed to
raise this issue when the CDEP was formed 2 years back and they were
asked for their inputs, would they want to now correct their mistake,
and take this issue up in the forthcoming public meeting of the OECD

If not, why so? Where do their multistakeholderist energies, which are
to be seen to be believed when the arena is the UN, disappear in front
of the comity of the richest countries of the world ? Whom they join in
the first place in the UN arena to sing multistakeholderist paeans. Why
not expose this extreme hypocrisy of theirs, which is so easily done,
they would not have words to come back with, which, excuse my slipping
into cynicism, I btw i suspect is why most groups dont do it. we cant do
such things to our friends, right!

In the CS advisory group to the OECD's CDEP, one person did propose that
it should seek greater multistakeholderism in CDEP's policy making
processes, but this proposal was made light of by others, seeking focus
on substantive issues instead!! Why such shyness with the OECD, when the
same groups are never short on reprimanding UN bodies - extant or
proposed, on this matter?

The job of civil society is to speak up to the most powerful, not be in
convenient alliances with them.

Also, CoE's Internet policy mechanism is "right now" seeking civil
society input into their IG strategy.... It makes policy frameworks in a
similar manner as OCED (but apparently with less formal stakeholder
systems). Why not tell them, this is what we think is multistakholder
policy making, and we would expect CoE to adopt it. That is our input,
or at least one of the inputs, to their IG strategy (It is CoE's treaty
on cyber crime that is often pushed post facto as the 'gold standards'
for developing countries to accede to. A cursory search throws up
another one on 'automatic processing of individual data'. But somehow
policy, even hard law based, processes of the 'good countries' done in
fully multi-lateral ways seem to completely fall off civil society's
radar.)  )

It is time for those who occupy the space of the global civil society
working in the IG area to engage with these uncomfortable questions.
They would not be able to retain global legitimacy if they do not...


On Sunday 07 February 2016 03:27 PM, parminder wrote:
> Dear Tamir
> Thanks for your response, which is the most well argued and
> comprehensive one that I have ever received for this question that I
> have asked several times in the last many years. So thanks again.
> There is another important aspect of your email that I would like to
> respond to but let me first do so for
>     "Now, it may be that the IT 4 Change vision for CIRP was nothing
>     like this, or that these elements could have been stripped from
>     the CIRP proposal -- and your account suggests this was proposed
>     at a later stage (perhaps too late?) -- but as presented these
>     command and control elements seemed as integral if not primary
>     functions. Most, if not all of the commentary regarding the CIRP
>     proposal related to this particular aspect of the proposal, which
>     is the fact that it would bring about multi-lateral control as
>     opposed to simply creating yet one more policy-making venue."
> I will come to IT for Change part the last bec it is the least
> important thing here.
> The "command and control" aspect of CIRP that you point to chiefly is
> about the ICANN oversight part (the treaty facilitating aspect being
> common to OECD and CoE committees and thus is symmetric ). Please note
> that the CIRP proposal clearly says that it has picked CIRP's mandate
> items from the institutional models suggested by the Working Group on
> IG's report. This report clearly says that the oversight role is the
> role currently undertaken by US Dept of Commerce. Obviously, therefore
> the CIRP proposed only to take up that role which is currently played
> by the US Dept of commerce.
> The question then that I have for you; how is ICANN working under the
> oversight of US government not a 'command and control' structure, and
> I hear it always referred to as a multistakeholder structure, but if
> the same role was played together by all countries it became a
> 'command and control' structure?  (The current IANA transition process
> not being relevant here bec it was not envisaged at the time that CIRP
> was proposed and then roundly criticised).
> Second part: "these elements could have been stripped from the CIRP
> proposal -- and your account suggests this was proposed at a later
> stage (perhaps too late?)" (from your email below.
> I have said this before, the proposal itself said, we are open to
> discussing, the Indian gov rep at Nairobi IGF, immediately after the
> proposal as made, said, we are open to discuss and change it, and at
> the next CSTD meeting, India again said we are open to change it and
> invited ideas. No response, other than, the whole thing should simply
> be abandoned. Most importantly, India actually separated the oversight
> part from that for 'other public policy making' in its submission to
> the UN Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation whose precise mandate was
> to come up with an appropriate global Internet governance related
> institutional architecture, esp for 'public policy making' plus ICANN
> oversight. Civil society members were in there in that WG, and those
> outside made written submissions, over two rounds, but any proposal to
> have an OECD kind of Internet related public policy mechanism remained
> fully ignored, and considered as multilateralist and therefore evil...
> So, I cannot see how you and others decide that it "was too late"...
> The right to make the rules of game, and what is the right time, what
> is the right way to propose a thing, and so on, is one of the biggest
> forms of hegemonic power.... I dont accept it. The proposal still
> stands today, you, and others,  need to comment on it as it is being
> proposed to you, as I am proposing to you, and not take the cover of,
> that was the wrong time, and the wrong way, and so on...
> As I said, the WG on enhanced cooperation is being reconstituted, you
> and others here are global players in the IG space by choice and
> profession; my question to you all is, what is your response to my
> proposal (forget others) to develop a Internet related public policy
> development mechanism inside the UN "on the exact model" as it happens
> in the OECD. I will await yours and other people's response. And if I
> do not get it, keep asking this question. This is about the denial of
> the right of self determination and right of democratic participation
> of the huge majority of the world's population (non OECD countries). A
> right, which in view is, even prior to all other rights, a right which
> determines what rights are...
> Lastly, your comment on ITfC's positions: yes, we have always asked
> for an OECD like Internet related policy mechanism in the UN, in the
> exact model of how it works in the OECD, where it gets called as a
> multistakeholder model. For ICANN oversight we has for a different
> kind of model. Not only ITfC but JNC (Just Net Coalition) has made
> similar demands (see our submissions to the the NetMundial
> Conference)... But both IT for Change and JNC get branded as pro -
> multilateralism and much of the dominant civil society here by
> contrast as pro multi-stakeholderism, while, as should be obvious from
> this discussion, the *real and only difference* is that we refuse to
> work with US- and OCED-centric 'global' policy and IG models and ask
> instead to have all countries equally involved, while preserving the
> same amount of multistakeholder participation as it exists in extant
> models today. (I say this with full authority, and am ready to stand
> by it.) But the fact that the mentioned labels have been so
> successfully affixed and sustained speaks of the power of hegemonic
> discourse, even within the so called civil society... I think we need
> to be doing better than that. We need to be able to discuss things
> opening, and provide answers to the questions that get asked about our
> positions. If even civil society does not do it, who would.
> parminder
> On Sunday 07 February 2016 05:40 AM, Tamir Israel wrote:
>> Dear Parminder,
>> I also apologize for the delayed response, and appreciate your
>> detailed answer.
>> I definitely think there is room for improvement in the OECD
>> policy-making process and particularly on how it manages
>> multi-stakeholder input -- I would not want to leave a contrary
>> impression. There have certainly been opportunities along the way to
>> improve this process (some missed, some not - it's most often raised
>> on a case by case basis, which has led to some improvements over
>> time, at least in my opinion).
>> I agree that many/most UN bodies do not generate binding documents or
>> activities (the ITU being a key exception), but to my recollection
>> the opposition to CIRP revolved around those elements of the proposal
>> that /did/ envision this type of binding action, which is far
>> different from what the OECD does.
>> Specifically at issue from the CIRP proposal as it was presented in
>> the UN:
>>   * Coordinate and oversee the bodies responsible for technical and
>>     operational functioning of the Internet, including global
>>     standards setting;
>>   * Facilitate negotiation of treaties, conventions and agreements on
>>     Internet-related public policies;
>>   * Undertake arbitration and dispute resolution, where necessary;
>> All of these envision binding action. It may be true that some
>> branches of the OECD do, indeed, lead to binding treaty-making but
>> this is neither part of the CDEP's mandate nor has it ever been
>> something the committee has done historically in the context of
>> Internet policy. By contrast, facilitating treaties was a key listed
>> objective for the CIRP. Likewise, arbitration and dispute resolution
>> is not only an operationally binding activity, but is typically only
>> employed where there are hard underlying legal obligations (ie
>> treaties) between states that can lead to disputes requiring
>> adjudication.
>> Finally, the proposal envisioned CIRP oversight of not just ICANN,
>> but all of the "bodies responsible for technical and operational
>> functioning of the Internet". This would include, for example, the
>> IETF and other technical standards bodies alongside ICANN.
>> The OECD multi-stakeholder model is not ideal, it is probably closer
>> to multi-lateral than most folks would like, except that the civil
>> society stakeholder group can decide not to endorse any reports or
>> policy instruments it generates. As these instruments are not really
>> binding anyways, that form of dissent can be relatively meaningful
>> because it undermines the legitimacy of the policy instrument and
>> legitimacy is really the only currency it has. As a venue I, at
>> least, have found it worthwhile engaging in, even though as with all
>> policy processes it's had its ups and downs. Still, it's not ideal
>> and wholly unsuited to generating binding policy as opposed to just
>> generating policy. It is nowhere near robust enough for generating
>> treaties or overseeing all the technical communities and ICANN.
>> Now, it may be that the IT 4 Change vision for CIRP was nothing like
>> this, or that these elements could have been stripped from the CIRP
>> proposal -- and your account suggests this was proposed at a later
>> stage (perhaps too late?) -- but as presented these command and
>> control elements seemed as integral if not primary functions. Most,
>> if not all of the commentary regarding the CIRP proposal related to
>> this particular aspect of the proposal, which is the fact that it
>> would bring about multi-lateral control as opposed to simply creating
>> yet one more policy-making venue.
>> Best,
>> Tamir
>> On 1/31/2016 10:13 AM, parminder wrote:
>>> Dear Tamir
>>> A happy 2016 to you as well, and thanks for your engagement with
>>> this important issue.
>>> Sorry for delay in coming back. Was preoccupied...
>>> On Thursday 28 January 2016 09:52 PM, Tamir Israel wrote:
>>>> Dear Parminder,
>>>> If I recall, objections to the 2011 multi-lateral, inter-state
>>>> Internet governance body actually arose from the fact that the
>>>> proposal did /not/ follow the OECD model.
>>> I did some background work towards developing the 2011 CIRP proposal
>>> , and it was quite independent, and in the open. IT for Change gave
>>> a submission
>>> <http://www.itforchange.net/sites/default/files/EC_statement-IT_for_Change2010.pdf>
>>> to 2010 UNDESA consultation on enhanced cooperation, and then did a
>>> background paper
>>> <http://www.itforchange.net/ibsa_RiodeJaneiro_Sep2011> for IBSA
>>> meeting in Rio de Janeiro (both are public documents), which sought
>>> a UN Body on Internet policies taking from the OECD model. This OECD
>>> model was specifically discussed in both these papers. The mandate
>>> of CIRP
>>> <http://itforchange.net/sites/default/files/ITfC/india_un_cirp_proposal_20111026.pdf>
>>> was very similar to that of OECD Committees, including the Committee
>>> on Digital Policies (except on one, significant point to be
>>> discussed later). The stakeholder consultation process of CIRP was
>>> exactly taken from the OECD model, plus a very important additional
>>> element that "IGF will provide inputs to the CIRP" (OECD having no
>>> such system and thus being deficient to that extent in its
>>> multistakeholder content)
>>> See the mandate of OECD Committee on Digital Economy Policy here
>>> <http://www2.oecd.org/OECDGROUPS/Bodies/ShowBodyView.aspx?BodyID=1837&BodyPID=8997&Lang=en&Book=>,
>>> and that of its predecessor CICCP here
>>> <http://webnet.oecd.org/OECDGROUPS/Bodies/ShowBodyView.aspx?BodyID=1837&BodyPID=7425&Lang=en&Book=>
>>> . These committees were always supposed to make policy, develop
>>> policy frameworks, and coordinate policies of their members. Policy
>>> development is the central objective of OECD, and this is written
>>> upfront on its Internet economy page
>>> <http://www.oecd.org/internet/ieconomy/> 'The OECD focuses on the
>>> development of better policies..."
>>> When OECD inter gov agreements and treaties are developed, like they
>>> exist in areas of tax avoidance, anti-bribery, and so on, the
>>> respective committees facilitate such agreement/ treaty development
>>> process.
>>> UN CIRP, as per India's proposal in 2011, was supposed to basically
>>> be doing all this work. And, as can seen from a reading of the
>>> proposal, with the same multistakeholder model, only reinforcement
>>> through formation of an organic linkage with the IGF and inviting
>>> its inputs. So, I will like to ask you, how has India's CIRP
>>> proposal become a multilateral, inter-state, IG body, while OECD's
>>> CDEP is a multistakeholder, harmless body? That was my original
>>> question.
>>> Now, if you want to  focus all your argument against UN CIRPs on
>>> just one of its mandate, which was of oversight over ICANN, lets
>>> discuss it.
>>> Firstly, when IT for Change proposed a OECD like model we suggested
>>> just policy development like OECD does and not ICANN oversight for
>>> this body.... But I can see that when India was making a proposal to
>>> the UN, it had to keep in mind one of the most contested global IG
>>> issue, of the US's unilateral oversight over ICANN, and the express
>>> mandate of the WSIS that"all governments should have an equal role
>>> and responsibility for international Internet governance and for
>>> ensuring the stability, security and continuity of the Internet"
>>> (para 68), which directly speaks to equal oversight role over ICANN,
>>> if there has to be one. Now, India did not have time to make an
>>> elaborate separate proposal for oversight transition, and put that
>>> role under the proposed new Committee for Internet Related Policies.
>>> In doing so, it picked up the language from 2 Models of IG
>>> architecture put forward by the (multistakeholder) Working Group on
>>> IG <http://www.wgig.org/docs/WGIGREPORT.pdf> .
>>> Further, do note that the India proposal as read out in the UN
>>> clearly called
>>> "for the establishment of an open­ended working group under
>>> the Commission on Science and Technology for Development for drawing up the detailed terms of reference for
>>> CIRP, with a view to actualizing it within the next 18 months. We are open to the views and suggestions of
>>> all
>>> Member States, and stand ready to work with other delegations to carry forward this proposal, and thus seek tofill the serious gap in the implementation of the Tunis Agenda, by providing substance and content to the concept
>>> of Enhanced Co­operation enshrined in the Tunis Agenda"
>>> So, everyone was open for suggestions. One should have just said,
>>> remove the oversight role from this committee and the rest is ok...
>>> Within a few months, at the next CSTD meeting, India again said,
>>> tell us what issues you have with our proposal and lets discuss
>>> them. No response. Then in another few months, on its own, in its
>>> submission to the CSTD WG on Enhanced Cooperation, India separated
>>> the issue and proposed mechanism for general Internet related public
>>> policy development (as OECD does) and the oversight role, on which
>>> they asked for a separate discussion and possible mechanism.
>>> But their proposal remained as much of a taboo as before, to
>>> Northern government and big business, but also to the tech community
>>> and most of the civil society... And this is the hypocrisy that I
>>> point to.
>>>> The OECD model is to produce non-binding soft law in a
>>>> multi-stakeholder context.
>>> This is simple misuse of language, driven by partisan hegemonic
>>> constructs, that people nilly willy fall prey to.... I have linked
>>> to OECD documents above... See the mandates and activities of UN
>>> bodies, like UNESCO
>>> <http://en.unesco.org/about-us/introducing-unesco>, WHO
>>> <http://www.who.int/about/en/>, UNDP
>>> <http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/operations/about_us.html>,
>>> and if you are going for a committee (which is *not* the dominant
>>> mode of UN working, it mostly functions through separate bodies as
>>> listed) then maybe you can see this one
>>> <http://www.unoosa.org/oosa/en/ourwork/copuos/index.html> ....  Most
>>> of these do more or less exactly the same stuff as OECD committees
>>> do... How often have you seen hard law coming out of the UN . And
>>> then OECD also produces binding agreements... What and how is what
>>> OECD does 'soft' and what UN does 'hard'... There is no IMHO basis
>>> for your statement and claim.
>>> As for for your phrase 'in a multistakeholder context' (referring to
>>> OECD), that is key to my question. How do call the proposed UN CIRP
>>> be not multistakeholder and the working of OECD committees
>>> multistakeholder??? I am sure you would have read the CIRP proposal,
>>> but if you havent it is again here
>>> <http://itforchange.net/sites/default/files/ITfC/india_un_cirp_proposal_20111026.pdf>,
>>> and has exactly the same stakeholder consultation mechanism as
>>> OECD's CDEP.
>>> It is just not you who in your in your opening line of this email
>>> denounced the proposed CIRP as multilateral inter-state body, and
>>> are calling the OECD model as multilateral, when, I repeat it for
>>> the hundredth time, both have, by design, the same stakeholder
>>> participaiton model. Almost everyone does.... An ISOC/ tech
>>> community rep recently called the OECD process as
>>> "multistakeholderism at work" (
>>> http://www.internetac.org/archives/category/contributions ). Such
>>> adulatory references, calling the OECD process, multistakeholder,
>>> are commonplace....  But the same people call a proposal form
>>> developing countries with the same stakeholder participation model
>>> as multilateral, inter gov, and so on...I think this is extremely
>>> unfair. And a great example of hegemonic discourse at work,
>>> extremely efficiently.
>>>> On digital issues, civil society has direct input into that
>>>> policy-making process, and this has been the case since the Seoul
>>>> Ministerial in 2009 
>>> I am on OECD's CS advisory group's elist and fully know how such
>>> inputting takes place, and how much of it gets accepcted... But in
>>> any case, as mentioned, exactly the same process was proposed for
>>> the UN CIRP, including UN funded meetings of advisory groups
>>> preceding the inter gov council meetings, as happens with OECD.
>>>> (the recent formulation of the Committee on Digital Economy which
>>>> you refer to was a change in name only, nothing changed
>>>> functionally with respect to the nature or scope of digital issues
>>>> undertaken or civil society's role therein).
>>> I know that formulation of CEDP was a change in name only, but
>>> proposals were invited " to improve its working methods" (
>>> http://www.ift.org.mx/sites/default/files/conocenos/pleno/comisiones/mario-german-fromow-rangel/ocde.pdf
>>>   )  while changing its name in 2014.  What I want to know is
>>> whether any civil society group asked for change in this Committees
>>> stakeholder consultation processes to making it 'really
>>> multistakeholder', if the current procedures are not considered so
>>> (which is the only excuse to decry UN CIRP proposal). I know that
>>> nothing like this happened. Why?
>>>> The key to the OECD is that it generates lots of policy reports or,
>>>> at most, soft law instruments 
>>> As said, it makes as much policy as UN bodies do.. Using language in
>>> such a partisan manner is IMHO not quite correct. It is simply the
>>> hegemonic construction which powerful forces work to make and sustain.
>>>> -- nothing binding comes out of it. In this context, it's useful
>>>> for civil society to engage with other stakeholders to attempt to
>>>> resolve policy issues. We definitely do not have the final say on
>>>> these policies, nor do we have a veto on par with state parties.
>>> Exactly the same model was suggested for UN CIRP...
>>>> But the OECD operates on a multi-stakeholder principle, 
>>> If it does, that UN CIRP was also a multistakeholder proposal, of
>>> being exactly the same stakeholder participation design.
>>>> meaning they will keep working until views of all member states and
>>>> of the four stakeholder groups (which include, as relevant: the
>>>> business community, the technical community, a trade union
>>>> community and on telecommunications and digital issues, civil
>>>> society). To date there has been only one single occasion where a
>>>> policy document was adopted by the OECD over the sustained
>>>> objections of civil society.
>>> That was the single most important document produced by the
>>> committee "Principles for Internet policy making"... On others
>>> issues too I know, they listen but the inter gov committee finally
>>> decides. And I am sure that much has been written in OECD policy
>>> docs that does not pass full civil society muster.... You are
>>> over-blowing the camaraderie.  And if there  is indeed some kind of
>>> a 'temporary and limited congruence' of libertarian civil society
>>> and tech community with the Northern countries on Internet issues,
>>> that has a different basis, and is essentially temporary and
>>> limited. Such congruence often takes place between civil society and
>>> developing country views in most global social, economic and
>>> cultural polity issues. Lets not get into that discussion. 9But if
>>> you want to, I am happy to )..
>>>> Even that policy documents, though, have no binding effect on
>>>> anyone. In practice, many, many OECD policies remain largely
>>>> unimplemented by OECD member states. They tend to form more of a
>>>> reference or normative statement that is at most useful as one
>>>> single input into domestic policy-making processes (I note
>>>> incidentally that I do a lot of national policy development and
>>>> that in my experience most OECD policies tend to be more useful to
>>>> civil society than to other segments of society, for whatever
>>>> that's worth).
>>> Every single thing is true of UN bodies as well... Please do read in
>>> detail the mandates and working of the UN bodies that I referenced
>>> and others (like UNCTAD), which I am sure you have been reading about.
>>>> My understanding of the proposed 2011 UN governance body at the
>>>> time (and please correct me if I'm wrong) was wholly different.
>>> I hope my above references corrects it.....
>>>> It was to be based on a command and control model. 
>>> It was 80 percent OECD's Internet policy like body, and 20 percent
>>> had the problematic oversight role, which (1) pursuant to Tunis
>>> Agenda references India needed to put somewhere in its proposal, (2)
>>> India was always ready to discuss it, and (3) in less than a year
>>> after the initial proposal, in its proposal to WG on Enhanced
>>> Cooperation, India split the proposal to separate the oversight
>>> mechanism issue... However, the attitude to, and name calling vis a
>>> vis, its proposal for a Un platform to develop Internet related
>>> policies, and similar proposals by groups like mine, did not move an
>>> inch... It was the same diabolical multilateral,, inter gov,
>>> proposal, out to control the Internet...
>>> This is simply a pro rich country and anti developing country view,
>>> which does not behove the global civil society.
>>>> It envisioned something similar to ICANN (which, unlike the OECD,
>>>> directly implements its policies by its control of the root, etc),
>>>> but with governments at the helm as opposed to the stakeholder model. 
>>> Oversight of ICANN has been completely distinct from ICANN proper
>>> since the WSIS, the WGIG report and the Tunis Agenda... It is
>>> outrageous to suggest that CIRP proposal aimed to replace ICANN. And
>>> even if there is a hurry to misunderstand and mis-characterise
>>> proposals from developing country (given their under-capacity to
>>> defend them), it is easy to see that the wording on 'oversight' in
>>> the Indiam proposal came from the WGIG report, where the
>>> distinctions between oversight and actual ICANN operations was
>>> clearly made, over much diligent discussions in an entirely
>>> multi-stakeholder fashion.
>>>> Indeed, one element of the proposal would have been to place ICANN
>>>> (and perhaps some of the other technical communities) under the
>>>> control of the new UN governance body. This is very different from
>>>> the OECD soft policy-development process.
>>> Yes, you mean the 'oversight element', which issue has been
>>> discussed in detail above, and to repeat, was removed by subsequent
>>> Indian proposals.
>>> I  am happy to discuss this further, and provide an further
>>> information or clarification that you might require.
>>> And sorry for the long email..... I wanted to remove what has become
>>> a deep rooted confusion, (to the extent I can :) )...
>>> Best regards
>>> parminder
>>>> All the best (and happy 2016 !),
>>>> Tamir
>>>> On 1/28/2016 8:59 AM, parminder wrote:
>>>>> On Thursday 28 January 2016 06:48 PM, Lea Kaspar wrote:
>>>>>> Hi Parminder, the assumption of the contradiction seem like a non
>>>>>> sequitur. Why would interest to engage in a process like the OECD
>>>>>> have to imply a normative endorsement of the status quo? Working
>>>>>> with the system that we've currently got can go hand in hand with
>>>>>> efforts to make the system as a whole better. Not to mention the
>>>>>> value of damage control.
>>>>> Yes Lea, that can be... But does there exist any plan of the
>>>>> engaged civil society to tell the forthcoming OECD Ministerial
>>>>> that the model of Internet policy making that they employ is
>>>>> really a inter-governmental (pluri or multi lateral) one and not
>>>>> multistakeholder one, and as such not really acceptable to civil
>>>>> society, even though we may be working with you per force. And
>>>>> also ask these governments how they brazenly run such a inter-gov
>>>>> policy system when they criticise any similar effort by UN as
>>>>> being distastefully inter-gov and multi-lateral, and say pious
>>>>> things like that Internet is just not the kind of thing to be
>>>>> governed in an inter-gov manner. Are we ready to make such a
>>>>> statement at the Ministrial, while, ok, accepting your logic, not
>>>>> stopping to engage with OECD's policy processes, in a 'damage
>>>>> control' way, as you put it?
>>>>> All these civil society actors and groups were around in 2011 when
>>>>> they shouted down India's Internet policy mechanism proposal which
>>>>> was deliberately shaped exactly on the OECD's model as being
>>>>> inter-gov and multilateral, and thus unthinkably bad, representing
>>>>> the worst things that any human mind could ever come up with...
>>>>> In fact, it is just 2-3 years ago that OECD's Committee on Digital
>>>>> Economy was formed, morphed from the earlier committee on
>>>>> computers, communication and information policy -- this happened
>>>>> much after the civil society's raucous denouncement of India's UN
>>>>> proposal.... Did, at that point when this committee was being
>>>>> formed, civil society tell OECD  that Internet cannot be governed
>>>>> in an inter gov manner, and when they are forming this new
>>>>> committee thy should make it genuinely multistakeholder.... No, no
>>>>> one spoke a word.... I am ready to be told that I am wrong. To
>>>>> repeat, not one word was said, much less a statement made.  it was
>>>>> not that civil society asked for it, and they were refused,
>>>>> whereby I may accept what you are saying... They never uttered a
>>>>> single word.... Such is its pusillanimity in front of the
>>>>> powerful, while the real job of civil society is to challenge the
>>>>> most powerful.
>>>>> And now, in preparation for the forthcoming Ministerial, when in
>>>>> the civil society advisory group to OECD's committee, an odd voice
>>>>> recently spoke about whether OECD's process is multistakeholder
>>>>> enough, the general consensus was, leave that aside, lets focus on
>>>>> substantive issues!!
>>>>> When we are in a discussion about the global policy stage,
>>>>> suddenly no one can even think of any important enough non ICANN-y
>>>>> Internet-related public policy issues at all - we have spent years
>>>>> wondering whether any or enough of such  issues even exist. It is
>>>>> a real joke!.. Just shift the scene, we are at the OECD, and such
>>>>> policy issues roll out like no ones business - work in the
>>>>> Internet age, sharing economy, economics of data, algorithmic
>>>>> economy, policy implications of internet of things, big data and
>>>>> social profiling ........... The list is unending. Civil society
>>>>> itself actively keeps suggesting new policy areas and engaging
>>>>> with them.
>>>>> People like Nick Ashton will actively argue at global forums like
>>>>> this, that no, there is no need to have a separate Internet or
>>>>> digital policies related body, and all such areas can very well be
>>>>> dealt by policy bodies looking at respective impacted domains
>>>>> (work, education, governance, etc) ... But no one tells OECD's
>>>>> Digital Economy Policy Committee that it is superfluous when OECD
>>>>> has about 50 other committees dealing with every possible area,
>>>>> where, by  that logic , specific issues of Internet impact could
>>>>> have been adequately dealt with.
>>>>> Lea, you really see nothing contradictory or amiss here!?
>>>>> parminder
>>>>>> Warm wishes,
>>>>>> Lea
>>>>>> On Thu, Jan 28, 2016 at 1:13 PM, parminder
>>>>>> <parminder at itforchange.net> wrote:
>>>>>>     On Thursday 28 January 2016 06:32 PM, Carlos Afonso wrote:
>>>>>>>     Grande Parm,
>>>>>>>     "Global IG civil society" as a monolithic bloc? Could you elaborate?
>>>>>>     Dear Carlos,
>>>>>>     Nice to hear from you!
>>>>>>     I should  not have generalised. My apologies. But the civil
>>>>>>     society section that engages with OECD's Internet policy
>>>>>>     processes is really a pretty big part of the civil society
>>>>>>     groups dominant in the global IG space. So, my question may
>>>>>>     be taken just as being addressed to this quite big civil
>>>>>>     society section, vis a vis their apparently contradictory
>>>>>>     stand when they are at the OECD (the club of the rich
>>>>>>     countries) vis a vis when they are at the UN (a grouping of
>>>>>>     all countries) .
>>>>>>     best regards, parminder
>>>>>>>     fraternal regards
>>>>>>>     --c.a.
>>>>>>>     On 1/28/16 10:00, parminder wrote:
>>>>>>>>     Thanks Carolina for compiling this information.
>>>>>>>>     As global IG civil society preparesin full enthusiasm to participate in
>>>>>>>>     the OECD ministerial on digital economy policy, I would ask what has
>>>>>>>>     become my pet question...
>>>>>>>>     Why would you not support the same model of Internet policy making if
>>>>>>>>     all governments instead of just the 34 richest ones are involved, if the
>>>>>>>>     stakeholder participation processes remain exactly the same as with this
>>>>>>>>     OECD process? (And that would include your native country, Brazil.)
>>>>>>>>     I cant make it simpler.
>>>>>>>>     Can all this enthusiasm notbe considered a pro rich countries approach?
>>>>>>>>     Not something that behoves global civil society, which is supposed to be
>>>>>>>>     on the side of the weaker and marginalised, groups and people.
>>>>>>>>     parminder
>>>>>>>>     On Thursday 28 January 2016 07:18 AM, Carolina Rossini wrote:
>>>>>>>>>     Hi all.
>>>>>>>>>     Today, we - at PK- have published a couple of short texts about what
>>>>>>>>>     is going on in preparation for the OECD Ministerial Meeting. The
>>>>>>>>>     Ministerial will take place in Cancun in June 2016.
>>>>>>>>>     We've also included information on how to participate. The most
>>>>>>>>>     important step is to become a member of CSISAC, the civil society
>>>>>>>>>     coalition that channels the participation and concerns of CS in the
>>>>>>>>>     OECD.
>>>>>>>>>     Best, Carol
>>>>>>>>>     ·     OECD Sets the Scene for Future Decades of ICT Policy Development
>>>>>>>>>     https://www.publicknowledge.org/news-blog/blogs/oecd-sets-the-scene-for-future-decades-of-ict-policy-development
>>>>>>>>>     ·      Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development
>>>>>>>>>     https://www.publicknowledge.org/organization-for-economic-co-operation-and-development
>>>>>>>>>     ·      OECD Ministerial Meetings
>>>>>>>>>     https://www.publicknowledge.org/oecd-ministerial-meetings
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