[IRPCoalition] IRPC Steering Committee and Co-Chair Elections 2020 - Marianne F statement

Marianne Franklin m.i.franklin at gold.ac.uk
Thu Jan 14 13:35:47 EET 2021

Dear all,

Thank you Robert for nominating me as SC member of the IRPC for another
term, and for those who have seconded this nomination. I am happy to
stand one more time as the work of the IRPC in Internet Governance
spaces - part of its commitment to promoting and disseminating the
Charter of Human Rights and Principles for the Internet - remain vibrant
and formative contributions to this domain.

As I have been around for a while now, will keep my statement brief and
also because Robert summarized below the main points of my time with the
IRPC as former co-Chair and SC member. For those who are new to the
list, I am one of those who was there at the outset and I have been
privileged to be able to first observe, and then contribute to the
coalition's establishment and its development of the Charter.

My main objectives for this next term if elected by our community would be

- to continue supporting the ongoing (co)Chair, Minda Moreira and
incoming SC in projects and agenda-setting that the IRPC has played a
key role in moving forward or indeed introducing to the IG agenda;
Greening the Internet; refugee rights online; the right to Development
and the Environment as these both pertain to other fundamental rights
and freedoms in the online environment. All these topics are articulated
in the Charter itself and we have come some way in 'drilling down'
deeper into applying these rights and principles in real-life
consultations about internet design, terms of access and use, and

- this support I will offer in terms of my role as an IRPC
representative in the coalition's Observer role at the Council of Europe
CDMSI and as coordinator of the Charter Booklet Project

- The latter I will continue to promote and facilitate as more
translations, based in the work of communities in these language areas,
are completed and then published in the IRPC Booklet format; the Italian
edition alongside the Georgian edition are two of the latest to reach
their final stages. I have learned much from working with all language
editions since we embarked on this project back in 2014.

- I will also continue to support initiatives at IG meetings such as the
annual UN-hosted IGF meeting, the EuroDIG meetings, UK IGF and others.
Minda's untiring and inspiring leadership in her terms as coalition
(co)Chair has been very encouraging as this year we have a range of new
SC candidates from all around the world ready to step up and move the
work forward.

- I will also continue to bring this work into university curricula, and
related research communities as the Charter and like-minded frameworks
across all sectors become a focus for policy analysis, best practice
examples, and topics for debate.

Our human rights online - and offline - continue to be worth fighting
for. They remain fragile, open to corrosion and attack by forces looking
to claim that as the world becomes increasingly digitalized and
internet-dependent such human rights are 'obvious' or 'self-explanatory'
when we go online (which is increasingly the norm). This assumption was
not taken as read back in 2010 when the IRPC first formed and the first
ideas and draft for the Charter began - on this list. The IRPC SC is
charged with representing our maturing coalition in the IG domain and
also promoting and developing the Charter which, from its earliest
drafts and in the form it has today, underscores how much has been
achieved yet also how much still needs to be done.

It would be a privilege to serve on this incoming SC, support Minda,
deepen the application of the Charter in practice, and continue to
support the Dynamic Coalitions as key constituencies of the IGF itself.

Thank you


On 09/01/2021 04:14, Bodle, Robert [School of Arts & Humanities] wrote:
> Dear all,
> I would enthusiastically like to nominate Marianne Franklin for
> Steering Committee Member for 2021-23, and request seconders.
> I’d like to take a brief moment to recognize Marianne for her past
> leadership of IRP SC for over a decade: organizing IGF workshops,
> raising the profile of IRPC within IGF Ministerial Meetings,
> spearheading drafting of the Charter of Human Rights and Principles
> for the Internet, coordinating and publishing the multiple
> translations and iterations, championing the Charter in many official
> venues and chambers, drafting recommendations as an Observer for the
> Steering Committee on Media and Information –Council of Europe,
> actively capacity building for our Dynamic Coalition, coordinating
> among other DCs to help lift up all Dynamic Coalitions to support
> Human Rights for all.
> I hope Marianne can serve as SC Member once again, in support of our
> chair, Minda, for the upcoming year or so, in order provide
> continuity, and continued expertise, dedication, heart, and soul.
> I wish you all solidarity and health in these uncertain times.
> Sincerely,
> Robert Bodle
> Former IRPC Co-Chair (2013–2015), Academic, USA
> Robert Bodle, Ph.D.
> rofessor
> Communication and New Media Studies
> Mount St. Joseph University
> Cincinnati, OH 45233-1670
> (513) 244-4829
> https://msj.academia.edu/RobertBodle
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> *From:* IRP <irp-bounces at lists.internetrightsandprinciples.org> on
> behalf of Michael J. Oghia <mike.oghia at gmail.com>
> *Sent:* Friday, January 8, 2021 7:20 AM
> *To:* Deirdre Williams
> *Cc:* IRPCoalition; IRP
> *Subject:* Re: [IRPCoalition] IRPC Steering Committee and Co-Chair
> Elections 2020
> Thank you so much June, and to you too Deirdre for seconding. Duly noted!
> Best,
> -Michael
> On Fri, Jan 8, 2021 at 12:57 PM Deirdre Williams
> <williams.deirdre at gmail.com <mailto:williams.deirdre at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     I will be very happy to second you June.
>     Deirdre
>     On Fri, 8 Jan 2021 at 07:03, June Parris <parrisjune51 at gmail.com
>     <mailto:parrisjune51 at gmail.com>> wrote:
>         Dear All,
>         Sorry for the late intervention. If I am not too late, I would
>         like to nominate myself to stand again on the IRPC sub
>         committee , will need a seconded.
>         Regards
>         June Parris
>         On Tue, 15 Dec 2020 at 06:27, <info at irpcharter.org
>         <mailto:info at irpcharter.org>> wrote:
>             This email is an announcement regarding the upcoming
>             Internet Rights and Principles Coalition (IRPC) Elections. 
>             *Timeline*
>             *Nominations*: 15 - 29 December 2020
>             *Elections*: 30 December 2020 - 13 January 2021
>             For 2021-23 we have positions for *one incoming co-chair*
>             and *five steering committee members*. 
>             Below you will find the nomination and election procedure,
>             which includes ideal criteria (roles and responsibilities,
>             areas of interest and expertise) for each position. 
>             (Self) nominations for any of these positions are open
>             until 29 December 2020. All (self-) nominations require a
>             seconder and a brief statement of intent. 
>             *The voting will be open from 30 December 2020 – 13
>             January 2021. *
>             *Procedure and Guidelines for Nominees: *
>               * Invite (self) nominations for Co-Chairs and Steering
>                 Committee Members. Each candidate provides a short
>                 profile statement to include a short bio as pertains
>                 to their intended role in the Coalition, as well as a
>                 short statement of how they will work towards the
>                 Coalition’s continued success and development. 
>               * Set up a survey monkey and hold elections – or a poll
>                 to endorse current and incoming officers if
>                 nominations not contested - for incoming Co-Chair and
>                 Steering Committee Member/s.  
>               * Both Co-Chairs and Steering Committee Members to be
>                 (self)-nominated, a seconder is required.
>               * Ongoing Steering Committee members including
>                 Co-Chairs, cannot nominate or second.
>               * IRPC Co-Chairs serve for two years.   
>               * Steering Committee Members (total of 9) are elected
>                 for two years with a nominal maximum of two terms (4
>                 years). After two terms, an SC member either steps
>                 down or stands for a renewed two-year term.
>                 This criterion applies to the outgoing Co-Chair
>                 position-holder on completion of the succeeding
>                 two-year term.  
>               * Steering Committee Members and Co-Chair positions are
>                 elected independently. 
>               * The IRPC aims to represent stakeholders of diverse and
>                 historically underrepresented backgrounds, as well as
>                 seeks gender and geographical balance.
>             *Qualifications: *
>             *_Co-Chair _*
>               * Experience with the IGF and/or related internet
>                 governance consultations and meetings and the IRP
>                 Coalition for at least one year. 
>               * Can demonstrate an understanding and commitment to the
>                 IRP Coalition’s Aims
>                 (see: http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/dynamiccoalitions/72-ibr
>                 <https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.intgovforum.org%2Fcms%2Fdynamiccoalitions%2F72-ibr&data=04%7C01%7Cm.i.franklin%40gold.ac.uk%7C5d07ecc92bb043f50d2908d8b3e8ceaf%7C0d431f3f20c1461c958a46b29d4e021b%7C0%7C0%7C637457159789075730%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=%2Bru4kUUCzt2ukLWFzA86rl1XtGqYLP7VzgeRWT1fmdE%3D&reserved=0>)
>               * Preferably, demonstrate knowledge of the procedures of
>                 the Internet Governance Forum
>               * Knowledge of the IRPC’s work and output since 2008 and
>                 provide insights into how they envisage taking the IRP
>                 Charter forward based on achievements to date. 
>               * Can provide a vision for how the IRP Coalition can
>                 contribute to the future of the IGF and advance the
>                 IRPC Charter work within the IGF and beyond. 
>               * Able to consolidate ongoing collaborations with
>                 partners from all sectors and forge new ones. 
>             *_Steering Committee Member _*
>               * Experience with the IRPC for at least one year. 
>               * Demonstrate experience and knowledge of IG related
>                 themes, human rights and IG Principles in particular. 
>               * Adherence to the Coalition’s Aims
>                 (see: http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/dynamiccoalitions/72-ibr
>                 <https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.intgovforum.org%2Fcms%2Fdynamiccoalitions%2F72-ibr&data=04%7C01%7Cm.i.franklin%40gold.ac.uk%7C5d07ecc92bb043f50d2908d8b3e8ceaf%7C0d431f3f20c1461c958a46b29d4e021b%7C0%7C0%7C637457159789085729%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=YM2CVjYCUejcro3aIRqZmbIMffJExkuPcR4hahMFd0M%3D&reserved=0>)
>               * Preferably, some knowledge and understanding of the
>                 procedures of the Internet Governance Forum.
>               * Demonstrate a commitment to the aims and objectives of
>                 the IRPC Charter of Human Rights and Principles of the
>                 Internet
>               * Indicate what roles and responsibilities they can
>                 carry as an SC member
>               * Able and willing to respond to SC emails and meeting
>                 calls in a reasonable time. 
>             *_Timeline and polling: _*
>               * Nominations for new officers will be open for two
>                 weeks starting today, 15 December
>               * Elections will be open for two weeks starting 30
>                 December.
>             IRPC list members will (i) vote or endorse (if
>             uncontested) nominees using an anonymized online polling tool.
>             In case you have any questions, please don't hesitate to
>             reach out.
>             Warm regards,
>             -Michael J. Oghia
>             IRPC Steering Committee Member (2020-2022) & election officer
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Marianne Franklin (PhD)
Professor of Global Media and Politics
Convener: Global Media & Transnational Communications MA Program
Goldsmiths University of London
Department of Media, Communications, and Cultural Studies
New Cross, London SE14 6NW
Tel: +44 207 9197072
Email: <m.i.franklin at gold.ac.uk>
Twitter: @GloComm
Staff Webpage: https://www.gold.ac.uk/media-communications/staff/franklin/

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