[IRPCoalition] Self-nomination to the IRPC SC

Michael J. Oghia mike.oghia at gmail.com
Mon Jan 24 17:38:44 EET 2022

Dear all,

It's always wonderful to see multiple great candidates come forward, and I
sincerely thank Dennis for nominating himself. Like with Meri, I've worked
closely with him as well, and fully support/endorse him (and gladly second
his nomination). I'm grateful that, no matter the outcome, we'll have an
even better Steering Committee!


On Mon, Jan 24, 2022 at 3:55 PM Dennis Redeker <dennisredeker at gmail.com>

> Dear IRPC members,
> I hope you all had a great start to 2022! Like Meri, I toss my hat into
> the ring for the vacant steering committee position of our Coalition.
> I am a political scientist (postdoc) at the University of Bremen, Germany.
> My research and teaching takes place at the newly created Platform
> Governance Lab at the Centre for Media, Communication and Information
> Research (ZeMKI). A member of the IRPC since 2017, I now hope to contribute
> to the coalition‘s work on a different level. What brought me to the IRPC
> in the first place was a commitment to upholding human rights and my
> research interest in the Charter. My PhD dissertation focused on the
> internal organization and external advocacy of transnational Internet
> rights networks - I interviewed a number of experienced IRPC members to
> better understand how documents like the Charter can be used to realize
> human rights online. Resulting papers (including on the IRPC) are to be
> published later this year.
> Internet governance is both an academic and a practical passion of mine.
> Since 2017, I have attended all global IGFs, several EuroDIG meetings, a
> YouthDIG, and several national IGFs (Germany, USA). I co-organized IGF
> workshops in 2018 and 2021 (Paris/Katowice), and attended other convenings
> in the field, such as RightsCon (since 2018). I am also a member of GigaNET
> - a network of IG scholars. In 2019, I co-founded the Digital
> Constitutionalism Network (DCN), an interdisciplinary network of IG
> scholars interested in human rights & the Internet, and dedicated to
> outreach beyond the ivory tower. The DCN focusses on Internet rights
> charters and declarations and has thus far collected more than 200 such
> documents (the Charter being one of the most prominent examples), see
> digitalconstitutionalism.org/database. As a DCN member, I co-organized
> panels at conferences and summer schools in which IRPC members presented
> the Charter and the work of the coalition.
> At the University of Bremen, my teaching portfolio includes classes such
> as „Global Internet Governance“, „Global Governance of Digital Tech“,
> „Actors and Institutions in Internet Governance“, and (most fittingly)
> „Human Rights in the Digital Age“. In addition, I have been working on
> topics such as digital skills in small island states (consulting for the
> ITU) and researched various questions related to the Internet and human
> rights (e.g, as a visiting researcher at New York University and Harvard‘s
> Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, and a fellow at the
> Bochum-based Center for Advanced Internet Studies).
> So much for the bio. Here are my plans for a steering committee term
> 2022-2024:
>    - *Support IRPC sessions at IGF and beyond*: I want to focus my work
>    on bringing the Charter to even more fora and communities, while defending
>    (and contributing to) the Coalition‘s strong position within the IGF
>    ecosystem. Specifically, I plan to initiate or support IRPC contributions
>    to EuroDIG, and to support IRPC session submissions and organization for
>    the IGF meetings in Ethiopia and Japan. In addition, I would support the
>    role of IRCP in co-hosting of Internet human rights events in between
>    larger IG meetings (but thematically focussed on the coalition's IGF
>    session topics and priorities).
>    - *Sustainability and human rights in IG*: I want to expand on the
>    IRPC‘s strong role in championing environmental sustainability at the IGF.
>    I would follow and contribute to the work of the Policy Network on
>    Environment (PNE) and other relevant fora/groups. Article 4b of the Charter
>    is more timely than ever.
>    - *Translation of the Charter into Japanese*: With the 2023 IGF taking
>    place in Japan, a focus of my work would be to get the Charter translated
>    into Japanese in time. I would fundraise for this goal specifically and
>    coordinate the translation process.
>    - *More (stakeholder) diversity*: I would prioritize greater
>    stakeholder diversity among active membership and in the official positions
>    of the Coalition. The private sector, the technical community, and public
>    institutions are important partners, who are pivotal in realizing the
>    rights and principles outlined in the Charter. I would like to combine
>    these efforts with fundraising for Charter translation projects (see above)
>    and I would also aim at sub-national public stakeholders, e.g. building on
>    the effective work of the IRPC in engaging cities through the partnership
>    with the Cities Coalition for Digital Rights.
> I hope to be able to convince you that I would be a suitable member of our
> Coalition's steering committee. It would be an honor to serve you in the
> SC.
> Thank you for taking the time to read this candidate statement.
> Best wishes,
> Dennis Redeker
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