[At-Large] Fwd: [ISOC] The Future of the Internet Governance Forum

Evan Leibovitch evan at telly.org
Fri Dec 10 16:50:27 UTC 2010

On 10 December 2010 07:11, Joly MacFie <joly at punkcast.com> wrote:

> FYI - this went out to Internet Society Chapters today. Something At-Large
> should be concerned about too, perhaps?

Concerned, sure. But I'm not sure if ICANN or ICANN At-Large has more of a
role than as an interested observer.

New At-Large initiatives within ICANN -- such as assertions of
'constitutional' rights of registrants and end-users -- will certainly
benefit from outside work on such issues that has already gone on.

In that regard we have a direct interest in interaction with bodies involved
in Internet governance. And we have an interest that those bodies that we
deal with themselves share similar public-interest goals to our own. I do
have a concern, though, in the potential mission creep were At-Large to get
involved, even indirectly, in IGF politics.

We by all means should pass the information along, and individuals are
welcome to offer support in various ways, but I'm cautious of doing much
beyond that.

- Evan

> j
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Jon McNerney <mcnerney at isoc.org>
> Date: Fri, Dec 10, 2010 at 6:22 AM
> Dear Colleagues,
> In an extraordinary meeting on 6 December the United Nation's Commission on
> Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) decided to create a Working
> Group on Improvements to the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) (
> http://www.intgovforum.org/) with a membership made up only of
> governments.
> We believe this decision sets back the model of multistakeholder
> cooperation
> under which the IGF was established, and contradicts the instructions given
> to the CSTD for the establishment of the Working Group
> The Internet Society has joined the International Chamber of Commerce -
> Business Action to Support the Information Society, the Internet Governance
> Caucus, and many other Internet, business, and civil society organizations
> in sending a letter to the CSTD, asking them to retract their previous
> decision and to establish an appropriately constituted Working Group that
> ensures the full and active participation of governments, the private
> sector
> and civil society from both developing and developed countries, involving
> relevant intergovernmental and international organizations and forums.
> Like the Internet, a multistakeholder approach has been at the core of the
> Internet Governance Forum's formation and success. We hope that Internet
> Society Chapters and Members, as well as other organizations, will join us
> in signing the letter.
> You may read the full letter, and see the growing list of signatories, and
> indicated your own support here:
> http://isoc.org/wp/newsletter/?p=2710
> Sincerely,
> Jon McNerney
> Chief Operating Officer
> Internet Society
> www.isoc.org
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