[bestbits] Fw: Civil Society MAG 2016 endorsements and recommendations

Nadira Alaraj nadira.araj at gmail.com
Thu Feb 4 17:04:15 EST 2016


Thanks Wisdom, Arsène and Renata,
Wishing you all success in your endeavors.
*Nadira*

On Tue, Feb 2, 2016 at 10:33 AM, Wisdom Donkor <wisdom.dk at gmail.com> wrote:

> Congratulations and good luck to us all short listed.
>
>
> On Monday, February 1, 2016, Nadira Alaraj <nadira.araj at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Dear Best Bits members,
> >
> > I'm pleased to pass to you below the nominations and recommendations of
> the CSCG nominating committee with regards to the civil society
> representation on MAG 2016.
> >
> > The CSCG Nomcom is co-chaired by Ginger (Virginia) Paque and Ian Peter,
> > and the team composed of
> > Nadira Alaraj (Best Bits),
> > Analia Aspis (Internet Governance Caucus),
> > Robin Gross (Non Commercial Stakeholders Group, ICANN),
> > Chat Garcia Ramilo (Association for Progressive Communications), and
> > Parminder Jeet Singh (Just Net Coalition).
> >
> > Hoping the CSCG nomcom recommendations would be considered for the
> enhancement of selection for the civil society representations on MAG.
> >
> > Best wishes,
> > Nadira Alaraj
> >
> >
> > ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> > From: Ian Peter <ian.peter at ianpeter.com>
> > Date: Mon, Feb 1, 2016 at 10:14 AM
> > Subject: [cs-coord] Fw: Civil Society MAG 2016 endorsements and
> recommendations
> > To: CSCG NomCom for 2016 MAG appointments <nomcom05 at internetgov-cs.org>,
> cs-coord at internetgov-cs.org
> >
> >
> > (text below is also attached in document form)
> >
> >
> >
> > Dear Chengetai, IGF Secretariat, and MAG selection committee(s),
> >
> >
> >
> > First, we wish to thank you for your past co-operation with us in aiming
> to ensure the best possible representation for civil society in the IGF
> Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG). We were pleased that you were able
> to accept all but one of our suggested nominations last year, and also our
> suggestions for speakers at IGF. We look forward to further strengthening
> this collaboration, in line with various recommendations calling for
> greater legitimacy, transparency and stakeholder involvement in such
> processes
> >
> >
> >
> > The Civil Society Coordination Group (CSCG) exists solely to ensure a
> co-ordinated civil society response and conduit when it comes to making
> civil society appointments to outside bodies. It comprises representatives
> of the coalition members of the Best Bits, Association for Progressive
> Communications, Internet Governance Caucus, Just Net Coalition, and the
> Non-Commercial Stakeholders Group of ICANN. Together the reach of these
> groups extends to many hundreds of non-governmental organisations, as well
> as a great number of individuals. In addition, the CSCG receives
> recommendations of non-affiliated individuals and groups who chose to voice
> their endorsements through the CSCG mechanism. The CSCG represents the five
> largest groupings of civil society organisations addressing Internet
> governance issues. We also work in collaboration with other initiatives in
> the UN, but also outside of it (such as the Netmundial Conference in Brazil
> in 2014 and the subsequent Netmundial Initiative).
> >
> >
> >
> > We are pleased to forward the following civil society endorsements for
> candidates for the 2016 MAG renewal.
> >
> >
> >
> > The Nomcom considered 16 names submitted via our networks, which are
> attached as Appendix 1. For the record, we also asked to be privy to any
> other civil society nominations forwarded to you from other sources, and,
> for full transparency, all civil society stakeholder group applications,
> which we ideally should have considered fully and without discrimination,
> but we were told this was not possible.  However if there are other names
> you are considering, we offer our services to give you confidential
> assessment of any such candidates.
> >
> >
> >
> > In completing our task, we note that three candidates designated by you
> as civil society representatives have terms ending this year; two from LAC
> region and one from Asia. (Fatima Cambronero, Desiree Zachariah, and Subi
> Chaturvedi)
> >
> >
> >
> > In considering replacements, we have looked at a number of
> considerations, the most important of which at this particular time, are:
> >
> >
> >
> > First, to restore the balance of LAC region representation, to replace
> retiring civil society members, we recommend:
> >
> >
> >
> > Julian Casasbuenas. Julian is a member of the Association for
> Progressive Communications (APC), and has been attending IGF since 2006.
> He was involved in the organization of LAC regional IGF meetings and
> participated actively as a reporter and speaker in these events. In 2012
> his organization, Colnodo, was co-organizer with .CO Internet of the Fifth
> IGF LAC meeting that was held in Bogotá Colombia.
> >
> > Renata Aquino Ribeiro. Renata is currently a professor in the IT Campus
> at Quixadá City in Federal University of Ceará, Brazil. In 2014, she was a
> researcher in social development, technology and education at Business and
> Economics Faculty (FEAAC) at Federal University of Ceará (UFC). For the
> last decade, she has followed the Internet governance debates such as
> regional IGFs and ICANN53 participation as a fellow, Brazilian Internet
> School of Governance 2014 fellow, South School of Internet Governance 2015
> fellow, LACRALO ALS Nexti participant, and NCUC participant in ICANN.
> >
> >
> >
> > Our second and third major considerations are to increase voices
> speaking for the geo-political global south, and to add to the level of
> experience in internet governance matters of civil society participation.
> We believe this can be done with one specific candidate. i.e.:
> >
> >
> >
> > 3. Norbert Bollow. Norbert has a background in mathematics, physics and
> IT, and he also has many years of experience in civil society activism on a
> wide range of information society topics including advocacy for human
> rights and Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). He has participated in the
> consultations that preceded the first IGF and he has since then
> participated in many IGFs, including several times as a workshop organizer.
> He has been a co-coordinator of Civil Society Internet Governance Caucus.
> Norbert is currently a co-convenor of the Just Net Coalition
> http://justnetcoalition.org/jnc-members, an international civil society
> coalition of 35 organisations and networks, most of them South based, with
> a focus on demands that the Internet must advance human rights and social
> justice, and that Internet governance must be truly democratic.
> >
> >
> >
> > Our fourth consideration is to gain representation from the MENA region,
> which currently has no civil society representation; and at the same time
> to strengthen our African presence. To this end we endorse:
> >
> >
> >
> > 4. Rasha Abdulla.  Dr. Rasha A. Abdulla is Associate Professor (tenured)
> and Past Chair of Journalism and Mass Communication at the American
> University in Cairo. She has a Ph.D. in Communication (December 2003) from
> the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. She is the proud
> recipient of several teaching and research awards. Her current research
> interests focus on the Internet as a medium. Her doctoral dissertation was
> the first large scale academic study of the uses and gratifications of the
> Internet among Arab students in Egypt...
> >
> >
> >
> > Thank you for your consideration of these candidates. Please note that,
> in addition to addressing matters of geographical and gender balance, civil
> society, like other stakeholders, needs to consider geopolitical balance
> and the need to ensure that all stakeholder voices are represented. What
> might appear to be simple changes to the representation we suggest can be
> quite problematic for us, and result in either imbalance in representation
> or in inappropriate candidates being selected. To avoid these problems
> which have occurred in the past, we do suggest that, should you be looking
> at appointing anyone as a civil society representative not on our list of
> endorsements, you discuss this in confidence with our coordinators. In
> addition to any names you might have received individually, we recognise
> that there are a number of excellent candidates from distinct geographic
> regions who applied to be nominated through CSCG who we were unable to
> include in our limited number of endorsements above, that might come into
> consideration in such discussions.
> >
> >
> >
> > Given the investment in the important process of (perceived) legitimacy,
> balance, transparency and consensus, we feel strongly that selections
> should be done with our collaboration. This enhanced co-operation and
> consultation can assist to ensure the best possible civil society
> representation, a goal we all share. This also addresses the recommendation
> of the Working Group on Improvements to the IGF, later endorsed by UN
> General Assembly, seeking ‘self-management’ of stakeholder representative
> process by respective stakeholder groups.  We are open for further
> discussion on this point and other relevant recommendations of the
> mentioned Working Group.
> >
> >
> >
> > Finally, we do think that, in the light of recommendations in the
> mentioned CSTD WG and in Netmundial, calling for greater legitimacy,
> transparency and stakeholder involvement in such processes, it would be
> appropriate in coming months to review the IGF MAG selection processes, to
> align them more with emerging best practice in ensuring stakeholder
> representation and also overall transparency. We offer our services to work
> with you and other stakeholder representative organisations towards this
> objective, which we consider imperative to have in place for the 2017 MAG
> selection process.
> >
> >
> >
> > Sincerely,
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > Virginia Paque and Ian Peter
> >
> > Non-voting Co Chairs CSCG
> >
> >
> >
> > Nomcom members: Nadira Alaraj (Best Bits), Analia Aspis (Internet
> Governance Caucus), Robin Gross (Non Commercial Stakeholders Group, ICANN),
> Chat Garcia Ramilo (Association for Progressive Communications), Parminder
> Jeet Singh (Just Net Coalition)
> >
> > The role of CSCG is to ensure a co-ordinated civil society response and
> conduit when it comes to making civil society appointments to outside
> bodies. Our procedures can be viewed at
> http://www.internetgov-cs.org/procedures
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > APPENDIX ONE
> >
> > CANDIDATES EVALUATED BY CSCG NOMCOM
> >
> >
> >
> > Julian Casasbuenas (LAC)*
> >
> > Renata Aquino Ribeiro (LAC)*
> >
> > Norbert Bollow (WEOG)*
> >
> > Rasha Abdulla (Africa)*
> >
> > Renata Avila (LAC)
> >
> > Wisdom Kwasi Donkor (Africa)
> >
> > Isaque Manteiga Joaquim (Africa)
> >
> > Olevie Kouami (Africa)
> >
> > Glenn McKnight (WEOG)
> >
> > Jeremy Malcolm (WEOG)
> >
> > Joseph Marc Antoine Ridore (Africa)
> >
> > Grigori Saghyan (WEOG)
> >
> > Salanieta Tamanikaiwaimaro (Asia-Pacific)
> >
> > AbdulRasheed Tamton (Africa)
> >
> > Arsene Tungali (Africa)
> >
> > Deidre Williams (LAC)
> >
> >
> >
> > _______________________________________________
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> > CS-coord at internetgov-cs.org
> > http://internetgov-cs.org/mailman/listinfo/cs-coord
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > --
> >
> >
>
> --
> WISDOM DONKOR (S/N Eng.)
> ICANN Fellow / ISOC Member
> Web/OGPL Portal Specialist
> National Information Technology Agency (NITA)
> Ghana Open Data Initiative (GODI)
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