[NCUC-DISCUSS] NCUC involvement ICANN /Internet Governance Initiatives (1): 1Net

William Drake wjdrake at gmail.com
Tue Jan 7 18:09:11 CET 2014


As you may know, since the Bali IGF in October and the ICANN meeting in Buenos Aires in November,  there has been an enormous flurry of debate and activity around ICANN's role in global Internet governance processes, occasioned in particular by Fadi's various initiatives.   These are all working on very tight and hysteria-producing time frames and revealing various cross-cutting fissures in the ICANN community.  Broadly speaking, we can say that at present, NCUC/NCSG and At Large/ALAC have been the main supporters of the main lines of these initiatives, e.g. building on the I* organizations Montevideo Declaration calling inter alia for globalization of the USG roles and ICANN http://www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-07oct13-en.htm, while much of the various business grouping within ICANN remain reluctant or even opposed.   Hopefully through continuing dialogue etc. some minds will change and we can at a minimum get broad agreement on positions supporting 1) the multistakeholder model vs. various Intergovernmental gambits (e.g. three’s much concern about the ITU’s Plenipotentiary Conference in the Autumn); 2) a potential multistakeholder declaration of global IG principles; and 3) structured and forward moving discussion of globalization.  But we’ll see.

A few minutes ago I forwarded an invite to a webinar on the fourth of Fadi's strategy panels.  Below and in subsequent messages I’ll mention other initiatives in which some NCUC members are currently involved, and in which one would think other members and indeed the constituency as a whole might want to engage.  (And obviously, those of you who are already tuned into all this, feel free to delete.)

/1Net   www.1net.org

This is a new platform initiated by the technical community in Bali to foster multistakeholder dialogue between itself and business, civil society, and academia.  The near-term goal is to feed into the upcoming conference in Brazil (see next message)—both positions and people to populate the conference committees.  The longer-term goal is to sustain ongoing MS dialogue, coordination and collaboration geared toward preserving multistakeholderism in the face of intergovernmental challenges etc.  

1Net has appointed a Steering Committee (which may be relabeled a Coordination Comm, we’ll see).  Consultations, some of them painful, have been underway within the respective stakeholder groups to select reps to the SC, and yesterday its list went live with the following representatives, which includes multiple NCUC members (in bold)

> On Jan 6, 2014, at 1:59 PM, Adiel Akplogan <adiel at afrinic.net> wrote:
>> So far we have the following people representing Business, Civil Society and Academia on the list:
>> -----< Business >------
>> Aparna Sridhar 
>> David Fares 
>> Marilyn Cade 
>> Sarah Wynn-Williams
>> Paul Mitchell
>> ------< Civil Society >-------
>> Anja Kovacs 
>> Anriette Esterhuysen 
>> Vladimir Radunovik 
>> Rafik Dammak 
>> Joana Varon 
>> ------< Academia >-------
>> Angela Daly 
>> Ramesh Subramanian 
>> Stefania Milan 
>> William Drake 
>> Boubakar Barry 
>> The technical community is still in the process of selecting its representatives and we are expecting them to join us during the second part of January (as per their process timeline).


Anyone can join the 1net discuss mailing list, which now has over 600 people and is generating massive amounts of mail, some of it quite interesting, some of it eminently skippable (filters are your friend).  It would be great to see more NCUC members involved in the conversation, and 1net more generally as it takes shape in the months ahead….. http://1net-mail.1net.org/mailman/listinfo/discuss



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