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Dear friends and colleagues,
I wish you all a healthy and happy 2013, full of hope and the energy and inspiration to engage in Internet governance (IG). With the global events of last year, there is no doubt that the follow-up needs serious involvement by all stakeholders to maximise the resources and benefits afforded by a well-governed Internet. Many questions have been raised, few have been answered.
DiploFoundation does not do advocacy work in IG; we work to strengthen informed multistakeholder participation, particularly from underrepresented groups and regions. This year, we again ask you to join us in supporting all stakeholder voices. One way to do this is to be involved in the selection of the Internet Governance Forum Multistakeholder Advisory Group (IGF MAG).
UN Under-Secretary-General Mr Wu Hongbo has called for the submission of names of nominees for the renewed MAG. Full information can be found at http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/component/content/article/121-prepar...
Once again, we ask that you put your capability to use. If so inclined, volunteer to represent your countries and your communities; countries and communities that need more inclusive, multistakeholder global Internet governance. If you cannot serve yourself, please join in this process to encourage appropriate qualified people to step forward. After a short self-nomination period, we will ask this community to vote for candidates, and to vote whether to make a blanket recommendation to support those current MAG members who are eligible to, and willing to, serve again.
Please note: current MAG members who are interested in continuing in the MAG are requested to re-nominate themselves to ensure their inclusion for consideration.
Practically speaking, we want to encourage you to apply for a position on the IGF MAG if it is appropriate for you to do so. The deadline is short (20 January 2013), but we will again accelerate the process through an open call for inclusive governance. Here is the process:
1. Your application
You are asked to submit your own application to the IGF secretariat, including a short biographical background, and the reasons why you think that you can contribute to the MAG, whom you can represent (in terms of communities, ideas, projects), and what you would like to achieve. Self-nomination is important: it indicates willingness and self-confidence; it has great legitimacy; and it is free from pressure, in the true spirit of volunteerism. If you have not already done so, you must submit your nomination by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org using this submission template (also available from the IGF Secretariat’s website).
You are also asked to complete the information at the bottom of this message, and post as a blog post on Diplo’s IG social community at www.diplointernetgovernance.org.
2. Community consensus
All nominations posted on the community blog by midnight on 15 January, will be included in the Diplo poll which will open on January 16, following procedures to be posted soon.
The entire Diplo community is encouraged to participate, to ensure the most complete community consensus possible.. Voting will close at midnight GMT on 19 January.The Diplo community results will be posted on the main blog at www.diplointernetgovernance.org (here) and sent to UN DESA on 20 January.
3. Final Diplo community recommendations (endorsements) will be calculated using the following criteria:
50% - results of poll
10% - experience in IG global policy processes, including efforts such as APC, IGC, Diplo discussions, regional work and other work. Please describe these activities in your post
10% - representation from least developed countries
10% - representation from small island states
10% - representation from countries never before represented on the MAG
10% - gender (to support gender balance and more women on the MAG)
4. Final list of five candidates
We will send a final list of five candidates to the UN DESA, with the Diplo community’s recommendation/endorsement. This is independent of the possible endorsement of previous MAG members.
Important: If you are selected, you will represent your organisation and your country. You will not represent Diplo. Diplo's role is simply to facilitate a more inclusive selection for the MAG.
5. Information to be posted:
Country of residence:
Background and/or experience in IG (50 words):
Motivation and goals (50 words):
Nominees must have experience in previous WSIS/IGF processes, and have sufficient time to dedicate to duties as a MAG member. Several meetings will be held before the IGF 2013 in Bali. Discussions take place by e-mail during the whole year of tenure, and nominees must have time available to attend to this volume of discussions promptly.
If you have any suggestions, feedback, or questions, please post them to www.diplointernetgovernance.org, or e-mail me at email@example.com.
Good luck to all!
Ginger (Virginia) Paque