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Thanks to Diplo for providing this platform. As I only joined the MAG in mid-2012 I would like to continue for another
year. Some current MAG members have already started working on suggestions making the MAG a more
efficient, inclusive and accountable body and I would like to be part of this process.
Full name: Anriette Esterhuysen
Nationality: South African
Country of residence: South Africa
Organisation: Association for Progressive Communications
Stakeholder group: Civil society
Background and/or experience in IG (50 words):
Active in WSIS, global IGFs, Human Rights Council, CSTD and the OECD and in national spaces. Part of the
organising teams of the Southern African (2011) and African (2012) IGFs. I was a member of the CSTD Working
Group on IGF Improvements from 2011-12. I try to follow CS internet governance caucus list but cannot always keep
Motivation and goals (50 words):
Being new on the MAG I feel my work has only just started. My goals:
(1) A MAG that works as a team made up not of rigid constituency groups that stand for fixed positions but of
individuals who listen to the IGF community, take seriously what they hear, and then ensures that these ideas and
issues are reflected in the annual event.
(2) A more inclusive and influential IGF. There is middle-ground between 'outcomes' (which I think are good) and
'negotiating policy' (which I agree is not the role of the IGF).
(3) A MAG and an IGF in which multistakeholder participation goes hand in hand with critical thinking, respect and
acknowledgement of the differences among stakeholders/individuals, and different regions of the world, along with
space for vigorous debate.
(4) An IGF which evolves, provides opportunity for learning, and where new faces and voices broadens debates while
continuity provides opportunity for deepening of debate on issues that resurface year after year, such as 'enhanced
cooperation', 'human rights', and 'development'.
My approach to IG is holistic and based on the notion that the internet is becoming a global public good. It is hard to
separate internet issues from, for example, regulation of the telecoms sector, protection of freedom of speech, or
ensuring an open and competitive ICT sector that makes it easy for anyone to innovate and participate in internet
development. I use free and open source software and believe that open standards should be at the centre of internet
governance and development.