I would like to state my interest and commitment to serving another term on the MAG. I was first appointed to the MAG in May 2012, along with Vlada Radunovic, Vernonica Cretu and others. Civil society MAG members have changed very dramatically. Currently, there is only one perrson who has served on the MAG for more than one a half years. I there think it is good that there is some continuity. We need rotation and change, but we also need to keep those people on th MAG who have gained the experience and who have worked hard, and successfully, to influence the 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): My experience in IG dates back to the WSIS2 when civil society first proposed the IGF. I have helped organise regional IGFs in Africa, and participated actively in every global IGF. I believe we need inclusive policy processes, where people's concerns are heard and responded to. My experience includes managing a not-for-profit internet service provider in South Africa, as well as working at global level in my current position with the APC.
Motivation and goals (50 words):
When I first joined the MAG my goal was to build a stronger focus on human rights, and to keep development on the IGF agenda. Now I think the priority is to maintain that focus, but also to ensure that the IGF gains more institutional capacity and improves its internal operations. I truly believe that the IGF is still the best space we have to come together in an open multi-stakeholder dialogue. But the IGF has not fulfilled its mandate. It needs to do more. It needs to influence policy making in a much more assertive manner; it needs to facilitate more inter-institutional dialogue, and it needs to show more leadership in protecting and promoting the internet as a public good.