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Ginger Paque http://www.diplomacy.edu/ig/Community/display.asp?Topic=GingerPague speaks at the IGF Opening Ceremony. She represents the Civil Society Internet Governance Caucus http://www.igcaucus.org/ but stresses the overlapping roles people play and multiple hats they wear. Ginger remains a powerful voice for Civil Society, Capacity Building, Women, LAC and Users Everywhere.

Key points she raised include:

  • The different roles people may find themselves in - Government, Business etc but the recognition that each of us also has a personal relationship to the internet, for instance as parents worried about Online Safety or people fearful about losing their Privacy Online.
  • Importance of Multi-Stakeholderism proposed by the Tunis Agenda 2005.
  • The success of this multi-stakeholderism and how this success demands that the IGF continue with its core structure unchanged
  • Promotion of inclusion spreading the impact of IGF around the world in physical meetings and through remote participation with 33 local hubs registered around the world.
  • The Civil Society Thrust for a User-Centric - People Centric Internet.
  • The importance to continue the IGF Model Openess and Participation that will be the default Global Standard.
  • Civil Society IG Issues including: applying the principles of the basic human rights highlighted in WSIS Declaration of Principles http://www.itu.int/wsis/docs/geneva/official/dop.html to IG; supporting the imperative of developing policies; and need to bring a voice to growing issues affecting us all such as Net Neutrality.
  • Most importantly- Civil Society is not a distinct group but there is Civil Society in each of us.

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