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It has been pointed out me that in the circumstances that I have submitted a nomination to be considered as a member of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) to the United Nations Secretary General on the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) for 2016, people may very well be looking for more up to date information about me and what I am doing. So here it is.

I live in the small island state of Saint Lucia, which has been my home since 1972. I have become familiar over the last 44 years with the problems and challenges as well as the benefits and joys of living in a small and somewhat remote community. (By some reckonings Saint Lucia is in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean). I have always been interested in gathering and sharing information, and not only information about Internet Governance (IG), although IG now embraces a very broad spread of issues and topics. Things that change the world change Saint Lucia too, and your island, or the place where you live. In an environment considered globally, small places and “ordinary people” often have their voices drowned out and forgotten. Coming from a small place, and as a very ordinary person, I’m hoping that this nomination will be successful so that I can gain a hearing and provide a reminder to those people charged with making the decisions about what our issues and perspectives are.

I have copied below the statement that went with my nomination:

I have been involved with Internet Governance (IG) since 2008 and have been working to strengthen the links that bring Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) together since the early 1990s. I have attended every IGF meeting since Hyderabad in 2008 (Nairobi 2011 virtually), and also all of the regional - Latin America and Caribbean Preparatory Meeting for the IGF (LACIGF), and sub-regional – Caribbean IGF, since 2009. My attendance at these meetings was due to a broad range of funders to all of whom I am very grateful. I also attend MAG meetings, virtually or in situ, whenever possible.

  • I have worked, and am working, particularly with the Dynamic Coalition for Access and Disability (DCAD) and with the MAG Remote Participation Working Group. I have contributed to the work of the Dynamic Coalition on Internet Rights and Principles and Dynamic Coalition on Public Access in Libraries
  • I follow discussions in online IG discussion lists. I try to be aware of those issues that unite civil society, as well as of those issues about which there are strongly divergent opinions
  • For the last two years I have been one of the Co-coordinators of the IGC.
  • In 2014 I had the honour to be selected as the speaker from civil society at the opening ceremony of the IGF in Istanbul.
  • I was invited to be part of the pilot Stanford Deliberative Poll organised for this year’s IGF
  • I have good relationships across the group that identifies itself as civil society and also with those belonging to other constituencies.
  • My own priorities are in involving ordinary end users in the IG process by finding ways round barriers. This brings with it a strong interest in the facilitation and improvement of remote participation.

 

 

 

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