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Call for nominations, planning committees for IG meeting in Brazil April 23 and 24

This is a call for nominations to represent civil society on planning committees in preparations for the “Global Multistakeholder Meeting on Internet Governance”, to be held in Sao Paulo Brazil on April 23 and 24 2014. It is important that CS take an active role in planning for this meeting. We need informed, energetic people who will report back to us, and help us understand the process, as well as give substantial input to the planning process.


• Committee No. 1:  Multistakeholder High­Level Committee (HLC)


This committee will set the high ­level political tone and objectives of the

conference.  Committee members will engage on a global level with stakeholders to

encourage participation in the conference and maximize its chances of success.


This committee will include 4 civil society representatives.


• Committee No. 3:  Multistakeholder Executive Committee (EC)


This committee owns the full responsibility of organizing the event, including: defining

conference purpose/agenda, managing invitations, organizing input received into a coherent set of proposals for the conferees to address, managing conference proceedings and process, and directing all communications activities pre/­during/­post conference. This committee will include 2 civil society representatives


The deadline for submitting expressions of interest is midnight UTC 6 January 2014.


If you are interested, you are invited to send a brief biography and a statement of relevant background and experience to virginiap@diplomacy.edu (Ginger) or by replying to this thread. At the closing date for nominations, those submitted to various civil society networks will be compiled and assessed by the Civil Society Co ordination Group.


Please indicate clearly at the beginning of your application whether it is for the High Level Committee (HLC) or Executive Committee (EC) or both.





The following factors (among others) will be used to assess the suitability of candidates


1.      Able to represent civil society as a whole, not just your individual civil society organisation(s)

2.      Able to work collegiately with other stakeholder groups in a multistakeholder setting

3.      Able to consult widely with civil society groups and to report back as the process progresses

4.      Ability to represent civil society at a senior level in these discussions

5.      Broad knowledge of internet governance issues and the range of civil society perspectives on these issues

6.      Capacity to participate assertively and creatively

7.      Includes perspectives/representation of groups typically under-represented in global IG processes


Explanation of process
The civil society coordinating group is a loose peak body that came together this year to facilitate joint civil society participation in several nominating processes.  It currently comprises persons from the most active civil society coalitions or networks in the Internet governance space, which in no particular order are the Internet Governance Caucus, Diplo Foundation, Best Bits, the Non Commercial Stakeholder Group of ICANN, and the Association for Progressive Communications.  The current liaisons are Virginia Paque (Ginger), Jeremy Malcolm, Robin Gross and Chat Garcia Ramilo, with Ian Peter as an independent facilitator.  Its current composition is imperfect - the boundary between an organisation and network is grey, and so is the scope of "Internet governance".  In particular, we are reaching out to other civil society networks to further broaden the inclusiveness of the group and have developed a draft set of criteria to assist in this process.
Likewise, the process for gathering and reaching consensus is also a work in progress, but progressive improvements to the process have been put in place since the group's first nomination.  These improvements include refinement of criteria for each member network to consider when putting forward names for consideration.  Other suggested changes to the process, such as the use of a randomly-selected nominating committee, have not met with consensual support from within the group and so have not been adopted for this nomination.  However, the coordinating group welcomes other suggestions for improvement of the joint process.
Think about it! This is an important challenge and opportunity.
If you have any questions, please here, or email me.
Best wishes for the holidays,

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Comment by Marília Maciel on January 6, 2014 at 12:03am

Dear members of the community, please consider my application to take part in one of the Brazil meeting planing committees. I would like to apply for both the HLC and the EC and let the nominating group decide in which of them (if any) my presence would be more useful.

Best regards


Short Biography:

Researcher and coordinator of the Center for Technology and Society of the Getulio Vargas Foundation - Rio de Janeiro. Professor of Intellectual Property at FGV Law School. Invited professor in the course on Introduction to International Relations (CPDOC/FGV) and in several courses at FGV, such as the Information Society module in the Jean Monnet Chair (FGV Law School). 

Lecturer and a tutor in courses offered by DiploFoundation, such as the Internet Governance Capacity Building Program, the course on Global Norms against terrorism, and the course on E-diplomacy. 

Member of the Working Group on IGF improvements (2011-2012), created under the auspices of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (UN CSTD). Representative of CTS / FGV in meetings of the Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) (2008-2010). Current member of the Advisory Board on Internet security, created under the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee. 

PhD candidate on International Relations at the Pontifical Catholic University (PUC – Rio de Janeiro), developing a thesis on Internet governance and policies for cyber security and defense. Master's degree in Latin American Integration from the Federal University of Santa Maria (2008). Undergraduate in Law from the Federal University of Pernambuco (2005).


Statement of experience:

I have been working with Internet Governance since 2007, when the IGF took place in Rio de Janeiro. Since then, I have gained experience by participating in several international fora, by engaging in concrete initiatives, such as the Remote Participation Working Group, and by developing a an extensive network of contacts across all stakeholder groups.

I have attended almost all IGF meetings, with the exception of IGF Baku, participating and organizing sessions, such as workshop 182/2012 on institutional gaps in the Internet Governance regime  (http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/component/content/article/71-transcr...). From 2008 to 2012 I was a member of the Remote Participation Working Group, which assisted the IGF Secretariat on the implementation of options for remote attendance and involvement, based on the creation of IGF hubs. I was particularly responsible for conducting outreach and for communicating with potential hub organizers. During that period, the number of hubs increased from 12 (2008) to more than 40 (2012), in all continents.

From 2011 to 2012 I was chosen by IGC to be one of the civil society representatives in the CSTD Working Group on IGF improvements. This task required sensitivity to give voice to broader civil society concerns, as well as to find common ground with the representatives of other stakeholder groups. After the final report was finished, I was invited to comment the results as a speaker at the 15th session of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development. I was also an invited speaker in CSTD’s session on enhanced cooperation on public policy issues pertaining to the Internet.

Upon request of the Brazilian Ministry of External Relations, I have been one of the organizers of an IBSA meeting on global Internet governance, hosted by FGV, which is often mentioned as a historically relevant initiative in the process of seeking improvements in the Internet Governance regime, coming from democratic developing countries.

Academically, I have gained experience by working in the Brazilian Observatory of Digital policies, a joint initiative by CTS/FGV and CGI.br, by giving classes in FGV about Internet governance, cyber security and Domain Name dispute resolution, and by working as a lecturer and tutor at DiploFoundation courses. In FGV, I was part of the team that worked with the Brazilian Ministry of Justice on the development of the Civil Rights Framework for the Internet (Marco Civil), a landmark on the discussion of Internet Governance principles. In Diplo’s internet Governance Capacity Building Program I had the chance to develop acquaintance with key actors from Latin America who are now part of key technical organizations, such as LACNIC, ISOC and ICANN. I have taken part actively in Internet Governance discussions in all levels: national, regional and global, which gives me a broad understanding of the topics and the political aspects that will be relevant for the upcoming meeting in Brazil.

Comment by Virginia (Ginger) Paque on December 26, 2013 at 2:21pm

@ Enock, and those who are interested in being considered for the Brazil meeting planning committees:

Thank you for your willingness to volunteer for this process. This is important for all of us.

Please read the call for nominations carefully, and make sure that the information you have sent or posted is exactly how you want yourself presented to the selection committee. I know this is not easy: the information must be short and concise  enough that it presents a precise snapshot of your experience and motivation, in a form that the evaluators can easily grasp. There are many interested candidates, and this is not an easy job for the selection committee. How you present yourself is a good way to show how you will work online. Are you clear and communicative in approximately two paragraphs--one on your experience/bio and one on your interest and motivation? Did you state which committee(s) you want to be considered for? Did you do your preparation for your self-nomination? Your self-presentation gives important information about yourself, and shows an example of your online communication process. Read and evaluate your nomination before posting it, perhaps ask a colleague to give you feedback. Ask yourself: have I shown I am a qualified candidate (bio)? Have I shown how I can be a valuable member of this committee (interest/motivation)? Remember: I must pass on your information exactly as you post it--I cannot edit it for you. The only thing I do is find and add your email address (which you should not post on a discussion list).  Good luck, all!

Comment by Akinremi Peter Taiwo on December 25, 2013 at 11:04am

I would be glad to get myself involve in  the planning for the success of up-coming IGF in Brazil. I would like to participate in the Multistakeholder High-level Committee (HLC).

I have more than 4 years of experience in the field of information and communication technology as an IT-Support with involvement in planning and execution of project. I have the ability to deliver and willing to take up challenges that will result to betterment of life, environment and career.

Have been privilege to have undergone Infrastructure and Critical Internet Resource course which has widen my knowledge and equipped me skills to be relevant in diversity area of life and also follows various  IGF issues and others (ICANN, IEEE , etc)

Also, have been able to contribute my quote to every group I found myself with the spirit of unity and goal oriented.

The zeal and interest is toward Cyber-Security (internet security, privacy and freedom of internet user and involvement with absolute security). The freedom of people on internet and their participation will only be determined by how much secure internet is. By doing our best and assuring the people of internet security will bring the world participation. That is my passion…

If you need more info, please contact Virginia

Comment by Enock Othin on December 25, 2013 at 7:19am

I would be happy to contribute to the IG. Let me know if you need more bio than my Diplo profile etc. I also have familiarity to to issues concerned with IG and keep a finger on IG from the Brazil perspective if only from a personal interest level.

I am passionate about the freedom of individuals and companies to use the Internet in what way they choose, strongly favoring self-regulation.

Comment by Dom Robinson on December 23, 2013 at 2:40pm

Short bio: 

I have worked in the Internet community since first getting an email address in 1990. I have been pioneering Streaming Media services since 1996 as my core focus and this has led me to take a close interest in Content related issues online since 2000 when I joined ISPA (Internet Service PRoviders Association) in the UK. I have given several 'expert technical witness' presentations to both the UK parliament committees and to PLCs (public companies) over the years. Recently i completed an NGL course to 'formalise' my understanding and this has broadened my awareness of IG issues.

I am passionate about the freedom of individuals and companies to use the Internet in what way they choose, strongly favouring self-regulation.

While privacy, child protection, and consumer rights all feature on my own radar, my main forte and passion is content and the right for producers small and large to play in an equal way.

I am an experience network engineer - with a close regard to CDNs and ISP internetworking.

I chair several conferences in the UK including, CDN World Forum, CDN World Summit and Content Delivery Summit (which i also program), CloudTV Summit and the forthcoming TV Connect conference. I enjoy chairing and moderating discussions.

I am certainly NOT shy about stimulating complicated challenging discussion, and enjoy advocacy - sometimes changing my positioning from one debate to another to ensure that all participants remain a long way from 'entrenched'.

My own 'cv' is probably best found on linked in : http://uk.linkedin.com/in/domrobinson/

Let me know if you need more


Comment by Virginia (Ginger) Paque on December 23, 2013 at 2:32pm

Great news, Dom! Please post (or email) a short bio and statement of interest/motivation as you would like it presented to the coordination group. Make sure to add which/or both committees you are interested in. Thanks! Ginger

Comment by Dom Robinson on December 23, 2013 at 1:47pm

(incidentally i would be happy to contribute to 'BOTH' or either...)

Comment by Dom Robinson on December 23, 2013 at 1:45pm

I would be happy to contirubte Ginger. Let me know if you need more bio than my Diplo profile etc. I also have familiarity to Brazil (my wife is from here) and so while only conversational level I can get by in Portuguese too, and keep a finger on IG from the Brazil perspective if only from a personal interest level.

Let me know if i can contribute.




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