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Dear friends and colleagues,

We all work together to achieve  Diplo’s main  objective, which is to strengthen the participation from small and developing countries, in Internet governance policy. Please join us in raising our voices. Many of you are highly qualified; perhaps it is time to consider applying for posts in the Internet governance space. Positions are currently available on the Internet Governance Forum Multistakeholder Advisory Group (IGF MAG).

This message is a call to action. Put your capability to use. Represent your countries and your communities, countries and communities that need more inclusive, multistakeholder global Internet governance!

Practically speaking, we want to encourage you to apply for a position on the IGF MAG if it is appropriate for you to do so. The deadline is short (24 February 2011), but we will accelerate the process through an interesting experiment in open and inclusive governance. Here is the process:

1. Your application

You are asked to submit your own application to the IGF secretariat, including a short background, and the reasons why you think that you can contribute to the MAG, whom you can represent (in terms of communities, ideas, projects), and what you would like to achieve. Self-nomination is important -- it indicates willingness and self-confidence. It has great legitimacy, freedom from pressure, in the true spirit of volunteerism. Please complete the information at the bottom of this message, and post to the main Diplo blog at www.diplointernetgovernance.org . If you have not already done so, you must also submit your nomination by email to magrenewal2011@intgovforum.org attaching the completed  submission template. More information is available at http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/component/content/article/926-mag-re...

2. Voting

All applications posted by midnight 20 February, will be presented for voting on Diplo’s social community network at www.diplointernetgovernance.org (here) on 21 February. Voting will close at midnight GMT on 23 February. The entire Diplo community is encouraged to vote. The Diplo community results will be posted on the main blog at www.diplointernetgovernance.org (here) and sent to UN DESA on 24 February.

3. Final Diplo community recommendations (endorsements) will be calculated using the following criteria:

40% - results of voting
20% - competence and experience in IG (including quality and level of interaction,)
10% - representation from least developed countries
10% - representation from small island states
10% - representation from countries never before represented at the MAG
10% - gender

4. Final list of five candidates

We will send a list of five candidates to the UN DESA, with the Diplo community recommendation/endorsement.

Important: If you are selected, you will represent your organisations and your countries. You will not represent Diplo. Diplo's role is simply to facilitate a more inclusive selection for the MAG

5. Information to be posted:

Full Name:



Country of Residence:


Stakeholder group:

Background (50 words):

Motivation and goals (50 words):


Nominees must have experience in previous WSIS/IGF processes, and have sufficient time to dedicate to duties as a MAG member. Three meetings will be held before the IGF 2012 in Azerbaijan. The first meeting is scheduled for May. Discussions take place by e-mail during the whole year of tenure, and you must have time available to attend this volume of discussions promptly.

If you have any suggestions, feedback, or questions, please post them to www.diplointernetgovernance.org, or e-mail me at virginiap@diplomacy.edu Also see http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/component/content/article/926-mag-re...

Good luck to all! Warm wishes,


Ginger (Virginia) Paque

Diplo Foundation
Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme
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Comment by Judi on February 17, 2012 at 11:44am

Full Name: Judith Ann Okite

Gender: Female

Nationality: Kenya

Country of Residence: Kenya


Stakeholder group: Civil Society

 Ms.Okite acts at the capacity of , Internet Governance Coordinator, at Free Software and  Open source Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA), a Non Profit , pan-African organization, with a mission that includes, among other objectives, promoting the use and adoption of Free and Open Source Software  in Africa.

she over oversees and advises the organization, on the current Internet Governance Issues and what direction the organization should take, as it continues to promote the use of FOSS and the FOSS model in African development.  On part time, she is an online Tutor, with Diplo Foundation, the renowned, global training institute, in the Internet Governance Capacity Building program (IGCBP).

For the last two years, (2010 & 2011), I have successfully, coordinated and organized the West Africa Internet Governance Forum (WAIGF), face to face meetings. This is a forum that brings together ten (10) West African countries, to discuss, issues relating to internet development in the region.  I coordinated the regions participation, held in Nairobi and was very active and resourceful in the DCAD Sessions, in Nairobi, 2011.

At a continental level, she works directly or indirectly with the four regional forums in Africa , namely : the East Africa Internet Governance Forum, Secretariat in 2009, Consultant level for the Central Africa Internet Governance Forum (CAIGF), the initial formation team at South Africa Internet Governance Forum (SAIGF) and continue to coordinated the West Africa Internet Governance Forum.  she was ,  instrumental by drafting and coordinating the program, that resulted to the formation of the Africa Internet Governance forum that was launched in Nairobi, in 2011.

Motivation and goals:

To add my voice on the rights and issues, pertaining the disadvantaged and PWD's and their representation, more ,especially at the regional level. I think it is time for DCAD to spread out its sessions, to the regional, then to national level.

Comment by Mahesh Dissanayake on February 16, 2012 at 10:11am
Full Name:Mahesh Kumara Dissanayake

Gender: Male

Nationality:Sri Lankan

Country of Residence:Sri Lanka

Organisation:Nanasala & Community Development Research Centre,eSri Lanka Initiative.

Stakeholder group:Civil Society

Background :I am a Young Social Entrepreneur in the field of ICT for development in Sri Lanka,expert in Community Information Service & Public Information Service(internet governance).I was awarded as the global young social entrepreneurship award 2007compitition for introducing ICT in the local community development, @ GK3 and the 3rd Global Knowledge Conference (GK3), a GKP Event on the Future on ‘Emerging People, Emerging Markets, Emerging Technologies’, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. And also finalist in Stockholm challenge 2008, e-learning research project for the local community development in Sri Lanka.Many county experiences on digital government such as Japan, Malaysia, Sweden, South Korea, India and Australia.
I actively participated to diplo internet government courses and gathered vast knowledge, aware the work of Diplo community in this field

Motivation and goals :
I believe that my experience and knowledge of key Internet Governance issues in developing world and learnt lessons from developed world will support the active participation of civil society, will be able to work in multi-stakeholder frameworks will allow the Diplo Community to be effectively and strategically represented in the MAG
Comment by Robert Guerra on February 15, 2012 at 10:35am

Full Name: Robert Guerra

Gender: Male

Nationality: Canada & Spain (EU)

Country of Residence: Canada

Position: Senior Advisor

Organization: Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto 

Stakeholder Group: Civil Society / Academia


I am a Civil Society expert specializing in issues of Internet Freedom, Cyber Security, Social Networking, Multi-stakeholder participation, Cloud Computing, Corporate Social Responsibility,Internet Governance and Human Rights. I am currently a special adviser to the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. 

I have actively served on the US IGF Steering Committee since 2009 and, have attended and actively participated at all the meetings of the IGF as well as the two UN World Summits on the Information Society. My role at the  latter involved being a member of the civil society bureau, the Internet governance caucus, and the NGO adviser to the Canadian government's delegation. 


I believe that my experience and knowledge of key Internet Governance issues, proven track record to support the active participation and involvement of civil society, and ability to effectively work in multi-stakeholder frameworks will allow the Diplo Community to be effectively and strategically represented in the MAG.

Comment by Vladimir Radunovic on February 14, 2012 at 9:49pm

South-Eastern Europe calling also  :o)

Full Name: Vladimir Radunovic

Gender: Male

Nationality: Serbian

Country of Residence: Serbia

Organisation: DiploFoundation (employee)

Stakeholder group: Civil Society

Background (50 words):

Mr Vladimir Radunović was the Coordinator of Internet Governance Projects of DiploFoundation since 2005. He has actively participated in the global process since WSIS Geneva meeting in 2003, and has been a key resource person in number of online and in-situ professional educations and trainings in IG worldwide. His research focus is on capacity development, e-participation and e-diplomacy, broadband and access policy, network neutrality, open Internet and end-user rights, cyber-security and Internet safety. He holds a Diploma in electrical engineering and a Master degree in contemporary diplomacy. He was born and lives in Serbia.

Motivation and goals (50 words):

Due to my direct involvement with WSIS and IGF process since 2003, full professional focus on IG for years, devotion to participation and inclusiveness through Diplo IG capacity building programme, educational background in both technology and diplomacy, and my affiliation belonging to the civil society from a developing country of South-Eastern Europe, I believe I can contribute to MAG valuably in this critical moment - when MAG can play important role in defining the future of multistakeholder IGF.


Excellent initiative! We have an excellent community and should encourage it to get formally involved!

Good luck to all!

(and I apologise for bit more words than requested 50  :)

Comment by Fatima Cambronero on February 14, 2012 at 9:43pm

Fatima Cambronero - Application for the MAG


Full Name: Fatima Cambronero

Gender: Female

Nationality: Argentinean

Country of Residence: Argentina

Organisation: AGEIA DENSI Argentina

Stakeholder group: Civil Society

Background (50 words):

Lawyer focused on technology issues.

Alumni at II South-SSIG (2010), DiploFoundation IGCBP (2010), ISOC NGL (2011).

Fellow at III and IV Regional Preparatory Meeting (2010-11); ICANN Cartagena, Singapore and Costa Rica (2010-11-12), ISOC IGF Ambassador (2011).

Director of Research of AGEIA DENSI Argentina.

Member of Global Internet Governance Academic Network – GigaNet.

ISOC Global Member.

Motivation and goals (50 words):

I am interested to join the MAG because I have been deeply involved with Internet Governance Ecosystem in the End User and Civil Society at large advocacy, contributing as an Argentinean lawyer and researcher. Although the MAG position is required in individual capacity, I am committed to be transparent and accountable.



Please see my LinkedIn Profile: http://www.linkedin.com/in/fatimacambronero



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