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Civil society betrayed by the CSTD
By terminus - 8/12/2010 - 1 Replies In its meeting on 6 December, the CSTD (United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development) decided to establish the Working Group for IGF improvement as a government-only working group, in flagrant disregard of ECOSOC resolution 2010/2, and contrary to earlier promises at the Vilnius IGF meeting for an open, multi-stakeholder group on the model of the WSIS Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG).

MAG meeting on the 24th - the issue of self improvements
By parminder - 30/11/2010 About the MAG meeting on the 24th, I find two interesting elements to report.

IGF renewed subject to improvements, as Kummer offers a parting improvement of his own
By terminus - 29/11/2010 Posts to this site have become fewer since I assumed the role of coordinator of the Internet Governance Caucus and have been facilitating the development of statements on its behalf, rather than submitting my own. But with last week seeing a CSTD consultation on IGF improvements, another IGF open consultation and MAG meeting, the resignation of Markus Kummer, and the finalisation of a General Assembly resolution extending the mandate of the IGF, it's certainly time for an update.

My take away from Vilnius - if the IGF won't change itself, others will
By terminus - 17/9/2010 It's in my job description, as Official Bugbear to the IGF, to be grouchy. And I must express my appreciation to the MAG and Secretariat for making my job very easy. But I also try to be at least a little forward-looking and optimistic in my wrap-up blog post on each IGF meeting, even if that optimism is sometimes found buried in several layers of subtext.

My statement for civil society at IGF 2010's closing session
By terminus - 17/9/2010 Chairman, your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen. I'm going to begin my speech a little differently, by looking back into history - not very far, just to 2005 - when the Internet Governance Forum was first proposed, by an organisation called the Working Group on Internet Governance (or WGIG). WGIG was in many ways the predecessor of the IGF; it too was a multi-stakeholder body, and had several open consultation meetings that anyone could attend.

Mid-meeting impressions of IGF 2010
By terminus - 15/9/2010 Half-way through the 2010 Internet Governance Forum, it seems for the best that the assessment of its performance over the first term of its mandate has already been conducted, since this meeting is shaping up as a disappointment. A number of participants to whom I've spoken have been grumbling over miscommunications, the cost of food, and - most of all - the godawful venue.

TANSTAAFL at the IGF... or only for some?
By terminus - 13/9/2010 - 1 Replies The TANSTAAFL principle (There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch) has made its way to the IGF, with participants now being asked to pay 36 LT (a little over USD$13) for each meal, and 250 LT (over USD$92) for the shuttle service.

Recommendations on the extension of the IGF
By terminus - 12/5/2010 The original impetus for the formation of the Internet Governance Forum was to provide not only an open forum for discussion, but also a venue for all stakeholders to collaborate towards developing public policy for the Internet, through a process by which they would "identify emerging issues, bring them to the attention of the relevant bodies and the general public, and, where appropriate, make recommendations."

UNDESA vs CSTD at the February 2010 open consultation
By terminus - 13/2/2010 - 2 Replies Since the last post here, I have been elected the co-coordinator of the Civil Society Internet Governance Caucus (though I don't wear that hat while blogging here). So rather than submitting my own statement to the February open consultation meeting, I guided the development of a consensus statement, in which the IGC called for better accountability and transparency of the Secretariat, highlighted the need to ensure that the IGF's outputs are transmitted to relevant external institutions, and suggested the formation of thematic working groups to develop background material, synthesise discussion on major themes, and so on.

Transnationalisation of Internet Governance: The Way Forward
By terminus - 16/11/2009 I sat on the panel of one of the first workshops to be held on the opening morning of the IGF, on Transnationalisation of Internet Governance: The Way Forward, co-organised by the Internet Governance Caucus and the Pew Internet Project. I felt rather overshadowed by some of my illustrious co-panelists; Bob Kahn - co-inventor of TCP/IP, Professor Wolfgang Kleinwachter, Robert Pepper of Cisco, Janna Anderson of Pew Internet, and Anja Kovac from the Center for Internet and Society, Bangalore.

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