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[I-coordination] Nominations to /1Net Steering committee & Brazil Meeting Organising commitees

Fouad Bajwa fouadbajwa at
Fri Dec 6 14:09:47 CET 2013

And not to forget this article from Global Voices about Brazil's new
championing of Internet Freedoms whereas the international and
domestic Internet rights environment in and by the country has a set
of hurdles, it reminds me of Tunisia during the WSIS 2005 process. The
host was then a repressive country:

On Fri, Dec 6, 2013 at 5:55 PM, Fouad Bajwa <fouadbajwa at> wrote:
> I believe this is getting more confusing. We have somehow brought in
> our CS direct intervention with the organizers of the Brazil meeting
> where we already have suggested our liaisons that are separate from
> this 1Net discussion and organizing activity.
> To me this appears as an attempt to create a one unified
> multistakeholder body that collectively advises the Brazil meeting.
> This actually makes everything confusing because all the groups have
> different competing/non-competing interests and there cannot be a
> unified understanding.
> The I* meeting that happened in Montevideo is identified as the basis
> for the formation of the 1Net so its possible that the 1Net was an
> intended unification of all the I* organizations to form a unified a
> lobbying group that would also highly influence the organization and
> outcome of the Brazilian meeting. It also appears that the original
> intention may have been to include all stakeholder groups and somehow
> convince them to move as a unified strength of an international
> community or in the form of multistakeholder groups where the term
> multistakeholder is as ambiguous as it can be. From the
> announcement, there are four organizing committees that have a bit of
> similarity to ICANN GAC and multiple MAGs for the meeting:
> 1. High-Level Multistakeholder Committee: Responsible for conducting
> the political articulation and fostering the involvement of the
> international community.
> 2. Executive Multistakeholder Committee: Responsible for organizing
> the event, including the agenda discussion and execution, and for the
> treatment of the proposals from participants and different
> stakeholders;
> 3. Logistics and Organizational Committee: Responsible for overseeing
> every logistic aspect of the meeting;
> 4. Governmental Advisory Committee: Will stay open to all governments
> which want to contribute to the meeting.
> Frankly speaking, this appears like some really twisted planing
> activity. IF this was a serious meeting on an issue of great global
> importance, the meeting would have sought inputs from the actors and
> that would have been the basis for shaping the agenda where each
> stakeholder group would share its concerns and wishlist, frankly
> speaking, that is very much covered by the IGF.

Fouad Bajwa
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