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[I-coordination] FW: Snapshots from ICANN HL Panel in London Re: [governance] [bestbits] press release about meeting of the high level panel

Vladimir Radunovic vladar at diplomacy.edu
Tue Dec 17 14:02:43 CET 2013


Dear colleagues,

 

here is the email with my impressions from ICANN's London HL Panel that I
shared on Governance list - I hope it might also help us profiling the work
of 1Net platform in relation to other (un)related components ie HL Panel and
Brazil meeting.

 

Best,

 

                Vlada

 

 

 

 

From: Vladimir Radunovic [mailto:vladar at diplomacy.edu] 
Sent: 16 December 2013 18:37
To: governance at lists.igcaucus.org
Cc: Best Bits
Subject: Snapshots from ICANN HL Panel in London Re: [governance] [bestbits]
press release about meeting of the high level panel

 

Dear colleagues,

 

here are few lines on my impressions of what happened at the High Level
Panel meeting in London on Friday. I hope it will help us better understand
the intentions and potentials of this (dynamically evolving and
self-reshaping) initiative.

 

I was there in status of an observer, representing Diplo who was invited
among others by ICANN to provide its expertise and assist the drafting of
report by the HL panel. The Panel event was under Chatham House rule, so I
will try to bring as many details as possible while still respecting this
rule. The views below are my personal, as I saw the discussions and the
process. Besides the impressions below, I (and several others) have been
extensively tweeting with #InternetPanel (read here
<https://twitter.com/search?had_popular=true&q=InternetPanel> ) so you can
get a pretty good snapshot of key points in discussion through that. Formal
Press Release has been published and is available here
<http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/high-level-panel-on-global-internet
-cooperation-and-governance-mechanisms-convenes-in-london-235789861.html>  -
it brings more or less all the basic info on topics and participants of the
meeting as well as the future timeline.

 

HL Group and experts

 

Panel includes 21 members listed in the Press Release; additionally, a final
one (Anriette from APC) has been accepted during the meeting in London to
reflect loud civil society requests. Panel is dominated by tech and
corporate sector, with few yet high level representatives of governments;
only now there is a panel member from civil society organisation. 

 

It was my impression that initially the entire HL Panel was composed based
on "names" rather than on representation of stakeholders; yet it appears
that it was acknowledged at the end that the absence of civil society
organisations can hurt the process. On the other hand, civil society experts
dominate the expert group who is supposed to assist with drafting the final
report - as the agenda in press release shows. As an observer (replacing
Jovan who was invited as expert but was not able to join in London), I did
not have chance to formally raise civil society concerns expressed on this
list and elsewhere, but other experts were involved in formal discussion. I
hope Anriette's formal presence in future will extend this direct
opportunity.

 

At London meeting there were most of Panel members, the experts, dozen of
observers assisting Panel members or as guests, and some ICANN staff - total
about 50 people, invited by ICANN. These are likely the people that will
gather also in the next phases of the work. I suppose there will be no
further changes in composition of the panel. I also got the impression the
following two meetings will not be opened for observers rather than those
invited directly or related to panel members, nor there will be greater
transparency during the meetings; instead, it seems public consultations
(primarily on 1Net) will be the public inputs into the work of the panel.

 

Task

 

The Panel has decided to be titled "Panel on global Internet cooperation and
governance mechanisms". Their goal is to prepare a blueprint document - a
report - as described in press release. The focus of London discussions was
on mapping the ecosystem and needs, discussing the "desirable properties" of
future system, and agreeing on next steps. While there were interesting
discussions, my impression was that there were very few new aspects on the
table yet. It is my hope that the panel (and especially the experts who do
have extensive knowledge of already-discussed issues in and various fora in
previous years) will reflect to valuable outputs of previous IGF and other
meetings rather than reinventing the wheel. It was confirmed that the
summary of discussion points will be posted to 1Net.org soon asking for
community reflections.

 

The final draft of the report should be ready during second HL meeting in US
end February; then it should be formally submitted as contribution to Sao
Paolo meeting and Freedom Online conference in Tallinn in April, and offered
for public consultations towards the next draft (not sure if only through
1Net, but probably will not be limited to that). It is supposed the draft
report will find its place in the Sao Paolo meeting as well. The outputs of
this and public discussions will be fed into the final report to be wrapped
up during the third meeting in Dubai in early May. It should then be fed
into various processes incl. ICANN meeting in London in June, IGF in
September, etc. It is important to mention that the relevance and legitimacy
of IGF was mentioned several times in discussions, and I had a feeling that
the panel and experts are aware that this process should contribute to (and
possibly strengthen) the IGF rather than undermine it.

 

Other components

 

My impression was that there was distancing by ICANN and the HL panel from
the Sao Paolo meeting. Brazil meeting was mentioned only once at the end as
a place where the report may be discussed - and was mentioned as only one
such opportunity. There was no feeling that Sao Paolo conference is part of
this initiative. At the same time the news was spread that Brazilian
president Rousseff met French President Holland and that France might
support Sao Paolo meeting (I found no direct confirmation for this in news
yet however - pointers welcomed if anyone has).

 

On the other hand 1Net was mentioned several times as the place in which
public contributions on the draft report should be provided. It was of
course only the reference to 1Net with regards to the HL Panel work, but it
is possible that 1Net was envisaged with a broader goal; there was no
further info however on how 1Net will proceed, nor on its Steering
Committees or further steps.

 

Timeline

 

The timeline of meetings was presented in the press release as well. Yet let
me combine it here with the updated info on other relevant 2014 events
mentioned and not mentioned in London:

22-25 January, Davos: Side-meeting of the HL Panel during WEF annual meeting

27-28 February, US: 2nd HL meeting

31 March, Dubai (rather than Sharm): ITU WTDC

23-24 April, Sao Paolo: Brazil conference

28-29 April, Tallinn: Freedom Online Conference

3-4 May, Dubai: 3rd (final) HL meeting

 

 

I hope this shed bit more light on what this whole new initiative will be
about. It is slightly clearer to me now, though I still have lots of
questions about 1Net. It is my belief that we should try to, whatever the
initial idea behind 1Net was (and also the HL Panel), explore its potentials
to strengthen the IGF and improve communications among professional (and
stakeholder) silos.

 

Best!

 

            Vlada

 

 

PS Sorry for a rather long email.. I decided to be detailed in this case,
and mention as much as possible.

 

 

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