[AfrICANN-discuss] Statement by the Internet technical and academic community on the CSTD WG on improvements to the IGF

Baudouin SCHOMBE b.schombe at gmail.com
Tue Apr 12 17:34:13 SAST 2011

It is with great satisfaction that I read this information. At this stage it
should be noted that efforts were not in vain. Strategically speaking, I am
proposing that a strong emphasis placed on IGF national, sub regional and
regional levels, particularly in Africa. There is still much to discuss. For
example, the problem regarding cultural and linguistic diversity, the
question of root servers, security on the Net or the Net Security, the cloud
computing, cybersquatting ..... just to name a few. It is necessary that
African mobilize and deeply involved in discussions of IGF second phase



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2011/4/12 Anne-Rachel Inné <annerachel at gmail.com>

> To the following CSTD Community members. Please help us continue a good
> dialogue at IGF.
> *
> CSTD Africa Members:*
> Democratic Republic of Congo 2012
> Equatorial Guinea 2012
> Ghana 2012
> Lesotho 2014
> Mali 2012
> Mauritius 2014
> Rwanda 2014
> South Africa 2012
> Tanzania 2014
> Togo 2014
> Tunisia 2014
> Statement by the Internet technical and academic community on the
> Commission on Science and Technology for Development Working Group (CSTD WG)
> on improvements to the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)
> 12 April 2011
> Representatives of the Internet technical and academic community today call
> for an extension to the mandate of the United Nations Commission on Science
> and Technology for Development Working Group (CSTD WG) on improvements to
> the Internet Governance Forum (IGF).
> The Working Group has met twice but, despite the best efforts of all
> parties, it has not been able to complete its work in the allocated time. We
> strongly believe the IGF effectively brings all stakeholders together to
> increase their understanding of the interplay of public policy, business and
> technical forces in Internet governance. With the extension of the IGF
> mandate, it is now vital to take the time needed to carefully consider
> options for the further development of the Forum.
> The technical and academic representatives to the CSTD Working Group on
> improvements to the IGF would like to express their gratitude to the Chair
> of the WG, Mr Frédéric Riehl, and the CSTD Secretariat for the effort they
> put into facilitating the WG meetings and discussions.
> We are pleased that the CSTD WG embraced multistakeholder participation
> during its deliberations, and was able to compile and review inputs from all
> stakeholders on improvements to the IGF. We believe there were many useful
> contributions submitted in response to the questionnaire drafted at the
> first meeting of the WG in Montreux. Unfortunately, due to time limitations,
> the WG was not able to discuss those contributions in detail, or to produce
> a report of recommended improvements by the end of its second meeting, held
> in Geneva. The technical and academic representatives, like many of the
> other WG participants, had travelled large distances to attend both two-day
> meetings of the WG, held in February and March 2011. We had also taken the
> time to respond in significant detail to both calls for submissions to the
> WG.
> The technical and academic representatives strongly support the IGF model
> and are committed to seeing it improve, both in response to ongoing changes
> from within the IGF process itself, as well as from the improvements
> requested in the UN General Assembly Resolution on “Information and
> communications technologies for development”, approved on 24 November 2010.
> Only through such improvements will the IGF be better able to meet the
> needs of all stakeholders in Internet governance.
> This statement was written by the Internet technical and academic community
> representatives to the CSTD WG on improvements to the IGF:
> Ms Constance Bommelaer
> Senior Manager, Strategic Global Engagement
> Internet Society
> Email: bommelaer at isoc.org
> Ms Samantha Dickinson
> Internet Governance Specialist
> Email: sam at apnic.net
> Mr Baher Esmat
> Manager, Regional Relations – Middle East
> Email: baher.esmat at icann.org
> Ms Nurani Nimpuno
> Outreach & Communications Manager
> Netnod
> Email: nurani at netnod.se
> Mr Oscar Robles-Garay
> General Director for NIC México
> LACNIC Board of Directors
> Email: orobles at nic.mx
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