[discuss] 1Net, Brazil and other RE: BR meeting site launched

Milton L Mueller mueller at syr.edu
Wed Jan 15 15:33:03 UTC 2014

Tacitly, I have already given you my answer to this in the message that appeared 30 minutes earlier; however, let me address your questions directly:

1.       How do you see the role and potentials of 1Net? What should be its task in a wider IG context?

1net has no real task in a "wider IG context." Nor was it created to fund medical research to cure cancer, to run a film festival or to write a philosophical treatise. 1net was created with the specific purpose of coordinating and mobilizing non-state actor input and representation in the Brazil meeting. That is the only reason many of us are participating in it. We do not need and do not want yet another email list or yet another IG organization aside from that task. Performing the Brazil meeting preparatory role will be a full time task and I think I speak for a lot of people in academia and civil society when I say that we will be very disappointed if you fail to perform that task properly and spend the next two months ruminating about your "role."

2.       What should be the role of 1Net towards major IG fora - IGF, ICANN, ITU, and other?

No role. See above.

3.       What relation should 1Net have with the Brazil meeting?

You should fulfill the responsibilities outlined in the news release from the Brazilian organizers. That is not a "suggestion" - it is your only reason for existence. To ask whether or not 1net should be a partner in the preparation of the Brazil meeting is like someone elected to the U.S. Congress turning to his constituents and asking whether he should be a supreme court judge or a medical doctor or an astronaut.  Where did you get the idea that the 1net coordinating committee was appointed for no specific reason and should sit around and define its own role?

Milton L Mueller
Professor, Syracuse University School of Information Studies
Internet Governance Project

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