[discuss] Proposal for a 1net statement to NetMundial

Ian Peter ian.peter at ianpeter.com
Tue Mar 4 10:19:36 UTC 2014

Nick wrote  

> While this is a constructive process, it comes far, far too late:

Have to agree unfortunately.

I think there is no way civil society could agree to this in time for a March 8 deadline even if it were final and totally agreeable now (which it isn’t). Some individuals might like to sign on to a revised version, but I don’t think it can be called a 1net statement. A statement by participants of 1net who care to sign, perhaps. 

Ian Peter

From: Nick Ashton-Hart 
Sent: Tuesday, March 04, 2014 7:38 PM
To: mailto:discuss at 1net.org 
Cc: Ross Schulman 
Subject: [discuss] Proposal for a 1net statement to NetMundial

Dear 1net: 

While this is a constructive process, it comes far, far too late:

* Many of us have said repeatedly that we need time in order to go back to our organisations to authorise statements before we can be associated with them. There is no possibility we will be able to do that in the time available.
* As the industry participants on the steering committee have repeatedly said, they are not representatives but liaisons and need to be able to go back to their community before major decisions are taken. Whilst CCIA is in the perhaps unique position that three of our members are represented on the steering committee, I’m sure that’s not the case for the vast majority of industry here and I’m sure that even for us, it is necessary for us to go back to the whole membership before signing on to something as high-profile as this is. So, suggesting that the steering committee can commit on behalf of all stakeholders everywhere is simply a non-starter (and I don’t believe industry’s situation is unique, either).

If this had started two weeks ago, it would perhaps have been just enough time - barely - to get the process done. A month ago would have been much better. A matter of days doesn’t begin to be possible. I’ve provided comments to the survey but only in an individual capacity.

I would like to know if there was any advance notice of this? I don’t recall seeing anything on this list (but I do not follow it closely anymore so I might have missed it).

Regards, Nick

On 4 Mar 2014, at 07:32, /1net Forums digest <info at 1net.org> wrote:

        Here's a brief summary of the discussion on /1net Forums since we last saw you on 02-28-2014. 
        Recent posts the community enjoyed:
        Help to create a /1net statement for NetMundial 
        Based on the feeling and importance that /1net should provide some kind of formal input to the NetMundial meeting in April, we have specifically developed a statement and process to meet the tight deadline for submitting input (Saturday 8 March).

        The statement is built from the Montevideo Statement, and split up into the two themes of the NetMundial meeting. There shouldn't be anything in this statement that is controversial or surprising if you have been following Internet governance discussions over the past four months.

        A few quick things to note:

          a.. Having a /1net statement should not in any way preclude people from sending their own input to the NetMundial meeting 
          b.. The statement should be viewed as the broad perspective on Internet governance issues from the /1net community. There is plenty of opportunity for more in-depth discussions outside this singular event 
          c.. Given the tight deadline, we should as much as possible avoid suggestions that others will disagree with 
        Process of converging on the content of the statement:

          a.. An online survey gives everyone the opportunity to review each sentence within the draft statement. You can simply agree with it (obviously the preferred response), you can "Agree but…" and provide some brief feedback, or you can disagree and explain why you feel would need to change to the wording in order for you to agree. 
          b.. That survey will run from now until the end of Tuesday (23:45 UTC),
          at which point it will close. 
          c.. The results from the survey will be analyzed to see what changes
          could be made to accommodate different views - and statistics
          released to show what the feedback was (comments will be published
          but not attributed). 
          d.. On Thursday, a reformed statement will be put to a second survey sent
          to Steering Committee members who will act as representatives of
          their stakeholder groups in deciding yes or no to specific
          e.. That survey will close Friday and /1net coordinator Adiel Akplogan
          will review the results and decide what can be put forward to the
          NetMundial meeting as representative of /1net's view. 
        It is far more rushed than is ideal but given the fact that there is only this week to reach agreement, hopefully you will all see the value in responding quickly and constructively.

        You can find the survey and the statements at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/1net-netmundial

        Please note that the survey will automatically close at 23.45 UTC on Tuesday 4 March.

        Thank you for your input in advance.

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