Internet Governance Civil Society Coordination Group (CSCG)

CS Representation on Brazil Committees

Jan 15, 2014

I am pleased to announce the following selections for the Brazil Committees on behalf of the Civil Society Coordination Group. Many thanks to all the organisations and individuals who co –operated in this collaborative effort and to those who contributed to a very talented list of names for consideration

High Level Committee

Jovan Kurbalija
Stephanie Perrin
Louis Pouzin

Executive Multistakeholder Committee

Adam Peake
Marilia Maciel

Biographical details appear below.

The representatives were chosen from a field of 33 applications for HLC and 24 applications for EMC, drawn from a widely disseminated call for nominations across various civil society networks, including IGC, Best Bits, APC, NCSG, Diplo, and associated civil society networks, and including nominations from other CS individuals as well. No nominations were denied full consideration.

The full list of candidates was posted on the main civil society lists some time ago (let me know if you need a copy). We thank all the volunteers who put their names forward – this was an incredibly talented field and making decisions on final candidates was subsequently a significant challenge.

The selections were made by a Nomcom consisting of Virginia Paque (Diplo Foundation), Jeremy Malcolm (Best Bits), Chat Garcia Ramilo (APC) and Robin Gross (NCSG). Ian Peter was an independent non voting Chair.

We realise that some aspects of these selections will be controversial. We have attempted to find a balance (among the candidates who best fit our criteria for selection) between such factors as gender, geography, advocacy, knowledge, expertise, and constituency. Geography in particular was a challenge in finalising our HLC candidates – but we did note very strong support from a number of prominent third world centred organisations and individuals for Louis Pouzin, and trust that the perspectives and advocacy he will bring to the discussions will ensure that important issues of concern to many members of civil society are not neglected.

Biographical details are below.

Ian Peter (non voting Chair)


Dr Jovan Kurbalija is the founding director of DiploFoundation. He is a former diplomat with a professional and academic background in international law, diplomacy, and information technology. In 1992, he established the Unit for IT and Diplomacy at the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies in Malta. In 2002, after more than ten years of successful work in training, research, and publishing, the Unit evolved into DiploFoundation.

Dr Kurbalija directs online learning courses on ICT and diplomacy and lectures in academic and training institutions in Switzerland, the United States, Austria, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Malta. His main areas of research are diplomacy and the development of an international Internet regime, the use of hypertext in diplomacy, online negotiations and diplomatic law.

Stephanie Perrin is recognized as an international expert in privacy and data protection and the social impact of technology, and is conducting doctoral research focused on privacy enhanced authentication technologies. Stephanie is a NCSG/NCUC member and has been a strong advocate for privacy on the ICANN Expert Working Group on Directory Services (aka "whois") for the last year. Her experience includes several positions in the Canadian Government, including in Integrity Services at Service Canada, as Director of Research and Policy in the Office of the Privacy Commissioner, and as Director of Privacy Policy at Industry Canada where she was responsible for the development of the private sector privacy legislation (PIPEDA). She has worked in the private sector and has consulted broadly on privacy issues internationally, including advising on the first privacy policy for CIRA, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority. She is based in Canada.

Louis Pouzin is one of the pioneers in computer communications and the Internet. He designed and directed the development of the Cyclades network in France, the first to use datagrams and matching end-to-end protocols, later adopted by the Internet. He is now retired and contributes to several associations and working groups related to Internet development. He has received ACM SIGCOMM and IEEE Internet awards and is a member of the Internet Hall of Fame. He graduated from Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, and has published 82 articles and a book on computer networks.Louis is a founder or Eurolinc and has been a strong advocate in internet governance discussions.

Adam Peake is a senior researcher at the Center for Global Communications (GLOCOM), International University of Japan. He works on telecommunications, Internet and broadband policy, and follow-up activities for the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). Adam has been active in policy-making activities for the deployment and development of the Internet since the mid-1990s. He is an expert on the development and deployment of the broadband networks, services and applications in Japan, and has conducted numerous studies for Japanese corporate clients on telecommunications/Internet/ICTs in the United States, Europe, Africa and Asia. Adam teaches a short course on Internet policy for MBA students at the International University of Japan and is a former co ordinator of the Internet Governance Caucus.

Marília Maciel works as a professor of Intellectual Property Law and also as a researcher at the Center for Technology and Society of the Getulio Vargas Foundation (CTS/FGV), in Brazil. She leads project Cultura Livre (Free Culture), which investigates how new media reshapes intellectual property and impacts cultural production and distribution. She also represents FGV at the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Marília has a Masters degree on Latin American Integration from the Federal University of Santa Maria and a Law degree from the Federal University of Pernambuco. She has been a tutor in the Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme, organized by DiploFoundation since 2008. She is also a member of the Remote Participation Working Group, composed by individuals from different countries who have joined together with the concern to enhance remote attendance in the Internet Governance Fórum.