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Internet Governance Civil Society Coordination Group (CSCG)

Civil Society MAG Appointments - Call for comments

Sep 12, 2014

Folks, this is a lengthy message requesting your feedback as regards Internet Governance Forum Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) nominations and the role that the Internet Governance Civil Society Co ordination Group (CSCG) might play.

The history that led to this has been that, in the past various, civil society groups have nominated separately, with the result being that the Secretariat made its own decisions, including in some cases people with no active involvement with the civil society groups. Last year for the first time we were able to achieve a degree of cross-endorsements between our groups, but this was still confusing to the IGF Secretariat. To remedy this, we are looking this year for the first time to have a more comprehensive civil-society endorsement process for candidates.

In this respect, we expect to issue a call for candidates next Thursday (September 18). In the meantime, as we finalise this approach, your comments are sought on the following.

TIMETABLE

The draft timetable is as follows. Bear in mind that each coalition member will be calling for its own nominations which will be collated with others at a later stage

Thurs, Sep 18 – release call for nominations and final selection criteria

Tues, September 30 – close of nominations

October 1-3 – collation of nominations and shortlisting from various coalitions

October 4- 14 – completion of selections and publication of names to lists

October 16 – forwarding names to IGF Secretariat.

Your comments on this are welcome.

PROCEDURES

The draft procedures follow. These are still being refined within CSCG, but your input is welcome.

The role of CSCG is to ensure a co-ordinated civil society response and conduit when it comes to making civil society appointments to outside bodies.

The following is the procedure which CSCG follows when a request for civil society appointments is received.

1. CSCG may be involved in nominations when requested to do so by either one of its members or by an outside organisation requesting CS involvement. When such a request is received, CSCG will clarify what has been requested and, in a case where CS already has representation, consult with existing representatives in clarifying the involvement required.

2. CSCG will not be involved in any appointments of CS representatives if more than 35% of its coalition members determine not to be involved in the process, or where the number with a clear determination to be involved does not exceed those expressing a wish not to be involved. (Others may have a neutral or undecided stance) Where coalition members choose not to be involved and a decision to proceed is made, their decision to do so will be announced (if they so wish) as part of any announcement of chosen representatives. The decision to be involved or not is the primary responsibility of each constituency.

3. Any CSCG member who wishes to be eligible for selection as part of any process must announce that intention before a call for candidates is announced, and may nominate another representative of their coalition to take their place on the Nomcom.

4. CSCG as a whole will determine selection criteria for any appointments and announce them as part of a call for candidates.

5. CSCG will determine and manage a timetable for the process.

6. A separate CSCG mailing list will be established for each nomination process.

7. Unless otherwise determined by CSCG members, each coalition will issue its own call for candidates, and forward appropriate names to CSCG at the nominated close of nominations. Coalitions are at liberty to shortlist their own candidates and only submit appropriate names, or to forward all names received

8. Where time permits and as appropriate, candidates may be asked to address selection criteria in their nominations.

9. The CSCG Nomcom will consist of all voting members and the non voting chair, with the exception of representatives of coalitions who choose not to participate in a particular process.

10. The Nomcom in making its decisions should determine appropriate procedures to arrive at a final decision. But unless circumstances suggest otherwise, it is suggested that selection should begin with a shortlisting process, which will assist in identifying most favoured candidates and which candidates should be examined more closely. Following from shortlisting, which is a guide only and not an indication of which candidates should be selected, Nomcom members will arrive at the final candidates list, using on line exchanges and if necessary conference linkups to determine the final slates.

11. All members of the Nomcom are required to consider the interests of civil society as a whole, and not just their own coalition, in determining appropriate representatives

12. All Nomcoms will take into account geographic and gender balance in determining their final selections, while considering also the need for the breadth of viewpoints/worldviews represented within civil society to be represented. While realising that complete balance will not be able to be achieved in every individual instance. CSCG members are requested to take into account any such deficits in balances in previous CSCG decisions in making selections, with an objective of achieving balance over a period of time which may not be achievable in every particular case.

13. The records of each Nomcom will be destroyed six months after the process is completed.

SELECTION CRITERIA

The following are suggested selection criteria for MAG for your comments (see also comments above re achieving balance across the slate of candidates)

1. Past record of active engagement as part of civil society groups working on internet governance issues

2. Consultative style

3. Previous attendee at IGF

4. Able to work constructively with other stakeholder groups

A period for comments and suggestions is now open. A call for candidates will be issued on Thursday, September 18.

Ian Peter
(Independent Chair, CSCG)

CSCG members are:

Association for Progressive Communications, represented by Chat Garcia Ramilo, Deputy Executive Director

Best Bits, represented by Jeremy Malcolm, Steering Committee member

Civicus, represented by Mandeep Tiwana, Head of Policy and Research

Diplo Foundation, represented by Ginger (Virginia) Paque, Internet Governance Programmes

Just Net Coalition, represented by Norbert Bollow, Co-convenor

Internet Governance Caucus, represented by Dr Mawaki Chango, Co-Coordinator

The Non-Commercial Stakeholders Group, (NCSG) represented by Robin Gross, NCSG Executive Committee