Internet Governance Civil Society Coordination Group (CSCG)

Civil Society Nominations for WGEC - selections from Civil Society Coordination Group (CSCG)

Mar 31, 2016
From: Ian Peter
To: Peter Major

Dear Peter,

We submit to you the five names selected by the Civil Society Co-ordination Group (CSCG) to represent us on the new Working Group on Enhanced Co-operation. Our names are:

Richard Hill (WEOG)
Lea Kaspar (EE)
Parminder Jeet Singh (AP)
Carlos Afonso (GRULAC)
Anriette Esterhuysen (AFRICA).

These were chosen from a total of twenty-five candidates submitted via our various networks, as well as directly to the Nomcom, in accordance with our Procedures outlined at In choosing representatives, we were concerned to ensure both gender and geographic balance: but also to combine previous experience and knowledge in this field with the introduction of new articulate voices from the civil society grouping. We were also concerned to ensure that the range of political perspectives which exist within civil society were adequately represented.

This was an extremely difficult decision for us, given the range of excellent candidates available. But we believe the selected representatives will each bring a unique but representative perspective to your deliberations.

Biographical details for the selected candidates appear below (we will forward email contact details separately). Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require further information, or if there are any concerns about any of these nominations.

Ian Peter and Ginger Paque, Co-chairs, CSCG

(The Civil Society Coordination Group (CSCG) exists solely to ensure a coordinated civil society response and conduit when it comes to making civil society appointments to outside bodies. It comprises representatives of the coalition members of the Best Bits, Association for Progressive Communications, Internet Governance Caucus, Just Net Coalition, and Non-Commercial Stakeholders Group of ICANN. Together the reach of these groups extends to many hundreds of non-governmental organisations, as well as a great number of individuals. )


Richard Hill is a member of the Just Net Coalition's Steering Committee and the president of the Association for Proper Internet Governance, a non-profit organization based in Geneva, Switzerland. He has an extensive background in information systems, telecommunications, negotiation, mediation, conflict management, and Internet governance. He is a vice-Chair of ISOCCH and of ISOC's newly-created Chapters Advisory Council. Richard was with ITU from 2001 to 2012 and was part of the WSIS secretariat team dealing with Internet governance; he was involved in WGIG, and in various ITU discussions on Internet-related matters. Richard is an accredited mediator, an active domain name arbitrator, and one of the ICANN PICDRP arbitrators. He has published papers on mediation, computer-related intellectual property issues, and Internet governance, and contributes to discussions on various mailing lists. Richard was a commenting observer with the previous WGEC. LEA KASPAR
Lea Kaspar heads Global Partner Digital's (GPD) programmatic portfolio and leads the organisation’s international policy arm. Since joining GPD in 2012, she has been concentrating upon facilitating multistakeholder dialogue and civil society engagement in international internet governance debates. She has developed and coordinated information sharing, capacity building, and advocacy initiatives at the Global Conference on Cyberspace (GCCS), NETmundial, the WSIS+10 Review process, the 2013-2014 UN CSTD Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation (WGEC), and various processes of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). She is a member of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG), a member of the UK Multistakeholder Group on Internet Governance (MAGIG), and sits on the Steering Committee of the UK IGF. During the 2013-14 WGEC, she participated as an active observer in 4 out of 5 meetings of the Group. Following its establishment, she joined the WGEC Correspondence Group, and played a critical role in developing the mapping output of the Group, which served as the basis for the CSTD mapping report issued in November 2014. Through this engagement, she gained invaluable insight into the dynamics of the enhanced cooperation debate.

Parminder is Executive Director of IT for Change, an India based NGO, in Special Consultative Status with UN's Economic and Social Council. This Special Status has been granted to IT for Change for its work at the global level on Information Society issues at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and thereafter. IT for Change's core mandate is to work at the intersection of new ICTs and progressive social change, from the standpoint of equity and social justice. The interests of marginalized sections, including women, remain IT for Change's key focus. IT for Change is widely acknowledged to be a key actor bringing representation of voices from the South, and those generally of marginalized sections, to global forums on information society and Internet governance. Parminder leads IT for Change's work in the area of governance reform and community informatics, and has been its main representative in IG spaces at the global and national levels. His previous work on the CSTD WGEC continues the institutional memory and concern for global south issues.

Carlos A. Afonso, Brazilian, is the director of the Instituto NUPEF (Rio de Janeiro), chair of the Brazilian chapter of Internet Society, and a founding member and current board member of representing civil society. Together with Herbert de Souza, he founded IBASE and implemented Alternex, the first non-profit Internet services provider in Brazil. In 1990, he participated in the founding of APC, and from 1997-1998 served as APC's first chair. In 1991, he proposed and supervised the Internet project for the UN Conference on Environment and Development (Rio, 1992) in collaboration with APC. Mr. Afonso is an expert in the field of Internet Governance. He has written books and articles on networking for human development in different languages. He received LACNIC's Trajectory Prize in 2010 and APC' Betinho Award in 2015. Master in Economics, Carlos studied naval engineering and concluded doctoral studies in Social and Political Thought. Mr Afonso was one of the participants in the last WGEC. His presence will help ensure the continuation of previous WGEC work, and help preserve institutional memory of this work, as he assists new members to incorporate their new ideas.

Anriette Esterhuysen is the executive director of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), an international network of organizations working with Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) to support social justice and development. Prior to joining APC Anriette was executive director of SANGONeT, an internet service provider and training institution for civil society, labour and community organizations in southern Africa. She was active in the struggle against Apartheid and from 1987 to 1992 did information and communication work in development and human rights organizations in South Africa and Zimbabwe. Anriette served on the African Technical Advisory Committee of the UN's Economic Commission for Africa's African Information Society Initiative and was a member of the United Nations ICT Task Force from 2002 to 2005, the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Task Working Group on Financing Mechanisms, and the Commission for Science and Technology for Development Working Group on Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Improvements. She was a member of the IGF Multistakeholder Advisory Group from 2012-14.. She was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame as a global connecter in 2013. Currently Anriette is a member of the Global Commission on Internet Governance. She has published extensively on ICTs for development and social justice.