Civil Society nominates candidates for Internet Governance Working Group
  Now Kummer and Annan have to choose
  By Bertrand De La Chapelle
4 October 2004. After the first round of consultations in Geneva on September 20-21, the size, composition and mandate of the Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG) remain in discussion. In its contribution to the September consultations in Geneva, the
IG Caucus indicated its recommendations for the WGIG:
  • a limited size (20-30 members)
  • a facilitating role for a larger group of stakeholders rather than a high level decision-making group
  • a fully balanced composition (1/3 governments, 1/3 private sector, 1/3 civil society)

The IG Caucus therefore decided to designate a slate of about 10 people, aiming as much as possible for a geographical, gender, age and profile balance. The Internet Governance Caucus also considered that although the origin of the WGIG creation was to address principally the Domain Name System and ICANN, it will progressively cover a broader definition of Internet Governance and will need to expand its competence pool accordingly. Finally, the main purpose of the WGIG should be to facilitate an iterative consultation and drafting process within the larger group of concerned stakeholders, via both physical meetings and online consultations.

In that context, the IG Caucus not only determined a list of nominees for itself but also invited other regional and thematic civil society caucuses to identify potential candidates to be taken into consideration. This dual and bottom-up process process produced a list of 35 nominees and the profiles of nominees wer publicly posted on
At the initiative of one of the Caucus co-coordinators, a small NomCom was formed to review the list of nominees and facilitate identification of an appropriately balanced slate to be transmitted to the Secretary General..

This process was not easy and resulted in two complementary sets of names.

First, a limited slate of candidates for the WGIG itself :

  • Carlos Afonso (Brazil), Technical Development Director, RITS
  • Karen Banks, (Australia), Association  for Progressive communications
  • Vittorio Bertola (Italy), Chair, ICANN At Large Advisory Committee
  • Avri Doria, (USA), Lulea University, Sweden
  • William Drake (USA), President, Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility
  • Raul Echeberria, (Uruguay), LACNIC CEO
  • Wolfgang Kleinwächter (Germany), Professor for International Communication Policy and Regulation, University of Aarhus,
  • Marlyn Tadros, (Egypt), Executive Director, Virtual Activism
  • Ang Peng Hwa, (Singapore), Dean of School of Communication & Information, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Second, based on the submissions from other Civil Society thematic caucuses, a list of "connectors" has been established to facilitate interaction with various thematic constituencies as the process expands to a broader range of issues:

  • Jonathan Cave (UK), senior Economist, Rand Europe; connector for the Scientific Information Working Group
  • Georg Greve (Germany), President, Free Software Foundation Europe, connector for the Patents, Copyrights and
    Trademanrks WG;
  • Gus Hosein (Canada), Fellow Information Systems, London Schoold of Economics and Senior Fellow, Privacy
    International; connector for Privacy and Security WG;
  • Joseph Sarr (Senegal), President, NTIC Commission of the Dakar Regional Council; connector to the Cities and Local
    Authorities Caucus
  • Robert Sagun (Philippines), Policy Coordinator of the WSIS Youth Caucus
  • Hiroshi Kawamura (Japan), Japanese Society for the Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities (JSRPD), Daisy
    Consortium Board member; connector to the Persons with Disabilities caucus
  • Aidan White (Ireland), General secretary of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), connector for the Media caucus;

(A full list of Civil Society caucuses and Working Groups is available at

These connectors will follow closely the work of the WGIG and participate in its process to help ensure a good articulation between the different issues. Should the WGIG decide to create sub-groups on thematic issues, these connectors will also help mobilize the relevant actors.

This dual list intends to cover on the one hand the immediate nomination needs in the WGIG creation phase and, on the other hand, to anticipate its future activities. 

No list or suggestion can be perfect and the members of the NomCom tried their best to pay tribute to the broad range of competences available. We hope the above-mentioned lists - that will be sent to Markus Kummer for his meetings in New York tomorrow - will facilitate the full participation of civil society in the WGIG. 

The NomCom was composed of Adam Peake, Renate Bloem, Izumi Aizu, Valeria Betancourt and Bertrand de La Chapelle.

Bertrand De La Chapelle is a member of the Internet Governance Caucus.


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