ISOC can bring 100 members of civil society, bend ITU toward consumers. That would do more for "multi-stakeholder" goals than everything else ISOC is doing. Grigori Saghyan, of ISOC Armenia, is going to Busan as a member of the ISOC delegation. The U.S. is sending 100+ to the Busan Plenipot. I asked Secretary-General Touré whether ISOC could send 100 as well and he confirmed they'd be welcome to send as many as we choose. ISOC is an ITU member entitled to send as many people as we like to WCIT, Plenipot and other meetings.
Bringing dozens of community representatives could dramatically change the tone of ITU meetings, currently dominated by government and corporate reps. In practice, the ITU meetings are very open and civil society representatives can make a huge difference. Harold Feld of Public Knowledge had impact at WCIT.
Sally Wentworth has replaced Kummer and isn't being as stiff necked as Kummer. She writes, "I understand that you had a question about the ISOC delegation. As you may recall, a few months back, we issued a call for applications to support 5 chapter members to attend Plenipot as part of their national delegations. Grigori was among those selected. Unfortunately, for some of our chapters, participating on their national delegations has proven to be difficult and so, as we got closer to the deadline, we welcomed them to the ISOC delegation." At ISOC/ICANN, Veni Markovski said chapters have been asking for this for years and it was a welcome change this year. Raul Echeberria of ISOC said that unless there's a problem ISOC will do more.Add a comment