2010 IGC Coordinator Elections

Results

The 2010 coordinator elections were held from 29 September 2010 to 9 October 2010. The candidates were Izumi Aizu, Rafik Dammak and Marilia Maciel.

There were 107 attempts to vote, of which 103 were valid responses. The invalid responses were two respondents who commenced the survey but did not answer compulsory questions (one "Are you a member of the IGC" and the other, having answered that "Yes", not answering "Have you already voted"), another respondent who abandoned the survey before voting for a coordinator and tried again later successfully, and one who attempted to vote for coordinator twice.

Of the 103 valid responses, 101 were from self-identified IGC members, 95 of whom claimed not to have voted already. Four of these remaining qualified voters did not choose to vote for a coordinator. Of the remaining 91 votes cast, Izumi received 52. Thanks also to Rafik who received 13 votes and Marilia who received 26.

More information is available below:

Candidate statements

Izumi Aizu: I would like to be selected for the co-coordinator’s position of the Civil Society Internet Governance Caucus.
 
I see that next 6 to 12 months will be very crucial for the Civil Society movement around the continuation of IGF, and also for the WSIS 2015. There is a clear danger to the multi-stakeholder principle and framework for the IGF. Unless we raise the voices strongly and act together, we may lose the ground we have gained so far, I am afraid.
 
Having participated in most of ICANN meetings and all WSIS and IGF meetings, I would like to bring my experience to the crucial process ahead, to lobby governments and private sector why they should work together with us on equal footing. I like to further promote the interests of the developing parts of the world, gender-equal perspectives and the voices of the ignored, unfairly treated.
 
My skill is “bridging” – connecting different values, sides, cultures, or interests. I still feel not so confident in using English, as that is not my mother tongue, therefore I believe I can represent non-English speaking majority of the civil society people fairly well. For the next IGF (and WSIS), I propose to make the working language not only English, but also other major languages (at least). I also propose to have much more “open space” at the next round of IGF, to allow free exchange of ideas, between old-timer and new-bees, cross-cultural and cross-sectoral, to advance “multi-stakeholderism” one step ahead and one more step practical.
 
Of course, as a coordinator, I will serve for the entire caucus and willing to listen, facilitate and coordinate as the members dictate. To do so effectively, however, I also like to propose that at least
one of the co-coordinators should be selected at the coming CSTD advisory member and also the MAG for IGF. This way, the linkage between these advisory groups, sometimes showing closed nature, and our caucus will be strengthened. This is not to say that I personally want to be there, but whoever selected as the coordinator should be there.
 
I welcome more suggestions, opinions and proposals.
 
I appreciate your help and support very much.

Rafik Dammak: I am a Research Student at the Interdisciplinary Information Studies, at the University of Tokyo, with focus on Ubiquitous computing and wireless sensor network . I hold a degree in Computer Engineering. I worked before as Software engineer at STMicroelectronics. I am also a DiploFoundation alumni after completion of the Internet Governance Capacity Building program (I attended also courses on e-voting, in tutoring and a roundtable on youth issues ). I participated in the online WIPO course on Intellectual Property.
 
I have joined Creative Commons Tunisian license project as Public co-leader because my interest on free culture and access to knowledge and for advocating the usage of open licensing  (I am also involved on research project about FOSS in Arab world). I am also a member of the Internet Rights and Principles DC steering committee because I strongly believe in  rights and principles like freedom of expression ,privacy and access to knowledge.
 
I am involved in the youth participation at Internet Governance and in the organization of youth workshops and attended my first IGF as a youth representative. I am acting as the coordinator of the youth coalition on Internet Governance (ycig.org) which regroup several young individuals and organizations following the multistakeholder model.
 
I have been involved in ICANN community as NCUC individual user member and I was appointed in the ICANN GNSO council to represent the Non-commercial Stakeholder Group. I am also member of the Executive Committee and Policy Committee of Non-Commercial Stakeholder Group (NCSG). I am participating in several ICANN working groups to represent non commercial users interests, in particular those from developing countries and those using a non-latin scrips. I am also an ISOC global member.
 
I attended IGF Rio de Janeiro, Hyderabad,sharm elcheikh and Vilnius . I participated at the first Summer School on Internet Governance held in Meissen Germany.
 
I accepted to be nominated for the election of IGC coordinator because geographical balance as there was no IGC coordinator until now from Africa (my region) which remain underrepresented. Moreover, even if I can be considered as an IGF veteran, I am still part of youth and I hope to bring a experienced youth perspective to IGC.
 
I also speak Arab, French, English and a "survival kit" Japanese.
 
You can consult my linkedin profile tn.linkedin.com/in/rafikdammak and also following me on twitter @rafik

Marília Maciel: I would like to volunteer to work as one of the coordinators of the Internet Governance Caucus. In this short statement I would like to briefly share my views on the main challenges regarding the IG process in the near future and the skills that would make me fit to facilitate discussions in IGC so we can face these challenges together.
 
Civil society is confronted with very important issues when it comes to the Internet Governance Process. Firstly, the IGF is going through a moment of reevaluation and change. It is important to intervene effectively, to ensure that the changes that will eventually be implemented will have as outcome a more inclusive meeting and a strengthened international forum, capable of influencing the myriad of organizations currently involved with internet governance. Secondly, it is important to resist some attempts of forum-shifting that try to diminish the role of the IGF, while empowering ITU to deal with issues related to Internet Governance that are currently under the scope of the IGF.
 
I have decided to include my name on this election for some reasons. The first one is that I believe that we need to bring more diversity to the IGF process, such as diversity of organizations involved, diversity of speakers, geographical diversity and gender diversity. If I am elected for IGC, this is one of the topics I would like to prioritize. In order to promote diversity, it is important to communicate better about the IGF process and its importance for civil society. This leads me to the second reason why I volunteered for this task. I believe that over the past few years I have improved communication skills that have helped to promote the IGF and the possibility of remote participation, by being actively involved with the Remote Participation Working Group. I would like to continue working not only to promote remote participation, but also to foster more involvement of civil society organizations with IGC. 
 
Lastly, in a challenging moment such as the one we are living, an effective coordination among ourselves, capable of leading to concrete and concerted actions, is essential. I have experience in project leading, I am very used to working in group and I have been involved with politics and policy development. I would like to use this experience to facilitate the process of harmonizing IGC´s positions and to help carry out the activities that have been decided upon.
 
I am looking forward to working with the IGC coordinator and with all the group and I thank you in advance for your support. 
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