It is my pleasure to report the results of the December 2008 Election of the Civil Society Internet Governance Caucus. I will write a more “formal” note later with more of the details, but just so that you know, with 89 votes cast, we have the following result:
Ginger Paque (55.06%, n=49)
Sivasubramanian Muthus (19.10%, n=17)
None of the Above (16.85%, n=15)
Asif Kabani (8.99%, n=8)
This is a pretty decisive result, and my congratulations go out to Ginger, and to all those that participated in the election. I will maintain all data in confidence until after the appeal deadline, and then delete it. Should you have any additional questions before I can get to the final report, please let me know.
Derrick L. Cogburn, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Information
School of Information Studies, and
Senior Research Associate, Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs
Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs
346 Hinds Hall
Syracuse, NY 13244-4100
Director, Center for Research on Collaboratories and
Technology Enhanced Learning Communities (Cotelco)
339 Hinds Hall
Syracuse, NY 13244-4100
Asif Kabani is an International Technical Expert on subject of Internet Governance (IG), e-governance, Information Communication Technology (ICT), Result Based Management Systems (RBMS), Project Performance Management Systems (RBMS), Small Medium Enterprise (SME), Micro credit and Socio Economic Development, Gender Mainstreaming and Gender Empowerment, Governance, Human Capital Development and Project Management.
Serving as Hon. Director, Governance and ICT at International Sustainable Development – Resource Centre, Geneva, also served organizations namely Internet Governance Forum (IGF) United Nations Office Geneva, Asian Development Bank (ADB), Member Task Force on IT Policy Development, Ministry of IT and Telecom, GOP (in area of Internet Governance). Worked as Deputy Director, Decentralization Support Program, Ministry of Finance, and Project Performance Management System Specialist.
Technical Advisor and Speaker at Asia’s Government IT and Public Sector Technology and Management, Singapore, on Planning of e-government, Digital Divide and E-procurement. Speaker at Gulf International IT Exhibition (GITEX) and E-Government Summit, Dubai, UAE, International Speaker at 3rd International Conference of E-Governance, Publications include book & papers of Planning and Implementing e-governance with Public-Private and Civil Society Organizations.
Professionally educated as Internet Governance and Policy expert from DiploFoundation, MSc degree from University of London, MBA in NGO Management and MBA in Information Technology (IT).
Notable achievement in 2008 include working with Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Secretariat at UNOG. Planning the IGF Hyderbad 2008, had provided the opportunity to work with Multistakeholder (MAG), Member of Internet Governance Forum and Keys Players of IG, like ITU, ICANN, Council for Europe, ICC-Basic, Internet Governance Caucus, and Others.
I am working towards sharing the knowledge of Internet Governance to masses by developing material, websites and training kits of IG in local languages with stakeholder of IG.
Finally, I am looking forward to serve as IGC Co-coordinator, and work towards the development of the strategic outcomes of IGF 2008 and the community at large by promoting synergies with stakeholders. I strongly advocate forums and technologies that are promoting sustainable development and ICT for making world and cyberspace better place for people and environment.
Sivasubramanian Muthusamy (India)
Sivasubramanian Muthusamy immensely values the fundamental principles of the Internet. His interest in the growth and evolution of the Internet stems from an innate desire to contribute very significantly to the world at large on a macro level. It began in 1991 when he was one of the four delegates from India to the International Model United Nations organized by the Junior Chambers International and held at the UN General Assembly Hall in New York where he introduced a spiritedly debated draft resolution to strengthen the United Nations. One of his early papers on the Internet Architecture issues sent as a mail to W3C proposed “Costume Party Model” for “Reconciling Society’s Concerns for Privacy with the imperative of Authentication” – an idea that he now considers imperfect.
His interest in “universal prosperity” remained latent as his career path occupied him in business as an entrepreneur, but he became involved in the Internet after he became a member of the Internet Society. He started the ISOC India Chennai chapter which was chartered in June 2007, the chapter became an at-Large structure as well.
He has taken part in the OECD Ministerial Meeting on the Future of Internet Economy at Seoul, Korea, and took part at the APNIC 24 and SANOG events in New Delhi and more recently at the Internet Governance Forum at Hyderabad. As a person who believes in a well balanced system of Governance in its minimal form, he became involved in the Internet Governance Caucus to contribute to the Civil Society’s role in the evolution and governance of the Internet.
As a member of the Civil Society he believes that in essence the Civil Society is in agreement within on most issues, and that differences tend to arise largely in expression and interpretation. He also believes that this unity of purpose is true in the larger arena where all stakeholders, with the exception of a few interests, are in agreement that the Internet is valuable, that it needs to evolve further as a free and open medium. He believes that there would be greater agreement among stakeholders with greater receptiveness to the concerns of one another. He believes that there can be a solution acceptable to all stakeholders who have conflicting interests. He is working on concepts that would further the Internet Model as the world moves towards the next billions of Internet Users and a richer Internet.
His focus is on contributing to the policy sphere, and with this purpose he is learning more and more about the Internet issues so as to constantly correct himself and to gain a clear and fair perspective on all issues. He has taken part in a Diplo Foundation’s Internet Governance Capacity Building program and wishes to advance further on this learning path with a view to gain an in-depth of knowledge on Internet issues and to take part in the Internet Governance process with the right understanding.
He has taken part in the Rotary Group Study Exchange program to Argentina and Paraguay in 1994 and earlier in a short term exchange program to Germany. He has traveled widely in India and have traveled to Argentina, Brazil, Trinidad & Tobago, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Tanzania, visited the United States, Canada, Germany, United Kingdom, Nederland, France, Switzerland, Italy, Nepal, Singapore, Bangkok, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and Korea.
He took the initiative to form the India Chennai chapter of the Internet Society. He serves as the President of ISOC India Chennai which is recently approved as an at-Large structure. He also serves as the at-Large Advisory Committee’s (ALAC) IDN liaison. Within ISOC, apart from his attention to local programs and events, he takes part in one or two of ISOC’s global task groups. He is associated with One Web Day and has volunteered to handle the Stories task.
He is a graduate in Business (MBA) from India with 19 years of cross functional business experience, now giving shape to Turiya, a Start Up with some limitations in its pre-funding stage, to make Desktop, Mobile PCs and Mobile Internet Devices around an UNIX operating system. He is a Strategic planner with vivid conceptual traits, comfortable with technology, especially on a macro scale. He is an effective communicator & team leader combined with the ability to interact effectively with people of diverse nationalities worldwide.
Some of his blogs are http://isocmadras.blogspot.com and wealthy world He has published articles at a Citizen Journalism portal on the Internet Model which experienced a censorship issue and other articles that were well read. He has also published a comment CircleID on the ITU Secretary General’s speech at the ICANN, Cairo
His contact phone numbers are +91 99524 03099 and +91 424 4030334. He lives in India and can be reached at email@example.com and at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ginger Paque – Venezuela
Virginia (Ginger) Paque was born in the United States, but has lived in Venezuela for the past +30 years. An educator and administrator by profession, she has 25 years experience in business and manufacturing systems consulting. She is a board member of the United Nations Association of Venezuela and her work as the Venezuelan member of the World Federation of United Nations Associations Task Force on WSIS (starting in 2003) brought her into the world of Internet Governance during the PrepComs. She is a member of the Venezuela chapter of ISOC.
Currently, an important priority is her work with Diplo Foundation for the Internet Governance Capacity Building Program, in particular the multilingual possibilities for digital education and the Spanish-English bilingual section of the Internet Governance Capacity Building Programmed in particular. She also coordinates and facilitates a series of online Spanish language Human Rights courses for lawyers and other professionals. Two areas of particular interest are Spanish language online educational projects and the research and monitoring of e-voting as a controversial but inevitable development.
She is a member of the IGF Remote Participation Working Group, the Gender DC, the Digital Education DC, and the IBR DC. She is also interested in Net Neutrality as an IG issue. As examples of current work, she participated as a panelist in the Net Neutrality Workshop (users’ viewpoint), the Digital Education Workshop (educators’ viewpoint) and the Internet Governance Capacity Building Best Practices Workshop at the IGF Hyderabad. She has little formal experience as a moderator, and none as a mailing list coordinator. She has handled moderator/facilitator activities in courses and panels such as the Internet Voting debate held at the IGF Hyderabad in the Village Square.
She practices tenor sax and classical piano, and plays with metalworking and cooking in her free time as well.
Additional statement – “As an online educator, I see my role as that of facilitator and moderator, trying to help participants work their way through selection, analysis and efficient use of the plethora of information now available on the Internet. I think that the role of IGC co-coordinator is similar, trying to help a group of online collaborators make efficient use of information, time, energy and expertise towards effective involvement in IG issues.
I would count on and follow Ian’s more experienced lead. I stand as an individual, and do not have a particular facet of IG that I find most compelling, rather a great interest in the process and willingness to work to improve it. I see my lack of focused expertise as an advantage, hopefully allowing me to help keep the list aware of the “big picture”.”