2015-2017 Co-ordinator Rlection Results

In this month of January 2015 one co-coordinator seat became vacant and was up for filling. The election process kick started with a call for nominations posted to the IGC list on 18 November 2014. By the end of the nomination period on 19 December, we received the following confirmed nominations:
1) Analia Aspis
2) Arsene Tungali
3) Kawsar Uddin
The results of the elections are as follows.
Total number of tokens generated and invitations sent = 488
Total number of valid votes (survey completed) = 163
Incomplete responses = 31
Total responses = 194
Votes received by the candidates:
1) Analia Aspis = 83 (42.78%)
2) Arsene Tungali = 57 (29.38%)
3) Kawsar Uddin = 22 (11.34%)
4) None of the nominees = 1 (0.52%)
Other statistics include:
– No answer = 10 (5.15%)
– Not completed or not displayed = 21 (10.82%)
After setting up the survey in the online system used for IGC elections, we had to prepare the voting list by making sure all members who meet the voting criteria are included in the list, despite potential confusion due to the fact that the IGC website seems to re-initialize the count of membership time span from the last time members’ information (eg, email address) has been updated. This worked rather well since for all the misses that were reported, only one or two were confirmed after verification. The email ballot paper sent to about a dozen voters got probably lost in their spam folder or they simply missed it in their regular mailbox.
After the election started, we were reminded of the need to add an abstention option for those who do want to exercise their right to vote (and be on the record for participating in the election) without the obligation to give their vote to one or another of the candidates standing. After checking, it has appeared that a “No candidate” vote was in option in the last election cycle (2014). However, we first missed that as we were using a template from the latest election where only one coordinator was to be elected, which was in 2013 (in 2014, the two co-coordinators were to be replaced.) Hopefully now we will systematically have an “Abstention” or “No candidate” option (whichever the Caucus finds more appropriate) on the ballot next to the candidates’ names.
The results also show two responses as saved but not submitted. We also note that up to 16 people responded YES to the question as to whether they have already voted in the current election. At least four voters among those did not complete their vote. It appears that this question and its purpose may not be clear to a number of voters.
Report by Dr. Mawaki Chango, outgoing IGC Co-ordinator.

1)    Tungali Baguma Arsène

Country :Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

Organisation :Rudi International (a civil society charity)

Short Biography (you may also provide a link to your personal website or your Linkedin page if you have one.)

Arsene is 24, will turn 25 in January 2015. Working in child online protection, he calls himself an online protection activist focusing on child safety and women Internet accessibility.

Over 5 years of blogging in French and English. After attending the Internet Governance Forum in 2011 as a Youth Participant, speaking in a Child Online Protection session led by UNICEF, ITU and ECPAT International, Arsene got interested in the Internet Policy. Being the first youth from his country to attend such ICT high level meeting, he committed on training and engaging young people on IG related topics and he is currently fighting on bringing their voice to those decision-making level meetings.

He then took Diplo Foundation’s Internet Capacity Building Program in 2012, attended the African Internet Governance Forum (AfIGF) in 2013 and now has a leading role in the DRC IGF Working Group as Youth Representative. An ISOC global member, he is working on creating a new ISOC Chapter to serve the Eastern Congo community. Admitted to the ICANN Fellowship Program, he successfully participated in ICANN 51 in Los Angeles.

A youth leader and a success role model with great innovative mind, he loves engaging young people on being the change. After taking several Leadership Development courses, he co-founded Rudi International a youth-led charity which he considers as his own contribution to bringing the change. He joined the international British charity, Peace One Day in 2013 where he now serves as Field Officer based on his knowledge of the DRC and the Great Lakes Region. With POD, he is playing a leading role in raising awareness of Peace Day.

LinkedIn Public profile : www.linkedin.com/pub/arsene-tungali/40/825/344/

Blog : http://tungali.blogspot.com

Why you think you would make a good co-coordinator for the IGC

I am an IGC member for more than 2 years now. I have been following discussions and contributing to some of them. I know how the list is working and i have basic knowledge of IG matters both on local and global levels being involved in national, regional and global Internet Governance events.

Many things make me think I can make a good co-coordinator :

–       I am young, full of energy and have time to commit to this job. I may be the first young mind to take this role and this can make a difference since we need to promote a multistakeholder model even within CS,

–       I am a French and English speaker which gives me the ability to understand everyone and can easily engage with people who have French as their primary language as myself,

–       I am slow to speak, always taking time to think twice before i can jump into a discussion. I know moderators ought to have that as quality,

–       I have basic analytical capacity and in my background have been doing similar work in the real world, which gives me the capability to do it in a virtual world,

–       I have been coordinating various groups and organizations from the civil society world which gives me better understanding of how to bring together different point of view and make a good summary,

–       I am closely following discussions from other CS groups and i am always up-to-date with developments in the IG world and the global Internet ecosystem.

To name just few, these are some of the points that makes me think I can be a good co-coordinator for the IGC and contribute to make it what it ought to be based on our Charter.

My vision for the IGC

I want to help it remain the Civil Society group of reference in the Internet Governance ecosystem, where people will be free to speak and express themselves with no fear to be frightened.

I want the IGC to be a place where new people (members) interested in the IG can be able to learn and to contribute to discussions with no need to have advanced IG background. I will work to be able to create a good atmosphere in the group to make it a safe place for real and constructive conversations.

At this stage, so many members are frightened to contribute because some of us are acting disrespectfully, with no regards to others’ points of view. I want to make the IGC a space where tolerance will prevail and where all members will be working together with respect.

I will work on bringing back all those registered members who are no longer contributing to discussions although their inputs are needed to make informed decisions as a group. I will work on finding the reasons they are not contributing and will make sure we bring them back in.

I will work on verifying all email adresses of members and make sure they are updated because so many have either changed or are no longer using their original email adress. Reaching out to them will help us update the list and have new insights from other members.

2) Analia Aspis
Country you affiliate yourself with (nationality or residence)
Organizational/Network affiliations in the context of CS/Academia or in the context of ICTs
Iberoamerican Observatory for Data Protection – researcher
– Argentinean Hub for Internet Governrance – Founder & coordinator
– Hub coordinator for WSIS, Net Mundial, ICANN’s meetings, GIP meeting, IGF.
– National Scientific and Technical Research Council of Argentina – PhD candidate – Researcher
–  The Swedish Law and Informatics Research Institute – University of Stockholm . Phd candidate and master lecturer.
– Programme of Science  and Technology University of Buenos Aires – Researcher and coordinator on surveillance and IT law (UBACyT). Blog
– UNCTAD country expert on electronic commerce –
– Young resarcher conference on technology and society – University of Buenos Aires – Coordinator
– Research group on Internet Governance – University of Buenos Aires (page under construction)
Disclosure of Conflict of Interest, if any.
Short Biography (you may also provide a link to your personal website or your Linkedin page if you have one.)
Why you think you would make a good co-coordinator for the IGC
I consider I have always shown an early concern in alternatives solutions to nowadays problems between technology and law, being always my aim to join forces and to collaborate in both educational and social problems that this field involved. As a Latin American citizen I think I can offer a comprehensive point of view of the issues, contribute to the understanding of the different backgrounds and situations. Moreover, I do consider the research  as a unique opportunity to enhance her research work across Latin America and to start an active network not only in the region but collaborate worldwide. I am more that convinced that I do have has both the intellectual and professional capacity to promote and subscribe IGC’s mission.
Vision for the IGC
I do believe that IGC should is a great space to coordinate regional actions towards IG debate, enabling new generations and young researchers to contribute with their vision and ideas, generating new areas of discussion as well as a more interactive dialogue. Moreover, integrating LatinAmerican IG specialist is a nice challenge as well as multilingualism’s issues. Integration of students in IG themes and coordination of the different academics sectors related with technology (and not only law or it) is, for my point of view, a priority.