Your Excellency Secretary-General Guterres, Your Excellency the High Commissioner for Human Rights, We write to…
In a year when the confidence of Internet users in the Internet governance status quo was shattered by revelations of systematic and indiscriminate governance surveillance, there is a greater need than ever before for civil society organisations engaged on Internet governance and Internet rights freedom issues to come together to share and strategise. The 2013 meeting of the Best Bits network will address key issues at the intersection of Internet policy and human rights, for direct application over the next twelve months.
Through the shared outputs of this meeting and the indirect benefits of participation, we expect to empower civil society organisations and individual activists to create more informed, effective, inclusive and complementary advocacy outcomes, in which the public interest is better reflected in high-level policy discussions and in the outputs that these discussions produce. The meeting will also place Best Bits itself on a firmer institutional footing, in order to enhance its legitimacy as a broad-based civil society advocacy network and improve its long-term sustainability.
Welcome, introductions, logistics, and meeting opening
Global Internet governance principles, enhanced cooperation and the IGF
Facilitators: Parminder Jeet Singh and Joy Liddicoat, background documents
If required, divide into groups of 3 and then report back.
Lunch and networking break
The ITU, the WSIS+10 process and other IG-related spaces
Facilitators: Joana Varon Ferraz and Matthew Shears, background documents
Output: Set of draft recommendations based on the following questions:
Output Setting up of task forces (as necessary) with the aim of building appropriate engagement roadmaps.
State surveillance and human rights
Facilitators: Andrew Puddephatt and Deborah Brown, background documents
Potential output from group 1: A list of important upcoming standards discussions and RFCs; sketch out a timeline of more technical meetings where these issues can/should be discussed.
Potential output from group 2: A concrete requests for the private sector- internet companies and telcos- that would outline what actions from corporations civil society would like to see in light of surveillance revelations
Potential output from group 3: Outcome might be a series of action points/ a working group/ a short statement aimed at IGF and potentially other bodies. We will have to take our cue on this one from the previous day, whether it looks like people want to focus on Brazil2014, IGF, a broader statement that can be repurposed, etc.
Lunch and networking break
Facilitator: Jeremy Malcolm and Anja Kovacs, background documents
Output: Agreed statement of objectives.
Output: Procedure wiki.
Joint Best Bits/Web We Want dinner at Nusa Dua Beach Grill (own cost of IDR 200.000, transport provided)
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Best Bits was a global civil society network on the topic of Internet governance, that was formed in 2012 and closed in 2019. Many of the former members of Best Bits participate in the Internet Governance Caucus.