[ccwg-internet-governance] Fwd: [CCWG-ACCT] FW: Remarks of Assistant Secretary Strickling at Internet2 Global Summit
sam at lanfranco.net
Thu Apr 30 12:56:52 UTC 2015
Thanks to Greg Shatan for providing the text of Assistant Secretary
Strickling’s comments to the Internet2 Global Summit.
I would like to cite Assistant Secretary Strickling’s comment about the
definition of the multistakeholder model as “..different interest groups
coming together on an equal footing to..” and flag a concern and a
challenge endemic to the implementation of the multistakeholder model.
The ability of different interest groups to be present “on an equal
footing” is challenged on two fronts.
Some constituencies are present as part of well-funded constituency
strategies, or government resources, whereas other constituency
participation is based on voluntary effort constrained by limited
resources. This presents a challenge to “equal footing” across
constituencies in the consensus process. As well, the breadth and depth
of participation within individual constituencies in such circumstances
is both unequal and uneven, and a long way from, for example, the
democratic notion broad participation in the governance process. This
leaves the consensus process open to partial capture by constituencies
with narrow objectives generous resources. It also leaves large segments
of other constituencies without a voice in the consensus process, and an
extreme reliance on small groups of dedicated individual volunteers.
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