I thank Nicalas for raising the first square mile issue. It’s part of the larger rethinking of connectivity as infrastructure rather than networks.


For the purposes of submitting a declaration I’m not too concerned because there is only so much one can do in writing. Hence the value in a workshop.


The basic problem is that very words we use to talk about connectivity implicitly that networks are like railroads and we depend on third parties for rides. Hence all the effort to petition “them” for better treatment and few restrictions on what we can do with their networks. Even when they are “our” networks it is still a sense of ownership just with the “people’ as gatekeepers. The focus on access is part of this.


The big idea of “best efforts” means we can composite individual efforts without having a network as such. Like having roads and sidewalks to facilitate mobility. It is important to realize that we are not limited to using roads and sidewalks – we got around millennia before they existed. They just facilitate movement and transport. The flip side is that they don’t assure anything. Concepts like access and services are not part of the infrastructure but rather way we use the common infrastructure.


What is important for empowerment is that anyone can contribute. Just as important is that it is now “owned” by the community in the sense of the ability to exclude but only in the sense of shared stewardship as when a local board or government collects money and hires people to manage the facilities. (Volunteering is a mechanism in lieu of cash).


One complicated factors is that today’s Internet protocols and relationships are very much old-paradigm and whatever we do should coexist just as a home network coexists with telecom – we just buy a path through it. Calling that path “access” is valid but misleading.


Again, this is a lot to unpack in email and I’ve said much of this before so ….


From: dc3-bounces@listas.altermundi.net [mailto:dc3-bounces@listas.altermundi.net] On Behalf Of Luca Belli
Sent: Thursday, September 29, 2016 08:53
To: Dynamic Coalition on Community Connectivity <dc3@listas.altermundi.net>
Subject: [DC3] Declaration on Community Connectivity v.0


Hi all,


I have tried to consolidate the ideas put forward in this list regarding a Declaration to be presented at the IGF.

I have added the draft to the pad created by Nico to collect our ideas https://pad.codigosur.org/GuadalajaraDeclaration

You can also find this “Draft Zero” in attachment.

Please, do not hesitate to share your comments on the draft or to modify the text using the pad.


I suggest we submit this first draft to the IGF Secretariat, to signify that we want it to be discussed during the IGF Main Session on Dynamic Coalitions (see the Secretariat’s email below). Then, we will have the next month to discuss and modify/refine the text of the Declaration and submit a second draft by 1 November (see email below). Lastly, we can discuss the Declaration at our pre-IGF event, on 5 December. What do you think?


Please share your thoughts on this by 15 October, so that we have time to elaborate a second draft and discuss it on the list.

All the best


FGV Direito Rio

Luca Belli, PhD
Senior Researcher
Head of Internet Governance @ FGV
+55 21 3799 5763



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From: Eleonora Anna MAZZUCCHI <EMAZZUCCHI@unog.ch>
Date: 5 September 2016 at 20:33
Subject: [DC3] IGF 2016 Main Session: Papers from DCs
To: dc@intgovforum.org
Cc: Markus Kummer <kummer.markus@gmail.com>, Avri Doria <avri@acm.org>

Dear All,

Thank you for continuing to contribute to the planning for Dynamic Coalitions' main session at IGF 2016!

With apologies for cross-posting (!),  as we move closer to the meeting and begin to refine the content of the session, all DCs should kindly note the requirement to produce individual substantive papers. As agreed during DC Coordination meetings, submission of the paper will be necessary for the DC to participate in the main session. The deadline for a first draft is 30 September 2016.

Further details on the paper are included below this message and as an attachment. The information is also available on the DCs Coordination page, together with any other documents pertaining to main session planning.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to the Secretariat for any questions or feedback on this! We would be happy to help.

Very best,

IGF Secretariat

 IGF 2016 DCs Main Session: Substantive Paper

During discussions in DC coordination meetings, it was agreed each DC would produce a substantive paper by deadline in order to participate in the DCs Main Session this year.
The papers will serve as collective background material for the session and be put forward individually for feedback, both in advance of the IGF and during the IGF itself. It was proposed and agreed that feedback be collected through online and hard-copy DC issue surveys (or ‘Idea Rating Sheets’), piloted at IGF 2015.

Bearing in mind many DCs have produced substantive papers in years past, or do so on a regular basis and introduce their work into other fora, the paper for the main session can build on or be an updated version of any of this previous work. It is only essential that the DC be able to cull from the paper key ideas for discussion in the main session and for receiving feedback before and during the meeting.

Timeline & Process for Main Session Paper

-The initial draft should be emailed to the Secretariat (emazzucchi@unog.ch) by Friday, 30 September 2016, midnight UTC, for the DC to qualify for main session participation.

-A second draft, as well as the extraction of five key points for aligning with the DC issue surveys, should be completed on/ about 1 November. This also conforms with the deadline for the IGF Best Practice Forum (BPF) outputs and with the general practice of submitting papers 6 weeks ahead of a meeting.

-An email to the IGF community promoting the papers and the online version of the DC issue surveys is sent on/ about 1 November.

-The DCs’ shared IGF booth opens with the hard-copy version of the papers, as well as DC issue surveys, from 6 December.

General Paper Guidelines

- The paper should not exceed 5 pages.

- Should not read as an “activities report” and should contain a few thought-provoking issues/questions that can be put to IGF participants.

-Should be as inclusive as possible of the views and ideas of the DC’s constituent members .

For any questions/feedback please feel free to reach out to the Secretariat at emazzucchi@unog.ch !
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