Shahul Hameed - Asia/Australia/Pacific Region (Male)
Any conflicts of interest: None
I will be available to carry my duty and I've recently moved to a freelancer mode which provides me with more available time to contribute.
I’m a Computer Science engineering graduate and a programmer by profession. My first involvement with IG dates back to the historic SaveTheInternet campaign in India, back in 2015, as a volunteer, we urged people to send comments to The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to uphold a fair and open Internet and eventually succeeded. Later, I started involving with ISOC Trivandrum Chapter which helped me land a fellowship to attend the first India School of Internet Governance at Hyderabad in 2016 and started to follow the IG eco-system ever since. ICANN57 was my first ICANN event and has helped me gain an understanding and enabled me to work with like-minded civil societies to help shape the future of internet access and digital rights in the country. I co-founded Youth4Rights.asia, a digital rights organization, with like-minded people I met during ICANN57 from different parts of Asia and we organized a Day-0 event at RightsCon 2017, a capacity building program for young people to learn about the many digital rights issues impacting them. Furthermore, attendance at APSIG 2017 gave me a lot of ideas about the various IG related issues that are specific to our region.
As the home for civil society organizations and individuals which advocates positions on domain name-related policies that protect and support noncommercial communication and activity on the Internet, I started involving in NCUC and was one of the selected mentees for ICANN 61 to attend NCUC Policy Course. I followed the course and eventually, it helped me to engage in the public comment drafting process on the Open Data Initiative Datasets and Metadata which we submitted on 27th July. I proposed the #AskNCUC project, which showcases the amazing work we do at NCUC to a global audience and helped EC to organize 3 editions of the same, with 2 editions in the pipeline. I’m currently the Secretary of ISOC TRV Chapter, Steering Committee Member of India School on Internet Governance (2018) and also the Ad-hoc Multi-Stakeholder Group member of Youth IGF India.
My strategy if I were to be elected as the Asia Pacific NCUC Rep
I aim to work as a team player in supporting other members and chair, also would take initiative whenever needed by making constructive proposals aligned to our goals. I would also like to bring a metric based approach to all the organizational goals we set so that we can easily measure the outcome and correct if needed. Few ideas which I would focus on in terms of my vision regarding NCUC are as follows:
Keep the existing members aware of our initiatives and the work we do (periodic updates in the form of summary emails/newsletters) and engage them in a meaningful way (member's call specific to a region).
Assist the existing members' participation in policy development by strengthening our existing initiatives and also attract newcomers to the process by continuing the initiatives like the Policy Writing Course.
Expand the effectiveness of the outreach activities we organize through with a metric driven approach and also improve the impact of #AskNCUC project.
Ensure the representation of NCUC in major events that are happening in the region and recruit potential future members.
Make the most of the ICANN 64 event that’s happening in our region (Kobe) in terms of in-reach and outreach on NCUC.
Working closely with the members of current EC team and the veterans of NCUC as part of the #AskNCUC project was indeed a great learning experience in terms of understanding the impact of the tasks of the EC and inspired me to accept the nomination. And I strongly believe I will be able to serve the NCUC Executive Committee as the Asia/Australia/Pacific Region representative as someone who’s from the region and understands the unique opportunities and challenges posed by the region.
Advocating for an open and equal Internet is where I started my IG journey and I assure you that I would continue the same and will also work to pursue NCUC's participation within the IG community.
Please find below my statement for the NCUC EC EU position. Feel free to share any question you might have; I’d be more than willing to respond!
My name is Louise Marie Hurel, and I work as Project Coordinator on Cybersecurity and Digital Liberties at Igarapé Institute, a think and do tank based in Brazil. My work focuses on cybersecurity policy, norms development and confidence building both in Brazil and internationally. Also, I hold an MSc on Media and Communications (Data and Society) from the London School of Economic and Political Science, and a BA in International Relations from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. Additionally, in spite of my institutional affiliation, I remain an individual NCUC member based in London.
Most of my research focuses on the analysis of the intersection between Internet governance and cybersecurity communities, data protection policies and security for emerging technologies. This includes consultancy for UNESCO’s projectonmultistakeholderism, two years at the Center for Technology and Society at FGV (CTS-FGV) working on Internet governance, security and privacy issues, participation at the BRICS Youth Forum (2017) and approximately four years at the Center for Strategic and Political Studies at the Naval War College in Brazil.
My NCUC Background:
I first joined NCUC as an institutional representative and shifted to an individual membership for almost two years now. From ICANN 58 to ICANN 62 I was part of the Onboarding program Where I had the wonderful opportunity of learning from Kathy Kleiman, Ayden, and Thomas -- during which I was participating as a member of the Rights Protection Mechanisms working group. Thankfully, we worked closely with our previous NCUC Chairs in making it easier for newcomers and members to understand NCUC and find new ways of engaging with policy. Moreover, I have been following the CCWG-IG (and the changes therein) throughout this past year, and have shared the pen-holding task with other colleagues in drafting our NCSG-level comment for the KSK Rollover Process. Since november2017I have taken the position of representative for Europe in NCUC Excom, which has led me to workingwithan incredible and diverse team who has continuously pushed us forward and through all the challenges -- we learned a lot!
A sincere note: I confess it took me some time to consider whether to accept this nomination given how challenging this past year was personally for me -- given that I was doing my Master's, participating as EC and working almost full time. However, knowing that I'm now only working and researching, I would be able to dedicate more time and energy in a focused manner to serving NCUC -- should you entrust me with this position. I am grateful for the support and hope to continue working towards a more inclusive and active constituency.
Main Concerns and Points of Action:
The main strategy for engagement in the region would be to maintain a relationship with civil society groups in the region, be mindful of their intersection with ICANN's work and informing them what we have been doing in NCUC vis à vis civil society organizations in IG-related spaces (such as EuroDig). Also, I will continue to send notifications about opportunities, conferences as wellasinform about funding applications from the region.
Continuity and Inclusion
In 2016-2017 NCUC underwent an incredible process of laying down new guidelines for its' governance structure -- and here I refer to the Operating Procedures and the approved Bylaws. This EC and the following one are tasked with the responsibility of ensuring careful and accountable development and implementation of these documents. I believe that, as we progress, it is fundamental to ensure that we maintain a balanced and open EC, that is capable of communicating challenges and opportunities as well as dialoguing with the members. Trust is key, and I hope we can continue to foster that internally.
Capacity Building and Diversity
Of course, this includes a continuous commitment to conducting our outreach event in different regions. However, I look forward to furtheringourinreach capacities by tying the Onboarding materials with our buddy-mentor program as well as working with the EC and the Chair in promoting more editions of the capacity building and policy writing courses we had so far. Making it more inclusive for members that cannot attend in person -- most find themselves in this position. Furthermore, this includes taking a step in paying it forward to some of the best practices that have organically emerged within our community, thatis:translatinginreach and outreach related documents.
Thank you for the opportunity and look forward to continuing this dialogue!
All the best,
ThanksTapani for the confidence and nomination,includingthose who urged me to go for this challenge online and offline.
I accept this nomination and would be happy to serve on the NCUC EC as this will help with addressing 2 challenges within the SG and the constituency itself. I am currently the FC Chair and my involvement in the NUC EC will enable me to make input on the direction of NCUC while providing sound financial adviceanddrivesimplificationfornewcomersthroughoutreachandcapacitybuilding that will see more members involved in policy work and community activities and not just attending online meetings.
I am currently also working with other regional members on the ICANN AFRICA strategy draft comment and working with NCSG FC members on the draft of FC Operational Procedures. I hope my candidature will also help with meeting current challenges of the NCSG FC to obtain a fair representation in SG activities while providing sound financial advise and support that will build a bridge between the constituency and the stakeholder group.
Thus far I was involved in ICANN 59 outreach pre ICANN 59 Johannesburg (2017), constituency outreach at ICANN 61 Puerto Rico (2018), commented on ICANN 2018 FY budgets, the reserve fund, currently following subsequent procedures and auction proceeds discussions on the new gTLD program and I was nominated to represent NCUC on the NCSG Finance Committee early this year. I also started providing updates to NCUC on the NCSG FC activities and plans, attended over 70% of community online meetings (since 2016, when I first joined NCUC)andmentorednewcomerstostartunderstandingICANN and NCSG,alotbetterthanthecurrenttraditional methods used.
Over the past years, I managed to work with and learn from various leaders and members of NCUC and NCSG (Farzaneh, Renata, Tapani and Ayden), which has enabledmetoeasilyintegrateinthecruxofissueswithout reservations. Ines has done great in this role and I plan to improve on the work she has started by enabling regional members to deepen their involvement and help them gain confidence in community participation.
I am a member of AFRISIG, ACSIS (African Civil Society on Information Society), Africa Community Network Summit and member of the South African Multistakeholder (MS) Committee on Internet Governance, my affiliations will enable me togainwiderreachofnoncommercialusers, locally,regionallyandtosomeextend, globally.
I am currently in communication with the Africa regional office on how ICANN fellows and community members can help with addingcapacityinimplementationandmonitoring oftheregionalstrategy. Should my candidature be validated by an election on this seat, I intend to improve the natureandextendofNCUC's collaboration with the ICANN regional office on local initiatives and bring energy, vibrancy and improved membership engagement within the wider and regional NCUC community. Looking forward to bringing and enabling robust engagements within NCUC, if afforded the opportunity, thanks.
Dear friends and colleagues,
I hope this email finds you all well. Please find below my candidate statement to serve you for another term as Africa Representative in NCUC Executive Committee.
Name: Ines Hfaiedh, Region of residence: Africa, Gender: Female, Employment: Teacher and Trainer in ICT Implementation in Education, Ministry of National Education, Tunisia.
Conflicts of Interest : None
I am hoping to serve you for another term on the NCUC Executive Committee. I am a teacher, Specialized in ICT Implementation in Education. I also give trainings to teachers on teaching learners with specific needs. Besides, I was a Fulbright Teaching Assistant at the Catholic University of America in Washington DC, USA.
I am Africa Representative in ISOC's Advisory Council Steering Comittee and a Board member in ISOC Tunisia Chapter with whom I had the honour to be assigned the role of Coordinator of the First Tunisian School on Internet Governance . I am also the Director of Educationional Programs at the Arab World Internet Institute a role through which I managed the Secretariat of ICANN's MEAC School on Internet Governance. In terms of ICANN involvement, I have been Africa’s Representative in the Executive Committee of NCUC for the past year, member in ICANN's first “Intercultural Awareness Program” work team and MEAC SWG member. I had the chance to be a Fellow and Coach at some ICANN meetings.
I was a guest speaker at the 2016 and 2017 Global IGFs and will be hopefully also speaking at the 2018 edition, Guest speaker at the Arab IGF-Beirut , ICANN's Middle East DNS Forum, the TESOL National Conference on “Reflective Teaching” and The International Symposium on “ICTs for Language Learning and Teaching”. My work on ICT Implementation for Education was also selected and shared by the European Portal for Education. I was also a guest at the World Bank Youth Summit in Washington DC on “Rethinking Education for the next Millennium”…
I wish to serve for another term on the Executive Committee because I have gained a solid experience and knowledge on NCUC processes and would like to continue on implementing what we have worked on so far with the help of all the membership. I learned a lot about the role of EC: I had the chance to learn about finances, policies, selection, application review processes, and even web migration. With NCUC EC team, I have learned to collaboratively moderate sessions at ICANN meetings and NCUC Outreach events.
This experience taught me how to introduce NCUC to the ICANN meeting attendees when I was in charge of the Information booth, to present the constituency to Fellows, NextGen, Middle East DNS Forum audience, Tunisia SIG participants, ICANN Stakeholder Leaders, and even ICANN CEO Goran Marby at a Leadership Dinner. I have learned tremendously and I am ready to put that into practice.
Throughout my EC term, I have frequently used NCUC mailing list with live links of our ICANN sessions and outreach events. I also live tweeted through my personal account that I shared to the list. I have also written a report on the NCPH Intersessional and another on NCUC Participation to the Middle East DNS Forum. Previously, I had contributed with two blogs on NCUC participation to the Middle East DNS Forum. Moreover, I have shared opportunities, news and articles on the mailing list. I have also organized a number of informative Webinar for NCUC Africa members to keep them updated on the different work tracks taking place and wish to carry on that initiative. Besides, I will keep working on the spirit of respecting procedures and NCUC Bylaws. In that sense, I will continue to work towards the fair treatment of all NCUC members in terms of due process.
Hence, I would be honoured to volunteer my time again in service of all NCUC members and the good functioning of their constituency’s administration and hope to help create more mechanisms of consultation and collaboration with membership.
If you have any questions, please feel free to write to me or ask me at the ConfCall and I am looking forward to actively collaborating with all of you.
Statement of Interest
I will be honoredtoearn the trust of the NUCUandNCSG members to serve on NCUC EC. I’m with full confidence that my participation in the EC will help achieve the NCUC objectives as set out in the NCUC charter and in the mind of every NCUC member
Working with the stakeholders in the ICANN environment and Internet Governance for a number ofyearshavegivenme a sense of responsibility and commitment that is required to effectively function and assume a bigger task. Putting myself forward as the EC for Africa is to continue the excellent works of the ex-EC while bringing new perspectives that would enhance NCUC activeness and participation in the ICANN environment.
Working within a leadership team and collaboratively on several projects as ACSIS regional Coordinator for the West, I got a better sense of roles and responsibilities of the EC. I understand that an EC member needs to understand and be aligned with NCUC objective. My involvement in ICANN and IG discussions, public comment and willingness to engage, contribute and to representing the interest of the endusershasimpactedmy capacity to takeontaskthatdemand commitment.
I’m aware of the strong need and challenges that interface with effective collaboration in the ICANN environment. In summary, I will be bringing the energy, the right skills, leadership experience and aptitude that NCUC needs to engage with different views that surface from different stakeholders.
At this juncture, I can’t but ask the following questions. How do we bring back the experience of the NCUC? How do we restore trust that has long gone? How do we recruit without making them a dormant fellow and finally, how do we keep living together to advanceNCUCobjective.My simple answer to all these questions is embedded in love, discipline, sacrifice and compromise
I look forwardtoserveinmy full capacity if given a chance.
Akinremi Peter Taiwo