What is a Dynamic Coalition?
Dynamic Coalitions are components of the United Nations Internet Governance Forum https://www.intgovforum.org/cms/dynamiccoalitions
The concept of Dynamic Coalitions and a number of coalitions were established as a result of the first IGF meeting in Athens. These coalitions are informal, issue-specific groups comprising members of various stakeholder groups.
Rules of Procedure
The Dynamic Coalition on Community Connectivity (hereinafter “DC3”) provides a common platform involving all interested stakeholders in a cooperative analysis of the community network model, exploring how such networks may be used to foster sustainable Internet connectivity while empowering Internet users.
The official mailing list facilitates a platform whereby all members (i) and interested individuals (ii) can share information,discuss and debate specific topics and collaborate on an ad-hoc basis.
The DC3 participants engage in an open and constructive effort aimed at:
a) Making Community Networks (CN) visible to policy makers so they can be properly considered as an actor in the telecommunications ecosystem.
b) Identifying good open-access resources that may be useful to communicate to non-techies what CN are and how they work;
c) Elaborate a common definition of connectivity as well as of community network;
d) Mapping existing CN and try to foster communication amongst them, promoting strategies to achieve common goals;
e) Identifying models of CN (e.g. rural CN, urban CN, etc.) and best practices that can make them particularly efficient and resilient both from a technical and organizational perspective;
f) Identifying best practices and worst practices as regards national and international policies that facilitate or hinder the deployment of community networks;
g) Consolidating and publishing these ideas into some ‘Community NetworkGuidelines/Best practices’ to be presented at the next IGF and divulgated on the future DC3 website;
h) Promote the development and use of community networks as a key tool to provide connectivity and empower communities;
i) Supporting CN gatherings and hands-on work meetings at a regional and global level;
j) Addressing common technology development needs, from identifying technological bottlenecks to helping find the resources needed to solve them in a manner that will be beneficial to the sector as a whole;
k) Developing a framework for easy access to promote the deployment of CN in remote areas.
l) Create and propose bills and regulations to democratize the access to information through CNs and other kind of community communications like radio, TV and mobile technologies;
m) Create work groups to build models to integrate related policies with CNs like telecenters, points of culture, radcoms, tvcoms etc
n) Design a basic model (project) of digital city integrated with CNs as a part of it.
The aforementioned list include the DC3 main purposes (hereinafter “DC3 purposes”). In order to fulfil the DC3 purposes, members may propose that the DC3 elaborates research material, promotes joint initiatives and/or endorse common statements. In such cases, the following procedure must be followed:
1. A concise and clear proposal shall be shared on the mailing list. Such proposal shall (a) specify the reasons why theafore mentioned material, initiative or statement should be promoted by the DC3;(b) request for comments of the DC3 members; (c) and request for the DC3 to act.Such initial proposal shall identify the DC3 members who would be willing to coordinate the elaboration of material, initiative or statement.
2. The discussion on whether the DC3 should consider moving forward in order will last no less than 10 calendar days.
3. If no more than 5% of the DC3 raise an objection to the proposed course of action, a draft proposal will be made available to the list, and members will be provided with at least 10 calendar days to comment.
4. Further to this initial comment period, the drafters will circulate a second draft on the mailing list and members will be provided with at least 10 calendar days to comment and raise any arguments against the second draft.
5. The draft resulting from the compilation of the comments expressed during the second comment-period is supposed to be based on consensus (iii). Decisions on the endorsement of the final draft will be made by voting (iv).(i) DC3 Membership. Every individual or organisation is free to request membership. Membership can be acquired by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or to the DC3 mailing list (https://listas.altermundi.net/mailman/listinfo/dc3), specifying one’s name, affiliation and stakeholder group (to be chosen between Tech Community, Civil Society, Academia, PrivateSector, Government or Intergovernmental Organisation). Membership implies commitment to the promotion of DC3 purposes.
(ii) Mailing-listParticipation. Participation on the mailing list does not necessitate nor imply membership in the DC3. Every individual is entitled to participate onthe DC3’s mailing list but only DC3 members enjoy voting privileges. Any objections raised by non-members do not count against the 5% threshold in the elaboration or adoption process. List members can be suspended in case of inappropriate conduct, such as personal attacks on the DC3 mailing-list, deliberate attempts to disrupt the activities of the DC3 or to impede the fulfilment of the DC3 purposes.
(iii) Consensus.Consensus can be understood as an acceptable resolution that can be supported by the group at large, even if it is not the preferred option of each and every individual. Consensus is reached when no Member objects the final version of a given document or when no more than 5% of members object the final draft further to a vote defined in (iv).
(iv) Endorsement. When a proposed document is objected, endorsement can be achieved through voting. In order to be endorsed any proposal will require affirmative majority assent from the named individuals/entities listed as members of the DC3 on its website. Any DC3 member may affirmatively object to the proposal. The proposal is adopted if no more than 5% of the named individuals/entities object to it. Such a percentage is computed considering every organisation member as two individuals and taking into consideration no more than two individual members sharing the same affiliation. National branches of a company or organisation share voting privilege with their parent company or organisation.
For those proposals which are considered by consensus to be worth Coalition endorsement, any individuals or organisations who object or otherwise for any reason wish to recuse themselves from the endorsement may do so unilaterally, and will be noted appropriately.