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Thursday, September 4 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
WS157: Crowdsourcing a Magna Carta for 'The Web We Want'

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Could we, as international citizens of the Internet, create a set of general principles, a "Magna Carta" for the Internet? Can we design a platform that enables us to crowdsource from across the world a vision for the "Web We Want"? Could we overcome linguistic, political, and cultural barriers in order to mobilize around issues of net neutrality and pervasive surveillance? How can we design both a technological platform and social process in a way that overcomes rather than increases barriers to inclusion? How can we get the participation of those who are disconnected or otherwise excluded from the Internet itself, the majority of the world?

It seems like such a document should be directly crowd-sourced from the Web itself, yet open-source tools for involving massive amounts of users in collaborative editing, discussing controversial topics, and reaching consensus are still in their early stages. Traditional Internet governance bodies work mostly over mailing-lists, but massive volumes of email prevent many people from participating in the age of Facebook and Twitter, and provide little help for structuring debates and issues. How can we build more effective socio-technological scaffolding is needed to let people engage effectively in multi-stakeholder processes?

Panelists from across the world will discuss and compare their experiences in large-scale constitutional crowd-sourcing, and will suggest best practices in order to extend these efforts in designing participatory platforms to engage users in political discussion and action. Ranging from the Tunisian Constitution and the “Decálogo da Web Brasileira (Brazilian Web Decalogue) to technical standardization at the W3C and the work of the IGF on Internet rights, we hope to learn how to build from these experiences to create a "Magna Carta" for the Web, so that we can build not only the Web We Want, but the world we want.

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Desiree Miloshevic

Senior Advisor, Public Policy & International Affairs, Afilias
Désirée Miloshevic is an Internet public servant, and was a special advisor to the chair of the United Nations' Internet Governance Forum Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group. Additionally, she is Senior Public Policy and International Affairs Advisor in Europe for Afilias, the domain name registry. She serves on the Board of Internet Society, the Advisory Council of Open Rights Group in the UK and ICANN EURALO Board. | | Her... Read More →


Caroline Burle

Caroline Burle is responsible for the Institutional Relations, W3C Brazil Office, hosted by the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee (CGI.br) and Brazilian Network Information Center (Brazil). She leads many projects at W3C Brazil Office, focused on open data and open government. She also helped to develop the Brazilian Internet Governance Winter School, which was held on August 2014. Caroline has participated of Internet Governance... Read More →

Vagner Diniz

Vagner Diniz is the head of W3C Brazil Office. He is an experienced ICT professional and had worked in the e-government field in Brazil for long time before his assignment to W3C in Brazil. Currently working with web standards and its importance for the future of web. Extra time of dedication is devoted to the web of things and how technologies can change once again how we live. So many changes in such a short time require principles or strong... Read More →

Nica Dumlao

Nica Dumlao is Foundation for Media Alternatives' Program Coordinator for Internet Rights. She leads FMA's content-development, public information and communication, constituency-building, and capacity-building initiatives to advance human rights in digital environments. She  coordinates the Global Internet Policy Project in the Philippines that mainly advocates internet rights in national/regional/global policy spaces.She is also one... Read More →
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Cristiana Gonzalez

project coordinator, Association for Progressive Communications
Gonzalez is a senior fellow and Ph.D. candidate at the University of Sao Paulo. She worked for six years at GPOPAI – Research Group in Public Policies for Access to Information – at University of São Paulo. She was a participant in the 2011 and 2012 Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest (organized by American University, Washington, D.C.) and served as a representative of the Civil Society Coalition (CSC), an... Read More →
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Wafa Ben Hassine

Electronic Frontier Foundation
Wafa Ben Hassine is an Open Technology Fund Fellow working with EFF's international team to research counterterrorism and cybercrime legislation in select Arab countries — Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia — and how they are used to target human rights defenders and stifle the free expression of regular end users.

Nnenna Nwakanma

Nnenna works to develop cutting-edge collaborations in Africa. Her work has a particular focus on the Alliance for Affordable Internet project and the Web We Want campaign for human rights on and through the Web. She is an experienced development professional who has worked in the ICT field in Africa for over a decade. As well as leading a highly regarded consultancy platform, Nnenna has in recent years co-founded The Free Software and... Read More →

Ahmet A. Sabancı

Ahmet A. Sabancı is a writer, activist and blogger. He has BA degree on Philosophy and his researches are focused on philosophy of web, philosophy of technology and aesthetics. He's an active member of Turkey's Alternative Informatics Association and his works here are focused on censorship, surveillance, decentralization, cryptography and cyber cultures. He's also actively blogging and writing on these topics more than 5 years.

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Harry Halpin

Research Scientist, World Wide Web Consortium (MIT/ERCIM)
Harry Halpin is a World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Team member in the Technology and Society Domain, where he is staff contact for the W3C Web Cryptography and Social Web Working Group. Directed by the inventor of the Web Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the W3C is the world's leading Web standards body to bring the Web to its full potential. He is working with the DCENT project on building a platform for direct democratic participation, which he hopes will... Read More →

Thursday September 4, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm
Workshop Room 08 (Rumeli -1 Floor / Room 4)

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