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ISOC and ISOC Chapters Worldwide. ISOC GVA Chapter, DevSIG meeting 21 February 2006 Anne Lord Snr. Manager Chapters & Ind. Members. Overview. Ab out ISOC All about chapters ISOC initiatives Focus on chapters. ISOC - who we are. Founded 1992 by Internet Pioneers

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isoc and isoc chapters worldwide

ISOC and ISOC Chapters Worldwide

ISOC GVA Chapter, DevSIG meeting

21 February 2006

Anne LordSnr. Manager Chapters & Ind. Members

  • About ISOC
  • All about chapters
  • ISOC initiatives
  • Focus on chapters
isoc who we are
ISOC - who we are
  • Founded 1992 by Internet Pioneers
    • For global co-operation and co-ordination of the Internet
  • International, not-for-profit, membership organisation
    • 85+ organisational members
    • 25,000+ individual members
    • 80+ chapters
  • Works to provide leadership
    • Standards, education and policy
  • Funded by organisation members and .org registry
isoc s mission
ISOC’s Mission

"To assure the open development, evolution

and use of the Internet for the benefit of all people throughout the world."

isoc chapters
ISOC Chapters
  • Chapters support ISOC’s mission and goals
    • Extend reach and influence of ISOC by acting locally
  • Serve interests of local community
    • Organise activities/events/education locally
    • Provide services in local language
    • Act as forum for ‘networking’
  • Inform ISOC policy making
    • Chapters inform ISOC of local/regional issues
    • Provide input on global issues to the ISOC Secretariat
  • Operate as not-for-profit entities
    • Mostly run by volunteers
how are chapters formed
How are Chapters formed?
  • Local interested community
    • Assemble founding members
    • Hold ‘planning’ meeting
    • Complete necessary local formalities
    • Complete application form on ISOC website
  • Review by ISOC
    • “Due diligence” exercised
    • Review by chapter delegates mailing list
  • Submit by-laws in English and list of 25 members
  • Chartered and approved
chapters in formation
Chapters in Formation
  • Recently formed
    • ISOC Romania, ISOC Democratic Republic of Congo, ISOC Republic of Congo, ISOC Burundi
chapter development
Chapter Development
  • Not all chapters are active
    • Survey in 2006 indicated that approximately 15 are inactive, more are ‘not very active’
    • 3 chapters were ‘uncontactable’
  • Beginning 2004 increase in focus on chapters
    • Regional bureaus
    • Project funding
    • Additional staff resources (Snr Manager + 1)
chapter development1
Chapter Development
  • Strengthening chapters
    • Establish information repository
      • ‘How to’ guides, publicity, chapter management guidelines..
    • Assist chapters to provide value to their members
      • IETF fellowship, co-ordination of multi-chapter events
      • Co-ordinate initiatives to support involve younger members & new groups
    • Chapter mentoring programme
      • New chapters can be ‘mentored’ by more experienced chapters
    • Facilitate participation of non English speakers
    • Regional bureaus
regional bureaus
Regional Bureaus
  • One year pilot
    • Africa and LAC bureaus created late 2006
    • Others may follow e.g Asia
  • Activities
    • Work closely with chapters
    • Strengthen chapters and support new chapters
    • Develop bureau websites targeted to region
    • Participate in organising regional symposiums
    • Involve bureaus in policy & education initiatives in regions
    • Participate in multilingualism activities
chapter development2
Chapter Development
  • Improve chapter to chapter communication
    • Regular on-line and in person meetings
    • Discussion forums (blogs)
    • Chapter ‘news’ wiki
  • Revise policies and procedures
    • Encourage consistent ‘look and feel’
    • Need to ensure open, transparent & accountable
    • Policies for reinvigorating chapters when inactive
pilot news wiki
Pilot ‘news’ wiki

chapter development3
Chapter Development
  • Membership database
    • Evaluation of current system (2006)
    • Different models of business rules exist
    • Review of business rules needed with view to agreement on one model
    • To be developed in consultation with chapters
    • Staff position to be recruited
chapter development4
Chapter Development
  • Project funding
    • $US 200,000 available for 2007
    • Available to chapters and members
    • Two rounds of funding: April & Sept
    • More information
  • Proposal criteria
    • Any member or chapter in ‘good standing’
    • Results must be made publicly available
    • Expected outcome and benefits to the community, project schedule, partner orgs, results shared with community
chapter development5
Chapter Development
  • Project Funding awards Nov 2006
    • ISOC Hong Kong $9,000 compilation of a book providing an in-depth study of the emerging digital public sphere
    • PICISOC, Fiji US$3,000 to run a competition to localise Firefox to the native language of the user
    • ISOC Argentina and Disability & Special Needs Chapter US$6,450 to promote web accessibility
    • ISOC Morocco $10,000 to create a portal for the visually impaired
    • ISOC Israel US$10,000 to IT Peace Ambassadors
    • ISOC Québec US$10,000 to a pilot to "Connect Québec" 95% high-speed Internet penetration in Québec by 2017
focus on one project
Focus on one Project
  • ISOC Puerto Rico - $10,000
    • Internet Clubs project focusing on education and leadership for young people through the Internet
      • Established 2 ‘Internet clubs’ in Metropolitan area school and in a “special community”
        • Developed first ever websites
      • Trained 25 school teachers and 20 students ages 10-18
      • Established an internship programme with technology company
      • Planned to establish 10 more Internet clubs
focus on chapters

Focus on Chapters

Argentina, Pacific Islands and Québec

focus on chapters argentina
Focus on Chapters - Argentina
  • Incorporated in 1994 - 3rd resurrection of chapter
  • 34 members, 162 pending
  • Activities
    • 2006 was “reconstruction” year
    • 3 large events planned for 2007
      • Workshops (Apr), web accessibility (Jun) (Project Funding), Argentinian INET in (Sep)
  • 3 WG’s: Technology, Public policy and ‘inclusiveness’
  • Challenges
    • Finances! Charge $20 US/year membership fee
    • Keeping people motivated
focus on chapters picisoc
Focus on Chapters - PICISOC
  • Regional Chapter
    • Covering 22 island states, 420 members
  • Chartered in 1999 & incorporated in 2005
  • Activities
    • IPv6 forum summit, dynamic coalition on access & connectivity for remote communities (IGF), PacINET Aug 06/07, Internet in the Pacific (Project Funding)…more..
  • SIGs
      • IPv6, Free & Open Source Software (FOSS), Women in Technology (WIT), CROP-ICT, Education, GIS, new media..
  • Challenges
    • Bandwidth and cost of bandwidth for average user
focus on chapters qu bec
Focus on Chapters - Québec
  • Chartered since 2000, 200 members
  • Activities
    • First annual internet 2020 conference on free software
    • Get together day for Quebec Internet Pioneers
    • Forum on the virtualisation of reality of Internet in schools
    • Produce recommendation for IDN implementation under .ca
    • Participation and animation in ICANN NARALO
  • Challenges
    • Hard to organise activitites with no staff
    • Recruiting corporate members who can provide some funding, since ind. membership is free
    • Equal male-female representation on our board


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