Internet Governance Forum and Remote Participation - ICT@c Manila,Philippines July 29-Aug.1, 2009


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Information campaign of ISOC PH Internet Governance Working Group for the establishment of an IGF remote hub in the Philippines for the IGF 09. The presentation title is Internet Governance Forum and Remote Participation presentation for the ICT@c National Development Forum and Exhibit held July 29 – August 1, 2009 at Manila, Philippines. Special thanks to the IGF Remote Participation Working Group for the slides on Remote Participation.

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Internet Governance Forum and Remote Participation - ICT@c Manila,Philippines July 29-Aug.1, 2009

  1. 1. Internet Governance Forum and Remote Participation Internet Society Philippines Chapter (ISOC PH) Internet Governance Working Group Chairperson: Charity Gamboa-Embley Venue: ICT@c National Development Forum and Exhibit July 29 – August 1, 2009 Manila, Philippines
  2. 2. What is Internet Governance?
  3. 3. “ govern” English(verb) : regulate/direct/influence/ manage Tagalog(pandiwa) : isaayos/pangasiwaan/ inpluensyahan/pamahala
  4. 4. Definition : as the development and application by governments, private sector and the civil society, in their respective roles, of shared principles, norms, rules, decision-making procedures, and programmes that shape the evolution and use of the Internet … an offshoot from the June 2005 report by the Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG) after a United Nations World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Reference:
  5. 5. Internet Governance Forum
  6. 6. IGF – is a multistakeholder forum for policy dialogue on issues pertaining to Internet Governance formally introduced by the United Nations Secretary-General last July 2006 The IGF was created after the Tunis Agenda for the Information Society came up with a consensus statement released by the WSIS on November 18, 2005 in Tunis, Tunisia References:
  7. 7. TUNIS AGENDA <ul><li>paragraph 72 : </li></ul><ul><li>called for an open and inclusive process to convene by the second quarter of 2006; </li></ul><ul><li>called for a meeting of a new forum for a multistakeholder policy dialogue which is now called the Internet Governance Forum </li></ul>Reference :
  9. 9. <ul><li>Discuss public policy issues related to key elements of Internet governance in order to foster the sustainability, robustness, security, stability and development of the Internet; </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitate discourse between bodies dealing with cross-cutting international public policies regarding the Internet and discuss issues that do not fall within the scope of any existing body; </li></ul><ul><li>Interface with appropriate inter-governmental organizations and other institutions on matters under their purview; </li></ul>From the official Internet Governance Forum website [ ]:
  10. 10. <ul><li>Facilitate the exchange of information and best practices, and in this regard make full use of the expertise of the academic, scientific and technical communities; </li></ul><ul><li>Advise all stakeholders in proposing ways and means to accelerate the availability and affordability of the Internet in the developing world; </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthen and enhance the engagement of stakeholders in existing and/or future Internet governance mechanisms, particularly those from developing countries; </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Identify emerging issues, bring them to the attention of the relevant bodies and the general public, and, where appropriate, make recommendations; </li></ul><ul><li>Contribute to capacity-building for Internet governance in developing countries, drawing fully on local sources of knowledge and expertise; </li></ul><ul><li>Promote and assess, on an ongoing basis, the embodiment of WSIS principles in Internet governance processess; </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Discuss, inter alia, issues relating to critical Internet resources; </li></ul><ul><li>Help to find solutions to the issues arising from the use and misuse of the Internet, of particular concern to everyday users; </li></ul><ul><li>Publish its proceedings </li></ul>
  13. 13. Structure of the IGF
  14. 14. IGF Secretariat <ul><li>Executive Director: </li></ul><ul><li>Markus Kummer </li></ul><ul><li>Programme and Technology Manager: </li></ul><ul><li>Chengetai Masango </li></ul><ul><li>Location: </li></ul><ul><li>Geneva, Switzerland </li></ul>
  15. 15. Function of the IGF
  16. 16. Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) <ul><li>An advisory group </li></ul><ul><li>Set-up last May 17, 2006 by former UN Secretary-General Mr. Kofi Annan </li></ul><ul><li>Originally composed of 46 members from governments worldwide, private sector, civil society, the academe and technical communities </li></ul><ul><li>Chaired by Nitin Desai who is the Secretary-General’s Adviser for the WSIS </li></ul><ul><li>Assist the Secretary-General in convening the IGF </li></ul>References:
  17. 17. Activities of the IGF
  18. 18. Dynamic Coalitions <ul><li>The StopSpam Alliance – </li></ul><ul><li>Dynamic Coalition on Privacy – </li></ul><ul><li>The IGF Dynamic Coalition on Open Standards (IGF DCOS) – </li></ul><ul><li>The Dynamic Coalition on Access and Connectivity for Remote, Rural and Dispersed Communities – </li></ul><ul><li>Dynamic Coalition on the Internet Bill of Rights – </li></ul>… are informal groups, consisting of different stakeholders, and working on specific and relevant IG-issues
  19. 19. <ul><li>Dynamic Coalition for Linguistic Diversity – </li></ul><ul><li>A2K@IGF Dynamic Coalition (Access to Knowledge) – </li></ul><ul><li>Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Media on the Internet (FOEonline) – </li></ul><ul><li>Online Collaboration Dynamic Coalition – </li></ul><ul><li>Gender and Internet Governance (GIG) </li></ul><ul><li>Framework of Principles for the Internet </li></ul><ul><li>Dynamic Coalition on Child Online Safety </li></ul><ul><li>Dynamic Coalition on “Accessibility and Disability” – </li></ul><ul><li>Dynamic Coalition for Online Education </li></ul>References:
  20. 20. Workshops (and main themes) <ul><li>Openness </li></ul><ul><li>Security </li></ul><ul><li>Diversity </li></ul><ul><li>Access </li></ul><ul><li>Critical Internet Resources (introduced in the IGF 2007 Brazil) </li></ul>References:
  21. 21. Over-all Themes of IGF Meetings
  22. 22. <ul><li>IGF Greece 2006 in Athens: “Internet Governance for Development”- </li></ul><ul><li>30 October – 2 November 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>IGF Brazil 2007 in Rio de Janeiro: “Internet Governance for Development” (theme was retained) - </li></ul><ul><li>12 November – 15 November 2006 </li></ul>
  23. 23. <ul><li>IGF India 2008 in Hyderabad: “Internet for All”- </li></ul><ul><li>03 December – 06 December 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>IGF Egypt 2009 in Sharm El Sheikh: “Internet Governance – Creating Opportunities for All”- </li></ul><ul><li>15 November – 18 November 2009 </li></ul>References:
  24. 24. Remote Participation in the IGF Courtesy of: IGF Remote Participation Working Group
  25. 25. The Problem <ul><li>Some people, for different reasons, cannot attend the IGF </li></ul><ul><li>Some groups particularly suffer the lack of resources and financial support </li></ul><ul><li>The disabled and handicapped may find it easier to attend from home </li></ul><ul><li>Some professionals cannot dedicate the time necessary to travel and attend in person </li></ul>
  26. 26. What are IGF hubs? <ul><li>The hubs are local meetings, which exhibit the webcast of the IGF as well as interact with the people in the event, through text and video questions. </li></ul><ul><li>They also holds panels and roundtables, to discuss the themes of the IGF from a local perspective. This forum serves as a starting point for the debate of local issues and for the development of a network of interested people. </li></ul><ul><li>These groups will also add input to strengthen the IGF process. </li></ul>
  27. 27. Main Advantages of Creating a hub: <ul><li>Increases the visibility of the IGF meeting </li></ul><ul><li>Raises awareness on IG issues </li></ul><ul><li>Favors long-term commitment </li></ul><ul><li>Favors community building and networking </li></ul><ul><li>Favors follow-up initiatives </li></ul><ul><li>Supports the IGF goal of greater inclusion </li></ul><ul><li>Adds a new group of voices to the IGF process </li></ul>
  28. 28. Interaction Between Hubs
  29. 29. Interaction Between Hubs
  30. 30. Features <ul><li>Audio and video from host to hubs </li></ul><ul><li>PDF/PowerPoint from host to hubs </li></ul><ul><li>Audio/video from hubs to hosts (moderated) </li></ul><ul><li>Chat among hubs and host </li></ul><ul><li>Chat among hubs </li></ul>
  31. 34. Statistics of 2008 <ul><li>Dimdim was used in 8 different simultaneous rooms: the main session as well as in the seven workshop rooms. </li></ul><ul><li>Dimdim was used for more than 450 event-hours after the start of the event. </li></ul><ul><li>A total of 522 attendees joined the remote meetings over all the 4 days of the event. This approximates to roughly 130 attendees per day and 16 attendees per room. </li></ul><ul><li>On an average each webmeeting had approximately 4 remote hubs connected. </li></ul><ul><li>On an average there were 15 physical attendees in each workshop room in the venue. So the ratio of physical to remote attendees is approximately 4:1 </li></ul>
  32. 35. Remote Hubs Registered for the IGF 2008 <ul><li>Buenos Aires, Argentina </li></ul><ul><li>São Paulo, Brazil </li></ul><ul><li>Bogota, Colombia </li></ul><ul><li>Pune, India </li></ul><ul><li>Lahore, Pakistan </li></ul><ul><li>Belgrade, Serbia </li></ul><ul><li>Barcelona, Spain </li></ul><ul><li>Madrid, Spain (2 hubs) </li></ul>
  33. 36. Belgrade Hub
  34. 37. Sao Paulo Hub
  35. 38. Testimonial <ul><li>&quot;Remote participation possibility is a unique chance to become involved in the process and feel a part of it. (...) I even posted a message and just in a couple of minutes I heard that it was announced for the participants. This make me feel as if I were there and took a microphone and said whatever I wanted to say. That is why it is a great tool and this experience of remote participation should be continued for future meetings as well”. </li></ul><ul><li>( Siranush Vardanyan, Armenia ) </li></ul>
  36. 39. <ul><li>For further questions/information: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>(best viewed using Mozilla Firefox; new face for the website will be out soon) </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>(translated in Deutsch, Francais, Chinese, Portugues, Kinyarwanda, Tagalog) </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  37. 40. Contact: [email_address] [email_address]
  38. 41. References : <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>