Among the main aspects of the early days of Internet until recently, is without doubt, the predominance of English as the language of Internet. In fact, this is not surprising if we take into account that Internet is an American invention, and that its development has been initiated in the USA. However, with the spread of Internet all over the world, it has become a universal medium, the major source of information, and no more monolingual.
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On November 8, 2012, I stood in as moderator of an extraordinary workshop for a colleague who was unable to make it to this year's IGF covering the topic: "The Internet of Humans - Online Human Behaviour & IG Policy Impacts".
This was an interesting mashup of Sociology, Social Psychology, ICT and Internet Policy dimensions with several of the panelists dipping their toes into more than one of these areas to hammer home their point.
Prof. Kleinwaechter is the founder and chair of the “European Summer School on Internet Governance” (EURO-SSIG). In a workshop focusing on teaching internet governance in developing countries held at the 7th IGF in Baku, he presented 4 lessons on teaching internet governance:
The workshop on digital inclusion and public libraries was organised by International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA), the Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL) and the Internet Society (ISOC). Stuart Hamilton of the IFLA introduced the workshop agenda and emphasized that the workshop format would be dialogue based. He stated that for many access to Internet is still lagging. The workshop was intended to discuss the notion of libraries as agents for development, and to raise awareness within the IGF's multistakeholder community that libraries are the ideal partner to solve the problem of digital inclusion. A small percentage of people are connected to the internet yet it is a powerful tool for accessing essential services.
On 9 November 2012, I participated in the workshop on the Africa Internet Governance Forum. The workshop was coordinated United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and African Union Commission (AUC). Nermine Sadani, chair of the workshop introduced the panellists. She stated that the meeting provided an opportunity to facilitate exchange of ‘good practice’ between sub-regional IGFs on coordinating sub-regional IGFs, especially taking into account the multi-stakeholder dimension of IGF. Each sub-regional IGF presented on what has worked for them in organising their 2012 meetings and put forward key recommendations from their own experiences.
Nnenna Nwakanma presented on what has worked for the West African IGF:
As the Baku Expo Center closesits doors following the last IGF-related event, it is now a good time to reflect on some of the aspects that were addressed between 6-9 November in Baku and the various attempts at making the IGF not only a platform for discussion, but also for cooperation and solution-building processes. In my opinion, several main topics took priority on the agenda: cybersecurity, human rights, intellectual property rights, and privacy, to which many workshops were dedicated throughout the 4-day long forum.
I got the fortuitous privilege of being invited as a panelist by the DotAsia organisation to workshop 119- Defining the successful factors of different models for youth participation in Internet Governance. This workshop lived up to its name and was tremendously engaging.
Yep, the question is do you remember we met yesterday?
Human relationships can be quite complicated when it comes to getting people very close. This IGF Ambassaodrship has been quite something on its own. I still remmeber i got in on Sunday evening and met a few people who i never met before but exchanged a few emails with. Time and again at this point am at the Baku Airport having a thought of how this week and i can but just say it flew by so fast and it was very intense. I am at this point even wondering that it made sense to just leave and being able to say goodbye to a few.
Social Sector in IGF:
Mr. Poncelet Ilejeli has give a vision of the role of communities and people to reach goals for solve several troubles that are affecting them, using Internet as a tool.
Ownership has to come from communities and the community have to be organized an engaged to themselves to reach goals related to their needs.