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Internet Governance 31 July 2018

Three-Day Workshop on Internet Governance Held in Quezon City, Philippines

Naveed Haq
By Naveed HaqRegional Development Manager, Asia-Pacific

This month was even more special for our Internet Governance campaign, with two significant (back-to-back) activities in the Philippines.

Earlier this month, the Philippines’ Department of ICT (DICT) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Internet Society (ISOC) to facilitate the development of its National ICT Ecosystem Framework (NIEF) 2022. More details can be found here.

The following week, the Internet Society Asia-Pacific team conducted a face-to-face workshop on Internet Governance. The three-day workshop was organized as part of the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity 2018 work plan, and hosted by DICT.

Internet Society staff along with facilitators from the ISOC Philippines Chapter delivered this specially designed training workshop through presentations, Q&A sessions, individual and group activities, interactive quizzes, and a debate.

The majority of attendees were government officials from the Department of ICT, the National Privacy Commission, the National Telecommunications Commission, and the Upper and Lower Houses of Congress, but also included members of the technical community and civil society.

The sessions were highly interactive with participants actively asking questions and presenting their own ideas and arguments. The participant-led group discussions provided an opportunity for local issues to be openly discussed, and possible solutions to be considered.

For us, the workshop provided an excellent platform to assist key local stakeholders in understanding Internet Governance issues and processes, and to emphasise the importance of the multi-stakeholder approach in addressing such issues.

We would like to acknowledge the collaboration and strong support of the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT) and the Department of ICT (DICT), Government of the Philippines, in the organisation and hosting of this workshop.

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