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Exploring how Social Reporting can be used to support exploration of Internet Governance, raising awareness of Internet Governance Issues, and including new voices in the Internet Governance debate.

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Social Reporting

We used Social Reporting as an approach to capture and share insights from the 2009 Internet Governance Forum. Now it's time to plan for 2010!

Visit the Social Media Aggregator - where you can find out more about Social Reporting at IGF 2010.

Add notes to the Etherpad here.

Useful Resources

The 2009 Internet Governance Forum Social Reporting Handbook - includes an introduction to what social reporting is and practical guides to different tools. Outlines the approach we took at IGF09. (See the aggregator for content generated in 2009)

Social Reporter.com - the blog of David Wilcox who coined the term 'social reporting' for this style of online reporting.

Social Reporters Toolbox - a resource created by David Wilcox and others to capture learning about the whole process of preparing for social reporting an event and carrying it out.

Practical Participation Social Media Toolbox - practical guides on a wide range of social media tools you might use in Social Reporting - including explanation of RSS feeds and other essential bits of the social reporting infrastructure.

Discussion Forum

Engage Remotely, Connect Locally

Alongside the social reporting taking place in the IGF venue we are also inviting remote…Continue

Started by Tim Davies Sep 12, 2010.

Social Reporters Handbook 2010

Hot off the press - an updated version of the Social Reporters Handbook for IGF 2010.If you're interested in using social media tools to share your views on the IGF, or to include new voices into the…Continue

Tags: inclusion, igf2010, social reporting

Started by Tim Davies Sep 2, 2010.

Social Reporters Toolkit: Listening Tools

Good social reporters listen online more than they publish. There are many different tools you can use in order to follow and track online discussions.…Continue

Tags: listening, social reporting

Started by Tim Davies Sep 2, 2010.

Social Reporters Toolkit: Twitter

Twitter has fast become a key tool in the social reporters toolbox. It's key for:Listening - use http://search.twitter.com to track…Continue

Started by Tim Davies Sep 1, 2010.

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Comment by Julia Pichler on September 15, 2010 at 12:21am
Hello Network !

Thank you Tim for pointing your blog-followers to this impact network !

Wanted to notify that I twittered a view/access mindmap for Newbies like me, but maybe some social reporters like this way of view/access too and having joined DIGN I wanted to post it here too, not just "outside".

Your SocialMediaAggregator is a great direct access, and I am looking foward to the remote participation experience you all prepared, thank you !!


If you like it feel free to integrate it.
Comment by Tim Davies on December 23, 2009 at 5:36pm
As a lot of the content we gathered at IGF has fallen off our aggregator page at http://www.netvibes.com/igf09 I've put together a prototype of a more static aggregator here: http://igf2009.practicalparticipation.co.uk/

One of the big issues about social reporting I'm reflecting on a lot right now is about the legacy of content gathered. Should it be allowed to fade out? Collated and made easier to navigate? Summarised in editorial pieces? The website at http://igf2009.practicalparticipation.co.uk/ has taken the collation approach - but I'm sure there are merits to exploring the other approaches also.
Comment by Mwende Njiraini on November 29, 2009 at 9:46pm
Social reporting using twitter at the IGF in Sharm was an excellent experience. Now we have transcripts catched in realtime that we can refer back to at any time. I hope to use social reporting for other public forums I attend.
Comment by Stephanie on November 28, 2009 at 8:38pm
Dear Tim,

I have just read your quick reflections on Social Reporting at the IGF, and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed it!

As someone who has attended other WSIS/IGF meetings, I can tell you that this year, Pete, Dejan and youself have made a lot of difference in a very positive way. This year, the Diplo fellows and extended friends have taken a hands-on, more focused approach into using the right tools to report. As a result, individuals who were not present at Sharm could really follow what was going on, almost as if they were present in Sharm.

As you said in your blog, the aim was not to replicate, but to capture those significant moments which a transcript is more inclined to treat as static. And even if some of the resulting blogs appear as mini-transcripts, at closer scrutiny one can still notice tell-tale signs of innuendos in the blogs, which add so much value to the blogs.

I think that what everyone benefited mostly from was the fact that Pete, Dejan and yourself taught the team how to use the social reporting tools *in a significant way*. For the Diplo team, the IGF was more than an event. It was the pinnacle of months (for some, years) of discussing and debating so many IG issues. Most of us (probably all) have gone through the IGCBP; most of the Diplo crowd knew each other already, whether online or offline. Being at the very heart of it all undoubtedly instigated every Diplo person to think, debate and react. And it was only natural that every person would feel the impulse of sharing it all.

But maybe the trick is to find the right tools, and to feel comfortable in using them, and this is where the team gained the most from this experience. I am not sure whether any of the team has had any previous training in social reporting, but the Saturday (Nov 14) training really helped us become very aware of social reporting and learn how to use the tools appropriately.
It is also true that when the event ends, things are just getting started, and this is very evident from the Diplo community website. Most of us are still getting back into gear and catching up at the workplace after being away for a week, but personally, I look forward to what’s next, and I honestly hope that the team will value all the training and keep putting it into good use.

Three cheers to you, Tim and Dejan!
Comment by Tim Davies on November 22, 2009 at 2:07pm

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