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Attending IGF 2010 from the comfort of your own home :)

I attended IGF 2009 (Sharm El Sheikh) from Maracay, Venezuela (and even spoke at a Main Session as well as a workshop). Remote participation ROCKS!!! Congrats to the Remote Participation working group, IGF Secretariat, and thanks to Diplo for backup and support.
Some things I learned:

  • It helped me to switch completely to IGF-time, eating, sleeping, attending meetings. I was 'at the IGF', and I think I got more out of it than most in-person attendees.
  • Take advantage of your remote 'omnipresence': you can monitor several workshops to see what is going on in the 'big picture' or switch to another workshop if one is not what you were looking for.
  • If you make a remote presentation, prepare and send a video back-up ahead of time to make sure you will show at your best and your ideas will get through.
  • Promote your position/issues, your profile and your energy: If you are a multi-tasker, Tweet, Blog and share. This helps those who cannot attend, are attending remotely, or are on site, and cannot see everything you can. Your position counts-disseminate it!
  • Email Ginger (me) at Virginia -at- diplomacy.edu, and give me your Skype ID so you can join the IGF 2010 remote conversation--find out what others are doing.
  • There are some amazing videos from last year's hubs--If you are part of a hub 2010, show the world your accomplishment. Take a video and send me a link. I will be glad to help
    post/promote your video and your group/issues/achievements.

Tips from Tim Davies, Seiiti and others:

Social Reporting at the Internet Governance Forum
The Internet Governance Forum isnʼt just taking place inside the conference centre: itʼs also taking place across the world and across the Internet through remote participation and through informal social media networks. During the 2009 IGF in Sharm El Sheikh over 5000 Twitter messages were sent, 100s of blog posts were written, and many video clips were recorded and published online.

This year DiploFoundation are exploring the use of ‘Social Reporting’ as a way to widen participation in IGF, and we’re keen to have your involvement too. This one-page flyer gives a quick overview of what we are working on: http://scr.bi/coS3Ek

Also see: http://www.diplointernetgovernance.org/profiles/blogs/social-report...

Social Reporting
Many people will be using social media tools to share news, updates and discussions about IGF2010 already: but other people are new to using tools like blogging or twitter to be social reporters.

The Social Reporters Handbook ( http://bit.ly/aafOFi ) provides all the information you need to be a social reporter at IGF2010. Plus you can join us for an informal training session on Monday afternoon (details here: http://bit.ly/aES2id).

If you will be blogging, tweeting, making video clips or using other social media tools at IGF 2010, let us know about it here: http://bit.ly/dogYnv

Aggregating & Curating
We’ve built a prototype ‘social reporting aggregator’ at http://igf2010.diplointernetgovernance.org/ which aims to bring together all the social media being shared at IGF and to sort it by theme and session.

We’ll be developing that site over the course of IGF to provide the best possible view onto the social reporting taking place: and we’ll be using it as the basis to write some more detailed blog posts identifying key issues emerging from the forum.

If you would like to be part of writing one of these featured blog posts, contact Tim via igf2010@diplomacy.edu to let us know.

To help readers make sense of all the different workshops and themes being explored at IGF it helps if you can ‘tag’ any content you create. You can include hashtags inline in content (e.g. #igf10 #ws120), or in the ‘tags’ field of blogging and video sharing websites.

We’ve suggested some workshop tags against each session here: http://igf2010.diplointernetgovernance.org/ and our social media aggregator is able to relate workshop tags to their themes, making it easy to find out in future, for example, all the twitter messages or blog posts about cloud computing, or all the video clips that are about access & diversity.

However, if you are planning on using a different tag to talk about a particular session, or a particular theme, just let us know and we’ll make sure we capture the content for that too.

Working out how social reporting can add to IGF is a learning process. We would welcome your feedback, reflections, ideas and input on how it can be developed.

Start a discussion in the Social Reporting Group on DiploInternetGovernance.org to share your thoughts: http://bit.ly/bvwUIV

Have a great IGF!!!
Ginger (Virginia) Paque

IGCBP Online Coordinator

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