The IGF in Sharm-El-Sheikh is approaching fast. Some of us will travel there. Others will not. But staying in your home city does not mean that it is not possible to follow the debates. There will be channels for remote participation. People can follow the discussions from home, watching the webcast of the event and participating in chat. But it is also possible to organize IGF hubs.
What are the Hubs?
The hubs are local meetings that take place in parallel with the IGF. People can watch the webcast together and send questions (text or video) that will be answered by panelists in the IGF (in main sessions and workshops). In addition to that, organizers can hold debates to discuss the themes of the IGF from a local perspective. This way, the hub gains its own dynamics, and the webcast serves a starting point for a meaningful local debates. There are several advantages in creating a hub: it helps to raise awareness about IG issues, it fosters networking among participants and community building and it encourages follow-up activities.
The deadline to register a hub is 22 October.
Training to hub organizers will be provided in late October.
How to organize a hub?
The requisites are very simple:
A four day activity, on flexible hours.
A room or auditorium. It can be held at a university class or any other convenient place in the city
A broadband Internet connection and a video-conference (or projector) equipment.
A moderator, who will plan the dynamics of the discussion
A general call in lists, forums, etc, to invite the interested local community in Information Society and Internet Governance
How to register a hub
An e-mail should be sent to the IGF Secretariat to ask for registration. The address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Please, ask the Secretariat to confirm reception. The following information should be provided:
1. Institution where the hub will be based:
2. Possible area(s) of interest within the 5 main IGF themes:
3. Number of expected participants within the hub:
4. Planned pre-meeting activities:
5. Hub Coordinator:
6. Contact email:
If you have any doubts do not hesitate to contact the Secretariat (email@example.com) and/or the Remote Participation Working Group (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Hope to see you all, physically or remotely, in Sharm!
Remote Participation Working Group