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I just found out I will not be able to attend the IGF in Sharm El Sheikh... BUT, I do not intend to miss IGF 2009--I went to Athens, to Rio, to Hyderabad, and I will participate in IGF 2009 by Remote Participation! Please join me in the Remote Participation at IGF 2009 group to coordinate our tweets and participation. Experienced Tweeter, please join us to give us good orientation and ideas. RP experts, come on in! Best, Ginger

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Comment by NKURUNZIZA JEAN PAUL on December 3, 2009 at 11:46am
Thanks Marilia.
I am sorry I couldn't have our remote participation hub listed into the other remote points on the website of igf.
This because I begun to plan it late as I was travelling.
I will make a short presentation of our remote hub :
BYTC ( Burundi Youth Training Centre) has organised a remote participation hub to IGF 2009 ( November 15th-18th 2009) . BYTC has been created 1999. Our core actions are oriented in ICTs especially for Youths : ( training, sensitization, etc...)
The goal of the remote hub for IGF was to create awareness and sensitize burundian youths on different issues related to Internet Governance.
Where : We rented a training room at the Campus Numérique Francophone de Bujumbura for the four days. It's the place where we could access to a best Internet connexion.
Who attended : About 50 people, mainly young students. The main group is made of students of a high school named "Lycée Central Saint Gabriel". They have a section dealing with "Economic studies". Those student were the main invited because BYTC is conducting ICT trainings on this Lycée since 2 years. Let's say that those students are lucky because BYTC made ICT equipment available for them. In Burundi, very few schools have ICTs equipements like computers for training.
Other participants came from "Université des Grands Lacs" especially from the faculty of computer science.
We had also participants from BYTC and another non profit organization.
How : We connected one laptop to the LAN of the Campus Numérique Francophone of Bujumbura and we connected it to a beamer. We had also loud speakers.
After this, we connected to different platforms like :
http://www.streamtext.net/text.aspx?event=ITU, and

Results : webcasting or real time text have been fine most of the times. But some time, images were not fluent and we then relied to audio. At two occasions, the connexion to Sharm El Cheikh went totally down due to our Internet connexion. At these moments, I beamed the IG video produced by Diplo for the present people.
As it is in English, I stopped the video after every basket in order to sum up what has been said.
At the end, I replied to some questions asked to me by participants ( the origin of viruses, how the online transactions are done, etc...)
Comment by Marília Maciel on December 3, 2009 at 2:34am
Jean Paul thanks for sharing this with us! Please, tell us a little more about this hub in Bujumbura. I would like to include it in the report about remote participation in 2009.
Comment by Virginia (Ginger) Paque on December 2, 2009 at 5:57pm
Thanks for telling us about this Jean-Paul--it is a good example: My remote participation in Venezuela, projected on the screen in Sharm El-Sheikh, and webcast to you in Burundi! I think that is a success story :)

I think I had more interaction with other remote participants than with people physically present in Egypt, but that works too! I consider that we had a "virtual" remote hub... all online.
Comment by NKURUNZIZA JEAN PAUL on December 2, 2009 at 5:30pm
Hi Ginger,
From the remote participation hub we made ( late) in Bujumbura, I captured a picture from your remote intervention !
Yes, remote is possible !



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