If you are not able to attend the next IGF in Kenya, you can follow it remotely! There will be interactive channels for e-participation. You can follow the discussions from home, watching the webcast of the event and participating in chat. Or you can also expand the discussions and organize an IGF hub in your city!
Remote participation and specifically the hubs structure has been a successful history in previous IGFs with the partnership between United Nations IGF Secretariat and the Remote Participation Working Group (RPWG) . If you want know more about it, visit www.igfremote.info
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 IGF. In addition, hub organizers can hold debates to discuss the themes introduced at the IGF, but from a local perspective. There are several advantages in creating a hub: it helps to raise awareness about Internet Governance issues, it fosters networking among participants and community building and it encourages follow-up activities.
How to organize a hub? The requirements are very simple:
• A room or auditorium. It can be held in a university classroom or any other convenient place
• A computer with a broadband Internet connection and a videoconference (or projector) equipment, to watch the webcast
• A hub moderator, who will plan the dynamics of the local discussions as well as transmit the hub participants’ questions or comments to the IGF through the remote participation channels.
• A general call in lists, forums etc, to invite the interested local community
An online training will be offered to hub organizers prior to the event.
IGF HUB REGISTRATION at http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/remote-participation-2011/hubs-instr...
Dynamics of interaction during the meeting
Remote participants will be able to follow the meeting taking place in Nairobi by watching videocasts or listening to audiocasts from the meeting rooms and reading real-time closed captioning. They can also interact with the meeting by sending text questions, using the remote participation platform (Webex). These questions will be forwarded to the panel moderator when he/she opens the floor for questions from the audience.
Hubs are also encouraged to send short pre-recorded video questions or statement (2-3 min) outlining key issues on the local discussion agenda. If possible, hubs will be allowed to join with real-time video message.
The links to access each meeting room will be provided before the IGF. Remote participants should take a look at the IGF schedule (available soon) to see the room and the time of the sessions they would like to follow.
During the IGF, you can also use social network platforms to take part in the Internet Governance dialogue:
• Share your views in Twitter: #IGF11
• Share your video in Youtube
• Share your pictures in Flickr
• Leave messages in Facebook