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Imagining the Internet participation at IGF-Vilnius; suggest questions; visit with us!

Hello to our good friends in the Diplo Internet Governance Community!

The Imagining the Internet Center at Elon University is sending four participants to IGF-Vilnius, where we are backing a number of workshops and DCs. Elon undergraduates Drew Smith, Sam Baranowski and Kirsten Bennett will be participating in four different workshops, and the leader of our delegation, Dr. Glenn Scott, a professor at Elon, will also be participating as a speaker at the meeting of the Dynamic Coalition for Core Values.

Our team will be busy collecting interviews, photos and video to post at http://www.imaginingtheinternet.org. They hope you will take the opportunity to participate in our IGF-Vilnius video survey. To get an idea of how it works, you can look at last year’s results here:
We are still in the process of deciding what questions to ask this year. If you would like to make suggestions, we would love to hear your ideas. You can send them to me at andersj at elon.edu.

Here are some questions that have been proposed as possibilities for this year’s survey so far:
  • CLOUD COMPUTING is the primary emerging issue being discussed at this IGF. What are the most important positives and negatives of cloud computing?
  • Now a MOBILE INTERNET question: One reason cloud computing is predicted to grow is the growth of the mobile Internet. What do you see as the biggest challenge, opportunity or change that the mobile revolution brings?
  • A HUMAN RIGHT? Is Internet access a fundamental human right? Explain. Why?
  • THE INTERNET FIVE YEARS FROM NOW: Intermediaries are at work as the Internet grows and people seek security, convenience, information filters, and so on. Five years from now will the Internet be more open and accessible, about the same, or less so? Explain.
  • ABOUT IGF: Why is IGF important? How can it be improved?
  • YOUR HOPE FOR THE FUTURE: What is your greatest hope for the future of the Internet?
  • YOUR CONCERN FOR THE FUTURE: What is your greatest fear or concern for the future of the Internet?
  • IN ONE WORD: Describe the future of the Internet in one word.
We are proud to say that the US Library of Congress, our national repository for knowledge, has begun adding the content of Imagining the Internet to its digital archive. The contributions you make in participating in our surveys are being documented not only to help inspire people to think about the future today and inform policy but also to serve as a historic record of our time as we work together to achieve the best evolution possible for human communications and cooperation.

Have an excellent conference. I will not be in Vilnius due to other obligations, but I hope to catch some of the action online. Be sure to find Kirsten, Sam, Drew and Glenn and visit with them.

Janna Quitney Anderson
Director of Imagining the Internet
Associate Professor of Communications
Elon University

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