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Ist Day at the IGF Meeting Hyderabad (3rd December 2008)

I really want to say this was a DIFFERENT day for me, so much out of the usual. I started with a lot of anxiety knowing i was to debate for the notion "The internet is to vulnerable to be trusted". It was a challenge for me cause it was a new adventure, but with a lot of encouragement from Ginger, Maureen and all, i took the step. We(Maureen and I) based our agruement on the fact that the internet cannot be TRUSTED due to some major security probems such as

- Denial of service
- Automated vote buying/selling
- Software bugs
- Insider and Outsider attacks
- Man in the middle/spoffing.

The turn out of people was really poor but i believe subsequent debates with a lot more preparation and organisation will be wonderful. I would have loved to say a lot about Ginger but i'll just leave it at "Ginger is good"

At about 11:30am, I attended workshop 23 - Overcoming Obstacles of Effective Digital Education. Unfortunately I could only listen to one speaker before i left to attend to the booth where i spent the rest of the day but I picked a few things from him who looked at the benefits of digital education such as:

- Bridging distance and time
- Expands access to resource materials
- Supports new methods of teaching
- Relationship between students
- Student and teacher
- Teacher to students
- Expand education beyond the classroom

He also outlined some of the ROAD BLOCKS associated with digital education. They are as follows:

- Economic
- Cultural
- Technical
- Institutional
- Legal
- Scope

The bit i witnessed was an eye opening presentation because i began to see digital education in a light i had never bothered to look.

I will like to end this by saying the meeting this night was awesome. I respect whoever thought about it.

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