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Inclusiveness: attendance, collaboration and capacity building at LACIGF5
One of the positive results from LACIGF5 was the inclusion factor.
There were many new actors into the Internet Governance fora, particularly local stakeholders, and the event format has made room for the new voices to bring their fresh perspectives into IG issues that they are directly involved with.
And the participants who were already familiar with the event have also been invited to actively contribute in the event, for example, as facilitators, resource persons or rapporteurs.
Collaboration was also a key component for the meeting. Reflecting the groups discussions, all rapporteurships have been collaboratively elaborated with the community members. This fact reinforces that any person that wishes to contribute is welcome and any voice can be heard.
Capacity Building was a transversal discussion in all sessions. Some participants have argued that capacity building is not in the essence or within the mission and function of the forum, and therefore should not be treated in this space. Others have advocated that capacity building is the way to increase participation and involvement of different stakeholders, especially on issues related to Internet governance that are not largely known, nor explored or taught in several countries in our region. In this sense, DiploFoundation plays a key role in capacity building on issues related to Internet Governance through their e-learning courses offered for participants from different countries and representatives of the different stakeholders that are part of the Internet ecosystem.
It is important to highlight that LACIGFs are still lacking the participation of governmental representatives and perhaps more players from the private sector. LACIGF5 had particularly a large attendance from civil society, which is surprisingly different from the global IGF figures. This point emerged from the session of Taking Stock and the Way Forward, in which it was discussed how to continue the discussion to find ourselves once a year. There are also many interesting ideas that emerged in this session, such as mechanisms to track the LACIGF throughout the year and follow up from year to year, since it is not only an annual meeting, but a process to be worked all year long.
Endorsing the Internet Governance principles and the forum underlying structure, my blog posts are only an invitation to start the debate and remain open for discussion. Use your voice and share your comments!
More information on LACIGF5: http://www.lacigf.org/sp/lacigf5/agenda.html
Video archive: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/fgicolombia