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 Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is an open and inclusive venue for Internet governance discussions  and enhancing the level of remote participation at IGF is certainly in line with such openness and inclusiveness. Remote participation is an integral part of IGF.  This has been manifested in many ways, the number of remote participants increases each year, remote participants contribute to discussions and technical expertise and facilities are provided. 

 

This year IGF will be held in Bali, Indonesia from 22 to 25 October. Those who cannot attend IGF in person can follow the events remotely. Remote participants can attend the IGF online individually or through remote hubs. If there is not yet a hub from your city or university, you might want to form one. If so, please let me know, and I will be happy to help.

 

Remote participation can happen at two level: intervention and participation. At IGF, participants can actively contribute to the sessions by submitting questions and comments to the remote moderator. To intervene, they should use the WebEX interface and connect to the event they would like to attend, and communicate with the remote moderator and other remote participants. Participants can also attend the meeting by watching webcast and  real time transcriptions

 

One factor that has a critical role in facilitating remote participation is the creation of remote hubs around the world. Remote hubs are voluntarily initiated by different organizations (NGOs, universities, local ISOC chapters, etc) or individuals. They provide an opportunity for those who cannot attend the IGF in person to participate online and engage in discussions. Remote hubs do not only provide facilities for remote participants to follow the discussions taking place at the IGF, they can also create a suitable venue for engaging remotely in these discussions and for raising awareness about global Internet governance issues at the local level. Further information about how to register remote hubs is available on IGF website. Training sessions will be also provided in the month of October.

 

Information about how to attend the IGF remotely and how to register remote hubs is available on the IGF website. Please do not hesitate to contact the IGF secretariat for further information.

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Comment by Deirdre Williams on September 25, 2013 at 4:40am
This year it's the turn of the Americas to be at most disadvantage from the time difference between “home” and the site of the IGF in Bali. The difference between my home in Saint Lucia and Bali is 12 hours. This turns everything upside down: here it is about 10.30 pm and I'm about to go to bed; in Bali it's 10.30 am and the day is well underway.
With that scenario how should remote participation for the most remote be managed? Few people could realistically be expected to participate synchronously in the IGF while at the same time going on with their normal life in daylight. Yet Internet governance has many enthusiastic and interested “followers” in the Americas, who would be disappointed to be left out. And every year this happens, because every year the physical location of the IGF must be 12 hours or even 14 or 16 hours different from some enthusiast's home base!
Can we think of a process by which everyone, no matter where in the world they live, can participate in the deliberations of the IGF during its annual meeting, no matter where in the world it is held?
This is a serious call for suggestions.
Any ideas?

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