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This group will be dedicated to discuss remote participation in Internet Governance meetings. Members will be able to share good practices and to engage in exchanges throughout the year.

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Latest Activity: Mar 31, 2014

Remote Participation: a condition for broader inclusion

The growing awareness about the importance of creating channels for online interaction has increased, both on the national and on the international level. Governments make use of online platforms to provide information and services, as well as seeking to remain in close contact with citizens. Commercial enterprises and civil society take advantage of the potential offered by the online tools to improve their communication and organizational skills.

On the political sphere, online channels create new possibilities for constant participation on the debates and on the decision-making processes. While the traditional mechanisms for participation, such as councils, were limited, both in terms of space and time, the Internet offers an opportunity for real-time interaction of people who are geographically dispersed.

The possibility for broader participation, regardless of frontiers, is particularly important to processes of global scope, such as Internet Governance. The IGF has taken place in different continents, something that is quite positive, but makes it harder for people to attend the meetings. Some segments particularly suffer from constraints be physically present, such as the young and the disabled people. Governments and civil society organizations from the developing world, who generally count on less financial resources, have also been under-represented.

Remote participation is one of the measures that should be put in place in order to reduce the various gaps related to the Internet today, such as access, age, gender and informational gaps. Reliable tools allow communication in both ways – from the IGF to the people following the debates around the world, and from these remote participants to the people physically present in the meeting – is an important step in reducing inequalities.

Discussion Forum

Reports on remote participation/Belarusian hub 1 Reply

Belarusian hub remote participation has been organized as a civic initiative by Belarusian virtual think tank e-belaus.Org in cooperation with Foundation for Mass Media Communications (Belarus)…Continue

Started by Marina Sokolova. Last reply by Marília Maciel May 1, 2010.

EuroDig Madrid: You Can Be There! 1 Reply

Creating hubs for remote participationAbout the EurodigThe European Dialogue on Internet Governance (Eurodig) is a meeting that takes place once a year to discuss issues related to Internet…Continue

Tags: EuroDig, Remote participation

Started by Marília Maciel. Last reply by Seiiti Apr 19, 2010.

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Comment by Judi on January 31, 2012 at 8:22pm

Congratulations to The Gambia! please send us a link, to join the deliberations.

Comment by Poncelet O. Ileleji on January 30, 2012 at 11:55pm
Gearing up for second National IGF in the Gambia 1st and 2nd Feb 2012, you all free to engage in our deliberations.

Comment by Virginia (Ginger) Paque on April 22, 2010 at 5:08pm
Are/Did you using e-tools to compensate or as contingencies for current air travel restrictions in Europe? Vote in the e-diplomacy poll. Does RP work?

Comment by Marília Maciel on April 19, 2010 at 3:18am
Great news, Antonio! Indeed, the Eurodig will discuss topics that concern all Internet users, regardless of geographic location! Nice to have you on board!
Comment by Antonio Medina Gómez on April 17, 2010 at 3:24pm
Colombia conectada...estaremos allí!
El Foro de Gobernanza de Internet Colombia participará remotamente en Eurodig 2010. Desde el Auditorio Rojo de la Universidad Autónoma en la ciudad de Bogotá.

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