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September 2011 Blog Posts (32)

IGF 2011: Emerging Issues of Mobile Internet #IGF11 #192

On Wednesday, September 28, 2011 a panel led by Lillian Nalwoga looked at Mobile Internet, its regulation and its connection with Internet Governance. The purpose of the session was to look at the main question of “Is governance different for the mobile Internet from the wired Internet?” 3 sub questions that were also explored were: (a) what are the key development issues given strong mobile penetration in developing countries and the use of new equipment and applications that did not exist…


Added by Kolubahzizi T. Howard on September 29, 2011 at 10:55pm — No Comments

The heart and soul of blogging

'The heart and soul of blogging is the individual and/or the group of individuals opining on the fly and responding post-haste to one and all.' [1] And speaking of heart and soul, it is gratifying to see so many participants blogging on this forum about the IGF in Nairobi. It's also interesting to note that most of the posts are from those participating remotely. What a resource the Internet is!

It doesn't take long for us to start taking things for granted, though. I can still… Continue

Added by Mary Murphy on September 29, 2011 at 11:35am — 1 Comment

As the IGF 11 approaches the end... Workshop 12 - Access and Connectivity in Sub-Saharan Africa

As the IGF approaches the end, remember to patronise a workshop organised by Diplo Alumni, with some of them as panellists as well.

It is workshop 12 - Access and connectivity in sub-saharan Africa - status, challenges and opportunities. The link is http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/component/chronocontact/?chronoformname=Workshops2011View&wspid=12 .

As… Continue

Added by Ulemu Nyasulu on September 29, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

Moving Beyond Remote Participation towards E-Participation #67

As the IGF continues with yet another year of remote participation, remote panellists were also prominent. Some even participated by phone.  This year an ether pad platform allowed those attending and participating remotely to write notes, and share principles and guidelines at an e-participation workshop. This…


Added by Keisha Taylor on September 29, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

eParticipation principles

Workshop on eParticipation -day 3 of the IGF11, Nairobi

The session had Markus Krummer, Jovan Kurbalija, Tim Davis, Jeremy Malcolm, Nenna Nwakanma, Norbert Bollow, Sebastian Bachollet and Jorge Plano shared their views in the session. The session was moderated by Rachel and Ginger moderated the remote participants. The rapoteuring was carried out real time online by a group of Diplo Alumni using Etherpad.…


Added by Priyanthi Daluwatte on September 29, 2011 at 9:39am — No Comments

IGF 2011: Gems from the New Delegates Briefing #IGF11 #O1

Not being able to attend the IGF in Kenya, I decided that I would spare no efforts to participate remotely. Unfortunately, I have tried unsuccessfully to log into the remote participation links. I think this may be due to the lack of international broadband connectivity in Liberia. However, thanks to Stephanie Borg Psaila, my instructor in the Internet Governance Foundation course, I was able to get links to transcripts of some of the sessions.  Of course, the first transcript I chose to…


Added by Kolubahzizi T. Howard on September 28, 2011 at 5:50pm — No Comments

Moving towards open data - #212 #IGF11

This post is in reply to Deirdre’s post, "Facebook and Richard Stallman".

I do agree with Stallman's view and share Deirdre’s concern re FaceBook. I think the problem is bigger than just FaceBook, and has more to do with the tensions that now exist between technology (the Internet) and in the business world. Earlier during the workshop, the point was made that vast amounts of information is being collected online on people – their personal details, purchases, buying habits, location,… Continue

Added by Michele Marius on September 28, 2011 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

States concerns ‘legitimate’ – Special Rapporteur at #ws205 #IGF11

It’s good to see Special Rapporteur Frank La Rue comment in person on his Report on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression; even more so to hear him address the concerns of sovereign states.


Whether its terrorism, child abuse, or any other grave threat, it is a state’s concern to want to tackle such a problem – a concern which…


Added by Stephanie on September 28, 2011 at 4:16pm — No Comments

Increasing our participation in the global conversation (#67)

This post examines the e-Participation Principles workshop, which is one of many scheduled during the Internet Governance Forum that is being held in Kenya from 27 to 30 September. Originally posted on ICT Pulse.

In our daily and professional lives, we have all used communications technology – including telephone, email, SMS, online messaging services, VoIP services – in order to…


Added by Michele Marius on September 28, 2011 at 3:47pm — No Comments

Women and Internet Governance

Nowadays internet is part of almost any serious discussion focussing on global development. Women play a vital role in this development. Being a women myself, I have experienced the benefits that access and capability to use the internet for more than just typing an e-mail to friends, has had on my development, growth and networking capabilities. I see the same with many of my female colleagues; there is an easier break through barriers of information and education. And then I am speaking about… Continue

Added by Angelic Alihusain-del Castilho on September 28, 2011 at 1:51pm — 2 Comments

Facebook and Richard Stallman

I managed to wake up at 3am to follow day 2 of the IGF in Nairobi. Plugged in my laptop, stumbled in to the kitchen to make coffee, came back to find that I had forgotten to switch on the power. So I was almost completely too late for the IGC "Mapping the Internet" workshop.

Had a whole list of workshops for the second session but I also had connection difficulties so ended up in Room 11 listening to a discussion on Open Standards, moderated by Alejandro Pizanty, because that was…


Added by Deirdre Williams on September 28, 2011 at 1:01pm — 5 Comments

Transforming higher education through broadband

The workshop (#188)  on the above topic, on the second day of IGF11, shared experiences of a diverse group of stakeholders. The panel consisted of the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Information and Communication, Kenya,  Chief Operating Officer, Internet Society, Representative  from the Uganda Martyrs University, Kenya Education Network Trust (KENET), and a representative from Safaricom a broad band provider in Kenya.

The discussion took place on the provision of connectivity…


Added by Priyanthi Daluwatte on September 28, 2011 at 10:07am — No Comments

IGF 2011: Impressions of a first timer #101 #96

IGF 2011 in Nairobi has been my first IGF meeting and when I left home to come to Nairobi, I had few expectations. Not that I did not expect to gain anything from the meeting but rather I did not know what to expect at all. I am relatively new to the field of Internet Governance, having become heavily involved in the past year or so through the DiploFoundation Internet Governance Capacity Building Program.

The two workshops I chose to attend were mainly focused on content…


Added by Eric Kamara on September 27, 2011 at 4:43pm — 3 Comments

Beckstrom Advocates Multi-Stakeholderism for One World, One Internet

ICANN CEO, Rod Beckstrom stressed the importance of a Multi-Stakeholder Model for Internet Governance at IGF11.

He expressed his delight at this year’s theme “ Internet as a Catalyst for Change,” and offered that the Multi-Stakeholder model was an important Catalyst for the Internet itself. He attributed it for the Advancement:

• The Technology

• Standards

• Policy

• Global governance structures

Beckstrom thanked participants for being here to… Continue

Added by Sheba Mohammid on September 27, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Wisdom from the Father

Vint Cerf (one of the Founding Fathers of the Internet) congratulated Sub Saharan Africa for rapid uptake of the Internet and Mobile Tech and offered some core concepts on the Internet at IGF11 Opening Session:

1. Multi-Stakeholderism- He Strongly endorses Multi-Stakeholder Approach. He expressed how encouraged he was by Regional IGF and hopes these will feed into annual meeting

2. What type of Internet? Underscored the importance of a Global, Open and Interoperable… Continue

Added by Sheba Mohammid on September 27, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

IGF in transition….

Jovan Kurbalija (Diplo director) writes:

The 6th IGF starts at the UN Compound in Nairobi; lovely surroundings with a relaxed atmosphere. Even strict security checks are not as annoying as in other places. It is fascinating how the same rules (UN security) are localised worldwide. With a few smiles and easy communication, life is easier,  even when it comes to security matters.


At the event itself, the IGF crowd is going through its annual ritual. Some patterns have…


Added by Diplo IGCBP on September 27, 2011 at 3:58pm — 1 Comment

Jou Kali – short explanation of Internet and its governance

Jovan Kurbalija (Diplo director) writes:

Jou Kali is one of the first phrases I learnt in Kenya. Literally, it means ‘under the sun’, but is used in Kenya and East Africa to describe the informal economy. By what I understand from my Kenyan friends, jou kali describes common sense and the innovative ways in which ordinary, very often poor people, find…


Added by Diplo IGCBP on September 27, 2011 at 1:33pm — No Comments

IGF 11 - Workshop 12 - Connectivity and Access in Sub-Saharan Africa

Dear All,

Just a reminder that you are all invited (remotely or in person) to the above mentioned workshop, on Friday, 30th September, at 2.30 pm. Here is the link:


Note the time!


Added by Ulemu Nyasulu on September 25, 2011 at 5:14pm — No Comments

Blogging or Tweeting at #IGF11? Include workshop tags (e.g #63) in your headlines to be part of the #igfbuzz and workshop aggregator #67

Next Monday check back here to the Diplo Internet Governance Community to find a link to the 2011 IGF Social Media Aggregator.


The aggregator will take your blog posts here on the Diplo Internet Governance site, and tweets that use the #igf11 hash-tag and will bring them together in one place, sifting blog posts by topic and workshop - so you can find tweets and blog posts alongside workshop details, transcripts and reports. 


To make sure your posts and tweets…


Added by Tim Davies on September 23, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Launching soon: Emerging Leaders for the Digital World

From: www.diplomacy.edu/ACP/el.asp


Diplo is about to launch a new publication, Emerging Leaders for the Digital World, during the 6th IGF meeting in Nairobi on 27-30 September, 2011.

Emerging Leaders for the Digital World features the experiences of some of the most active emerging leaders in Internet governance and ICT policy. The leaders, identified and empowered by Diplo’s ACP…


Added by Diplo IGCBP on September 21, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

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