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November 2009 Blog Posts (47)

Ups and Downs of URL Shorthening

As you twitt, you quickly learn about bit.ly, tinyurl.com and other URL Shorthening services to make your long URLs suitable to mobile phone. Perfect! Excellent idea! However it only works while service is available. And it may stop being available overnight. Ponder that. Are we coming to "quick in - quick out" internet service?

Learn about tr.im case .... http://blog.tr.im/post/160697842/tr-im-resurrected

Added by Ljubisa Gavrilovic on November 25, 2009 at 6:08pm — No Comments

Digital Word games: Digital Diving, Digital Natives ...

Hi guys,

I like words, so I like playing with words....

I see that Digital Diving, Digital Natives, Digital Migrants are the new online slang.

I suppose the Founders of the Internet are neither Natives, nor Migrants, but just that, Founders.

BUT.... what about those of us who are not "Digital Natives" because the Internet wasn't even a dream when we were born. BUT we are not "Digital Migrants" either, because we didn't "move into" the… Continue

Added by Virginia (Ginger) Paque on November 19, 2009 at 10:13pm — 5 Comments

Taking Stock and Closing session @IGF 2009

I had an opportunity to capture this.....big thanx to Ginger.....if anyone got an opportunity to capture the speech by ITU and ICANN...I would appreciate it if they shared it...

Taking stock at IGF 2009;

Ms. Y.J. PARK, Delft University of Technology.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for giving me an opportunity of contributing to the Internet Governance Forum in a capacity of academia. As many previous speakers addressed, IGF has done a

tremendous job of… Continue

Added by Judi on November 18, 2009 at 8:15pm — 4 Comments

The Internet Governance Forum: what does it mean for Africa? (research article)

The Internet Governance Forum: what does it mean for Africa? (Le forum sur la Gouvernance de l'Internet : quel sens pour l'Afrique?)

By Ken LOHENTO - Octobre 2009


This article seeks to understand the representation and interest of the IGF process within the African ICT community, and to give illustrations of its eventual impact. To do this, we, primarily, have analyzed exchanges on two key discussion lists on which African views on… Continue

Added by Lohento on November 18, 2009 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Workshop 318 - Promoting Cultural Diversity through Cultural Heritage in Cyberspace

Various issues were raised such as dealing with material that is still under copyright and those to which copyright no longer applies as well as organisations doing their own projects such as Google and their digitizing of books project.

Panel of experts from Arab states and UNESCO among others discussed various issues and provided examples of initiatives in countries like Egypt and India. A new way to deal with access to publications and payment was mentioned. Some initiatives such… Continue

Added by Marsha Guthrie on November 18, 2009 at 5:21pm — No Comments

IGF09 – Internet Governance Forum 2009 – ‘n Oorsig (Afrikaans - my second language in South Africa)

Die 4de Byeenkoms van hierdie Forum het vanaf 15-18 November 2009 in die betowerende Sharm El Sheikh in die Sinai Provinsie van Egipte plaasgevind.

Hierdie raadgewende forum het dit ten doel om die Sekretaris Generaal van die Verenigde Nasies in staat te stel om die mandaat van die World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) (WêreldByeenkoms oor Inligtingsgemeenskappe) uit te voer met betrekking tot die bevriordering van ‘n veelvuldige party dialoog (multi-stakeholder policy… Continue

Added by Richard Jonathan on November 18, 2009 at 5:15pm — 2 Comments

Live Blogging ARchive

Some of us at IGF2009 have been making use of the CoverItLive live blogging platform to capture some of the sessions that have taken place.

I can't embed the archive of content directly into Ning, but you can find an archive of all our live blogging… Continue

Added by Tim Davies on November 18, 2009 at 2:38pm — No Comments

Five reflections on moving the youth participation into the Internet Governance mainstream

This is reposted from an original on the Practical Participation blog.

Since the key role of young people as leaders was written into the WSIS Geneva declaration, there has been some level of involvement of young people in the Internet Governance…


Added by Tim Davies on November 18, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Taking Stock and Looking Forward – on the desirability of the continuation of the Forum

Disclaimer – blog starts mid-China’s speech (was stuck in a queue to get my mobile/camera)

[11:37:51] main session right now: China speaking on the future of IGF

[11:37:51] just pointed out IGF shortcomings

[11:38:33] "without doing any reform to the igf, it is not necessary to give a five-year extension"

[11:39:31] *some* people clapped

[11:43:54] UNESCO rep next

[11:44:44] we look forward to continue to play an imp role in the hopefully extended… Continue

Added by Stephanie on November 18, 2009 at 12:14pm — No Comments

Code of Good Practice on Participation on Access to information and transparency

Workshop 96 : The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) in partners with the Council of Europe and UNECE has come up with a draft code of Practice on Information, Participation and transparency on Internet Governance. The document is available for your comments and suggestions. having attended this session and being part of the group for discussions, I think, this was a very good initiative done by the partners. The document to me was more focused on participations which is effective… Continue

Added by Dalsie GRK Baniala on November 18, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Blogging for insight

There are many different ways of using a blog. A blog is a blank canvas until you start to write upon it.

When you think about how to blog, it is useful to think about how you want to use the platform that a blog provides. It is a platform to share ideas, publish content, and to create conversations: after all, comments from readers are as important… Continue

Added by Tim Davies on November 17, 2009 at 5:44pm — No Comments

Highlight at the session on governance of social media

During the session on governance of social media, it was debated for a title for a workshop which will address on how to develop terms of service for social media and event which will be attended by civil society, governemnt, private sector.

Suggestion - Corporate social responsibility for social media..>>

Added by Priyanthi Daluwatte on November 17, 2009 at 5:08pm — No Comments

Workshop 291 - Internet Governance: Economic Recovery and Growth

Presentations sought to address how to continue the development of ICTs in light of global economic situation. It was acknowledged that continued investment was necessary. Egyptian Ministry of Communications highlighted how their continuous development has assisted their growth and development in ICT sector. Contribution to GDP was given as well as overall growth within a year. Egypt plans to continue to be a major player as a transit point (many of the cables go through the Red Sea) between… Continue

Added by Marsha Guthrie on November 17, 2009 at 12:14pm — No Comments

Workshop 120 - IPv6 Transition: Economic and Technical Considerations

Overview provided of IPv6 versus IPv4 and some of the "myths" associated with IPv6 such as that it improves security (NOT TRUE!) and it improves routing scalability (also, NOT TRUE!)

Example (real experience) of co.za and the application and allocation of IPv6 in southern Africa provided by a small ISP.

Results from ALCATEL-LUCENT survey conducted on behalf of EU presented. Survey was conducted in Europe, Middle East and Central Asia. Indicates that only European orgs. "ahead of the… Continue

Added by Marsha Guthrie on November 17, 2009 at 12:01pm — No Comments

Highlights at the Main Session on Access and Diversity, IGF4 16th November

Mr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, Chariman of Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization, Egypt summarising the Main Session on Access and Diversity indicated the following.

Develop a Egyptian knowledge society
To adopt the accessibility for dsiabled
To encourage ICANN to acceleratate the process of multilingualism on the internet for its coherence

"Develop One internet to speak many languages"

Added by Priyanthi Daluwatte on November 17, 2009 at 11:20am — No Comments

(November 16) Workshop 207 - Ensuring Continued Investment and Digital Growth in a Climate of Global Economic Challenges

This workshop focused on steps that were either being considered or should be considered by various stakeholders in the current global economic climate. An interesting presentation by the OECD highlighted some issues such as current policies in the ICT industry, priority areas for some organizations and green ICTs. It was shown that there is a disparity between Northern and Southern Europe in terms of priority areas for ICT investment. It was also mentioned that there is a new wave of ICT… Continue

Added by Marsha Guthrie on November 17, 2009 at 9:57am — No Comments

Les jeunes souhaitent une coalition

L'atelier des jeunes qui s'est déroulé hier après midi dans la salle 2: Sinai intitulé "Youth and Internet Governance: the way forward" a regroupé les jeunes des différentes régions qui ont débattu autour d’importants thèmes dont celle de la participation des jeunes et les réseaux sociaux.

Les panelistes ont ainsi présenté la situation des jeunes en Afrique, les obstacles à leur participation, tout comme l'expérience des jeunes en Europe, ainsi que l'apport de la participation à distance.… Continue

Added by Pascal G. Bekono on November 17, 2009 at 9:51am — 1 Comment

Workshop 115 - The Role of Internet Exchange Points in Creating Internet Capacity and Bringing Autonomy

This workshop was primarily an information session about Internet Exchange Points in the various regions worldwide; their roles and various sub-committees/bodies.

Those attending were able to find out about latest developments in various regions e.g. in LACNIC (Latin American and Caribbean Region - 3 new IXPs launched in past year - Haiti, and Netherlands Antilles (St. Maarten, Curacao); Re-instatement of IXP in Africa on September 11, 2009)

Benefits of having these IXPs… Continue

Added by Marsha Guthrie on November 16, 2009 at 6:06pm — 2 Comments

Best Practice Forum 113: Best practices in ccTLD Policy and Operations : Management Resources

(Please note that I arrived late!!)

The session had presentations from the main players in ccTLD processes globally. Examples of processes and initiatives were given from a European standpoint among others. IANA's role was briefly discussed. There was an interesting explanation of Anycast by Bill Woodcock, the history of Anycast and why it is used. Some main points:

Need for a networking typology

Issue of sovereignty raised

Automation of delegation/re-delegation… Continue

Added by Marsha Guthrie on November 16, 2009 at 5:50pm — No Comments

Thoughts from Workshop 230- Youth and Internet Governance: the way forward

We are a generation that depends so much on the Internet. Many of us cannot live without it (just like electricity :) ). BUT do we know what is involved when it comes to Internet usage? Is there a difference between one's life online and offline? What information should or should I not put on a social network site like Facebook? The list goes on and on.

Added by Kwasi Opare on November 16, 2009 at 5:23pm — No Comments

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