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On March 3-4, UNESCO headquarters organised a multistakeholder conference dubbed CONNECTing the Dots: Options for Future Action ( http://en.unesco.org/events/connecting-dots-options-future-action).
The meeting was convened to deliberate on a study conducted by UNESCO on Internet related issues.
I was asked…
Added by Grace Githaiga on March 10, 2015 at 6:30pm — No Comments
Multistakeholderism (MS) and what it constitutes continues to be a topic of interest in many internet governance discussions and gatherings.
In the recently concluded IGF 2014 in Istanbul, I was one of the panelists in the session Developing meaningful multistakeholder participation mechanism http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/igf-2014/schedule-igf2014
Prior to speaking in…Continue
October 21, 2013
Day 0 of the IGF 2013 kicked off at Bali, Indonesia with several IG-pre events. Human Rights on the Internet: what are they and what do they mean in the context of Internet Governance was one of these events that took place and organized by the Association of Progressive Communicators (APC) http://hr-igf2013.events.apc.org/curriculum-resources/.
The session led by David Souter, aimed at…Continue
Added by Grace Githaiga on October 21, 2013 at 6:47pm — No Comments
I was recently invited to speak in a panel http://www.dw.de/mobile-for-development-is-scale-what-matters/a-16655684 at the Deutche Welle Global Media Forum 2013. This session Mobile for Development—Is scale what matters? was convened by Frontline SMS and brought together speakers from BBC Media Action, the Guardian, and Daraja.
One of the key question that the session focused…Continue
Added by Grace Githaiga on May 22, 2013 at 11:00pm — No Comments
Acknowledge dignitaries and Participants
As CS, we applaud the efforts being made to provide accessible remote participation for this meeting, improving possibilities for inclusion and active engagement in this significant global policy process. It is exciting that WSIS is setting an example, which strongly supports timely…
Added by Grace Githaiga on February 28, 2013 at 9:38pm — No Comments
Kenya's next election will be held on March 4 and the Presidential run off on April 11, 2013. This election is unprecedented and arguably the most important and complex as it will be conducted under Kenya's new constitution, which was promulgated in August 2010. Further, it will have an additional three voting positions.
Previously, Kenyans voted on three positions namely Presidential, Member of Parliament and Civic ward. This year’s voting will be on six positions, with an…Continue
Now that the dust is settling after WCIT, and many opinions and analyses of what transpired being generated by different people, i too have been reflecting not on WCIT content as so many have done that, but on other areas. My thoughts:
First, it is very challenging to have over 150 governments that are at various levels of development, drawn from different regions, and divided by language,…
Added by Grace Githaiga on December 22, 2012 at 4:30am — No Comments
The Secretary General Hamadoun I. Touré met civil society representatives during the just concluded World Conference on International Regulations (WCIT). The meeting had been requested by CSOs in attendance, to air their concerns as regards ITU.
The meeting kick started with three CSO reps outlining concerns. These included the substance of ITRs and what they should not address namely the internet/ICTs, internet…Continue
Added by Grace Githaiga on December 15, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments
The International Telecommunications Union, the UN agency for information and communications technologies, is meeting in Dubai on Dec. 3—14, 2012 to update the current international telecommunications regulations treaty. The last such meeting took place in 1988.
The 1988 treaty established general principles for the provision and operation of international…Continue
Added by Grace Githaiga on December 1, 2012 at 3:50pm — No Comments
The Association for Progressive Communications (APC), the Government of Kenya and the International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) BASIS initiative (Business Action to Support the Information Society) organised a workshop Technology, Economic and Societal Opportunities and Womenduring the just ended IGF in Baku.
The focus was on existing Internet-related economic, cultural, political and social opportunities for women, and the gaps that exist. I…Continue
So the 2012 IGF has come to an end. Over 1600 delegates attended.
Overall the organisers performed quite well in some aspects and quite poorly in others. Today I will not assess the performance of the day since nothing really changed from yesterday. I will briefly look at the overall performance.
This year’s IGF has seen the theme of human rights feature in many sessions. I attended two sessions that made me think seriously about how we communicate online. The sessions Freedom of expression and freedom from hate online, and the Internet of humans organized remotely by Diplo’s Sheba Mohammed were such an eye opener.
Important issues that we ever hardly think about when communicating online were raised and generated stimulating debate in relation to our right to…Continue
Added by Grace Githaiga on November 9, 2012 at 7:43am — No Comments
You would expect that this being day 3, the energy levels of delegates would be going down. My assessment is that this is not the case. Enthusiasm was demonstrated by delegates and sessions were on time, and were characterized by stimulating debates.
How was the score card today?
1. On a scale of 1-10, I would give 4 out of 10 for the internet. Some delegates had no problem accessing it, but those were the ones who mostly operated from the internet cafe.
Today was definitely a better day at Baku expo Center and we can say that the challenges experienced by the organisers on day one of the 7th IGF were 'teething problems'. There were great improvements.
Added by Grace Githaiga on November 7, 2012 at 7:54pm — No Comments
The 2012 IGF kicked off today the 6th day of November 2012. Baku expo where the IGF is taking place happens to be quite some drive from most hotels where delegates are staying. The meeting place is one big hall that has been partitioned temporarily for purposes of this meeting. The partitions do not reach the roof top and therefore it would be very easy to hear what is going on in other rooms besides the meeting one is attending.
To prevent this leaking or in broadcast language…Continue
When Diplo awarded me the VeriSign fellowship to attend the 7th IGF in Baku, I had in mind that I would be visiting a developing country. In my imagination, a developing country has such characters as an undeveloped infrastructure, power and water shortages, and pockets of informal settlements. And so I arrive at the airport, go through immigrations with ease and without any drama. It was really easy as there was a dedicated desk at the airport to facilitate IGF delegates.
Added by Grace Githaiga on November 6, 2012 at 8:35pm — No Comments