This is a great post from the EuroDig page on remote participation
EuroDIG 2010 will not only take place in Madrid, all over Europe various hubs are being set up to enable more stakeholders to participate actively, remotely. For every session, there will be someone moderating the contributions coming in through remote participation and thus feeding them into the dialogue.
Hubs are planned for:
Albania – Tirana
Armenia – Yerevan
Bosnia – Sarajevo
France – Toulouse, Strasbourg
Georgia – Tbilisi
Hungary – Budapest
Romania – Bucharest
Serbia – Belgrade
Ukraine – Kiev
…and we also try with Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Moldavia, Russia .
1) The importance of remote participation
Remote participation is one of the applications that should be put in place in order to reduce the different gaps related to the Internet today, such as access, age, gender and informational gaps.
In 2010, the EuroDig will take place in Spain. Unfortunately, several factors may hamper physical attendance, such as professional commitments and travel costs. But staying in your home city does not mean that it is not possible to follow the debates. It does not mean you cannot participate actively and make your voice heard. There will be interactive channels for e‐participation.You can follow the discussions from home, watching the webcast of the event and participating in chat. But it is also possible to organize EuroDig hubs.
2) What are the Hubs?
The hubs are local meetings that take place in parallel with the main meeting. People can watch the webcast together and send questions (text or video) that will be answered by panelists in EuroDIG. In addition, hub organizers can hold debates to discuss the themes introduced at the Eurodig, but from a local perspective. There are several advantages in creating a hub: it helps to raise awareness about Internet Governance issues, it fosters networking among participants and community building and it encourages follow‐up activities.
How to organize a hub?
The requirements are very simple:
* A room or auditorium. It can be held in a university classroom or any other convenient place
* A computer with a broadband Internet connection and a video‐conference (or projector) equipment, to watch the webcast
* A hub moderator, who will plan the dynamics of the local roundtables and discussions as well as transmit the hub participants’ questions or comments to the main EuroDIG meeting through the remote participation channels.
* A general call in lists, forums, etc, to invite the interested local community
* An online training session to become familiar with the platform that will be used for interaction will be offered prior to the event
3) Dynamics of interaction during the meeting
Remote participants will be able to follow the meeting taking place in Madrid by watching videocasts or listening to audiocasts from the meeting rooms, by viewing the PPT presentations from the speakers, and by reading real-time closed captioning.
Remote participants will be able to interact with the meeting individually or from a hub. All remote participants will be able to send text questions, using the remote participation platform. These questions will be forwarded to the panel moderator when he/she opens the floor for questions from the audience. Hubs can also send short pre-recorded video questions or statement that will be projected on the large meeting screen.
Both physical and remote attendees are encouraged to tweet about the event using #eurodig. The comments on Twitter will be monitored and questions could be forwarded to the panel moderators.
Why is this meeting important to young people?
Young people are among those who use the Internet the most, not only for leisure, but also to research, to express themselves, to create culture and to share knowledge. They have more fully understood the potential of the Internet, but currently they have little participation in the process of making decisions about its future. Young people will inherit the Internet that is being shaped today. How can youth ensure that their freedom of expression, that their privacy and interests will be protected in the future? The only way is to get involved in the process of decision‐making now.
Why is this meeting important to you if you do not live in Europe
The discussions in the meeting aim to contribute to the general Internet governance debate, and the outcomes of the discussions in EuroDIG will be taken to the IGF in Vilnius. In addition the European Commission and the Council of Europe are very forward‐looking, making ground‐breaking progress in Internet governance, and are willing and eager to incorporate world views. They have made it clear that the views of other regions are important to them, so it is an additional opportunity to make your opinions heard.
How can you receive more information about e‐participation in EuroDIG?
Hub organizers and any interested person are encouraged to join a platform created to discuss remote participation in Internet Governance meetings. Members will be able to share good practices and to engage in exchanges throughout the year.
The address is: http://www.diplointernetgovernance.org/group/remoteparticipationBernard Sadaka
, Computer and Communications Engineer (contact for technical questions)Ginger Paque
, DiploFoundation (contact for online support)Marília Maciel
, DiploFoundation (contact for online support)
Conceptual Note on e-PARTICIPATION DURING REGIONAL INTERNET GOVERNA...
DiploFoundation, Remote Participation working Group
Videos about remote participation and messages from hubsWebsite of the Remote Participation Working Group