By now you probably know that the Internet Governance Forum - IGF has an annual meeting: last year it was in Egypt and this year (2010) it will be in Lithuania.
Perhaps you are not sure whether you will manage to go there, or maybe you are already sure that you have other commitments and cannot attend in person.
(Hint: if, by now, you have not yet found a sponsorship to cover your travel costs for the event, chances are very small of doing it now. It is quite late already and most programs have closed long time ago.)
Would it be a good idea to attend the IGF remotely?
In my opinion (and everything I write here is just my personal view, not a position related to any work I do) yes, there is a lot you can do. But just sitting in front of the computer alone and trying to get the transcripts and webcast may not be the best option. Can also be quite boring and you are likely to be distracted with other things, checking your email etc.
Look at how much fun our friends in Brazil and Peru were having in past IGF editions organizing a remote hub. Instead of being alone in front of the computer, they make a local meeting, watch the videos, organize their interventions, ask questions and make their own videos - cool, huh?
In addition to the fun, these remote participation hubs are a great opportunity to network with other people in your local community interested in the themes of the IGF. You can also brainstorm together on specific themes, write declarations, send your contributions to the IGF and share your concerns and opinions.
How can you organize a remote hub?
Very easy. First, do not miss the deadline of 15 July to express your interest.
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