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How to organize a remote participation hub for the #igf10

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.

So go to http://intgovforum.org/cms/the-preparatory-process/512 and write the details about the hub you want to organize.

Next, get in touch with Ginger or Marilia and they will be able to provide you more details.

Finally, let your contacts know about the hub you are organizing and all the rest is up to you - there is no fixed structure and you should do what makes sense to you and your group.

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Comment by Daniel Oppermann on July 5, 2010 at 5:08pm
I like the video from São Paulo a lot. Since I have seen it on youtube for the first time I was wondering when it was actually shot. I have attended the remote hub in that year. But the video does not show the remote hub how I have experienced it. In fact we were only 2 or 3 people hanging out in a room with computers. There was no real focus on the IGF or its debates. The local discussion tables that were announced did not take place, none of the speakers showed up, not even the main organizers. But the video looks really nice. And it includes the important key words everyone needs to know to sound credible in the Internet governance community, like "community leaders/activists" or "contribution from the bottom up" (one of our colleagues in this online community already called it "repeating the same rap and using the same jargon").

But once again, nice video on youtube! ;-)



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