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As the IGF continues with yet another year of remote participation, remote panellists were also prominent. Some even participated by phone. This year an ether pad platform allowed those attending and participating remotely to write notes, and share principles and guidelines at an e-participation workshop. This e-participation principles workshop, which was hosted by the DiploFoundation spoke about the need to go a few steps further to make the next IGF even more inclusive and more universal.
Problems like connectivity were cited as issues that some IG hubs face but lack of resources was also brought up as much of the work done by the IGF is voluntary based. Also highlighted was the need to include multiple languages and use different social media tools, to spur this on. The need to facilitate the inclusion of those with disabilities was also discussed.
As the IGF continues to lead the way among inter-governmental organisations for remote participation, what has already been achieved is very encouraging. The tools that have been created because of the existence of the Internet can be used to ensure true multistakeholderism and global citizen inclusion on internet governance and policy issues. This should not be only during 4 days at the IGF, but through the hubs, online and offline networks and other ICT policy related events that are held throughout the year. Moving beyond remote participation to widespread e-participation will help to not only appropriately, but also effectively inform the issues that the IGF was set up to address.
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