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The First Arab IGF Meeting was held in Kuwait City between 9th and 11th of OCT 2012.

The Theme was for this meeting “A Better Internet for A better Arab World”.

The five accesses for this meeting was

            1-      Access & content

            2-      Internet Openness.

            3-      Critical Internet Resources.

            4-      Security and Privacy.

            5-      Youth.

The Agenda for the first Arab IGF was as following:

  • Opening Ceremony and Main Plenary and Keynotes
  • Session1:  “Access to Content, Or Content to Access”
  • Workshops:

            1-      IXP in Arab World

            2-      IG Multi-stakeholders model in Arab world: Opportunities & Challenges.

            3-      Practicing Online Freedom of Expression in the Arab world & challenges of content filtering.

  Session 2:  “Internet Openness, Freedom of Expression and Content”

  • Session3:  “CIR: Critical Internet Resources”
  •   Workshops:

               1-      The Impact of Social Media on the Democracy.

               2-      Domain Names Industry in the Arab world

               3-      Towards a New Sustainable Internet Economy.

  • Workshops:

               1-      Extending Regulations to Cyberspace

               2-      Moving to IPv6

               3-      Social Media for Entrepreneurs.


  • Session 4: Security and Privacy
  • Session 5: Youth
  • Workshops:

                  1-      Protecting Children Online: Assessing blocking and self-regulation in the Arab world.

                  2-      Key Issues in implementing e-Accessibility for people with disability

                  3-      Youth driving our future technologies and businesses.

  • Workshops:

                  1-      Policy requirements for women empowerments over the internet.

                  2-      Empowering youth using social networking to participate in the community development.


  • Session 6: Talking stock and the way forward.
  • Closing Session


Points raised from the participants:

  • The International Indicators are the main evaluation Indicators to evaluate any IGF (e.g. No. of IP Addresses, Domains, impact on the GDP, etc.)
  • The IGF should be Bottom up Multi-stakeholders.
  • The National IGF’s has the privilege to set the national policies and Guidelines
  • The North Africa IG forum is established, it is the Fifth Regional IG Forum in Africa.
  • Tunisia also established their National IGF
  • Mobile Data traffic will increase by 60% 2016.
  • There is only 100,000 Arabic article in Wikipedia
  • Saudization of the Saudi content on YouTube Increases the Usage of YouTube by 200% in Saudi Arabia
  • Saudi Arabia is the First in the world to Access YouTube from Mobil Phones and second from Desktop.
  • there is no accurate data to evaluate Internet penetration in the region
  • The Arabic content increases 2500% in the last 10 years but still 2.2% from Internet content
  • No polices in the Arab world for the content only we have polices for the infrastructure
  • Arabic content are now 4GB/Month and it will increases to 14GB/per month in 2016

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