Then exchange messages about how you can best add your value to the event. When you introduce yourself, explain the areas of your expertise and recent projects you've been involved on, and which items of the US-IGF Program you are interested in contributing to.
They will be able to provide you feedback and bring you closer to the activities.
You may also register at the page of the US IGF and connect to other people from the Steering Committee and other participants.
2. Mark your online presence
There are many ways to engage online and leave your presence as an active member of the activities taking place.
For instance, Robert Guerra has recently posted a video about the US IGF:
You can reply as a COMMENT on this blog post and engage the conversation - Robert will be able to distribute your reply in different channels and reports, and you will get gradually involved in next activities.
Here are his questions again to facilitate your reply:
1. How do you see Web 2.0 in terms of expanding free expression and promoting human rights?
2. What are the emerging threats to free expression and human rights in Web 2.0?
3. Will emerging technologies threaten or enhance freedom of expression?
4. Should US rights, values, and freedoms be promoted internationally?
Robert is eager to expand the international outreach of this questionnaire so if you REALLY want to be engaged on this, send him a message and he will share further ideas on how to embrace this idea.
3. Follow up
Be persistent, excellent and consistent. If you are currently researching or working on any IG-related theme, use all channels available to report on the activities you did.
Did you take part of an event or seminar? Did you organize one? Send a message to our IG-News contact person, Stephanie and she will facilitate the preparation of a news article to promote it.
The main difference is the blog post is easily visible to all visitors, while the group discussions are "hidden" into the group page - thus, if most people are not particularly interested on, say, "network neutrality", then you can send your message to that group, where it is more relevant.
The benefit of using groups is that, by default, all members of that specific group receive an email notification - so your message has higher chances of receiving high quality feedback.
The full text of the book An Introduction to Internet Governance (6th edition) is available here. The translated versions in Serbian/BCS, French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Chinese, and Portuguese are also available for download.