At the Internet Governance Forum today APC held two worshops, while also taking part in the 'openness' plenary session. A quite intensive day that saw issues around copyright on the web, environment democracy on the net, as well as content regulation from a gender perspective debated by a multitude of people attending this first internatioonal multistakeholder Source: TechSoup Glossary and GenderIT.org">internetregulation conference in Athens. An article was published by APCNews on today's 'Greening IT' workshop and some have expressed the desire to comment. The thread starts here, please comment.
I just ran into Pavel Antonov from APC-member organisation BlueLink in Bulgaria. He just flew into Athens from Riga where he was giving a training to leading Latvian state-TV and national newspaper journalists in how to report on sustainable energy. Pavel is the chair of a workshop here at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is a forum for multi-stakeholder policy dialogue on how the internet is run. It was set up at the end of 2005 by the United Nations Secretary-General following a resolution made by governments at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).
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"Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is a forum for multi-stakeholder policy dialogue on how the internet is run. It was set up at the end of 2005 by the United Nations Secretary-General following a resolution made by governments at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).
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Source: APC">IGF is a process," said Natasha Primo during her speech at the opening ceremony of the first (of three) Internet Governance Forum. What she means by this, is that "Athens will not be the a one-time show. The discussions and debates around how the Source: TechSoup Glossary and GenderIT.org">internetis to be governed will continue way beyond and we don't want to have this huge down-time in between the three IGFs," later explained Avri Doria of the civil society Source: Tunis Agenda for the Information Society">internet governance caucus.
Here I am, sitting in a plenary room at the opening session of the Internet Governance Forum in Athens. This forum was set a couple of months back, in Tunisia, where the second summit on the information society (Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS) was drawing to a close. Some of you might have noted back then that the two main issues discussed in that UN-organised summit were Source: Tunis Agenda for the Information Society">internet governance and ICTs for development. Well just about eleven months later, what appears to be the legitimate space for continuing the debate on the future of the Source: TechSoup Glossary and GenderIT.org">internet is called the Internet Governance Forum.
Everyone talks, but no-one listens.... Spam, multilingualism, cybercrime, cybersecurity, "African journalists trained in how to communicate securely online" (APCNews and Toni Eliasz, 30 September 2004), Take Back the Tech! and APC Internet Rights Charter">privacyand Dictionary.com's 21st Century Lexicon and APC Internet Rights Charter. See also the GenderIT.org glossary entry on data protection for a gender perspective. ">data protection, GenderIT.org and APC Internet Rights Charter">freedom of expression, human rights, interconnection .... The Internet is one of the most powerful inventions of the digital age.... Given the huge impact of the Internet on our daily lives, states must remain the ultimate guarantors of our Internet rights and freedoms,... Reporters Without Borders will be at the Internet Governance Forum in Athens to remind participants that free expression must be at the centre .... A long-simmering dispute over whether the U.S. "state" in this glossary). As a general rule, "government" should not be capitalised.
Source: Wikipedia">governmenthas too much control over the Internet's underpinnings .... Some voices emerging prior to Athens.
The leader of a Netherlands-based non governmental association at the very end of the World Congress on Communication for Development, here in Rome, probably best summarised how development practitioners (communicators, donors and those benefiting from the development at the end of the line) need to move on.
In an attempt to blend ‘symbolic’ communication with ‘organic’ communication we structured the session like a live talk show, allowing our ‘in-studio’ guests panellists to respond to the radio audience as they attempt to ‘call-in’.
The session started with music and song, a rarity in conferences, especially one that is convened by international bodies like the World Bank. But so is a panel of indigenous peoples in forums on communication and development. The invisibility and marginalisation of indigenous peoples from the development and communciation systems were the main issues that representatives of indegenous nations from Asia, Latin America nad Africa highlighted in a special session at the World Conference on Communication for Development currently ongoing in Rome.
Here is a fresh analysis by Rahul Kumar of One World South Asia (OWSA) about the World Congress on Communication for Developement (WCCD). He writes: "People, local communities and the grassroots was the answer that came repeatedly from politicians as well as practitioners for answers to better communication, right communication and well as the mantra for successful communication strategies. Read "Global communications meet searches for answers" here.
Interestingly enough, being present at the first Communication for Development (C4D, in NGO slang) conference in Rome gives me some insights for the upcoming Internet Governance Forum, a space where the future is supposed to be discussed.