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(No.176) National IG Mechanisms – Looking at Some Key Design Issues

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Status: 
Accepted
Workshop Theme: 
Other
Theme Question: 

It is a workshop on national level IG mechanisms, and does not directly address any main theme questions

Concise Description of Workshop: 

Such is the unique nature of the Internet that its governance often calls for institutional innovations. The proposed workshop will look at a range of national level IG mechanisms across the world. While the discussion will refer to good models and practices in different countries, it will not be organized around simple show-casing of different national IG mechanisms. The discussion will centre around key contexts, requirements, challenges and possibilities.

Organiser(s) Name: 

Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore - Civil Society
Brazilian Internet Steering Committee - National level governance body
Institute for System Analysis, Russian Academy of Sciences - Academic Insitution
Centre for Community Informatics Research, Development and Training (CCIRDT), Vancouver, BC CANADA - Civil Society
Instituto NUPEF , Rio de Janeiro - Civil Society
IT for Change, Bangalore - Civil Society

Previous Workshop(s): 

See in the workshops section in IGF 2011
IG4D Workshop 183: A Possible Framework for Global Net Neutrality

Submitted Workshop Panelists: 

Carlos Afonso, Insituto NUPEF, Board Member, Brazilian Steering Commitee
Emily Taylor, Independent Consultant, Formerly with NOMINET
Alice Munya, Chairperson, Kenya Internet Steering Commitee
Victor Tishchenko, Institute of Advanced Systems, Russian Academy of Sciences,
Sunil Abraham, Centre for Internet and Society,
Moderator, Micheal Gurstein, Centre for Community Informatics Research, Development and Training, Canada

Name of Remote Moderator(s): 
Ginger Paque
Report
Reported by: 
Paminder Jeet Singh
A brief substantive summary and the main issues that were raised: 

See attached

Conclusions and further comments: 

See attached

(No.106) Understanding Internet Infrastructure: an Overview of Technology and Terminology

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Status: 
Accepted
Workshop Theme: 
Other
Theme Question: 

This workshop provides an introduction to Internet technical and governance terms.

Concise Description of Workshop: 

This workshop builds upon successful previous workshops in Rio, Hyderabad, Sharm El Sheikh, Vilnius, and Nairobi. This workshop has been offered at the very beginning of each IGF, in order to afford new IGF participants an overview of the sometimes-obscure terms of art of the Internet governance and technical communities. The workshop provids an educational, factual backdrop to the policy debates which are the focus of the IGF.

Organiser(s) Name: 

 

  • Bill Woodcock, Packet Clearing House

  • Jane Coffin, Internet Society

 

Submitted Workshop Panelists: 

 

  • Bill Woodcock, Packet Clearing House

  • Nishal Goburdhan, AfriNIC
  • Jane Coffin, Internet Society

  • Liesyl Franz, Consultant

 

Name of Remote Moderator(s): 
Bevil Wooding, Packet Clearing House
Gender Report Card
Please estimate the overall number of women participants present at the session: 
The majority of participants were women
To what extent did the session discuss gender equality and/or women's empowerment?: 
It was not seen as related to the session theme and was not raised
Report
Reported by: 
Bill Woodcock
A brief substantive summary and the main issues that were raised: 

This is an introductory workshop that's conducted each year.  Normally, it's held at the beginning of the first day, and serves to give people an overview of the terms they're likely to hear bandied about over the course of the week.  This time, through some sort of scheduling mishap, it was held near the end of the week, so the questions were much more topical than in past years.  In addition to the usual questions about routing, the domain name system, and Internet governance organizations, we also got questions about the ITU, WCIT, and the short-lived ETNO proposal for settlements.
The prepared content of the workshop remains relatively constant from year to year, since the fundamental principles of the Internet are slow to change.  We cover routing, the domain name system, and the Internet governance organizations, and then engage in Q&A with the floor.

Conclusions and further comments: 

Based on the questions we received, there's substantial interest and a dearth of understanding among at least this subset of IGF participants of the economic principles that underly the Internet's operations.  We will focus more heavily in that area for next year.

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