[governance] Call for hub registration IGF 2011

Marilia Maciel mariliamaciel at gmail.com
Fri Jul 15 14:52:18 EDT 2011

Dear all,

Please find the call for hub registration to the IGF 2011 below. We would
appreciate if you could help to disseminate this with your contacts.

Best wishes,


*Call for hub registration - IGF 2011*

If you are not able to attend the next IGF in Nairobi, Kenya, you can follow
it remotely! Remote participation, and specifically the hubs structure, has
been successful in  previous IGF's in partnership between United Nations IGF
Secretariat and the Remote Participation Working Group (RPWG).  This time
again - the Remote Participation Working Group will provide
interactive *channels
for e-participation *so you can follow the discussions from home; watch the
webcast of the event ; and participate in live chat. Or you can also expand
the discussions and organize an IGF hub in your city!

So what are the *"Hubs*?"  The hubs are local meetings that take place in
parallel with the IGF.  People can watch the webcast together and send
questions (via text or video) that will be answered by panelists in IGF.  In
addition, hub organizers can hold debates to discuss the themes introduced
at the IGF from their local perspective. There are several advantages in
creating a hub - it helps to raise awareness about Internet Governance
issues;  it fosters networking among participants and community building;
and it encourages follow-up activities. For your convenience, we have
created a page to explain about remote hubs. *Click

*How to organize a hub?*  The requirements are very simple:
•    A room or auditorium. It can be held in a university classroom or any
other convenient place;
•    A computer with a broadband Internet connection and a videoconference
(or projector) equipment, to watch the webcast;
•    A hub moderator, who will plan the dynamics of the local discussions as
well as transmit the hub participants’ questions or comments to the IGF
through the remote participation channels;
•    A general call in lists, forums etc, to invite the interested local

If you are interested in setting up a local remote hub in your area, please
click on link for the *IGF HUB
* and follow the instructions.  There will also be an online training (to be
announced soon) for hub organizers prior to the event.

What's more?  
Hub participants are also encouraged to send short
pre-recorded video questions or statement (2-3 minutes), outlining key
issues on the local discussion agenda. Hubs are also possibly allowed to
join with real-time video message. Then the  links to access each meeting
room will be provided before the IGF. That's why have encouraged remote
participants in the past to take a look at the IGF schedule (available soon)
to check room assignments and session times they wished to follow.

During the IGF, you can also use *social network* platforms to take part in
the Internet Governance dialogue:

•    Share your views in Twitter: #IGF11
•    Share your video in Youtube
•    Share your pictures in Flickr
•    Leave messages in Facebook
We hope you can join us this September for the IGF 2011 in Nairobi!

Remote Participation Working Group
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