[Governance] Invitation - an evidence-based approach to an inclusive IGF

Anriette Esterhuysen anriette at apc.org
Mon Oct 12 13:57:11 EDT 2020

Dear all*

Please join this discussion on Wednesday 14 October. It is open to
everyone interested in evidence-based analysis of participation in the
IGF. Frequent assertions are made about participation in the IGF, e.g.
that it is dominated by civil society, or that governments don't
participate, or that global north interests predominate, or that the
content of sessions are gender blind... join the session and see what
analysis of available data reveals and share your ideas about how we can
work towards an IGF that approaches inclusion in a mindful and
deliberate manner.

Anriette Esterhuysen


*Participation and inclusion from 2006 to 2019: achievements and
challenges* - Wednesday, 14 October 2020, 13:00-15:00 UTC -

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Wednesday 14 October 2020, 13:30-15:00 UTC

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Overview of topic


Based on first draft of research paper being produced by Research ICT
Africa and ‎the Internet Society on IGF participation data since 2006.
What has been achieved ‎with regard to the Tunis Agenda mandate, and
where are the gaps? How can the ‎IGF approach participation and
inclusion going forward to address these gaps? ‎This discussion will
look at participation and inclusion from two angles: the ‎people and
institutions that shape, contribute to and attend the IGF, as well as
the ‎content of IGF themes and tracks. The session will also be used to
gather views on ‎the relevance of IGF content to participation numbers,
including how themes are ‎decided and have helped to make the IGF more
focused and raise its profile. Has ‎there been an evolution in themes,
do these themes (sufficiently) help to link the ‎IGF with other forums
and to achieve its goal of being inclusive, particularly of ‎actors from
developing countries?‎

Discussion leads


Anri van der Spuy, Research ICT Africa, Flavio Wagner, past-MAG member,
Cgi.br; Jason Muyan, Office of the Under-Secretary-General ‎and Special
Advisor on Preparations for the 75th UN Anniversary & the  High-Level
Panel on Digital Cooperation



MAG chair and Research ICT Africa

Anriette Esterhuysen - anriette at apc.org//anriette at gmail.com
Chair, United Nations Internet Governance Forum Multistakeholder Advisory Group

Senior advisor global and regional internet governance
Association for Progressive Communications

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