Wednesday, September 21, 2011

UN Internet Governance Forum in Canberra

The Australian National University is providing a free 'remote hub' in Canberra for the United Nations Internet Governance Forum, 3:00pm to 7:30pm, 27 to 30 September 2011.

The IGF Meeting is being held in Nairobi, Kenya, on the theme 'Internet as a catalyst for change: access, development, freedoms and innovation':
  1. Internet governance for development (IG4D)
  2. Emerging Issues
  3. Managing critical Internet resources
  4. Security, openness and privacy
  5. Access and diversity
  6. Taking stock and the way forward
The ANU will have a video link to Nairobi for remote participation. Due to time zones, ANU will only participate in the morning sessions of the conference (from 4pm Canberra time). There will also be brief presentations on the theme of the meeting by local speakers in Canberra (see the call for participation to volunteer to speak).

The Program For Canberra

Day one: 27 September: Human rights and Internet governance for development
  • 3pm Workshop
  • 4 to 5.30pm Human rights comes first: a constitutional movement for Internet Governance
  • 6 to 7.30pm Internet governance for development
Day two 28 September: Cyber security
  • 3pm Workshop
  • 4pm to 5.30pm Cyber security: safeguarding the global Internet and emerging issues
  • 6pm to 7.30pm: Blocking content: issues, principles and paths forward
Day three : 29 September: Global Internet governance issues
  • 3-4pm Workshop
  • 4-5.30pm The governance dimension of the Internet of things
  • 6-7.30pm Access and diversity
Day four: 30 September 2011: Participation and resources
  • 3pm Workshop
  • 4 to 5.30pm Public sector information online: towards a global framework
  • 6-7.30pm Managing critical Internet resources
Here are some excerpts from the UN Draft Programme for the 2011 Meeting:

Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

Draft Programme for the 2011 Meeting

15 September 2011

I. Programme Overview

The Sixth Annual meeting of the IGF will be held on 27-30 September 2011. ...

II. The agenda of the Nairobi meeting

The proposed theme of the meeting Internet as a catalyst for change: access, development, freedoms and innovation. ...

  • IG4D / Internet governance for development (IG4D)

  • Emerging Issues

  • Managing critical Internet resources

  • Security, openness and privacy

  • Access and diversity

  • Taking stock and the way forward

... basic questions which each key theme will address are as follows:

  • The Development Agenda / Internet Governance for Development (IG4D).

As one of the innovations for IGF 2011, it is being recommended by the MAG that in addition to being a key theme and having a ninety (90) minute session to be held on the first afternoon of the IGF 2011 meeting, that the development agenda would be a cross-cutting focus in each of the other key themes and that this cross-cutting focus would be represented in at least one of the questions posed as part of each of the key themes

Main question

“What are examples of specific global Internet governance issues that may have particular relevance to development?”

Sub questions

  • How are Internet Governance decisions at the national and international level related?

  • How can Internet Governance be integrated into development approaches?

  • How can the IGF foster the development process?

  • What are the developmental issues/concerns that to-date have not received sufficient attention in the IGF?

  • What are the current substantive policy outputs of governance arrangements vis-a-vis developing country interests?

  • What are the institutional processes vis-a-vis equitable participation of developing countries?

  • How can an IG4D agenda be explored within IGF and moved forward to other international settings?


  • Mr. Ben Akoh, Project Manager, IISD

  • Olga Cavalli, Adviser for Technology, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Argentina)


  1. Mr. William J Drake, International Fellow, University of Zurich, Overview and background: (5 minutes)

  2. Dmitri Dilani, Head of Africa Region, Nokia
    Siemens Networks, Mobile internet: (5 minutes)

  3. Ms. Joy Liddicoat, APC, Security/Openness/Privacy: (5 minutes)

  4. Natasha Pinheiro Agostini, Government of Brazil
    Access & diversity (5 minutes)

  5. Mr. Katim Touray, ICANN, Managing critical Internet resources: (5 minutes)

  6. Khaled Fourati, International Development Research Centre, Summary and Synthesis: (5 minutes)

Remote moderators:

  • Mr. Fouad Bajwa, MAG member

  • Mr. Barrack Otieno, former IGF Secretariat

Emerging issues

Main question

“Is governance different for the mobile Internet from the wired Internet?”

Format: 2 co-moderators and 6 panelists to set the stage and interact with participants

No presentations

Sub questions

o What are the key development issues given strong mobile penetration in developing countries and the use of new equipment and applications that did not exist before?

o How do Internet policy and regulation choices in the mobile Internet context impact the range of human rights, openness and neutrality?

o What are the policy and governance choices and opportunities in the mobile Internet space that foster innovation, skills building, entrepreneurship and maximizing the Internet for economic development?


  • Mr. Virat Bhatia, President, AT&T India

  • Sebastian Bellagamba, ISOC Regional Bureau Director for Latin America


  1. Ms Jacquelynn Ruff, Vice President, International Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs, Verizon

  2. Mr. Hossein MOIIN, Chief Technology Officer

  3. Dr Burt Kaliski, Chief Technology Officer, Verisign

  4. Mr Vagner Diniz, Manager, W3C Brazil office

  5. Mr Steve Song, Founder, Village Telco

  6. Mr Shri N Ravi Shanker, Additional Secretary, Department of Information Technology (Government of India)

Remote moderator(s)

  1. Claudia Selli, EU Affairs Director, AT&T

  • Managing critical Internet resources

  • What is the role of each Stakeholder in managing Internet resources?

  • How to evaluate accountability, transparency and inclusiveness the management of Internet resources?

  • How do we promote capacity building in critical Internet resources?

  • IPv4 and IPv6 transition, what are the burdens, impacts and opportunities for developing and developed countries?


  • Mr. William J Drake , International Fellow, University of Zurich

  • Ms. Emily Taylor , Independent Consultant


  1. Ms. Shane Tews, Vice President, Global Public Policy and Government Relations at VeriSign Inc.

  2. Avri Doria

  3. Ms. Fiona Alexander, Associate Administrator, Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), Office of Affairs (OIA)

  4. Ms. Alice Munyua-Wanjira, Chair, Kenya Internet Governance Steering committee, Convener of the East Africa Internet Governance Forum (EA-IGF); Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANet) Vice Chair ICANN Government Advisory Committee (GAC); Kenya Network Information Centre (KENIC)

  5. Ms. Anriette Esterhuysen , Executive Director, APC

  6. Ms. Tulika Pandey, Director, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (Government of India)

  7. Mr. Patrik Faltstrom

Remote moderator:

  • Ms Salanieta Tamanikaiwaimaro, Group Legal Regulatory Officer, Telecom Fiji Limited, FIJI

Feeder Workshops

  • Security, openness and privacy

This session will discuss the cross-border Internet governance issues that are encountered at the intersection of security, privacy and openness. Current examples include actions taken by a range of Internet actors in relation to whistleblowers sites, the “seizure” of domain names, proposals for blocking of websites and filtering of networks, the role that cybersecurity operations centers and law enforcement can play in protecting the Internet and its users from cyber attacks and cybercrime, and the impacts of action taken to cut access to the Internet for individuals, groups or entire countries from the global Internet. The session will also discuss the role of traditional and new media, journalism and citizens' media role. The session will build upon last year's Security, Openness and Privacy main session on the role of intermediaries can take to protect freedom of expression and innovation.

Sub Questions

    • What are the most significant cross-border Internet governance issues that affect security, privacy and openness?

    • What is the role of traditional and new media, journalists and citizen journalists in the Internet 3.0 world?

    • Is the ability to read over the Internet essential in a democratic society? What are the implications for Internet governance when online censorship is imposed by the private sector (e.g. a web hosting provider) and not the government? Is it a violation of human rights to cut Internet access that individuals, specific groups or entire countries rely on?

    • What are the implications of those actions for online freedom of expression, assembly and association?

    • Is the content distribution and communication capacity that the Internet affords important to fostering human rights?

    • Should we identify self-regulatory policies, regulatory choices and best practices for players in the Internet eco-system that protect openness, privacy, and security for all individuals?


  • Ms. Katitza Rodriguez, International Rights Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation

  • Mr. Lee Hibbard, Coordinator, Internet Governance & Information Society, Council of Europe


  1. Ms. Neelie Kroes, Vice President, European Commission and European Digital Agenda Commissioner

  2. Ms. Meryem Marzouki, Senior Academic Researcher, CNRS and European Digital Rights

  3. Mr. Frank LaRue, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression

  4. Ms. Christine Runnegar, Senior Policy Advisor, Internet Society

  5. Ms. Heba Ranzy, Director of MEA Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Middle East and Africa

Remote moderator:


Feeder Workshops

  • 85. Free Flow of Information and Social Networks: A Role for Democracy and Social Participation

  • 160. Global Trends to Watch: The Erosion of Privacy and Anonymity and The Need of Transparency of Government Access Requests

  • 202. Cybersecurity: Safeguarding the Global Internet and Emerging Issues/Opportunities for Developing Countries

  • Access and diversity

Main Question:

“Internet access as a basic human right: What challenges and opportunities does this pose for policy makers and the broader Internet community?”

Sub Questions:

  • What are the main technical, commercial and policy obstacles on the ground for achieving universal affordable access to infrastructure (particularly to broadband Internet access) in developing countries?

  • What are the main current obstacles to access to knowledge and content online?

  • What are the regulatory and policy options to address those obstacles to access to both infrastructure and knowledge/content and what are the roles of the policy makers and the broader Internet community on that regard?

  • How can access to infrastructure and knowledge in the context of developing countries contribute to a) foster transformation of education, innovation, entrepreneurship; b) fight poverty and promote social and human development?

  • How does access to the Internet and the regulation of digital content impact diversity on the Internet, especially on content production in developing countries?

  • How can Internet governance enable a movement towards a participatory and inclusive Internet, taking into consideration the right to access of people with disabilities, multilingualism and the inclusion of the most socially excluded groups?


    • Ms. Theresa Swinehart, Executive Director, Global Internet Policy - Verizon Communications

    • Mr. Laurent Elder, Programme leader Information and Networks, International Development Research Center (IDRC)


    1. Ms. Paul Kukubo, CEO, Kenya ICT Board (Government of Kenya)

    2. Mr. Dawit Bekele, Regional Bureau Director for Africa, ISOC

    3. Ms. Grace Githaiga, Associate, Kictanet

    4. Mr. Robert Pepper, Vice President, Global Technology Policy Cisco

    5. Mr. Fred Haga, Regional Officer Eastern Africa, Kenya Institute of Education

Remote Moderator:

  • Ms. Virginia Paque, IGCBP coordinator, DiploFoundation

Feeder Workshops

  • Taking stock and the way forward

Topics for discussion in this session:

    • Has IGF 2011 contributed to the development agenda and how can IGF 2012 better serve the development agenda?

    • Has IGF 2011 contributed to capacity building? How can efforts to build capacity be continued between IGF2011 and IGF 2012?

    • Given the recommendations that have come from CSTD/ECOSOC, how should the IGF 2012 be organized?


  • Mr. Bertrand de La Chapelle, Program Director, International Diplomatic Academy

  • Ms. Anriette Esterhuysen , Executive Director, APC


  1. Ms. Maimouna Diop, ICT Director, Ministry of Post, Telecommunications and ICT, (Government of Senegal)

  2. Hon Minister Haruna Idrissu, Ministry of Communications (Government of Ghana)

  3. Luis Magalhães, President, Knowledge Society agency (UMIC), Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Lisbon (Porto Salvo) Portugal. cc: Ana Neves.

  4. Vint Cerf, Chief Internet Evangelist, Google.

  5. Ms. Anriette Esterhuysen, Executive Director, APC

  6. Mr. Markus Kummer, Vice President, ISOC

  7. Ms. Shane Tews, Vice President, Global Public Policy and Government Relations, VeriSign

  8. Mr. Wolfgang Kleinwächter, Professor, University of Aahrus

  9. Ms. Jeanette Hofmann, Senior Researcher, London School of Economics

Remote Moderator:

  • Ms. Valeria Betancourt, Communication and Information Policy Programme Manager, Association for Progressive Communication

III. Programme outline

... Flag raising ceremony

On the morning of the first day (27 September), a UN ceremony raising the UN flag will be held. This ceremony will mark the beginning of the IGF 2011 meeting.

Internet governance: Regional perspectives on setting the scene

In light of the logistical changes imposed on the timetable it is now proposed rather than having one three hour session of regional perspectives there will be three 90-minute sessions on regional perspective and that these sessions will be interpreted. The objective of these sessions is to provide participants with some historical context on and an introduction to the main issues of the Nairobi meeting as well as inform delegates of the way in which national and regional IGF activities have been addressing key issues. There was very strong support for keeping this stream of sessions and for ensuring adequate time be given to allow all multi-stakeholder and regional interests to be voiced. The MAG again recommended that this suggestion be implemented.

Each of the regional and national IGF-type meetings that wish to participate in these sessions will be requested to send in a substantive discussion of their perspectives as they emerged from their meetings held throughout 2011.

After a brief historical overview given by a representative of the IGF secretariat, there will be a moderated session with representatives of the various regional meetings held in 2011. The goal for these sessions is twofold. These sessions will:

  • Provide regional input on the thematic themes of IGF 2011 to give participants a cross-regional perspective;

  • Allow the representatives of the regional and national meetings to inform IGF 2011 of concerns and topics beyond those included in the programme for IGF 2011.


Main session on key themes

Three, 120 minute, main sessions will be devoted to each of the following key themes:

  • Managing critical Internet resources

  • Security, openness and privacy

  • Access and diversity


Sessions for the other 3 key themes will be scheduled as follows:

  • The Development Agenda / IG4D - Day 1 morning 11:00 – 12:30

  • Emerging Issues - Day 2 morning 11:00 – 12:30

  • Taking stock and the way forward - Day 4 Afternoon – 14:30 – 16:00 ...

IV. Workshops

One of the main objectives of the 2011 meeting is to continue the 2010 practice on the linkages between workshops and main sessions. ... All workshops will have real time transcription and will be webcast.

Feeder workshops

Selected workshops, called feeder workshops, will be woven into the proceedings of the relevant main sessions. Participants from the feeder workshops will be encouraged to attend the main sessions related to the feeder workshops in order to broaden the discussions on the themes of the sessions when possible. ...

No of feeder workshops

Total number of workshops before main session




Emerging Issues



Access and Diversity



Security, openness and privacy



Critical Internet resources



Taking stock/way forward




Background papers

All workshops are requested to provide background papers prior to their sessions and are invited to produce substantive analysis papers after the workshops. Workshop organizers are also required to make available a brief report with a few bullet points describing the discussions, any outcomes, and future directions within a half-day after the workshop. For those workshops designated as feeder workshops, these can be used as the input into the main sessions.

V. Proposed Schedule

The most updated schedule can be found at

VIII. Remote Moderation

Each session will benefit from a remote moderator. All event organizers are requested to arrange for a remote moderator to help in the process of moving from remote observation to genuine remote participation.

A complete job description of the remote moderator can be found at


IX. List of resource persons

Individuals who would like to be a resource person, either as part of a workshop or a main session, are invited to register with the IGF secretariat.

Organizers of workshops and sessions who are looking for people to fill a slot on a panel or be otherwise involved within their workshop proposals, including as remote moderators, will be invited to access that list maintained by the Secretariat to find speakers and contributors for their sessions. ...

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