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No. 159 Global Public Interest of the Internet

Propose's Nationality: UNITED STATES

Proposer's Country of Residence: UNITED STATES

Nationality of Organisation UNITED STATES

IGF 2014 sub theme that this workshop fall under

Internet as an Engine for Growth & Development

Description

This workshop discusses the issue of public interest or public responsibility and how different organizations in the Internet governance ecosystem have over the years evolved in this respect. Different organizations have certainly developed diverse approaches to the global public interest issue and how best to pursue it, while preserving the core objectives of the organization in question. Moreover, foundations and development agencies have been offering programs in developing and least developed economies using the tools and the powers of the information technology in general and the Internet in particular.

The workshop will attempt to address a number of questions including:
• How is public interest defined by the different organizations in the Internet governance ecosystem?
• How can organizations forge better collaboration in the global public interest agenda?
• How do organizations develop their credibility in the pursuit of public interest?
• What kind of partnerships are needed to ensure the success of such endeavors?
• How to measure success and progress; and how to properly link the message of the organization in question with the public interest activities it pursues?
• How do public interest programs advance the cause of a free and open Internet?

Experiences from various organizations will be presented and half the time allocated will be used for debates in order to produce recommendations that could be taken into consideration by participant organizations.


AGENDA:

Global Public Interest of the Internet

Date & Time: 9th Annual IGF Meeting
Location: Istanbul
Remote: Available online





Moderator: Nora Abusitta, VP Development and Public Responsibility Programs, ICANN

Panelists:
Nii Quaynor, University of Cape Coast, Ghana
Nevine Tewfik, Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Egypt
Bob Hinden, The Internet Society
Raúl Zambrano, United Nations Development Programme

Duration: 90 minutes

Agenda:



0000-0015 Introduction
Nora Abusitta


0005-0015 Defining the Global Public Interest of the Internet- the Work of Panel for the Public Responsibility Framework
Nii Quaynor


0015-0025 How can public interest programs advance the cause of a free and open Internet?
Bob Hinden


0025-0035 How can organizations in the Internet governance ecosystem forge better collaboration in the global public interest agenda
Nevine Tewfik


0035-0045 Development and Public Interest: How to measure progress and success
Raúl Zambrano


0045-0125 Discussion
Led by Nora Abusitta

Nora poses questions for floor discussion on defining public responsibility and the global public interest in the Internet, and the role of organizations, governments, and civil society in addressing this.

Questions will also be taken from Remote participants.


0125-0130 Final Remarks from Panelists and Close



Name(s) and stakeholder and organizational affiliation(s) of institutional co-organizer(s)

Nora Abusitta
ICANN

Nii Quaynor
Academic- Civil Society
University of Cape Coast


Nevine Tewfik
Government
Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Egypt

Has the proposer, or any of the co-organizers, organized an IGF workshop before?

no

Type of session

Panel

Duration of proposed session

90 minutes

Subject matter #tags that describe the workshop

#public_interest #public_responsibility #development

Names and affiliations (stakeholder group, organization) of speakers the proposer is planning to invite

The workshop on the Global Public Interest of the Internet was moderated by Pierre Dandjinou, Vice President of Stakeholder Engagement at ICANN. Panelists included Nii Quaynor from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana and Chair of the ICANN Strategy Panel on the Public Responsibility Framework, Nevine Tewfik from the Egyptian Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Rinalia Abdul Rahim the Managing Director of Compass Rose Sdn Bhd and ICANN Board Member, and Titi Akinsanmi, Public Policy and Governments Relations Manager at Google.

Name of Moderator(s)

Pierre Dandjinou, Vice President of Stakeholder Engagement for the Africa region

Name of Remote Moderator(s)

Fahd Batayneh

Description of how the proposer plan to facilitate discussion amongst speakers, audience members and remote participants

Moderator will work with panelists on developing questions to be addressed during the session; each panelist will talk to at least one of the questions / issues; ample time will be given to allow interaction with floor.

Description of the proposer's plans for remote participation

Remote participation will be facilitated, including engagement with remote participants during discussion segment and provision of slides and materials to remote participants in advance of the meeting. Remote Moderator assigned. Remote Participation to be promoted in advance of the meeting to ensure global participation

Background paper

background paper

Brief substantive summary of the workshop and presentation of the main issues that were raised during the discussions

Internet Governance Forum 2014: Istanbul, Turkey
Global Public Interest of the Internet (WS159)
September 4, 2014, 11:00am-12:30pm

Host Organizations: ICANN
Transcript: http://intgovforum.org/cms/174-igf-2014/transcripts/1975-2014-09-04-ws159-global-public-interest-of-the-internet-room-5

The workshop on the Global Public Interest of the Internet, moderated by Pierre Dandjinou, Vice President of Stakeholder Engagement at ICANN, was very well attended. Panelists included Nii Quaynor from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana and Chair of the ICANN Strategy Panel on the Public Responsibility Framework, Nevine Tewfik from the Egyptian Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Rinalia Abdul Rahim the Managing Director of Compass Rose Sdn Bhd and ICANN Board Member, and Titi Akinsanmi, Public Policy and Governments Relations Manager at Google.

Panelists shared their experiences in regards to the global public interest of the Internet. Nii Quaynor discussed the ICANN Strategy Panel on the Public Responsibility Framework, which lay the foundation for the Development and Public Responsibility Department (DPRD) at ICANN. The DPRD’s strategic framework is currently oriented towards outreach and capacity building, to address gaps in participation in policymaking, as well as to inform and encourage the next generation to participate in the Internet governance process. Nevine Tewfik also shared her experience in Egypt working to create the Information, Communication, and Technology (ICT) Trust Fund, a mechanism and platform that allows suggestions for projects to be proposed, and to facilitate collaboration between government and different organizations.

Titi Akinsanmi discussed and highlighted three key issues to keep in mind when looking at the public interest of the Internet: transparency, simplicity for participants, and avoiding replication of existing projects. Rinalia Abdul Rahim also drew from her experiences, stating that firstly, the “public interest” is a challenge to define, as it should take into account the consultation of all affected stakeholders. She also spoke about how organizations in the Internet governance ecosystem can forge better partnerships to address the global public interest agenda by sharing goals, recognizing roles and mandates of partners, effective communication and knowledge sharing, and shared measures of success between partners.

A lively discussion followed on the scope of the public interest of the Internet, accountability and transparency, the financing of public responsibility as a whole, and the development of partnerships.

Conclusions drawn from the workshop and possible follow up actions

Participants requested that social responsibility programs be more collaborative, and embedded in other programs with regional or international organizations. Additionally, financing should not be considered a limitation when catering to important initiatives in the name of the public interest. With diversified high level partnerships with external organizations and governments, the risk and cost of deliverables should be shared between various organizations in the Internet governance ecosystem.

Estimation of the overall number of participants present at the workshop

23

Estimation of the overall number of women present at the workshop

about half of the participants were women

Extent to that the workshop discuss gender equality and/or women’s empowerment

it was not seen as related to the workshop’s theme and was not raised

A brief summary of the discussions in case that the workshop addressed issues related to gender equality and/or women’s empowerment

No information provided

Reported by

ICANN

Workshop transcript

transcript

Youtube video

video

Attachments

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