Submitted Proposals

Organization: Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform, UK
Title :
72. Virtual Worlds for Delivering Public Service & Innovation
Provide a concise formulation for the proposed workshop theme including its importance and relevance to the IGF.

The workshop will showcase Virtual Worlds as a way of providing an innovative and effective way of delivering public services, engaging with citizens and society, inclusively discussing the fact that there may be a number of possible legal/investment barriers to the achievement of the benefits of Virtual Worlds. The aim will be to facilitate the exchange of information and best practices, making full use of the academic, scientific and technical communities; showing how stakeholders have helped to find solutions and have used virtual worlds as an effective way of delivering public services.

Final Workshop Proposal

Provide the names and affiliations of the panellists you are planning to invite. Describe the main actors in the field and whether you have you approached them about their willingness to participate in proposed workshop.

Speakers will be drawn from government, industry and public sector, technical community, academics, civil society and a developing country presently using virtual worlds. We have not yet approached our intended speakers about their willingness to participate, but they will include: 

  • a representative of industry and/ or public sector who will outline how virtual worlds can and are delivering public services and addressing consumers’ needs 
  • a leading academic on the governance issues surrounding virtual worlds 
  • a representative from a (non UK) government who is already using virtual worlds to deliver services 
  • a developing country actively investing in virtual worlds as a way of delivering public service
Provide the name of the organizer(s) of the workshop and their affiliation to various stakeholder groups. Describe how you will take steps to adhere to the multi-stakeholder principle, including geographical diversity.

The Department for Business, Environment & Regulatory Reform in the UK (BERR) promotes the competitiveness and productivity of the communications and content industries and also champions consumers' use of ICT. BERR will be working in partnership with co-organisers from industry, government, academics, civil society and a developing country. These are from different stakeholder backgrounds. The initiative is based on multi-stakeholder partnership. We hope to use the session to engage with other countries to compare and contrast approaches and share best practice. A reasonable gender balance on the panel will be maintained. 

Does the proposed workshop provide different perspectives on the issues under discussion?
Yes.  In the run-up to December, we will be organising a number of stakeholder events in the UK, including co-sponsoring an international conference with the UK Intellectual Property Office (UK-IPO) and the New York Law School in July on innovation and governance issues in virtual worlds entitled State of Play. These events will elicit a range of different stakeholder perspectives from industry, academia and consumer interest bodies.  We intend to bring all these different perspectives to our workshop for further discussion, comparison and contrast with other countries.  We hope that this diversity will encourage meaningful discussion.
Please explain how the workshop will address issues relating to Internet governance and describe how the workshop conforms with the Tunis Agenda in terms of substance and the mandate of the IGF.
The workshop will seek to encourage discussion on the public benefits and key public policy and governance issues related to virtual worlds which are rapidly growing in significance as an aspect of Internet Governance. The discussion will draw on illustrative case studies and other practical examples. The workshop will facilitate the exchange of information and best practices, making use of expertise and multi stakeholder groups, strengthening and enhancing their full engagement and bringing out all the different perspectives.
List similar events you and/or any other IGF workshops you have organized in the past.
This will follow up on the UK Best Practice workshop in Rio.  We have organised stakeholder events in the UK involving a wide variety of interested parties.  As mentioned above under (5), we are also co-sponsoring with UK - IPO, the international State of Play conference on innovation & governance in virtual worlds, organised by the New York Law School in July 2008.  This event will assist in eliciting a range of international stakeholder perspectives and case studies which are relevant to the intended discussion at the multi-stakeholder workshop in December.  This event will assist in eliciting a range of international stakeholder perspectives and case studies which are relevant to the intended discussion at the multi-stakeholder workshop in December. 
Were you part of organizing a workshop last year? Which one? Did you submit a workshop report?