Submitted Proposals


Organization: APNIC
Title :
2. Challenges facing Internet operators in developing countries
Provide a concise formulation for the proposed workshop theme including its importance and relevance to the IGF.

The workshop will look at the challenges network operators face when providing access in developing countries. The workshop will examine issues that have an impact on operators’ ability to provide access, including:
  • Challenges posed by geography
  • International connectivity costs
  • Government regulation
  • Access to critical Internet resources
  • Financial constraints
The workshop will:
  • Investigate the role of network operators groups (NOGs) in strengthening education and professional exchange
  • Examine infrastructures, such as IXPs, that can help provide access to the Internet
  • Present case studies where Internet operators and their partners in government, business and civil society have overcome challenges or are facing challenges in providing Internet access to their communities.
The workshop will encourage participation from all those attending the session.

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.

The panellists that have been invited are:
  1. Gaurab Raj Upadhaya, SANOG & PCH (Technical) (South Asia)
  2. Mahabir Pun, Nepal Wireless Networking Project (Technical) (South Asia)
  3. Fred Christopher, PITA (Multi-stakeholder) (Pacific Islands)
  4. Adiel Akplogan, AfriNIC (Technical) (Africa)
  5. Desiree Miloshevic, Afilias (Business) (Europe)
  6. Bernadette Lewis, CTU (Government) (Caribbean)
  7. Ermanno Pietrosemoli, EsLaRed-ULA (wireless, Venezuela) (Academic) (Latin America)
  8. George Sadowsky, GIPI (Civil society) (North America)
  9. Valeria Betancourt, APC (Civil society) (Latin America)
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 following organisations, representing geographical diversity and multi-stakeholder values, have been invited as partners and participants. Most have confirmed:

Technical community:
  • AFNOG (African Network Operators Group)
  • AfriNIC (African Network Information Centre)
  • APNIC (Asia Pacific Network Information Centre)
  • ARIN (American Registry for Internet Numbers)
  • SANOG (South Asia Network Operators Group)
  • LACNIC (Latin American and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry)
  • PCH (Packet Clearing House)
  • PITA (Pacific Islands Telecommunications Association)
Intergovernmental:
  • CTU (Caribbean Telecommunications Union)
Civil society:
  • APC (The Association for Progressive Communications)
  • GIPI (Global Internet Policy Initiative)
Business: Academic The following regions will be represented
  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Pacific Islands
  • Europe
  • Latin America & the Caribbean
  • North America
Does the proposed workshop provide different perspectives on the issues under discussion?

By providing the perspectives from all stakeholder groups and from representatives from developing

The following organisations, representing geographical diversity and multi-stakeholder values, have been invited as partners and participants. Most have confirmed:

Technical community:

  • AFNOG (African Network Operators Group)
  • AfriNIC (African Network Information Centre)
  • APNIC (Asia Pacific Network Information Centre)
  • ARIN (American Registry for Internet Numbers)
  • SANOG (South Asia Network Operators Group)
  • LACNIC (Latin American and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry)
  • PCH (Packet Clearing House)
  • PITA (Pacific Islands Telecommunications Association)

Intergovernmental:

  • CTU (Caribbean Telecommunications Union)

Civil society:

  • APC (The Association for Progressive Communications)
  • GIPI (Global Internet Policy Initiative)

Business:

Academic

  • ULA (University of the Andes)

The following regions will be represented

  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Pacific Islands
  • Europe
  • Latin America & the Caribbean
  • North America
countries experiencing a variety of access issues, the workshop will provide a diverse range of views and solutions to the issues to be discussed in the workshop.

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 address the most fundamental of the five themes, access, inviting contributions from both panelists and all stakeholders attending the session to describe their experiences and suggest solutions they have found that could benefit others in developing countries.

This workshop conforms to the IGF mandate as defined in paragraph 72 of the Tunis Agenda by:

  • Engaging stakeholders from developed and developing countries; and from all sectors, including Government, business, and civil society
  • Facilitating the exchange of information and best practices, and making full use of the expertise of the academic, scientific and technical communities.
  • Advising all stakeholders in proposing ways and means to accelerate the availability and affordability of the Internet in the developing world.
  • Strengthening and enhancing the engagement of stakeholders in existing and/or future Internet governance mechanisms, particularly those from developing countries.
  • Contributing to capacity building for Internet governance in developing countries, drawing fully on local sources of knowledge and expertise.
  • Promote and assess, on an ongoing basis, the embodiment of WSIS principles in Internet governance processes.
  • Discussing, inter alia, issues relating to critical Internet resources.
  • Helping to find solutions to the issues arising from the use and misuse of the Internet, of particular concern to everyday users.
List similar events you and/or any other IGF workshops you have organized in the past.

The organizers of this workshop were organizers of the following workshops at IGF in Rio de Janeiro:

  • IPv4 to IPv6: challenges and opportunities
  • What strategies for Developing Countries, What Strategy for Africa?
  • The root server system

The organizers have individually and collectively organized many similar events in the past, including regular conferences and meetings open to all stakeholders interested in Internet operations. The organizers have a long history of working with other stakeholders to provide regional forums in which issues related to Internet development and Internet governance issues can be discussed in an open and inclusive environment.

In addition, the organizers have organized and/or participated in many sessions in global forums, such as WSIS, ITU Telecom World, and Internet-specific events; often with content and methodology very similar to those we propose in this case.

Were you part of organizing a workshop last year? Which one? Did you submit a workshop report?

The organizers of this workshop were involved in organizing the following workshops at last year’s Internet governance forum:

  • IPv4 to IPv6: challenges and opportunities
  • What strategies for developing countries, what strategy for Africa?
  • The root server system

A report has been submitted for “The root server system” workshop. A verbal report for the “IPv4 to IPv6: challenges and opportunities” workshop was given during the "reporting back" sessions in Rio and a written report was submitted in May 2008.