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Brief Description

Orientation sessions are intended for both newcomers to the IGF and those who are already involved but would need to get a more holistic view of Internet governance. It gathers experts, fellows, decision-makers and practitioners to engage meaningfully by discussing actors and topics related to Internet governance. The session will be interactive, educative, inclusive, at the same time creative and fun, it will be open but also guided in order to be effective.

Set up: U-shape seating

Interpretation is provided for the Orientation Session.

Participants:  Newcomers and IGFers’

Main questions:  

        What is the history WSIS and IGF and mandate of the IGF?

        How does diplomacy play in the global Internet governance? What are the main IG-related process and actors involved?

        How to navigate the IGF to get the best out of it and for it?

        How to stay involved with the IGF and IG process beyond IGF2014?

Time: 90 mins


        Veronica Cretu, Open Government Institute, Moldova & MAG member

        Vladimir Radunovic, DiploFoundation & MAG member

Session outline:

9.30-10.00  Part 1:  Diplomacy, process and actors

        A brief overview of the WSIS process and other IG-related processes 

        Role and mandate of the IGF and MAG

        Multistakeholder model and roles

Q&A and discussion


Chengetai Masango, IGF Secretariat

Raúl Echeberría, ISOC Vice President Global Engagement

Jovan Kurbalija, DiploFoundation

Other experienced IGFers are welcomed to join


10.00-10.30  Part 2:  Navigating the IGF

        Navigating through IGF: providing practical hints and inputs on how to navigate the IGF during the meeting; (main sessions, workshops, best practice forums, remote participation, corridors, etc.)

        How to choose the workshops (color codes)

        How to benefit from the IGF?

        How to contribute to the IGF?

Q&A and discussion


Nicolas Dagostino, IGF Secretariat

Olga Cavalli, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Argentina & MAG Member

Towela Nyirenda-Jere, NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency & MAG Member

Subi Chaturvedi, Delhi University/Media for Change

Other experienced IGFers are welcomed to join


10.30-11.00  Part 3:  Involvement beyond 2014

        Joining the MAG and the IGF2015 preparations

        Role of national & regional IGFs

        Inclusiveness: Involving the persons with disabilities, youth and indigenous groups

        Capacity building mechanisms and programmes

        Continued Engagement - e-participation, mailing list

        Other opportunities

Q&A and discussion


Ricardo Pedraza Barrios, CEO and Founder, LATAM Consulting Services & MAG Member

Judy Okite, Internet Governance Coordinator Free Software and Open source Foundation for Africa, Dynamic Coalitions on Disability and Accessibility & MAG Member

Ginger Paque (Remotely), Remote Participation Working Group

Deidre Williams, IG Caucus Co-coordinator

Fatima Cambronero, AGEIA DENSI Argentina & MAG Member


Tracy Hackshaw, Vice Chair Internet Society ,Trinidad & Tobago