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FORMAT #4: Birds of a Feather (BoF)


The BoF session format is suggested for when a group of attendees come together based on a shared interest on an Internet policy issue, and carry out discussions without any pre-planned agenda. The call for participation can be announced at the plenary, online, or on a bulletin board at the IGF event.


· 30 mins;
· 60mins; or
· 90 mins

Optimal Layout:

· Several circular tables or a circle of chairs to enable group work/discussion;
· Online participation where possible;

Note on Diversity Criteria: For this format, organizers are encouraged to run the session in an inclusive way, in order to ensure that a diversity of views from diverse participants are incorporated into the discussion.

Example: WS 19 Enhancing linguistic and cultural diversity in cyberspace [Description; Video,  Transcript & Report]



Contact Information

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