Why are we here? Women participants at the IGF told us why they came to Athens
Why are we here?
Women (and men) from NGOs, government"state" in this glossary). As a general rule, "government" should not be capitalised.
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Marsha Guthrie(Jamaica): [I’m hoping that] we can move forward with the whole issue of the internet governanceSource: Tunis Agenda for the Information Society">i because the talks have stagnated I hope this inaugural meeting will re-start the process and deal with the real issues of openness and access for developing countries and multilingualism and move forward.
Sam Dickinson, Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (Australia): I'm here at IGF as part of the technology community. My personal interest is about how to bridge the divide between the tech community that originally developed the Interneti and the many Internet users and stakeholders iwho now need to be involved in Internet development. Professionally, I'm here to represent the Asia Pacific Internet community and get ideas about how to get more people involved in tech policyi development in our region.
Connie Chan (Australia): I am here to learn about how multi-stakeholderStyle information: APC uses multi-stakeholder with a hyphen between "multi" and "stakeholder".
Virginia Paque (Venezuela): I’m here as part of DIPLO Foundation - Diplomacy International. We’re involved in Internet Governance capacity building for development — to build policy capacity and to use IT for development. Personally, I advocate for better use of education — pushing the envelope and its tools to involve people who need to be here. How could we be talking of development when developing countries are not here? Even remote participation was not made possible –what a contradiction in terms –we’re not using the internet to ensure participation in this Forum.
Blogiger’s note: An IGF Discussion Space has been set up on the four themes of the IGF – i.e., openness, security, diversity, and access. However, we have yet to see how interactive and participatory this space is. Yesterday (30 October 2006) the organizers announced that feedback and inputs to the Forum may also be sent to this address: comments@ igf2006.info.
Danielle Nieuwenhuijse SIDN – Dutch Registry (.nl) (Netherlands): I’m here to see what will happen with [the issues around] security, spami, multi-stakeholder approach, and networkingThe Oxford Pocket Dictionary of Current English on Encyclopedia.com">i. I’m curious how the relationship between the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANNi) and the US Department of Commerce (DOC) will evolve. ICANN is very US dominated. It will be good if there is a commission with more participation from different countries so it is open and transparent.
Blogger’s note: Danielle’s concern was discussed in yesterday’s plenary session. Minister Liapis of Greece and Minister Kamel of Egypt both state"government" in this glossary). As a general rule, "state" should not be capitalised.
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Source: Governance for sustainable human development: A UNDP policy document (Glossary of key terms) and Wikipedia">id that there have been initial steps taken towards ICANN’s enhanced autonomy. A month ago, ICANN released a statement that they have signed a new agreement with the US DOC that guarantees greater independence in managing the Internet's System of Unique Identifiers. More debates on ICANN’s autonomy and mandate are expected to take place in the coming days.
Namita Malhotra - Alternative Law Forum (India): My participation in the IGF is as much about curiosity and the desire to intervene in the discourse on internet governance policy, which probably is the least punctured or disrupted by realities that are not male, heteronormative and white. To bring into the discussion realities (and fantasies) that are brown, black, yellow, identities that are female, transgender, beyond gender, desires that are queerStyle Information:n/a Source: Wikipedia ">i, beyond laws.
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