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[liberationtech] UN Internet Governance Forum 2012 - Call for workshops - April 12 Deadline

Katy Pearce ucsb kpearce at
Wed Mar 14 05:39:20 PDT 2012

Hi all.

I'd love to talk to some other academics about some workshop proposals.
Please email me off list to chat.


On Mon, Mar 12, 2012 at 2:50 PM, Robert Guerra <rguerra at>wrote:

> The United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Secretariat has just
> posted the call workshops for the 2012 event in Baku. Below are details:
> We are now accepting workshop proposals for the 2012 IGF Annual Meeting in
> Baku. The workshops will be held generally in parallel to the Main
> Sessions. Organizers of workshops are asked to present their proposals
> making use of the template posted below. Proposals should respect the
> organizational principles and criteria for the selection of workshops. The
> Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) will assess the proposals. The final
> schedule will be determined in light of the number of proposals submitted.
> Organizational Principles
> • The guiding organizational principle for holding workshops is the
> multi-stakeholder approach. Geographical diversity is an equally relevant
> factor.
> • All proposals fulfilling the selection criteria and using the template
> will be posted on the IGF Web site.
> • Proposals should preferably be submitted in English. 12 April 2012 is
> set as the deadline for submitting proposals.
> • Interested parties are encouraged to submit their proposals as early as
> possible, as the selection process will take place on an ongoing basis. An
> early decision will facilitate the planning of workshops.
> • The rooms reserved for workshops and all equipment, including a screen
> and a PC or laptop for projections and a projector (XGA/SVGA Data), will be
> available free of charge. Details related to the logistics will be made
> available in due course.
> • There will be no interpretation provided for workshops. If
> interpretation is desired the workshop organizers are free to make their
> own arrangements in coordination with the IGF Secretariat. The organizers
> will be responsible for all associated costs.
> Content and format
> • They are two general workshop types:
> o Feeder workshops: will focus on the specific issues relevant to the Baku
> meeting themes and will act as leaders to the relevant main sessions. As
> was done in previous years in the relevant main sessions, the moderators of
> these sessions will call on the feeder workshop rapporteurs to relate the
> viewpoints expressed in the workshops. Each feeder workshop will be asked
> to assign a rapporteur whose role will include attending the relevant main
> session, giving a brief overview of the session's discussions and take part
> in a one hour round table session that will immediately proceed the main
> session on that topic. They should also be available to act as a resource
> to the moderators of the relevant main session. To the extent possible
> participants from the feeder workshops are also encouraged to attend the
> main sessions related to the feeder workshops in order to broaden the
> discussions on the sub-themes of the sessions.
> o Other workshops: Workshops on other topics of relevance to Internet
> Governance. (More details will be available in the draft programme paper.)
> • Workshops dealing with topics that are addressed in the main meeting
> will not be scheduled at the same time as the main meeting.
> • Workshops should explore a theme from different angles and different
> stakeholders' perspectives. Pure advocacy workshops will not be considered.
> • All workshops will be Webcast and have realtime transcription.
> • Workshops should respect the general format of meetings and should be
> structured to be interactive, allowing a large portion of their time for
> open discussion and interaction with meeting attendees, such as a Q&A
> session. They could include keynote presentations, moderated panels and
> discussions both from the floor and from remote participants. Workshops
> should be designed with the format that is most appropriate to the
> particular topic under discussion.
> Selection criteria
> • Relevance to the main themes and sub-themes. Priority will be given to
> proposals related to the main themes.
> • Demonstratively proposed or organized following the multi-stakeholder
> principle (e.g. at least three relevant stakeholder groups being
> represented in the organization of the workshop).
> • Capacity to improve understanding of the IGF themes and topics.
> • Proven experience, expertise and capacity to manage the staging of the
> workshop, including the raising of funds necessary to do so.
> • Timeliness, completeness and adherence to deadlines.
> • The provision of background papers.
> • Developing country support.
> • Gender balance.
> • Balance of speakers to participant discussion in the design of the
> workshop; that is, the degree of interaction planned.
> • Youth participation.
> • Suitability for remote participation, for example linkages to a hub
> event.
> • A name of a remote moderator is also required for each workshop.
> Template for submitting proposals
> An online form will be made available shortly for the submission of
> workshop proposals containing the following questions:
> Question 1: Title of proposed workshop.
> Question 2: Please provide a concise description of the proposed workshop.
> Question 3: Which of the six broad IGF Themes does your workshop fall
> under?
> Question 3a: Which main session question(s) does it address (if any)?
> Question 4: Have you, or any of your co-organizers, organized an IGF
> workshop before?
> Question 4a: If so, please provide the link(s) to the report(s):
> Question 5: Provide the names and affiliations of the panellists you are
> planning to invite. (Please note that workshops are expected to adhere to
> the multi-stakeholder principle, including geographical and gender
> diversity and to provide different perspectives on the issues under
> discussion.)
> Question 5a: Name of Remote Moderator.
> Question 6: Provide the name of the organizer(s) of the workshop and their
> affiliation to various stakeholder groups.(Please note that workshops are
> expected to adhere to the multi-stakeholder principle, including
> geographical and gender diversity and to provide different perspectives on
> the issues under discussion.)
> Proposals should be between 200 - 1000 words.
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