Since its inception, iGmena has been on the forefront of developing and reinforcing knowledge, raising awareness, and building capacity on Internet governance (IG) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The programme recently gathered IG stakeholders, including human & digital rights activists, journalists, technical experts, government representatives, nongovernmental organizations, and IG professionals, to share different perspectives and discuss their knowledge and expertise in the field of IG during iGmena Summit 2016 in Tunis. The Summit was successful in formulating and showcasing relevant IG themes, steps, and strategies to help develop new vision for the future of iGmena.
A variety of relevant topics were discussed, including transparency and the inclusiveness of decision-making processes, the legal framework of human rights in the digital sphere in the MENA region, online privacy, data protection, and freedom of expression, and sustainable development. The Summit also showcased the successful outcomes of iGmena’s core project achievements, such as the Internet Legislation Atlas (ILA), Internet Policy Analyst (IPA), Click Rights, and Crowdsourcing Policy Project (CPP).
The next iGmena Hangout will bring together the IGmena team who was behind the success of the program’s design and implementation. They will discuss the challenges and outcomes, as well as their professional experiences managing and working on iGmena Summit. There is a need to better assess and facilitate continuous program-level improvements by bringing innovative strategies and thinking, which are needed to provide a clear understanding to well‐articulated future plans.
The Hangout will also showcase what opportunities the iGmena summit provided for contributors so that they can realize iGmena’s intended outcomes. Greater emphasis should be placed on experience sharing and best practices that help address iGmena strategies in proposing ways and means to fulfill its mission. All IG stakeholders and IGmena Summit contributors are encouraged to attend iGmena Hangouts and showcase their best practices, which should be highlighted and addressed as a follow up for the future of the iGmena programme.
Did iGmena Summit provide an opportunity to showcase the different perspectives of IG contributors and best practices on IG issues?
What kinds of relevant activities, contributions, and IG projects were highlighted during iGmena Summit?
What is your major role in the implementation of iGmena, and what is your major experience or project leadership inside the programme?
From your perspective, what are the major outcomes and recommendations of the IGmena Summit for the future of iGmena?
What strategies need to be implemented for the future of the programme?
How could you assess the programme’s achievements and goals since it was launched in 2012?
What opportunities did iGmena provide for the stakeholders in the MENA region so that they can realize our intended outcomes?
What is your vision for the improvement of iGmena in the future?
IGMENA organizes monthly online debates on Internet Governance (IG), addressing topics covering local, regional, and global issues.
The main objective of these debates is to facilitate the discussion on IG issues specific to the MENA region. It encourages more interaction among IG and policy stakeholders to share their contribution on the current developments in the field. The debates aim to meet the specific needs of Arab netizens and to put forward timely and relevant topics that will encourage participants to exchange points of views, articulate challenges and concerns, and define shared concepts. This series of live debates will also serve as a tool to keep the IGMENA community growing, connected, and active about current IG issues.
Each session has a main speaker who presents the debate topic, accompanied by several other contributors. The discussion is moderated and facilitated by IGMENA, providing space for viewers to share their comments, post their contributions, and raise their questions to the speakers to feed the debate.
The language used during the online debates is either Arabic or English. The debates are open to the general public. The audience includes the IGMENA community, networks and organisations active in the IG field from the Arab region, and anyone from the international audience who would like to participate and contribute.
One week before each live debate, an update with information about the forthcoming debate on Google Hangouts is published on the IGMENA website and shared with the IGMENA network. Those who are interested will be able to join the debate and share their comments until the end of the live session. The video is available on the IGMENA website after the live broadcast (via the IGMENA Youtube channel), open for new comments as well as suggestions on new topics. In addition, a summary of the main points addressed during the online debate is published on the IGMENA website.
This series of debates is part of IGMENA’s advocacy for freedom of expression and freedom of information in the Arab region through raising awareness among various stakeholders and engaging them in the Internet Governance process.