Starting in April 2014, IGMENA will be organising 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 will encourage 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.
The topics of the discussions will be defined on a monthly basis. Each session will have a main speaker who will present the debate topic, accompanied by several other contributors. The discussion will be 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 will be either Arabic or English. The debates are open to the general public interested in IG issues and processes. The audience will include 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 will be 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 will be 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 will be 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.
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