IGMENA at the 2015 Arab Internet Governance Forum  

December 12, 2015

The IGMENA programme is once again actively engaged in the annual Arab Internet Governance Forum, held this year on December 17-18, 2015 in Beirut, Lebanon. As it has done in previous years, IGMENA is organizing a fellowship programme to bring approximately 35 members of civil society to the event, including successful students from the 2015 online Internet governance course, as well as tutors from the course and other programme champions.
 
The IGMENA fellowship reinforces and strengthens the role of civil society in the regional discussion on Internet governance. Through panel discussions, roundtables, and informal meetings, fellows have the opportunity to engage directly with stakeholders from other sectors and share their ideas.
 
As part of the fellowship programme, IGMENA will organize a pre-event on December 16 to set the scene for the conference and provide an introduction to the event for fellows. In the pre-event, fellows will de-brief with their tutors about the content of the online course, discuss topics that are likely to be important at the conference, and brainstorm strategy for engaging other stakeholders throughout the Arab IGF.

IGMENA is also sponsoring two additional pre-events. One will focus on Internet governance and gender organized by the Association for Progressive Communications. A second pre-event, held by Maharat Foundation, will offer discussion about the issue of multistakeholderism in Internet governance.
 
There will be three panels organized by IGMENA staff and community. We encourage you to check out these sessions:
 
  • Workshop 2, Dec 17 at 13:30, Human Rights and Legislation Impacting Internet Users in the MENA Region
  • Workshop 8, Dec 18 at 9:00, The Internet Policy Analyst: A Grassroot Policy Analysis Initiative
  • Workshop 10, Dec 18 at 15:30, The Challenges in Implementing Internet Policies in MENA

We will also have a booth at the event featuring printed materials about the programme and related activities. The booth will be staffed by fellows and programme alums, who will be available to answer questions about IGMENA. If you are attending the conference and want to find us, look for our booth!
 
For those who are unable to attend the conference, our fellows will be publishing summaries of each of the conference sessions on the IGMENA blog. Keep an eye out for these summaries, which will go up on the website in January!