Internet Governance and Policy: Anchoring and Safeguarding Internet Openness in the Middle East and North Africa, 16-19 March 2013 - Tunisia  

Hivos organised in partnership with Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom the first on-site awareness raising event in Tunis. The four-day workshop focused on two dimensions; providing training on Internet Governance with a sharp focus on human rights perspective and democracy as well as helping participants apply the concepts introduced during the training through forming a multi-stakeholder working groups to analyse IG issues related to the MENA region. Target participants were 50 civil society members, bloggers, journalists, students, public sector employees and members of the private sector from Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Syria, and Tunisia.


16th March 2013

9:00-10:00 Opening note of Alexander Knippert, permanent Representative of Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in Tunisia/Libya

Introduction to the training from Hanane Boujemi, Coordinator of Internet Policy and Internet Governance in the Arab Region Programme, Hivos  –  overview on programme and training modules

Activity 1 – 10:00-13:00 Duration 2 hours

Internet Governance History, Actors and Processes, Vladimir Radunovic, DiploFoundation 

Arab Internet Governance Process, Hanane Boujemi, Hivos

Q&A session/discussion – Duration 1 hour

Lunch Break 13:00-14:30 – Duration 1h30 minutes

Activity 2 – 14:30-17:00 Duration 2h30 minutes

Working Groups on Specific Internet Governance Topics

Closing remarks – End of day 1 activities


17th March 2013

9:30-10:00 Keynote Speech from Moez Chekchouk, CEO Tunisian Internet Agency (ATI) 

Activity 1 – 10:00-13:00 Duration 3 hours

Internet Governance Issues and Human Rights, Meryem Merzouki, Polytic, laboratoire d’informatique de Paris 6 

Q&A session/discussion – Duration 1 hour

Lunch Break 13:00-14:30 – Duration 1h30 minutes

Activity 2 – 14:30-17:00 Duration 2h30 minutes

Open Forum, Thorsten Benner, Global Public Policy Institute – Berlin (GPPi) and Hanane Boujemi, Hivos

Closing remarks – End of day 2 activities


18th March 2013

Activity 1– 9:30-13:00 Duration 3h30 minutes

ITU, ITRs, WCIT and Arab Countries Perspective, Mawaki Chango, Association of Progressive Communication (APC) 

ICANN Model, Role and Constituencies, Rafik Dammak, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) 

Q&A session/discussion – Duration 1 hour

Lunch Break 13:00-14:30 – Duration 1h30 minutes

Activity 2 – 14:30-17:00 Duration 2h30 minutes

Team work on mini projects

Evening – Group dinner in the old city


19th March 2013

9:30-10:30 Keynote Speech on Internet Policy and Human Rights in the Arab Region: Challenges and Prospects, Tarek Cheniti, Human Rights Officer, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Tunisia 

Activity 1 – 10:30-13:00 Duration 2h30 minutes

Team work session with mentors to finalise the mini projects

Lunch Break 13:00-14:30 – Duration 1h30 minutes

Activity 2 – 14:30-17:00 Duration 2h30 minutes

Teams Contest: presentations of the mini projects by the teams.

17:00-18:00 Closing remarks from the coordinator and the way forward