iGmena Summit 2016

30 September - 2 October, 2016

The Summit schedule is live! Check it out here: https://bit.ly/iGmenaSummit2016

Since its inception in 2012, the iGmena programme has been on the forefront of developing and reinforcing knowledge as well as building capacity on Internet governance in the Middle East and North Africa. The programme has received tremendous support by a vast and mixed pool of contributors stemming from civil society, public policy, and academia. It is this sort of involvement that characterizes the programme and is responsible for its success. To reflect on our achievements and formulate relevant steps and strategy for the future, we invite you to join us at the iGmena Summit 2016 in Tunis, Tunisia.

Participants: Regular or Contributor

There are two ways to participate in the iGmena Summit 2016. The first is as a Regular Applicant, where you can attend the 3-day summit at no charge as a member of the audience and participate in all of the summit’s sessions, lunches, and events.

The second way to join the iGmena Summit 2016 is as a Contributor, which is only open to iGmena alumni. Other players who we ask to register as Contributors to the summit are partner institutions and collaborators on the Internet Policy Analyst (IPA) and Internet Legislation Atlas (ILA) projects. As a Contributor, we ask you to host a session at the summit and present your experiences or the ideas you have on Internet governance from a regional perspective. We recommend your project be innovative and creative, and encourage you to partner or collaborate with other alumni to submit a joint proposal. In order to be considered as a Contributor, we need to have an idea on what kind of session you are planning to host. We also encourage your project to reflect at least one of the themes and subthemes of this year’s summit.

Update: We are no longer accepting Regular Applicant or Contributor proposals.

If you are selected as a Contributor to the summit, we will pay for:
  • A two-way ticket from your home country to Tunis for the period between 29 September - 3 October
  • Hotel costs during the same period
For any questions, contact us at: [email protected] 


Summit FAQ's

Will iGmena cover travel to and from a destination outside the MENA region?
Yes, if the proposed contribution is qualified and accepted.

Can individuals / groups submit more than one Contributor proposal?

What language will the summit be held in?
The Summit will be held in English. 

Will translation be provided?
No, iGmena will not provide official translation services. 

Can we submit a proposal in a language other than English?
We will accept proposals from Contributors that want to present in Arabic, however, the proposal itself must be submitted in English. We will not be able to accommodate Turkish, Farsi, Berber, French, or other languages used throughout the region at this time.

What is the approximate length of a presentation/session?
Between 30 to 45 minutes.

Can the topic be a national topic or does it have to be regional?
Yes, it can be national or regional. If it is a national topic, we encourage you to incorporate at least one case study to ensure the example is well understood, but it is not obligatory.

The iGmena Summit 2016 organizers chose four broad themes relevant to the MENA region that address a number of subthemes. All presentations and projects should reflect at least one of these themes. We also invite individuals or organizations working on creative and innovative projects in the region using information and communications technologies (ICTs), such as mapping initiatives, privacy tools, or circumvention apps, to share their work with the iGmena community at the summit. 

Transparency and inclusiveness of the decision-making process
  • How to secure opportunities, good principles, and participation in the multistakeholder model?
  • Arab IGF and the future of Internet governance
  • Which gender issues are most influential in the MENA region and how can we address them in the internet policy decision-making process?
  • Transparency and inclusive participation: can civil society impact Internet governance?
  • What challenges hinder civil society from participating on a regional and global level?

The legal framework of human rights in the digital sphere: online privacy, data protection, and freedom of expression
  • How to be secure in the age of Internet surveillance and the role of data protection, online privacy, and encryption?
  • What is the status on the online protection of human rights in MENA countries?
  • How to balance freedom of expression, terrorism, and state security?
  • What is typical online harassment in the MENA and what is needed to tackle it?
  • How to advance digital human right policies in the MENA region?
  • How to advance and foster citizen journalism in the context of local censorship?
  • What are the best online advocacy strategies in terms of outcomes and impact?
  • How are law enforcement agencies and surveillance regulated and will it make any difference?
  • What is the relationship between anonymity, encryption, and human rights in the MENA region?
  • How to enhance digital trust in the MENA: privacy vs. transparency?
  • How is content creation and data ownership secured in the region?

Quality of service: Internet infrastructure, penetration and access, speed and bandwidth, VoIP, and zero rating
  • How to ensure openness in all layers of the Internet?
  • How to look at the future of voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) in relation to governmental telecom ownership?
  • Can quality of service (QoS) and digital rights be seen separate from each other?
  • What are the main concerns on zero rating and net neutrality in the MENA region?
  • How to ensure inclusiveness and diversity on the Internet?
  • How does Internet freedom on innovation, research, and entrepreneurship have an impact on economic opportunities in the region?

Internet and sustainable development
  • What kind of impact does the Internet have on small GDP economies in the MENA region?
  • Which chances are there for development of civil participation through the Internet?
  • What kind of threats to and chances for the information society and knowledge-based economy in the MENA region are there?
  • What is the relationship between ICTs and socio-economic development and opportunities in the MENA region?
  • What is the relation between the state, cybersecurity, and digital economy policies?
ICT-related tools for the MENA region

Register as a Regular Applicant

To register as a Regular Applicant to the summit, please submit your details below.
- Cost: There are no admission costs

Submission Deadline: 31 August

The registration deadline has now passed.
Register as a Contributor
To register as a Contributor, the information below is required.
- Cost: There are no admission costs

Submission Deadline: 12:00 p.m. (CEST) on 31 July

The registration deadline has now passed.