The Internet brings new dynamics to international conferences and events. It brings new types of interaction and information sharing. With 7-years of experience in e-participation, the Internet Governance forum has provide a lab for innovations that promote more inclusive, cost effective and environmentally sustainable meetings.
Below you can find out about the platforms, and processes, that make e-Participation work. We invite you to join in and experience for yourself.
Live webcasting and live text transcripts are available from every IGF workshop and plenary session. The webcasts allow you to tune-in and observe audio-and-video from each session from any computer.
With e-Participation you don’t just have to watch – you can get involved.
Every plenary and workshop session has a WebEx online conferencing room to support formal participation in the workshop. Join the WebEx room to give your comments to a ‘remote moderator’ sitting in that session who is there to ask questions and raise points from the WebEx discussions.
These remote participation conferencing rooms also enable presenters to speak to a workshop from home, with many workshops this year including remote panelists.
e-Conversations and Collaboration
Many people also participate in IGF by using tools like Twitter, YouTube and blogging to share ideas, insights and reflections on the sessions. This website, the IGF Aggregator, brings all this content together, and helps make the connections between sessions and the social media content about them.
The process of ‘Social Reporting’ involves using social media to support, catalyse and curate these conversations. Below you can find more details of how social reporting works.
Be part of the social reporting
Using social media tools such as blogging, tweeting and creating video-clips can help you to:
- Capture key learning and insights from the conference;
- Share topics from the IGF with your networks back home;
- Be part of enabling e-participation – creating a bridge between conversations taking place online around the world, and the conversations in Nairobi.
Being a social reporter is really easy, whether you are watching on the remote participation feed, or here in person. You can:
- Tweet information about workshops, adding #igf12 and #123 (where 123 is the number of the workshop you are in) tags to your messages. You might tweet a key quote from a speaker, share links to useful resources, or offer your own analysis of the workshop discussion.
- Blog about workshops and emerging themes – either on your own blog, or at www.diplointernetgovernance.org. Blog posts do not need to be long essays: they can be short summaries of a workshop, or can pose questions that you think IGF needs to explore more.
Choosing a headline like “The three most important points from the e-Participation workshop #67”, or “Emerging themes on ICT for development #ict4d” can make writing a quick blog post a lot easier.
Getting your blog posts online soon after a workshop, main session or corridor conversation can help people who were not present to see how it might relate to other sessions they took part in. It also lets remote participants who may not be able to follow the full web cast of a session to know what has been happening.
- Share video clips – you can use digital cameras to record short (2 -3 minute) ‘blip’ interviews with panellists or contributors after a session. Upload these clips to YouTube or another site and share them to give participants a summary and insight into key conversations.
Once you have created content then don’t forget to:
- Share it – tweet about your blog posts or video clips, and share content with your own networks by e-mail, on Facebook or on other community sites.
- Join the conversation – on Twitter you can look for @replies to your messages, and on blog posts readers might leave comments. Think about how you can bridge conversations from social media into the face-to-face discussions.
Find out more about techniques for social reporting in the 2010 IGF Social Reporters Handbook: igf2010.diplointernetgovernance.org/handbook. Join the conversation about how e-participation can extend access to IGF discussions on Thursday at 9:00am in room 11 or on #igf12 #67.