Implementing the WSIS Principles: A development agenda for Internet Governance
My friend Bill Drake organized this workshop and he was so kind to invite me as panellist, other speakers were:
Executive Director, Association for Progressive Communications, South Africa
Associate Professor of International Relations, American University, and Senior Scientist and Chief Research Director at the School of Information Studies, Syracuse University, United States of America
Director for Telecom Planning and Services, Egyptian National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA), Government of Egypt
Convenor, East African IGF and Kenya ICT Action Network,
Communications Commission, Government of Kenya
Professor of Law and Director of the Institute for Internet Policy & Law, Beijing Normal University, China
Associate Administrator (Head of Office) for International Affairs,
National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Department of Commerce, Government of the United States
Elfa Yr Gylfadottir
Adviser, Office of cultural affairs, Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, Iceland
One interesting outcome of the dialog that was generated during the workshop is that although the fact that Development has always been a cross cutting theme in the IGF, it has not been completely addressed in the debates held in main sessions and in workshops.
One proposal was made to have Development as a main session theme, or set up a dynamic coalition, or an interest group.
Having this special space for debate may bring more attention from the development countries governments, that are not always able to follow the IGF process.