During the Internet Governance Forum, this week in Indonesia, the Internet Society presented its strategy for launching a Bureau in the Middle East in the last quarter of 2013.
This strategy was formulated with input from Chapter meetings, discussions with Members, Representatives from academic institutions, and governments. Throughout the process, it became clear that there is a strong interest in having a stronger Internet Society presence in the Middle East.
The objectives for the next 3-5 years is that a majority of countries in the region embrace the Internet's multistakeholder governance model, governments and policy makers engage with Internet Society staff, that Chapters and Members promote an open, resilient, sustainable, and interoperable Internet throughout the region.
We are currently seeking a Middle East Bureau Director who will be responsible to engage with local stakeholders, to become an active and supportive presence in the region that can help advance strategic policy and technology initiatives, and to build capacity in key areas including our Interconnection and Traffic Exchange (ITE) programme, local content, and Internet governance.