Teaching Internet Governance in developing countries

8 November 2012 - A Workshop on Internet Governance for Development in Baku, Azerbaijan


After six successful meetings of the Internet Governance Forum the participation of the developing countries is still very low. This analysis is specially intreresting in Latin America for example. There is usually a 5 to 6 % of participants from this region in the different IGFs. Also in the second IGF that took place in Río de Janeiro, Brazil, there were several local participants but the rest of the region was again underrepresented. In this context, teaching the concepts and the importance of the Internet Governance becomes a key issue if these countries and regions want to actively participate in the global debate and understanding where are the news and tendencies about global Internet governance going. This workshop will analyze the experience of different initiatives that try to close this gap, teaching the concepts of the Internet Governance from al local and regional perspective but at the same time putting these ideas and debates in the light of the global Internet Governance Debate. Some of the aspects that the workshop will try to address are the language barrier, the local reality and its distance to the global debate, the relevant involvement of some national governments in these initiatives, the main achievements and conclusions that can be shared after several years of work done. Based on the experience, the workshop will try to answer this questions going through this agenda:


- Why developing countries do not participate in the Internet Governance global debate?
- Which are the main barriers to their participation? Is it only related with economic reasons?
- Why there are governments that embraced this activities to empower the local community to participating in the Internet Governance debate? Colombia is a great example of this, being the host of the biggest and most successful South School on Internet Governance, SSIG 2012, that trained 120 fellows.
- Review the achievements after these years of training activities. - Review the future of Internet Governance teaching process.
- Closing remarks, next events, next steps. All the panellist have been involved in these activities, both as faculty members and or as organizers.