Fostering Quality Internet Contents: Using Contest Mechanism to Demonstrate Internet Best Practice

16 November 2009 - A Best Practice Forum on Other in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt


The joint WSA/Egypt/ISOC session at IGF addresses Internet content and best practice in running a contest mechanism/competition to promote the good use of Internet and network engineers, policy community, educators and creatives. The best practice workshop builds on the experience of the World Summit Award (WSA as a global initiative to select and promote the world’s best e-Content, started in 2003 in the framework of the United Nations’ World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).

This session discusses the requirements in various countries and markets to select and evaluate the best products and applications from around the world in the 8 categories of WSA and to have independent experts judge the outstanding examples of how Internet can strengthen for instance SME’s on the marketplace, support and optimize business and administrative processes and strengthen participation of citizens in information society decision making beyond past limitations. Key factors are reported and the processes of the WSA Grand Jury are presented in order to provide an informative overview of how Internet is made rich with a good use of e-content. Keywords: e-Content, World Summit Award, Best Practice, World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), Content Gap, and digital divide.

a) Provide the names and affiliations of the panelists you are planning to invite. Describe the main actors in the field and whether you have you approached them about their willingness to participate in the proposed workshop.
Moderator and Introduction:
Effat El-Shooky, National Project Director, UNDP Project for Empowering and Connecting the Community through ICT, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Egypt

Opening Input:
Peter A. BRUCK, Chairman of the Board, World Summit Award, Hon. President, International Center for New Media (ICNM); CEO, Research Studios Austria FG, Austria

Lynne St-Amour, President, Internet Society, USA/CH
Gabriel Deek, President, Professional Computer Association of Lebanon (PCA), Lebanon
Osama Manzar, Director, Digital Empowerment Foundation, India
Jak Boumans, Secretary General, European Academy for Digital Media, The Netherlands
Juan Carlos Solines Moreno, Jurídico Asociados Solines, Ecuador

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