Internet Infrastructure: Technology and Terminology

2 September 2014 - A Workshop on Other in Istanbul, Turkey


IGF 2014 sub theme that this workshop fall under

Other - Understanding IGF (context setting)


Provides an introduction to Internet technical and governance terms and serves as a layperson's introduction to the topology of the Internet, providing definitions and explanations for key terms and jargon. It will also give an overview of the constellation of Internet governance organizations and their respective roles and responsibilities.
This workshop has been offered at the very beginning of each IGF, in order to afford IGF participants an overview of the sometimes-obscure terms of the Internet governance and technical communities.

Name(s) and stakeholder and organizational affiliation(s) of institutional co-organizer(s)

The Internet Service Providers Association of South Africa, ISPA, from the business community
The American Registry for Internet Numbers, ARIN, from the international organizations community
The Open Technology Institute, OTI, from the civil society community
Intel Corporation, from the business community

Has the proposer, or any of the co-organizers, organized an IGF workshop before?


The link to the workshop report

Type of session

Capacity-building session

Duration of proposed session

60 minutes

Subject matter #tags that describe the workshop

#Introduction #Terminology

Names and affiliations (stakeholder group, organization) of speakers the proposer is planning to invite

Nishal Goburdhan, ISPA, South Africa, from the business community (Confirmed)
Bill Woodcock, PCH, USA, from the technical community (Confirmed)
Rohan Samarajiva, LIRNE, Sri Lanka, from the civil society community (Confirmed)
Audrey Plonk, Intel, USA, from the business community (Confirmed)

Name of Moderator(s)

Bill Woodcock

Name of Remote Moderator(s)

Bevil Wooding

Description of how the proposer plan to facilitate discussion amongst speakers, audience members and remote participants

Panelists will cover routing, the domain name system, Internet governance organizations, and key IG issues. They will then engage in an interactive Q&A session with the floor.

The Panel Moderator will ensure that there is equitable distribution of time allocated to fielding questions and encouraging a robust discussion and inclusive discourse. Moreover, each panelist has been selected to represent and embody geographic, cultural and gender diversity, as well as the diversity in stakeholder type.

Description of the proposer's plans for remote participation

The panel will engage remote attendees by using a combination of video and social media technologies. This will allow the IGF panel content to be shared in real time around the world to all those who wish to participate.
To keep the workshop interactive and participatory, remote attendees will be able to chat online throughout the workshop with other remote attendees. During the Q&A periods of the workshop, remote attendees will be given an equal opportunity to directly engage with in-room workshop participants.
If bandwidth conditions allow, the workshop panel will be fully streamed using both audio and video. In the event that bandwidth is problematic, a low bit-rate audio-only stream will be used.
The audio and video recording of the workshop will be made available online to any one unable to attend remotely or in person, as well as those who wish to review the information.

Background paper

background paper

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