One World, Diverse Content, and Flexible Access

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


IGF 2014 sub theme that this workshop fall under

Content Creation, Dissemination and Use


The impact of disseminating local content extends beyond national, and linguistic boundaries. It shapes up the diversified cultural identities of nations while catalyzing the interweaving of the information and knowledge societies.

The workshop brings together prominent entities with different backgrounds that have significantly hit the headlines as pioneers and promoters of multilingual content creation and dissemination. Speakers will highlight the different approaches in creating and availing digital content and present monitoring tools while opening a vivid channel of discussion with the audience. The dialog aims to reveal the challenges encountered to fulfill accessibility in terms of policy making and other issues.

The diversified approaches presented by the panel will shed light on how cultural and linguistic diversity can be maintained within the information and knowledge societies using information and communication technologies, while inspiring decision makers on how the enabling environment can be created and supported by governments. Speakers from Australia, Europe, USA, Africa,the Middle East and representatives of International Organizations, illustrate best practices of modeling digital content in several contexts.

Special attention will be paid to monitoring and promotion of local content creation and access in lesser-used and languages in danger. Over 50% of some 6700 languages spoken today are in danger of disappearing. Many other languages will disappear in near future and some will lose their influence and relevance at global, national and local levels.

The workshop aims to be a common ground opening rich discussion between diverse stakeholders aiming to safeguard unbounded access while respecting, preserving and promoting the diversity within the information society.

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

1. Ministry of Communications & Information Technology (Egypt)
2. Bibliotheca Alexandrina


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


The link to the workshop report

The MCIT of Egypt and Bibliotheca Alexandrina have organized several workshops in IGF Sharm El Cheikh 2009: (1) Copyrights Vs. Free Knowledge; (2) Equality in access to knowledge society through language and cultural diversity; (3) Child online safety indicators: Measuring the UN measurable..?; (4) Internet Governance – Activating and Listening to the Voice of Tweens; (5) Youth and Internet Governance: the way forward. The link:

Type of session


Duration of proposed session


Subject matter #tags that describe the workshop

# Creation # Diversity # Accessibility # Dissemination # User Generated Content # Local Communities

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

Speaker No.1:
Name: Dr. Ismail Serageldin
Stakeholder group: Government
Organization: Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Speaker No.2:
Mr. Indrajit Banerjee
Stakeholder group: Intergovernmental Organization
Organization: UNESCO

Speaker No.3:
Name: Mr. John Van Oudenaren
Stakeholder group: Government
Organization: World Digital Library, Library of Congress, USA

Speaker No.4:
Name: Dr. Elycia Wallis
Stakeholder group: Government
Organization: Museum Victoria, Australia

Speaker No.5:
Name: Dr. Haidar Fraihat
Stakeholder group: Intergovernmental Organization
Organization: UNESCWA

Speaker No.6:
Name: Ms. Lorrayne Porciuncula
Stakeholder group: Intergovernmental Organization
Organization: OECD

Speaker No.7:
Name: Mr. Makane Faye
Stakeholder group: Intergovernmental Organization
Organization: UNECA

Name of Moderator(s)

Dr. Noha Adly, First Deputy to Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Egypt

Name of Remote Moderator(s)

Raymond Kamel, Senior Manager, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Egypt

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

1. The Moderator introduce shortly the topic of workshop and the speakers.
2. Each speaker has a time slot (5-7 minutes) to talk about his digital content model including success factors and challenges (Possible presentations without text- just graphs and illustrations)
3. The Moderator opens the discussion (40 minutes) with questions of the participation audience, physically or remotely.
4. The moderator sums up the discussions at specific pillars and develops recommendations.

Description of the proposer's plans for remote participation

No information provided

Background paper

background paper