Building Technical Communities in Developing Regions

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


IGF 2014 sub theme that this workshop fall under

Emerging Issues


Independent, volunteer-based special-interest communities fill a very significant role in the Internet ecosystem. These communities of technical specialists provide an important forum for knowledge and resource sharing, skill development, relationship building and global networking.
While common in developed economies, there is still much to be done to develop robust local and regional technical communities in developing regions.
This workshop will focus on how such communities emerge and evolve; models for management, support and regional and international collaboration; and the role they play in strengthening Internet Governance at a local and regional level in developing countries.

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

AfNOG (Nishal Goburdhan)
SAFNOG (Mark Tinka)
SANOG (Gaurab Raj Upadhaya)
MENOG (Osama Al-Dosary)
CaribNOG (Bevil Wooding)

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


The link to the workshop report

Type of session


Duration of proposed session

60 minutes

Subject matter #tags that describe the workshop

#NOG #Operators #Community #Networks #Diversity

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

Bevil Wooding, CaribNOG, Caribbean, from the Internet technical community (Confirmed, Moderator)
Sumon Sabir, SANOG, Bangladesh, from the Internet technical community (Confirmed)
Nishal Goburdhan, SAFNOG, South Africa, from the Internet technical community (Confirmed)
David Satola, World Bank, USA, from the international organizations community (Confirmed)
Mehmet Akcin, TRNOG, Turkey, from the business community (invited)
Carlos Martinez, LACNIC, from the Internet technical community

Name of Moderator(s)

Bevil Wooding

Name of Remote Moderator(s)

Andre Edwards

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

The moderator will be responsible for maintaining a highly interactive session and the widest possible views on the subject from the audience.

Panelists' contributions will be used to solicit contributions and questions from the audience and remote participants. Invited panelists will be encouraged to speak extemporaneously and will be asked to focus on the session's theme.

Moreover, each panelist has been selected to represent and embody geographic, cultural and gender diversity, as well as the diversity in stakeholder type, with representation from civil society, the private sector, the academy, and government.

Description of the proposer's plans for remote participation

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 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 highly interactive, remote attendees will be also provided access to an online chat facility throughout the workshop.
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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