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    Egypt Participates in IGF 2010

    Date published: 15 September 2010

    Egypt participated in the fifth IGF meeting held in Lithuania during the period from 14th to 17th September, by an official delegation representing the Egyptian side from Ministry of Communications and Information Technology leaders.

    In the first day of the event, and during the Opening Ceremony, the Egyptian Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Dr. Tarek Kamel delivers a video message.

    In the second day, Manal Ismail, from the Egyptian NTRA participates in the Access and Diversity session panelist, which focuses on access to infrastructure with the related sub-themes of enabling environments and legal frameworks. In addition, some aspects related to access to content are also considered.

    These include issues that involve the geolocation of hosting platforms, the global reach of social networks and the linkages between access to knowledge and security solutions both in terms of hardware and software. In the access to content discussion, the focus is on the side effect of the tools and methods used to block content.

    Nevine Tewfik, from the Cyber Peace Initiative participates also in the workshop titled “Advancing Digital Citizenship aspects in Children's Online /Internet Experiences - Contributing to Internet Governance for Development". And Mohamed Fathy, Empowerment Manager- Cyber Peace Initiative, during this workshop, represents the youth respondent part from the Egyptian side.

    In the third day of the international gathering, Christine Arida, from the Egyptian NTRA, acts as a floor moderator during the session titled "Internet governance for development".

    This session explores the possible effects of global Internet governance arrangements on the development of the Internet and people-centred information societies in developing countries.

    The discussion also considers the institutional processes and substantive policy outputs of governance arrangements and whether these may raise developmental concerns that have not received sufficient attention to date.

    In the same day, during the remote participation in the IGF and in regional internet governance meetings, the International Relations Director in MCIT, Ms. Nermine El-Saadany, gives some highlights on how the internet has become a medium to facilitate communications between the different stakeholders and how it influences the international politics and increases both the flow of information and the participation,.

    The discussion is organized under three axes: the role of remote participation in multilevel Internet Governance processes, increasing inclusiveness on remote participation, and the interplay with related processes, such as the code of best practices for participation in Internet Governance processes and remote participation initiatives in other IGF meetings.

    About IGF
    The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is a multi-stakeholder forum for policy dialogue on issues of Internet governance. The establishment of the IGF was formally announced by the UN secretary-general in July 2006 as one of the outputs of the second phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). The first IGF meeting was held in Athens, Greece, in 2006, the second in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2007 and the third in Heidar Abad, India end of 2007

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