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Open Government Institute is currently in the process of planning a One Day Internet Governance Forum event in the country. Below is the preliminary agenda that is in the process of being finalized during the month of February 2016.

A multistakeholder planning group will be established together with Ministry of ICT, while the event is aimed to be part of the broader Moldova ICT Summit 2016, dates to be confirmed.

Preliminary Draft Concept of the Moldova Internet Governance Forum/Day

Proposed by Veronica Cretu, Open Government Institute (veronicacretuatgmail.com)

“The IGF is a place where people who do not ordinarily talk to one another can come to talk”.

Nitin Desai, former Chair of the IGF multi-stakeholder advisory group (MAG)

Background/context:

Global Internet Governance Forum (IGF) was formed as an output of the 2005 World Summit on the Information Society. It resulted from lengthy negotiations that took place over three years leading up to the Tunis event. Its purpose, mandate and some ground rules for it are spelled out quite clearly in the Tunis Agenda for the Information Society.

The Tunis Agenda calls for the IGF to be multilateral, multi-stakeholder, democratic and transparent, with all stakeholders playing their appropriate roles. And most importantly, IGF is not to be a negotiating forum or a decision making body. Instead, the idea is for the IGF to be constituted as a neutral, non-duplicative and non-binding process. It would have no involvement in day-to-day or technical operations of the Internet. In short, it is to be a place where issues can be explored in an open environment. In practice, the IGF has proven to be a place where issues are “conditioned” through a developmental process.

While the year 2015 marks the 10th anniversary of the Global IGF, Republic of Moldova will host a national event under the broader philosophy and framework of Internet Governance Forum this year for the first time.

Moldova’s IGF event aims to create premises for establishing a national platform for dialogue, peer-learning and sharing and multi-stakeholder interaction around IG related issues. This platform would have, among the key objectives, building the capacity of key stakeholders on the issues of Internet Governance: public sector, private sector, CSOs, international development partners, academia, and the Internet users’ community-at-large. Communication and interaction among the participants of the platform would be both offline and online.

Offline participation implies:

  • Annual IGF meetings/forums with participation of representatives of all stakeholder groups
  • Engagement in processes related to elaboration, implementation, monitoring or evaluation of IG related policies as part of workshops, round table meetings, capacity building sessions, public consultations, others initiated by public institutions, international development partners or CSOs.

Online participation implies:

  • Communication via a list serve/mailing list;
  • Connecting participants to global and regional IGF or events dedicated to IG issues (EuroDIG, FOC, ICANN, others);
  • Having regular newsletter in Ro language on the updates related to IG issues.

Overall objectives of the national event dedicated to IG related issues:

  1. To raise awareness about the most critical discussions taking place globally related to IG issues and anchoring those discussions to the national context/realities;
  2. To create a critical mass among key stakeholders’ groups interested in IG issues and motivated to further engage in shaping national policies related to IG or ICT4D.

Methodology of the event:

Participatory, learner-centered (adult/child centered approaches), dynamic and highly interactive, with open space activities and parallel flash sessions taking place in the same room to allow participants to learn about several things in a short period of time.

Preliminary dates: April (during Moldova ICT Summit)

Place: Raddison Blue (former Leogrand)

Expected number of participants: up to 100 

A list of preliminary sessions and overall approach includes as follows:

8:30 – 9:00 Registration of participants  
9:00 – 9:45 Welcoming remarks (names to be confirmed later) but welcomes should be informal, interactive and dynamic – not formal speechesWhy Internet Governance? What is it? Why is it important to discuss about Internet Governance? What are the issues …Key leads on the sessions @ IGFMD are going to make their pitches /short promos of their sessions in less than 2 minutes … This would give clarity to participants about what sessions might be of most interest to them … this part will serve as an intro into the day and into the issues dealing with IG …  An interactive session organized with all participants in a big hall, as a warm-up and ice breaking activity to motivate learning and engagement throughout the day. Lead by the Ministry of ICT and Open Government Institute
9:30 – 11:00 Plenary S1: What is the critical infrastructure needed for a stable Internet in the country – latest developments/statistics as per Moldova situation. Overview by Ministry of ICT of the key policies and strategies in the field and opportunities for development … Lead organization Ministry of ICT in partnership with …tbd
11:00-12:00 Open Space Activities with Coffee /snacks  demos of specific applications, interactive platforms, etc developed in Moldova – thus creating a space for local developers to showcase useful local products Lead by the Open Government Institute  in partnership with private/or developers’ community (ex. Generator’s Hub)
12:00 13:40 Flash Session 1on Kids Online – challenges and opportunities of the Internet through Kids Lens – session can be moderated by Youth and having Youth/Kids as speakers     Flash Session 2 on Human Rights for Internet Users + other issues  (Lead by COE) Flash Session 3 How Internet Works? The History of Internet and what is ICANN?!  Lead by ICANN 

Flash Session 4 on the ICT Industry (tbc) – lead by ATIC or Moldcell

 

On the concept of Flash sessions:  The above included 4 Flash sessions are going to be organized at the same time, in the same place. The biggest hall in the meeting venue will be chosen for this purpose and 4 corners will be organized for this purpose. Participants will be divided into 4 groups. Each group will have 20 minutes to be part of any of the Flashes. When time expires groups rotate and thus they move to another presentation. This means that presenters of flash sessions will have to make their presentations 4 times.  It also means that organizers of flash sessions have few speakers but are very concise and provide a brief overview on the issues they are going to address.

 

Organized in partnership with La Strada, (prior to the event a call for essays about Internet  could be launched and the authors of the most interesting essays could be invited to be panelists in this session)Some awards can be also included for this session to encourage further engagement of youth in IG debate
13:40- 14:00 Plenary  activity: Wrap up before lunch – each leader of the flash sessions make a 2 minutes reflection on the Questions received during their presentations, and their key take away …    
14:00-14:30 Snacks, quick lunch and Open Space presentations by young developers/private sector representatives on different locally made products or applications  
14:30 – 16:00   Parallel Session 1 – E-Democracy, E-participation and its interconnection with IG issues (topic to be defined)    Parallel Session 2 – IG and Sustainable Development Goals  Or Internet Governance and Gender Issues/Opporutnities to bring more women into the ICT/IG sector– Lead by X (representatives of the diplomatic community and international development partners should be invited to be part of this session) S1 Lead E-GOV + COE and MTIC (tbc)  S2: IG and SDGs and global agenda of the future developments – Lead by X
16:00-17:00 Plenary Session (coffee served on the side) Who should run and control the Internet?! Or should Internet be free of control?!  – an interactive session with several Q&A for participants in the room, with open mic and experts from MTIC, ICANN, COE, MFA, ME, OGI, E-GOV – from all institutions that will lead sessions/flash sessions.       
17:30 Wrap UP – an interactive, plenary exercise that seeks feedback from participants on a Declaration on a future Moldova Internet Governance Dialogue Platform  Lead by OGI, MTIC, COE
18:00 Reception  

 

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