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IGF 2017 Workshop Proposal Form


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IGF 2017 Workshop Proposal Form

  1. Session Title:                   Local Content: An opportunity for the underserved Regions

  2. Session Format:             Round Table – 90 min

  3. Main Proposer
    1. Family Name                     Hilali
    2. Given Name                      Abdelaziz
    3. Stakeholder Group          


    1.  Civil Society
    2. Organization                      Mediterranean Federation of Internet Associations (FMAI)

  1. Backup Contact
    1. Family Name                    Seye Sylla
    2. Given Name                     Fatimata
    3. Stakeholder Group           Civil Society
    4. Organization                     Bokk Jang Bokk Jef  
  1. Speakers
    1. Ms     Zeina Bou Harb                       Tech Community                     Middle East
    2. Mr     Glenn McKnight                       Civil Society                            North America
    3. Ms     Marie Noémie Marques           Private Sector                         Europe
    4. Mr     Satish Babu                              Academia                               Asia Pacific
    5. Ms     Olga Cavalli                             Government                           Latin America        

  2. Content of the session
    The Digital divide has several facets; one of the most important is the fact that the content online is mostly from the global North while almost no presence of content from developing countries and underserved regions in general.

    With the arrival of the Internet of Thinks, the need for applications to control the connected things is growing, and if the underserved regions make use of applications developed abroad, they will be penalized twice: First, the applications they bay from the north are conceived to respond to the North’s needs, and second these applications would be made in the language of the developers. The local content in the local language should be the most important priority of the developing countries and poor communities to make it really for the benefit of the local communities.
    The round table will discuss how local content in local language can bring to the underserved regions:

    • An opportunity for development through a local industry of content development
    • Useful applications for the grassroots population developed by local people in local language and responding to the real need of this population.
    • An online existence that may encourage all categories of the local community to learn how to use Internet to ease their daily life.


    • Introduction of the speakers and the topic by the Moderator – 10 min
    • Round of short presentations by the 5 speakers – TOTAL – 25 min
    • Open Debate - All participants attending the Roundtable – 50 min
    • Wrap up by the Moderator - 5 min

  3. Relevance of the issue
    This session will explore the issue of development of Local content by local people in local language which is one of the main important ways to make the underserved regions benefit from the technology. How can you shape your digital future if you don't contribute in the digital content production, and if your grassroots don't use it for their daily life?

  4. Tags

    1. Tag 1: Multilingualism and Local Content
    2. Tag 2: Internet Economy
    3. Tag 3: Internet of Things

  5. Interventions  

          After the Moderator introduction of the topic and the speakers, each of the 5 speakers will have 5 minutes to address briefly an aspect of the roundtable topic. Then an open discussion will be launched where every attendent will have the same rights to speak and express him/her self. The speakers contribute in this open discussion and give insights and feedback when necessary

    11. Diversity

          We will have 5 speakers, a moderator, an online moderator and a rapporteur.

          They are from: Morocco, Lebanon, India, Algeria, France, Argentina, Canada and Tunisia


          They are 4 women and 4 Men

          They are from Government, Civil Society, Private Sector, Academia, Technical community and Media.


     12. Onsite Moderator:       Mr            Mohamed Tijani Ben Jemaa                 Civil Society             

     13. Online Moderator:       Ms           Rim Hayet Chief                                   Media                       

     14. Raporteur:                    Mr           Abdelaziz Hilali                                     Civil Society  


     15. Online Participation

Remote participation will be an essential channel of participation in our workshop. Our online moderator will be also in charge of following the tweets. We will use the IGF remote participation platform.

For a successful remote participation, the announcement of the workshop will be spread widly, not only among the IGF participants, but also all the other networks highlighting the easy participation remotely.

The Remote contribution will be taken alternatively with the in person contributions, and if the remote queue is longer than the one in the room, we will take more remote participants than from the room. 

     16. Discussion Facilitation

Speakers will have very short slots (5 minutes) to introduce the various aspects of the topic. This is to free more time for the audience (in the room and online). All attendees have the same rights and are treated equally. Remote participants also will speak when they want, and they will be given the priority in the extreme cases 

      17. Past IGF Participation

Have you or any of your co-organizers, organized an IGF session before?  No

      18. Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 8 and Goal 10







Proposal Submitted: "Data is the New Oil": Shaping the Digital Economy of MENA

I. Session Title: "Data is the New Oil": Shaping the Digital Economy of MENA
   ==*II. Session Format*==
     Session Format: Round Table - 90 Min
     Session Format Description:

   ==*III. Proposer*==
     Gender: Male
     Family Name: AlMeshal
     Given Name: Ali
     City of Residence: MANAMA
     Country of Residence: Bahrain
     Nationality: Bahrain
     Stakeholder Group: Civil Society
     Organization: Bahrain ISOC
     Country where Organization is based: Bahrain

   ==*IV. Backup Contact / Co-proposer*==
     Gender: Male
     Family Name: Babu
     Given Name: Satish
     Stakeholder Group: Private Sector
     Organization: ISOC-TRV
     Country: India

   ==*V. Organizers*==
     Ms.,Lianna,Galstyan,Technical Community, .AM Registry, Armenia

     Ms.,Sarah, Kiden,Academia, Uganda University

     Ms.,Maritza,Minan, Civil society, AUI PERU

   ==*VI. Speakers*==
     Email addresses of provisionally confirmed speakers (comma

VII. Content of the Session:
One of the most impressive achievements of the Internet has been its impact
on the global economy, particularly on the domains of finance, commerce,
trade and innovation. The transformative nature of the Internet has resulted
today in not just a connected world, but also in a world that transacts

The ‘New Economy’, as the Digital Economy is also known, is the result of
the transition from the brick-and-mortar businesses of the Twentieth Century
to the ‘Brick-and-Click’ and the ‘Click-only’ economies of today,
which are built around the Internet. As we look to the future, the Internet
is the enabler, the marketplace and the market, and has room for not just
giant trans-national enterprises but also for the tiny startups. The space
for ‘permissionless innovation’ that the Internet provides, overcomes all
barriers such as geography and location.

Despite this sweeping potential, there are substantial variations in the way
the Digital Economy has been leveraged by different regions and countries of
the world. The Digital Divide that still exists—albeit different from the
original digital divide that focused on access—is still a reality. While
most people do have access today, the New Digital Divide is between people
who have reliable, affordable, fast broadband, and the people who have
intermittent, expensive Internet that are difficult to be used for
transactional services. Given this gap, there are perhaps few countries
amongst Emerging Economies which have fully leveraged the potential of the
Internet as much as Developed Economies.

There are, however, a few examples from the Global South that illustrate how
the Internet Economy could be leveraged provided there is coherent policy
intent coupled with pragmatic and innovative approaches. Prominent amongst
these is the Middle East.

As late as five years back, the Middle East was seemingly afflicted by a
number of economic issues arising from the global recession, crashing oil
prices, the social aftermath of the Arab Spring, subdued local demand, and
social inhibitors, which together predicted a deep and protracted economic
slowdown for the region.

Despite these dire predictions, the Middle East has shown remarkable
resilience in not only maintaining the size of its economy, but even growing
in the face of these challenges. The current GDP of the region is USD 1.7
trillion, far surpassing the pessimistic estimates of 2012-13. One of the
most important technological enabler of this rebound appears to be the

This Round-table focuses on sharing the experience of the Middle East in
using the Internet in building and stabilizing its Digital Economy, and the
lessons for the rest of the world. The experiences of speakers and audience
members from other regions of the world as well as their responses to the
applicability of the Middle East model in their own context would add
richness to the discussions.

The outcome from the session would be to evolve a consensus on the Best
Practices in the use of the Internet in realizing the potential of a Digital
Economy, and also regional and local Best Practices in any aspect of this
transition, including Internet Governance aspects. The speakers at the
Round-table represent the different stakeholders of the transition to digital
economy, including Business, Government and Civil Society.

VIII. Relevance of the Issue:
Economic factors lie at the heart of numerous problems that the world faces
today. Measures that strengthen the economy will enhance the quality of life
of millions of people around the world, permit poverty reduction, improve
education & health, promote innovation, attract investment and stimulate
wealth creation.

The Middle East, particularly Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE, were
expected to show little growth after the turbulence of the Arab Spring,
coupled with the crippling impact of oil price crash. However, a few years
later, contrary to expectations, the region has boucned back to a state of
growth. To quote McKinsey (2015),

"The Middle East is on the verge of a massive digital disruption. In the past
decade, the cross-border data flow connecting the Middle East to the world
has increased by more   than 150-fold. Several countries--including the United
Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Qatar--are leading the digital consumer charge,
with high smartphone adoption rates and social media use. "

For workplaces and economies of the future, it is clear that the Internet
will play a central role, manifest through such components as e-business,
e-commerce, and e-governance. The example of the Middle East, data has become
the great lubricant for economic growth.

It is important to discuss and highlight the factors behind this remarkable
turn of events, and how governments, Business and Civil Society from around
the globe can learn from this Internet-driven transformation.

The Round-table will examine social, economic, technology, policy and
Internet Governance drivers that have been at play in the Middle East, that
have collectively contributed to this success. It will further examine,
through interventions from speakers from different regions, if the same Best
Practices would work effectively in other global contexts. Finally, speakers
from the Middle East will also touch upon what else needs to be done to take
this process to the logical conclusion and complete the transition to a
fully-empowered Digital Economy.

   ==*IX. Tags*==
     Tag 1:
Tag 2:
     & ICTs for the Sustainable Development Goals
Tag 3:
X. Interventions:
The Round-Table will have a mix of Subject Matter Experts (Economists,
Internet Governance Resource Persons) as well as representatives of Business,
Government, and Civil Society from different regions, who will be present in
person as well by remote participation and social media (largely Twitter, but
questions would be taken on email as well).

The Session would start with the domain experts (Economists and IG
specialists) who would start off with a 10 minute introduction to the topic,
followed by brief interventions (5 minutes or less) by speakers and walk-in
participants (local and remote) from different stakeholder groups. 20 min
will be set apart for open questions which will be answered by speakers that
the moderator may identify.

There will be no difference in priority between previously identified
speakers, walk-in users in the audience, remote speakers and social media

XI. Diversity: The proposal strives to bring in diversity in its different
aspects, as it has speakers, co-organizers, and moderators, from different
regions, stakeholder groups, age, gender, disability and specialization.
Further diversity will be brought in from participants in the audience as
well as remote. While the topic is centered around  the Middle East  North
Africa (MENA) region, the discussions will not be confined to this region,
and will touch upon the applicability of the Middle East's Digital Economy
model in other regions. By giving appropriate publicity about the workshop,
and by ensuring top-class experts amongst the speakers, the workshop will
attract a cross-section of audience at the IGF, and further add to the
XII. Onsite Moderator: Ali AlMeshal
XIII. Online Moderator: Lianna Galstyan
XIV. Rapporteur: Satish Babu
XV. Online Participation: The online moderator for the session will be Lianna
Galstyan, who is has participated in several IGFs in the past (including IGF
2016) and is an experienced online moderator. Online participation will be
encouraged from all participants including the host-provided remote
participation tool (such as Adobe Connect) as well as email and Twitter. The
online moderator will ensure that remote participants get the same priority
as the speakers and the audience physically present in the session. The
advantage of the Round-table format is that (a) it is easily amenable to
remote participants to see and participate; and (b) since it is based on
conversations, it is easier for remote participants to join the discussions.
XVI. Discussion facilitation:
The session will follow the following format:

1. Welcome and Session Objectives: Moderator (5 min)
2. The Digital Economic Future: Domain Expert (10 min)
3. The Middle East Experience in Leveraging the Digital Economy: Domain
Expert (10 min)
4. Sharing of experiences (3-5 min x 10 = 40 min)
5. Open Q & A (20 min)
6. Summing up and Conclusions: Moderator (5 min)

   ==*XVII. Past IGF Participation*==
     History in IGF: Yes
     Report Link:

XVIII. Sustainable Development Goals:
No. 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
No. 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

   ==*XIX. Connecting with IGF Intersessional Groups & NRIs*==
     Best Practice Forums:
     Dynamic Coalitions:
     National and Regional Initiatives:

XX. Connecting with International or Other Relevant Organizations:
XXI. Additional Background Paper (Optional):
XXII. Additional Reference Document Link (Optional):



I. Session Title: Reinforcing the role of end-users in defending the Public
   ==*II. Session Format*==
     Session Format: Round Table - 90 Min
     Session Format Description:

   ==*III. Proposer*==
     Gender: Male
     Family Name: Ludwig
     Given Name: Wolf
     City of Residence: Basel
     Country of Residence: Switzerland
     Nationality: Germany
     Stakeholder Group: Civil Society
     Organization: EURALO
     Country where Organization is based: Switzerland

   ==*IV. Backup Contact / Co-proposer*==
     Gender: Male
     Family Name: Crepin-Leblond
     Given Name: Olivier
     Stakeholder Group: Technical Community
     Organization: EURALO
     Country: Switzerland

   ==*V. Organizers*==
     Mr., Wolf, LUDWIG, civil society, EURALO
     Olivier, CREPIN-LEBLOND, technical community, EURALO

   ==*VI. Speakers*==
     Email addresses of provisionally confirmed speakers (comma