Internet Governance Forum Annual Meeting Held

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) in collaboration with NUST School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (SEECS) and Internet Society (ISOC) Pakistan Chapter hosted an exclusive remote participation hub for fifth annual IGF Meeting at SEECS, Islamabad.

The event was organized keeping in view the dire need of Internet Governance issues understanding and capacity building among the youth and Internet professionals.

IGF holds its annual meeting to invite participants across the globe; reflecting governments, International organizations, telecommunication companies, Internet content providers, software developers, the private sector, civil society and the media. The fifth annual IGF Meeting was held in Vilnius, Lithuania, on 14-17 September 2010.

The meeting brought through discussion on multifaceted public policy issues related to Internet governance.

The hub remotely offered a number of workshops which took place at IGF in during four days. These workshops covered topics like ‘Internet for Youth Activism’, ‘IPv6’, ‘Cloud Computing’, ‘Freedom of Speech on Internet’, ‘Developing Civil Society and Youth Participation in Internet Governance in Asia’, ‘Open Knowledge Environment in Bridging Digital Divide’ and Deploying DNSSEC.

Chairman PTA, Dr. Mohammed Yaseen and Director General SEECS, Dr. Arshad Ali endorsed this joint effort. They said that these kind of arrangements assist our industry participants to discuss the themes covered by the IGF from a local perspective, a stimulus or a starting point for the debate of local issues and implications, and for the development of a network of interested people.

Mr. Muhammad Amir Malik, Director (ICT), PTA and Mr. Naveed Ul Haq, ISOC Pakistan Chapter acting as primary organizers participated in the forum. Remote hub was a great success, acting as a local meeting point where the participants were able not only to watch the web and audio cast proceedings of the IGF but also to interact with the International experts on IG issues. There were a number of questions asked by the participants to the workshops panelist.