Le Forum de la Gouvernance Internet (Internet Governance Forum) est une réunion annuelle, organisée dans différents pays, avec la participation des gouvernements, du secteur privé et de la société civile. Il a été fondé lors du Sommet Mondial de la Société de l’Information (WSIS) des Nations Unies et suite au Groupe de Travail sur la Gouvernance Internet (WGIG).

L’IGF n’est pas un organisme décideur ; il a été établi pour instaurer un lieu de débat, avec une forte demande pour l’implication et la participation de multiples protagonistes sous l’égide des Nations Unies.

L’IGF se tiendra cette année, du 14 au 17 septembre, à Vilnius, Lituanie.


Workshop Number : 148

Title : The Internet and FOSS : Applications and Challenges for Africa

Concise Description :
We will address and discuss core Open Source issues for sustainable development and governance and its impact on the key areas listed below. We will also give a quick overview of the workshop held at IGF2009 on “Mitigating the Financial Crisis With Open Source Applications” to ensure continuity and progression with related workshops.

We will explore OS for sustainable development and governance and its impact in the following key significant areas for the African Region and Developing Nations:

– Health: The impact of OS in health. What best practices exist and what are the lessons for Africa? How can we implement these? Concrete steps and policy recommendations.

– Education: FOSS teaching materials exist but there is a lack of knowledge and only few are aware of them, therefore, we would like to address the issue of increasing awareness to the Education Sector about OS tools.

– Governance and Standards: OS Standards and what is means for our standard bodies in Africa, a reflection on advocacy issues that surround this and how some standards processes can improve with more transparency.

Other areas to address are:

  • Cost, use, and management
  • IDNs and cultural sustainability
  • Infrastructure and access

Which of the five broad IGF Themes or the Cross-Cutting Priorities does your workshop fall under?

  • Capacity Building

Have you organized an IGF workshop before? Yes
If so, please provide the link to the report:
http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/index.php/component/chronocontact/? chronoformname=Workshopsreports2009View&curr=1&wr=43

Provide the names and affiliations of the panellists you are planning to invite:
Moderator : Viv Padayatchy, AfriNIC

Panelists : Ben Akoh, Romain Touhouri, Yves Miezan Ezo (CHALA), Pierre Dandjinou (PANOS), Samer Azmy (FOSSFA), Christian Roland (FOSSFA), Genevieve Puiségur Segin

Provide the name of the organizer(s) of the workshop and their affiliation to various stakeholder groups :
AfriNIC : Regional Internet Registry for Africa responsible for the management and distribution of Internet number resources, including Internet Protocol addresses. www.afrinic.net

FOSSFA : Promotes the use of FOSS and the FOSS model in African development. http://www.fossfa.net/node/87

PANOS : Works to ensure that information is effectively used to foster public debate, pluralism and democracy and national and global levels.

Organization : AfriNIC

Contact Person : Lillian Sharpley