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Friday, April 1 • 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Brainstorming solutions to increase the impact of civil society groups on internet governance in the MENA region?

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Internet governance in the Arab region is facing challenges, some of which are embodied in inefficient communication between different stakeholders. While some venues and events, such as the Arab IGF, attempt to provide spaces of dialogue, they often fall short from delivering. Criticisms of Arab IGF are centered around its inability to provide quality content and outcomes that are seen in other regional internet governance conferences. Some of the reasons for that shortcoming include:
  • Organization and (funding) of the conferences are mainly saturated in the hands of the governments;
  • Inability of civil society to take a leading role in organizing these conferences due to weak coordination and communication between CSO on a regional level;
  • Absence of good representation of the regional private sector.

avatar for Al Walid Chennoufi

Al Walid Chennoufi

Digital Security Coordinator, Access Now
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Amin Jobran

Outreach Manager - MENA, ASL19
Community coordinator at ASL19 for MENA region (especially Arabic speaking countries) I deal with tool localization, Outreach, and user support. I enjoy neutralizing any content blocking efforts by governments and telecoms.

avatar for Walid Al-Saqaf

Walid Al-Saqaf

Postdoctoral Researcher, Stockholm University
ISOC Board Member, software developer from Yemen, internet freedom advocate. Currently involved in postdoctoral research and teaching in areas related to technology, media, journalism, data science, and quantitative research methods. Also involved in ICANN and APC.
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Hanane Boujemi

Senior Manager Internet Governance Programme MENA Region, Hivos
Manager of Hivos’ MENA region programme on Internet Governance. She is responsible for the design and implementation of the programme in the Arab region. | | • Develop and implement programs and activities to build capacity on Internet Governance and policy among civil society organizations and actors in the Arab region | • Facilitate strategy development and other technical assistance activities | • Lead all areas of... Read More →
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Rafik Dammak

Non-commercial Stakeholder Group former Chair, NTT
He is engineer working and living in Japan. He is member of the steering committee for the Dynamic Coalition on Internet Rights and Principles . He has been involved in ICANN community as NCUC (Non-commercial users constituency) individual user member, former elected GNSO Councillor for the Non-Commercial Stakeholder Group, ICANN nomcom member in addition to his participation in several ICANN WGs like the new gTLD applicant support where he was... Read More →
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Noha Fathy

Project Lead, Internet Legislation Atlas, Hivos Internet Governance for MENA region
Noha is managing Internet Legislation Atlas project for Hivos. She has been working with Hivos Internet Governance in the Middle East and North Africa (iGmena) program (www.igmena.org) since 2013. | | She concentrates on internet governance capacity building and awareness raising activities to civil society in the Arab region. She worked on a number of projects that aimed at raising awareness about digital rights, engaging local... Read More →

Friday April 1, 2016 1:15pm - 2:30pm
The Fishbowl

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