The availability of the Internet in conference rooms introduced the possibility for more inclusive and open international negotiations. It facilitated the participation of an increased number of civil society and business sector representatives, including those who could not, for financial or other reasons, physically participate in the meetings. Initially, remote participants could only follow deliberations passively, through web-broadcasting.

In addition to the implicit advantages for inclusion, an important impact of improved remote participation is the increased reach and influence of the conference itself and the resulting dissemination and significance for involved policy processes and projects.

During the 2007 IGF, remote participation was enhanced to include the possibility for remote participants to ask questions and contribute to discussions. Since 2009, remote participation in IGF meetings has been further enhanced through the introduction of remote hubs.

Remote hubs are defined as local meetings that take place during and parallel to IGF meetings, hosted by universities, ICT centers, non-governmental organizations, and other players who deal with Internet governance and policy issues. The organizers of these meetings project a simultaneous webcast of the IGF proceedings so that remote participants can stay informed about what is being debated. Participants can send text and video questions to be answered by IGF panelists in real-time interventions. In addition, hubs host local panels and roundtable discussions that correlate to IGF themes. Through these activities, the local hubs enrich coordination between global and local policy processes. The 2010 IGF meeting (in Vilnius, Lithuania) was followed by 32 remote hubs with about 600 participants.

See also:


Diplo offers complete support for conceptualising and deploying e-participation in international meetings. This includes strategic planning for remote hubs and workshops, guidelines for meeting organisers, and certified training for facilitators and moderators. Diplo has implemented remote participation innovations in cooperation with UNESCO and the UN IGF process. 


Online or in situ - which came first?

It doesn’t take a genius to figure that one out. Of course in situ gatherings, including both meetings and kids’ games, came first, probably around campsites and campfires. Interesting to note, then, that the 2015 World Championship League of Legends e-sport games had 360 million hours of live viewing, 334 million daily unique impressions, and average concurrent viewership of over 4.2 million,

Remote is far, far way: online is inclusive collaboration

How to improve inclusion in the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) process through online resources, tools, and facilitation was one of the points of discussion at the IGF 2015 Open Consultations and Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) meetings in Geneva during the week of 2 December. A small but significant semantic point clearly highlights a change in attitude and perception of what has often


The avai

IGF Bali: Day 3

Where did all the people go? The general impression today was that there were too few people in the rooms. With formal confirmation that over 1500 people collected badges, it seemed that only about half were really there … maybe the others were at the beach!

Jet lag and the IGF 2013 in Bali: Whom will it hit hardest? Are we prepared?

The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2013 is almost upon us.  Pre-events start before the actual meeting 22-26 October. Reservations have been made, and last-minute hotel arrangements are rushing across the Internet, a bit more tensely than usual, because many decisions were made at the last minute due to late confirmation by the host.

So those who are going to Bali are thinking about wha

E-participation Day: towards a more open UN?

(Indicated times are CET - Central European Time)


Thanks to broadcast and remote participation options, the outreach of the event was beyond Geneva. Participants mainly included:

  • Diplomats from permanent missions,
  • representatives of international organis

The role of crowdsourcing in policy formulation

In his recent guest blog, Giulio Quaggiotto, UNDP argues that citizen engagement is more about design than technology.

This is particularly relevant for Diplo’s

Do e-mail and e-documents have diplomatic protection?

The short answer is YES! A bit longer answer could be prompted by questions… why, over the last few days, have we not heard news about ambassadors presenting demarches in Washington, with reasonable doubts whether their e-mails have been intercepted? Or… the news that some national legal adviser, with the hope to have his/her name written in legal history, is preparing a court case against the

Remote Participation in the ITU

This is a recent interview with Anders Norsker, Chief, Information Services Department, International Telecommunication Union.  Anders will be speaking at the forthcoming E-Part

Opening up - how the UN Development Programme is going digital

"The growth in social media represents a shift in power from traditional top-down communication to the individual. For the first time in history, anybody (given access to the technology and digital literacy) can potentially make their voices heard and form online communities from which they can translate their power to offline action. This is a great opportunity for the development community to