'Given the disparity between the participation of developing and developed countries it was clear that more support was needed for the former group to be able to understand the issues and make a meaningful input.' - Rodney Taylor from Barbados
This page shares stories about emerging leaders of the digital world. Some of them are already involved in ICANN, the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and different Internet Governance (IG) policy environments. Others play leadership roles at universities and in local or regional communities. Some are involved in grassroots activities. All of the featured emerging leaders have participated in Diplo's Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme (IGCBP).
Like the the Internet itself, leadership in Internet governance is not centralised, but distributed throughout the ‘network’ and exercised on various policy and implementation levels and in various contexts. Through their activities, emerging leaders strengthen their communities, institutions, networks and societies.
'I realized I needed to take part in order to get an image of what other countries and regions acting in the process were doing, and to apply this to the reconstruction process in Iraq. The value I got from connecting with leading experts... was immense.' - Rasha Hameed from Iraq
'To the IGF in India I brought the personal challenge to look more deeply into the arguments I was not familiar with, and to try to find the “two sides of a coin” in every speech.' - Raquel Fortes Gatto from Brazil
'Even if I am participating in the process during the whole year and interacting with many people, meeting them face-to-face at an event like the IGF remains essential... it is the most effective way to network...' - Rafik Dammak from Tunisia
'Attending the IGF presented me with an opportunity to interact with the people behind the emails and with notable personalities in the IGF process or Internet-related institutions including the IGF secretariat, ITU, ICANN, etc.' - Mwende Njiraini from Kenya
'If we in the Cook Islands are to establish ourselves appropriately within the global community then it is necessary that we set up good policies from the outset, based on the best practices of other countries...' - Maureen Hilyard from the Cook Islands
'It was also very important for me to join other members of the RPWG to be physically present at the IGF, so we could follow the implementation of the RP mechanism, working in partnership with the Secretariat... and providing assistance to the hubs.' - Marilia Maciel from Brazil
'It is necessary to focus the IGF discussion on the real problems associated with the collection and use of personal information. The reality is that there is very little that consumers can do today to protect their personal data...' - Katitza Rodriguez from Peru
'Among all the country members of the East African Community, only Burundi, my country, was absent from that EAIGF... That’s why, at the end of the IGF in Hyderabad, I came back with a new dream: An IGF Burundi.' - Jean Paul Nkurunziza from Burundi
'The government of Nigeria is making a giant stride to improve the situation by rolling out programs that would in one form or the other include Information Technology in the curriculum of primary and secondary students.' - Ijeoma Ogbuagu from Nigeria