Editor   25 Jul 2011   Internet Governance

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Regional IGF meetings are gathering momentum as the 6th IGF approaches, and are expected to attract a good number of stakeholders from each region.

Diplo will support these meetings by providing educational material on Internet governance, and by awarding a number of fellowships to the best participants of Diplo’s IG courses to attend the regional meetings.

The 4th West Africa IGF is taking place this week, on 27-29 July, in Lagos, Nigeria. It is being organised by the WA-IGF Consortium, led by the Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA). Other members of the consortium include AfriNic, Panos West Africa, IISD, APC, ISOC, and ECOWAS). More info: www.waigf.org

The 7th Caribbean IGF, and 4th LAC Preparatory Meeting for IGF, will take place on 9-11 August, at Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. It is being organised by the Caribbean Telecommunications Union, the Association for the Progress of Communications (APC), the Internet Society, the NUPEF Institute, and the Regional Internet Address Registry for Latin America and the Caribbean (LACNIC). More info: www.ctu.int/events/details/50-latin-american-and-caribbean-convention-on-internet-governance

The 3rd Central African IGF is taking place 10-11 August in Brazzaville, Congo. It is being organised by the Centre Africain de Complmentarit Scolaire, Universitaire et de Promotion (CACSUP), and the Congolese ISOCchapter. More info: www.fgiac.org

The first Southern African IGF is scheduled to take place from 1-3 September in Johannesburg. Discussions about the setting up of this regional IGF had been initiated during Diplo’s ICT training workshop in Pretoria in April. The regional IGF is now being organised by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), NEPAD e-Africa Programme, and the Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT). More info: www.ngopulse.org/blogs/southern-african-internet-governance-forum-call-expression-interest

A full list of regional IGFs is available at www.intgovforum.org/cms/regional-igfs

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