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Thursday, September 4 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
WS159: Global Public Interest of the Internet

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This workshop discusses the issue of public interest or public responsibility and how different organizations in the Internet governance ecosystem have over the years evolved in this respect. Different organizations have certainly developed diverse approaches to the global public interest issue and how best to pursue it, while preserving the core objectives of the organization in question. Moreover, foundations and development agencies have been offering programs in developing and least developed economies using the tools and the powers of the information technology in general and the Internet in particular. 

Agenda: The Global Public Interest of the Internet 


Thursday, September 4, 2014

11:00- 12:30pm


Duration: 90 minutes


11:00-11:10 Introduction
Pierre Dandjinou

11:10-11:25 Defining the Global Public Interest of the Internet- the Work of Panel for the Public Responsibility Framework
Nii Quaynor 

11:25-11:50 How can organizations in the Internet governance ecosystem forge better collaboration in the global public interest agenda?
Nevine Tewfik
Rinalia Abdul Rahim

Titi Akinsanmi

11:50-12:25 Discussion
Led by Pierre Dandjinou

Pierre poses questions for floor discussion on defining public responsibility and the global public interest in the Internet, and the role of organizations, governments, and civil society in addressing this. 

Questions will also be taken from Remote participants.

12:25-12:30 Final Remarks from Panelists and Close


Pierre Danjiniou

Vice President of Stakeholder Engagement for the Africa region, ICANN
Pierre joined ICANN in December 2012, as the VP for Africa. He coordinates implementation of ICANN's strategic plan for Africa and is responsible for outreach, support and engagement with all stakeholders, including governments, civil society and private sector in the Africa region. Prior to joining ICANN, Pierre was a Regional Advisor for the UNDP; he brings with him close to 20 years experience in the field of ICT for development, eGovernance... Read More →


Titi Akinsanmi

Policy & GR SSA, Google
Technology Policy and External Relations. | | Mrs. Titi Akinsanmi is focused on technology policy and research in Africa. She holds a Masters in Management from the University of Witswatersrand. Her experience spans both the public and private sectors consulting for a range of international institutions including AfriNIC, the World Bank Institute, IICD, Mindset, UN-GAID, UNECA, SchoolNet Africa and MTech Communications. She has initiated... Read More →

Nii Quaynor

Nii Quaynor pioneered Internet development and expansion throughout Africa for nearly two decades, establishing some of Africa's first Internet connections and helping set up key organizations, including the African Network Operators Group. He also was the founding chairman of AFRINIC, the African Internet numbers registry. He earned a PhD in Computer Science in 1977, from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and helped... Read More →

Nevine Tewfik

Head of the Research, Studies and Policies Bureau, IR Division, Egyptian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology
Nevine Tewfik is The Head of the Research, Studies and Policies Bureau at the IR Division of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology- Egypt. | | With a background in development and political science, Nevine joined MCIT in 2001. Since then, she has been actively involved in different international and developmental portfolios including the creation of Egypt's ICT Trust Fund, the World Summit on the Information... Read More →

Remote Moderators
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Fahd Batayneh

Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Middle East, ICANN
Fahd joined ICANN in October 2013. Prior to ICANN, he held several positions within Jordan's National IT Center (NITC) last of which was managing both the ccTLD and IDN ccTLD of Jordan. Fahd has attended ICANN meetings on regular basis since 2008, and was active in several working groups. Other than his day job with the government of Jordan, Fahd has provided many consultancies related to Internet Governance, New gTLDs, and Internet Policy... Read More →

Thursday September 4, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm
Workshop Room 05 (Rumeli -1 Floor / Room 3)