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ICANN at the Internet Governance Forum, Athens, Greece, 30 October - 2 November 2006

October 31, 2006; 03:33 AM
ICANN is co-hosting two workshops that will run in parallel to the IGF main sessions.

Participation workshop
October 31 st, from 11:30 am till 1:00 pm
Aphrodite C room, Divani Apollon Palace Hotel.

The workshop is co-hosted with ISOC.

The purpose of the workshop is to discuss the importance of participating in the processes of key Internet organisations and mechanisms, to show how one can participate and, importantly, how to locally build theappropriate  expertise and capacity to successfully contribute.  Different perspectives on participation and engagement by different communities and stakeholders will be explored with an emphasis on encouraging a discussion of practical examples and key learnings for increasing participation, particularly from communities that are typically under-represented.

Towards a global multilingual Internet: Avoiding the risk of fragmentation
October 31 st, from 3:30 pm till 7:00 pm
Athina A room, Divani Apollon Palace Hotel

The workshop is co-hosted with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority of Egypt (NTRA).

The workshop is primarily intended to ensure that multilingualism is addressed from different angles and stakeholders' perspectives, with a certain regard to technical aspects like the continued development of application software to support access to localized content. A live demonstration of one of the most recent multilingual applications is also foreseen. ccTLD managers will also go through the topic highlighting the technical challenges with respective communities and languages.

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