Between 5th – 9th November 2012, the Internet Governance Forum will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan. This looks like an event that Web Science should definitely be involved with, and even if your research doesn’t quite fit in with the theme, it would be a valuable source of Web Science information to keep you up-to-date with what’s happening (of course this is open to everyone, whether you are a Web Scientist or not – the topics discussed will cover a range of issues so it would be great to have as many people involved as possible). The event will also be webcast, with a number of remote hubs able to follow the forum’s activities and participate in the resulting discussion over the Web.
A group of students from the Web Science DTC at the University of Southampton have arranged to host a remote hub, and we will be following the live webcast on campus, discussing the issues raised amongst ourselves, and relaying our thoughts back to join in the global conversation. We will also hold similarly themed Student Seminars that week, and will hopefully arrange for there to be a topical instalment of the Web Science Debate series hosted amongst the sessions.
We invite you to join us for as many of the sessions as you would like. The plan is to join the afternoon sessions of the main programme, as the time difference with Baku means that these will take place from 10:30 – 12:00 and 12:30 – 14:00 (morning sessions would start at 4am, so we doubt many people would want to be on campus that early… if there is something that lots of people really want to attend at that time, however, I’m sure we could organise something… possibly).
More details about the IGF can be found at http://www.intgovforum.org/ and the full schedule at http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/2012/IGF%20Schedule/IGF%202012%20schedule.Draft.v.8.xltx. We have set up a form https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dHVNbWRRem45Q3htLXNNd3RzMXhSMFE6MQ where you can register your interest in particular sessions, so that we can join the most popular ones remotely.
If you are interested in attending or taking part in any of this forum then please fill out the form so we can begin to build a schedule of events that we can hold through the remote hub.
Thanks, and hopefully see you at the event!