Want to show the world what you're doing with the net?

IGF workshops provide your chance

If you are using the internet to change the world and you want the world to know it, today's your lucky day.

The inaugural meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) - a new, open meeting agreed to by the world's governments in November - will be held at the end of October this year and the organisers are looking for people to run a series of workshops to show the world what the internet is capable of.

The meeting will be visited by the world's governments, non-governmental organisations, the private and civil sector, as well as the press and ordinary internet users. It will take place near Athens and, in between the main sessions, a select number of 40 minute workshops will take place.

Workshops will also be audiocast so internet users from around the world will also get a chance to hear them.

The forum has four main themes: openness (meaning freedom of expression, free flow of information, ideas and knowledge); security (creating trust and confidence through collaboration); diversity (promoting multilingualism and local content); and access (internet connectivity: policy and cost).

If you feel your work fits into any of those categories and you want a spot on the world's biggest stage, you need to write a proposal of less than 1,000 words covering your workshop and what it will contain. All submissions for workshops will then be put forward to a meeting of the IGF's Advisory Group who will make final decisions on 8 September.

Successful applicants will then have just under two months to prepare for the meeting which runs from 30 October to 2 November.

Details of how to apply can be found on the IGF website. You have until 2 August to apply if your submission is not in English, otherwise you have until 24 August. Good luck. ®

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