Internet Governance Forum, 15-18 November 2009, Sharm el Sheikh The challenges of becoming literate to foster participatory cultures Workshop 139 Monday 16 November, 14:30–16:00 Room 5: Sphinx Organised by the Dynamic coalition on media education, Cyber Peace Initiative, UNDP Egypt's ICT Trust Fund, and the Council of Europe Millions of people are using the Internet throughout the world today. The Internet has an enormous potential for improving the quality of life of its users in many different ways. Promotion of Internet literacy is vital for societies that depend on digital information. A number of projects are aiming to promote Internet literacy among the population, especially for children. But what are the risks of using the Internet without having previously acquired the appropriate skills and knowledge? How can individuals be trained to use the Internet? What should the role of different stakeholders be? The workshop will search for answers to these questions. Agenda Moderator: Samy Tayie, Professor of Public Relations and Advertising, Faculty of Mass Communication, Cairo University, Egypt 1. What happens when individuals use the Internet/new media without skills and competences – regional perspectives - Biswajit Das, Director, Centre for Culture, Media and Governance, Jamia Millia Islamia, India - Ibrahim Saleh, Officer of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) - Sheba Mohammed, Policy Analyst, Trinidad and Tobago - Malte Spitz, European Youth Forum / Representatives of Net Aman Youth, Cyber Peace Initiative 2. What different stakeholders can do to empower individuals? - Hosein Badran, Regional Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Distinguished Systems Architect, Cisco Systems International, Egypt - Yasser Kazem, Director of the E-Learning Competence Center (ELCC) of the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) Egypt - Ahmed Hefnawy, Converging Services Manager, National Telecom Regulatory Authority Internet Governance Forum, 15-18 November 2009, Sharm el Sheikh (NTRA), Egypt - Divina Frau-Meigs, Dynamic coalition on media education, France - Malte Spitz, European Youth Forum / Representatives of Net Aman Youth, Cyber Peace Initiative 3. Open dialogue, including with reference to the following questions: - How can individual consumers be media savvy/smart in the Internet age? - How can media literacy build trust? - What skills do individuals need in order to deal with and contribute content to the Internet? 4. Wrap-up, conclusions, next steps - Nevine Tewfik, Director, Cyber Peace Initiative, Egypt - Divina Frau-Meigs, Dynamic coalition on media education - Lee Hibbard, Council of Europe Contact: Lee Hibbard: email@example.com / Divina Frau-Meigs: firstname.lastname@example.org /Nevine Tewfik: email@example.com *** The Council of Europe is an international political organisation, which brings together over 800 million citizens from 47 countries, making up an entire democratic continent. In its work based on intergovernmental cooperation, the Council of Europe seeks to promote democracy, the rule of law and human rights. Its permanent headquarters are in Strasbourg, France 47 member states: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia. Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom. Dynamic Coalition on Media Education One of the multi-stakeholder platforms that have emerged as a follow up of the World Summit on Information Society. It serves as a diagnostic and evaluation tool at the global level and devises media and information literacy assessment tools, proposes benchmarking frameworks, offers public policy solutions, etc. Cyber Peace Initiative From it’s launch in 2007, Cyber-Peace aims to promote the "Peace Culture“, as defined by the United Nations, among others by improving communications across cultural and geographical barriers through content development, platform creativity, exploring in depth ICT as a channel for economic opportunities and innovation for youth, and by engaging youth in securing the Internet as the medium through which objectives will be achieved. The Initiative rests on capitalizing on the creative spirit of youth to innovate constantly-changing Internet based content and IT platforms that should match the pace of socio-political changes and developments in real life. UNDP Egypt’s ICT Trust Fund Egypt Information and Communication Technology Trust Fund (ICT-TF) was jointly established by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in January 2002. The ICT-TF is a mechanism that aims to investigate the different means by which ICTs can enrich the livelihood of Egyptian citizens, as well as to foster socio-economic development by creating public-private partnerships to support the use of ICTs.