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Creating a meeting from scratch using the #EventCanvas for the Internet Society was unique opportunity to design a brand new global hybrid event. Working with the Internet Society team and the multi stakeholder bottom up approach led to the creation of  InterCommunity 2015 #icomm15. 

**InterCommunity 2015** is a one of a kind global meeting of the Internet Society, on the Internet, for the Internet .  InterCommunity 2015 will be held in conjunction with the Annual General Meeting of the Internet Society Board of  Trustees, which will be co-located at the NetHUI Conference in Auckland, NZ.  

Bringing our community together in one place at one time, InterCommunity 2015 offers you the opportunity to engage in a truly global conversation, share your views on topics that matter to you and to hear a range of unique perspectives on key issues facing the Internet today.  

Designed to maximize the depth and breadth of our membership, InterCommunity 2015 will serve to highlight the different ways we are all working together for a common purpose around the world. And it will help to inform us how we can collaborate more effectively to better support the growth and evolution of the Internet for the next generation.

Using the technology that is such a critical component for the creation of  social and economic opportunity, we will provide different ways for you to join. You can attend on-line from wherever you are, or in person at one of the 15 select locations across all the time zones. How ever you choose to participate, you will have the chance to add your thoughts to themed discussions on topics including Internet Access, Internet Governance and Collaborative Security.

See for more details https://www.internetsociety.org/intercommunity2015/ 

Discover the event design using the #EventCanvas here:  http://www.eventmodelgeneration.com/portfolio/intercommunity-2015-bringing-the-internet-society-community-together/ 

for more information on applying the #EventCanvas to your event design contact us at connect@tnoc.ch

Internet Society regional Chapter Leaders workshops bring together Chapter leaders to discuss chapter management related issues, share ideas, knowledge, content and experiences. 

The 2014 Middle East Regional Chapter workshop in Beirut, Lebanon on 23 & 24 November 2014 hosted an interactive and cherished discussion among a group of 23 Chapter leaders. Each participant brought up valuable experiences and contribution that was designed to be shared in a collaborative exchange format. 

We’ve bottled up the experiences in a series of video snippets which you can sample below in this blog post. On 23 November they started off with the Political Intelligence workshop presented by Dave Bancroft-Turner of the Academy for Political Intelligence. The participants assessed their Political Intelligence Profile and learned to positively influence the politics in their organisation. 

Subsequently they identified how to use this learning within their chapter work particularly to activate the multi stakeholder approach. 

The evening allowed for further conversation and socialising at the Bourj Al Hamam Restaurant, Mövenpick Hotel Beirut.

Bright and early on Sunday June 8th the Chapter Leaders reconvened. Workshop designer and Facilitator Ruud Janssen of TNOC | The New Objective Collective encouraged the Participants to look at multiple perspective of the experiences in their chapters. The sessions were designed to be participant centric and extract the core learnings from the experience and insights from the ISOC Chapter Leaders. 

To generate user generated content and celebrate the various perspective, a camera was passed around to take picture of the personal perspectives. 

To see the photos taken of the sessions whilst in progress see the photo album here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsk5KRpL1 

Every participant added their presence to the ISOC Chapter Workshop World Map (https://flic.kr/p/pUhKto

) and out of the submitted topics, each participant voted on their personal top 4 topics to be discussed. 

After the break the room was transformed into a fishbowl setup where in one hour time slots the top 4 topics were discussed. 

Below a recap of the 4 topics and the core outcomes
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Fishbowl Topic # 1 = Fishbowl round 1 : Promote Human Rights and Access to Information – what about cyber censorship?

Main outcomes: 
– We have to be aware that our technical expertise has an impact on other issues (values, perceptions, etc.)
– Education is key: provide education based on objective information, esp. to young people to ensure a better understanding in this field
– Instead of focusing on human rights (which other organisations do): have access to the Internet. Don’t talk about it, just do it!
– Become pro-actively involved in discussions with governments and stakeholders on their concerns 

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Fishbowl Topic # 2 –

 Streamlining business within Chapters 
Main outcomes: 
– It is important to clearly define roles within the Chapter: e.g. board members vs. working group members, voting members, etc.
– Suggestions for recruiting new volunteers/members: through IEEE model, TEDx model, ISOC clubs in universities, online sessions /webinars, open meetings
– Think about the added value that potential volunteers/members might be looking for, e.g. certification of participation
– Make sure success stories are well documented to be able to build on them

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Fishbowl Topic # 3 – Multi-Stakeholderism in Internet Governance: pros and cons, role of the government and the civil society

Main outcomes: 
– Collaborative attitude / behaviour is key: show importance of multi-stakeholderism by living it
– ISOC local Chapters are “living examples” of multi-stakeholder groups – importance of sharing this experience
– The complex issues involved in Internet Governance call for many partners to be involved
– Example of a multi-stakeholder initiative: Lebanese Internet Center (LINC)

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Fishbowl Topic # 4 –  Ideas and mechanisms to recruit new Chapter volunteers

Main outcomes: 
– WIIFM: What is in it for me? – always keep that question in mind when reaching out to potential volunteers
– work on specific objectives, projects, challenges (identify what our “customers’ challenges are & address them) to attract volunteers. 
– Suggestion as an incentive to join: have members pay low subscription fee to get a benefit, e.g. ISP subscription or get companies to sponsor events
– share & build on success stories from other Chapters

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After the 4 Fishbowls, every participant identified 1 specific personal action on which they gave up for adoption to their neighbour and got peer consultation on how to move forward with this action in a 90 minute interactive format called “The Solution Room”

Human Spectographs were made to illustrate the consulting power in the room (>140 years in total of Internet experience in the room!).

The Solution Room allowed participants to consult their peers and be consulted by their peers in 7 minute rounds and the key takeaways and actions were noted down on the table in hand drawn pictograms and action points in the form of mind maps. 

 

The level of interaction and energy in room came to a maximum at this stage where the readiness to action the learning was second to none… 

See some of the testimonials of the experience in a selection of videos below. 
 
See the link here for all the videos in the Internet Society Chapter Workshop Channel online: https://vimeo.com/channels/isoc 

#myISOCstory by Walid Karam Internet Society Lebanon Chapter from Ruud Janssen on Vimeo.

#myISOCstory Salam Yamout Internet Society Lebanon Chapter from Ruud Janssen on Vimeo.

#myISOCstory Fahmi Qasem Internet Society Yemen Chapter from Ruud Janssen on Vimeo.

#myISOCstory Nadira Alaraj Internet Society Palestine Chapter from Ruud Janssen on Vimeo.

#myISOCstory Stephane Bazan Internet Society Lebanon Chapter from Ruud Janssen on Vimeo.

#myISOCstory Inam Ali Internet Society Jordan Chapter from Ruud Janssen on Vimeo.

#ISOCME14 Nabil Bukhalid testimonial ISOC Lebanon Chapter from Ruud Janssen on Vimeo.

#myISOCstory Zakaria Alkainai Internet Society Yemen Chapter from Ruud Janssen on Vimeo.

#myISOCstory EBRAHIM MOHSEN MOHAMMED AL-AHDAL Internet Society Yemen Chapter (in Arabic) from Ruud Janssen on Vimeo.

#isocme14 Salam Yamout testimonial from Ruud Janssen on Vimeo.

#isocme14 HISHAM ABOULYAZED testimonial from Ruud Janssen on Vimeo.

#myISOCstory Hisham Aboulyazed internet Society Egypt Chapter from Ruud Janssen on Vimeo.

#ISOCME14 RAÚL ECHEBERRÍA testimonial from Ruud Janssen on Vimeo.

Last but not least, probably the most important nectar from the workshop is what the participants shared and think of their experience. Below you will find the User Generated Content from hashtag #ISOCME14 in a storify. https://storify.com/ruudwjanssen/isocme14-internet-society-middle-east-workshop-be 

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Internet Society regional Chapter Leaders workshops bring together Chapter leaders to discuss chapter management related issues, share ideas, knowledge, content and experiences. 

The 2014 North America Regional Chapter workshop in Los Angeles 10 &11 October 2014 hosted an interactive and cherished discussion among a group of 7 Chapter leaders. Each participant brought up valuable experiences and contribution that was designed to be shared in a collaborative exchange format. 

We’ve bottled up the experiences in a series of video snippets (videos courtesy of Regional Bureau Director Paul Brigner http://www.internetsociety.org/who-we-are/staff/paul-brigner ) which you can sample below in this blog post.

On October 10th they started off with the Political Intelligence workshop presented by Dave Bancroft-Turner of the Academy for Political Intelligence. The participants assessed their Political Intelligence Profile and learned to positively influence the politics in their organisation. 


Subsequently participants identified how to use this learning within their chapter work particularly to activate the multi stakeholder approach.

The evening allowed for further conversation and socialising over dinner in LA. 

Bright and early on Saturday 11 October the Chapter Leaders reconvened. Workshop designer and Facilitator Ruud Janssen of TNOC | The New Objective Collective encouraged the Participants to look at multiple perspective of the experiences in their chapters. 


To generate user generated content and celebrate the various perspective, a camera was passed around to take picture of the personal perspectives. 

To view the photos taken by the participants see the link here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tnoc/sets/72157648697389146/ 

Every participant added their presence to the ISOC Chapter Workshop World Map (soon to be available online) and out of the submitted topics, each participant voted on their personal top 4 topics to be discussed. 

After the break the room was transformed into a fishbowl setup where in one hour time slots the top 4 topics were discussed. 


To get a taster of the second day of the workshop see the video compilation:

The recap of what the participants thought about the ISOC North American Workshop see the testimonials of a number of the participants captured on video.

Last but not least, probably the most important nectar from the workshop is what the participants shared and think of their experience. Below you will find the User Generated Content from hashtag #ISOCKL14 in a storify here https://storify.com/ruudwjanssen/isocla14-internet-society-north-america-chapter-l 

On behalf of the organising team and the facilitators we would would like to thank all contributors for their terrific work and inputs. 

We welcome your comments, remarks on this post to share what you think, feel and say & do as a result of having attended this workshop o read this blogpost summary. 

Raquel Gatto, Joyce Dogniez, Paul Brigner, Dave Bancroft-Turner & Ruud Janssen

Internet Society regional Chapter Leaders workshops bring together Chapter leaders to discuss chapter management related issues, share ideas, knowledge, content and experiences. 

The 2014 Africa Regional Chapter workshop in Dakar 23 & 24 August 2014 hosted an interactive and cherished discussion among a group of 29 Chapter leaders and 4 Internet Society Staff and workshop leaders Ruud Janssen of www.TNOC.org and Merrion Siobhan on behalf of API. Each participant brought up valuable experiences and contribution that was designed to be shared in a collaborative exchange format. 

We’ve bottled up the experiences in a series of video snippets which you can sample below in this blog post. On August 23 they started off with the Positive Political Intelligence workshop presented by Siobhan Merrion. The participants assessed their Political Intelligence Profile and learned to positively influence the politics in their organisation. 

Subsequently they identified how to use this learning within their chapter work particularly to activate the multi stakeholder approach.

The recap of that session can be found in the video trailer below. 

 

The evening allowed for further conversation and socialising during a dinner in Dakar. 

Bright and early on Monday 24 August the Chapter Leaders reconvened. Workshop designer and Facilitator Ruud Janssen of TNOC | The New Objective Collective encouraged the Participants to look at multiple perspective of the experiences in their chapters. The sessions were designed to be participant centric and extract the core learnings from the experience and insights from the ISOC Chapter Leaders. 

To generate user generated content and celebrate the various perspective, a camera was passed around to take picture of the personal perspectives. 

To view the photos taken by the participants see the link here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsjYNThb2 

To see the photos taken of the sessions whilst in progress see the photo album here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tnoc/sets/72157647592298302/ 

Every participant added their presence to the ISOC Chapter Workshop World Map (soon to be available online) and out of the submitted topics, each participant voted on their personal top 4 topics to be discussed. 

After the break the room was transformed into a fishbowl setup where in one hour time slots the top 4 topics were discussed. 

To get a taster of the second day of the workshop see the video compilation:

Below a recap of the 4 topics and the core outcomes. 

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Fishbowl Topic # 1 = How to best finance your Chapter activities

Key Ideas / Points 

A) Identify influential people to bring into the Chapter who can assist in forming key funding partnerships with other organisations, government etc.

B) Develop an action plan for diverse income generation: sources could be: ISOC, government, membership fees & value added services (eg. education & training), donations, “sponsor for life” partners, tenders and grants

C) Identify those in the chapter with “fundraising competence” if not, seek to develop these skills in the Chapter.

D) Learn from others: look at what other NGO’s do eg. crowd sourcing.

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Fishbowl Topic # 2 – Capacity Building for wider community participation on Internet Matters

Key Ideas / Points 

A) Training is key to capacity building: e.g., use and train “ambassadors” that can lead and mentor the different communities of interest. The representatives can then have a ‘multiplier’ effect.

B) It is essential to develop a plan, so the capacity building can be properly defined and scoped (capacity building on what? For whom?).

C) An appropriate ‘platform’ needs to be used: define your messages/topics and select an appropriate technique and platform to “spread the word”

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Fishbowl Topic # 3 – How can we make ISOC Chapters more influential in Policy making decisions by Government

Key Ideas / Points 

A) It is important to ensure that members of the Chapter understand the objectives of the ICT strategies of government so you can work with them to help them achieve their goals.

B) Chapters should try to ensure that they include some of the key decision makers in the chapter or if do not, try to establish relationships with the key decision makers.

C) Identify, lobby or engage with key influencers who can make things happen at the chapter level and within important committees. 

D) Raise awareness of the issues among different communities of interest, thereby enabling them to work together achieve the mutual objectives

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Fishbowl Topic # 4 – How to best find and motivate volunteers to contribute to ISOC     

Key Ideas / Points 

A) Find out the interests, passions and skills of the volunteers and tap into those

B) Consider attaching benefit and/or value to their volunteers membership of the chapter eg. if you volunteer for this, you get “x”.

C) Expand your “network” of supporters, and get influential people on board to serve as motivators.

D) To recruit volunteers, every Chapter should have a clear vision, supported by a statement of objectives which describe what the Chapter is trying to achieve. These can then be translated into targeted actions for the volunteers.

 

After the 4 Fishbowls, every participant identified 1 specific personal action on which they gave up for adoption to their neighbour and got peer consultation on how to move forward with this action in a 90 minute interactive format called “The Solution Room”

Human Spectrographs were made to illustrate the consulting power in the room (>150 years in total of Internet Society experience in the room!).

The Solution Room allowed participants to consult their peers and be consulted by their peers in 7 minute rounds and the key takeaways and actions were noted down on the table in hand drawn pictograms and action points in the form of mind maps. 

 

Then these actions were transferred onto (self addressed) postcards which every participant will receive within 2 months after the workshop towards the second week of October 2014. 

The level of interaction and energy in room came to a maximum at this stage where the readiness to action the learning was second to none… 

See some of the testimonials of the experience in a selection of videos below: 

English Testimonials (spontaneous in the Room) 

#ISOCdakar14_Spontaneous inroom Testimonials English from Ruud Janssen on Vimeo.

Reactions Francophone ( en salle) 

#ISOCdakar14 Réactions Français from Ruud Janssen on Vimeo.

 Testimonials by #ISOCdakar14 Chapter Workshop participants 

#ISOCdakar14_Testimonial Bakary Njie – Gambia Chapter from Ruud Janssen on Vimeo.

#ISOCdakar14_Testimonial Aisha Saho – Gambia Chapter from Ruud Janssen on Vimeo.

#ISOCdakar14_Testimonial Ibrahim Alio Sanda – ISOC Niger Chapter 2 from Ruud Janssen on Vimeo.

#ISOCdakar14_Testimonial Aji Saine – Gambia Chapter from Ruud Janssen on Vimeo.

#ISOCdakar14_Testimonial Pravin Selukoto Paupiah – Mauritius Chapter from Ruud Janssen on Vimeo.

#ISOCdakar14_Testimonial Daniel K Nanghaka – Uganda Chapter from Ruud Janssen on Vimeo.

See the link here for all the videos in the Internet Society Chapter Workshop Channel online: https://vimeo.com/channels/isoc 

Last but not least, probably the most important nectar from the workshop is what the participants shared and think of their experience. Below you will find the User Generated Content from hashtag #ISOCDakar14 in a storify. (https://storify.com/ruudwjanssen/isocdakar14-internet-society-african-chapter-work  ) 

A BIG thank you to all the participants

#ISOCdakar14 Group Photo

BURKINA FASO Jean-Baptiste  Millogo BURUNDI Jean Paul Nkurunziza CAMEROON Augustine CHII Ngek CAMEROON Sylvain Baya CHAD oumar Ousman CONGO Emile Milandou DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO Didier Kasole COTE D’IVOIRE Kassim Kouadio Assirou GAMBIA Aisha Saho GAMBIA Aji Saine GAMBIA Bakary Njie GHANA Vitus Foli Aborogu KENYA Daniel Otieno  Omondi LIBERIA Philip F Johnson  MALI Yacou Keita MAURITANIA Cheikh Ould el Mabrouk MAURITIUS Pravin Selukoto Paupiah MOROCCO Cherkaoui Leghris NIGER Ibrahim Alio Sanda RWANDA Justin Rugondihene SENEGAL Aminata Ndiaye SENEGAL Rodrigue Bissawou SENEGAL Fatou Ngom SUDAN Tarik Merghani SOUTH AFRICA Ingi Deutschlander TOGO Jean Robert Hountomey TUNISIA Larbi Soussi UGANDA Daniel K Nanghaka ZIMBABWE Verengai  Mabika
On behalf of the organisers, Anne Lord, Joyce Dogniez, co-presenter Merrion Siobhan, we are humbled by your dedication & enthusiasm to make the Internet Society thrive in Africa,
  
your moderator,

Ruud Janssen 
@ruudwjanssen
www.TNOC.org 

Internet Society regional Chapter Leaders workshops bring together Chapter leaders to discuss chapter management related issues, share ideas, knowledge, content and experiences.

The 2014 Asia-Pacific Regional Chapter workshop in Kuala Lumpur 7 & 8 June 2014 hosted an interactive and cherished discussion among a group of 16 Chapter leaders. Each participant brought up valuable experiences and contribution that was designed to be shared in a collaborative exchange format.

We’ve bottled up the experiences in a series of video snippets which you can sample below in this blog post. On June 7th they started off with the Political Intelligence workshop presented by Dave Bancroft-Turner of the Academy for Political Intelligence. The participants assessed their Political Intelligence Profile and learned to positively influence the politics in their organisation.

Subsequently they identified how to use this learning within their chapter work particularly to activate the multi stakeholder approach.

The recap of that session can be found in the video trailer below.

The evening allowed for further conversation and socialising at Saloma Bistro & Theatre Restaurant at the foot of the Petronas Twin Towers.

Bright and early on Sunday June 8th the Chapter Leaders reconvened. Workshop designer and Facilitator Ruud Janssen of TNOC | The New Objective Collective encouraged the Participants to look at multiple perspective of the experiences in their chapters. The sessions were designed to be participant centric and extract the core learnings from the experience and insights from the ISOC Chapter Leaders. 

To generate user generated content and celebrate the various perspective, a camera was passed around to take picture of the personal perspectives.

To view the photos taken by the participants see the link here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsjYNThb2

To see the photos taken of the sessions whilst in progress see the photo album here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsjYMPaMe

Every participant added their presence to the ISOC Chapter Workshop World Map (soon to be available online) and out of the submitted topics, each participant voted on their personal top 4 topics to be discussed.

After the break the room was transformed into a fishbowl setup where in one hour time slots the top 4 topics were discussed.

To get a taster of the second day of the workshop see the video compilation:

Below a recap of the 4 topics and the core outcomes.
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Fishbowl Topic # 1 = How can a chapter improve it’s reputation to become a trusted voice for the community & government ?

Key Ideas / Points

A) Involving government officials as chapter member. Performing Internet research work with government. Inviting them in chapter events / conferences.

B)Reputation through your work. Partner work with similar community organizations (computer societies). Introduce working groups in chapter on such partnerships.

C) Running education programs for government and community; programs over radio channels ?

To view the video outcomes of the fishbowl sessions please type in the password: Malaysia

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Fishbowl Topic # 2 – How can we strengthen a chapter organisationally & financially so it can carry out strong programs & make its influence nationally ?

Key Ideas / Points

A) Developing relationship with local organisations to attract sponsorship.

B) Annual budget planning. Does membership fee helps ? Hiring a support staff ?

C) Support from ISOC to mediate with regional organisations for financial support. Can domain registries (ccTLD) offer such support ?

D) Targeting international grant programs. Increase in activities is directly proportional to increase in attention by potential sponsors.

To view the video outcomes of the fishbowl sessions please type in the password: Malaysia    

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Fishbowl Topic # 3 – How can we recruit, engage & motivate volunteer in order to get most out of it ?

Key Ideas / Points

A) Students can be a key target community but not limited to technical students only.

B) Introducing recognition programs for ‘active’ members, bringing exclusive value propositions to attract new volunteers (fellowships, competitions)

C) A membership engagement strategy document encompassing identifying, recruiting and retaining members’ policies. Planning membership campaigns. Embracing motivational factor of becoming a volunteer.

To view the video outcomes of the fishbowl sessions please type in the password: Malaysia

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Fishbowl Topic # 4 – How do ISOC chapters better collaborate among each other to learn from each other ?
   
Key Ideas / Points

A) Organizing parallel events together; a joint panel discussion over video conferencing.

B) Introducing an inter-chapter liaison position / role to be responsible for collaborating with other chapters.

C) Preparing regional chapter case studies / success stories for reference. A calendar of chapter events / activities.

D) Using CONNECT to connect !

To view the video outcomes of the fishbowl sessions please type in the password: Malaysia
   

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After the 4 Fishbowls, every participant identified 1 specific personal action on which they gave up for adoption to their neighbour and got peer consultation on how to move forward with this action in a 90 minute interactive format called “The Solution Room”.

Human Spectographs were made to illustrate the consulting power in the room (>320 years in total of Internet experience in the room!).

The Solution Room allowed participants to consult their peers and be consulted by their peers in 7 minute rounds and the key takeaways and actions were noted down on the table in hand drawn pictograms and action points in the form of mind maps.

Then these actiowere transferred onto (self addressed) postcards which every participant will receive within 2 months after the workshop towards the second week of August 2014.

The level of interaction and energy in room came to a maximum at this stage where the readiness to action the learning was second to none…

See some of the testimonials of the experience in a selection of videos below:

 Patrick Queet, Internet Society Pacific Chapter
  

 George Fong, Internet Society Australia Chapter

  

 Ken Lam, Internet Society Hong Kong Chapter

  

 Sohaib Saleem, Internet Society Pakistan, Islamabad Chapter

See the link here for all the videos in the Internet Society Chapter Workshop Channel online: https://vimeo.com/channels/isoc

Last but not least, probably the most important nectar from the workshop is what the participants shared and think of their experience. Below you will find the User Generated Content from hashtag #ISOCKL14 in a storify. ( https://storify.com/ruudwjanssen/isockl14-internet-society-asia-pacific-workshop-k )

Let us know about your thoughts after reading and seeing this blog post by leaving your comments or feedback below.

Thank you for all the participants for your energetic contributions, on behalf of the team ISOC Asia Pacific Workshop Kuala Lumpur 7&8 June 2014,

Joyce Dogniez, Naveed Haq, Rajnesh Singh, Dave Bancroft-Turner & Ruud Janssen