IGF Academy organised a pre event at Day 0 of the UNIGF in Guadalajara Mexico. The objective of this pre event was to discuss and exchange ideas on the linkage between freedom of expression and other policy issues in Internet governance. The fellows participated in the newcomers track on “Freedom of Expression Online” by Professor Dr. Milton Mueller of Georgia Tech University. This session was on Internet regulation. The linkage between freedom of expression and Internet governance, forms of regulation that is found in the Internet and how they are impacting the fields of speech and media regulation was discussed at this session. Following this session, fellows from Asia and Africa presented their road to IGF. They presented the strategies used to foster freedom of expression in their countries by initiating/enhancing Internet governance processes.
Post lunch, Helani Galpaya of LIRNEasia and Ivy Hoetu of National Communications Authority (NCA), Ghana made a presentation on “How access regulation and business models indirectly regulate speech and information on affordable Internet and Zero Rating“. This was a dialog across continents.
After this session fellows were invited to participate in the sessions of their interest during the next few days of UNIGF.