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Elon communications team working in Kenya

A team from Elon's Imagining the Internet Center is covering the Internet Governance Forum in Kenya Sept. 26-30.


Elon research team documenting
Internet Governance Forum in
Kenya, Nairobi, Sept. 26-30

A documentary journalism team from Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center is filing reports from the United Nations-facilitated Global Internet Governance Forum in Nairobi Sept. 26-30. You will find the Imagining the Internet team’s coverage here: http://www.elon.edu/e-web/predictions/igf_2011/default.xhtml

Elon students (l-r) Kellye Coleman, Nicole Chadwick and Samantha Baranowski are working at the IGF 2011 Forum in Kenya.

Elon is the only university in the world that annually funds undergraduate research to thoroughly document these important global discussions of the future of communications. The reports created are posted to the public daily during the event. The U.S. Library of Congress is adding this work to its digital archive. And Elon students have annually been presenting their IGF research findings at the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research.

This year’s Imagining the Internet six-person Global IGF team is being led by Rich Landesberg, associate professor of communications, and it includes School of Communications seniors Samantha Baranowski and Kellye Coleman, sophomore Nicole Chadwick, and two former Elon students now living and working in Kenya – Taylor Foshee and Lee Hopcraft.

The enterprise is being planned and managed by Janna Anderson, associate professor of communications and director of the Imagining the Internet Center.

Several of the Elon students and alumni are also participating as youth representatives on panels at IGF, including sessions titled “Challenging Myths About Young People and the Internet,” “Is the Youth Factor Counting in Internet Governance?” and “The Dynamic Coalition on Core Values of the Internet.” The Imagining the Internet Center was also a key organizer of these three events. Proposed IGF panels must be vetted through several rounds of peer review before being accepted.

To read more about IGF or to connect to IGF’s streaming video from some live events, see the official site: http://www.ingovforum.org

See Imagining the Internet’s coverage of previous global IGF meetings here:
IGF 2010 - Vilnius: http://www.elon.edu/e-web/predictions/igf_2010/default.xhtml
IGF 2009 - Egypt: http://www.elon.edu/e-web/predictions/igf_egypt/default.xhtml
IGF 2008 - Hyderabad: http://www.elon.edu/e-web/predictions/internet_governance_forum_2008.xhtml
IGF 2007 - Rio: http://www.elon.edu/e-web/predictions/internet_governance_forum_2007.xhtml
IGF 2006 - Athens: http://www.elon.edu/e-web/predictions/internet_governance_forum_2006.xhtml

Dan Anderson,
9/26/2011 8:08 AM