IGF Documentary Now Available for Viewing Online

The 13-minute documentary film and 27 video interviews recorded by an Elon University School of Communications research team at the United Nations-sponsored Internet Governance Forum in Athens, Greece, in Fall 2006 are now online. The Athens IGF was the first of five annual global events focused on discussion of the overarching issues tied to the future of information and communications technologies, including control over the internet architecture and numbering and naming system, security, intellectual property, openness, connectivity, cost and multilingualism. More than 1,200 participants shared information, experiences and best practices.

View links to the documentary and the individual interviews on the Predictions Web site.

The footage for the documentary and the separate video interviews was collected over three days in sessions conducted with stakeholders from 18 different nations. They were asked to speak about their deepest hopes and fears for the future of the internet, and they also addressed other issues tied to their areas of expertise. The video research crew representing Elon’s Imagining the Internet project included Elon student Erin Barnett, staffer Bryan Baker and faculty member Janna Anderson. The dozens of interviews include talks with Vint Cerf of ICANN and Google and Markus Kummer of the UN and IGF.

The documentary film was edited by Barnett, who plans a career making documentary films to foster social justice. It offers a look at the major issues tied to the successful worldwide diffusion of the internet. Barnett’s work on the film was supported by Elon’s Undergraduate Research Program, and its premiere showing came during Elon’s Summer Undergraduate Research Experience presentations.

Each of the 27 interview sessions was also edited into a separate 10- to 30-minute video zeroing in on what each individual IGF delegate or leader had to share with the research crew. Elon broadcast major Janus Rogerson edited the individual interviews for Imagining the Internet.

Anderson expects to lead another research team to the second IGF, scheduled for Rio de Janeiro in November.

 



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