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
View links to the documentary and the individual interviews
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.