qirtaiba writes: "The Internet Governance Forum, or IGF, is a forum created by the United Nations to bring together governments, the private sector, civil society and international organisations, to discuss Internet Governance policy. The IGF's first meeting is being held in Athens from 30 October to 2 November, though you too can participate online. But even before the meeting starts, thereareclaims that the structures and processes developed for the IGF by United Nations appointees are lacking in transparency, accountability and inclusiveness."
qirtaiba writes: "Synchronous discussion software (in simple terms, chat) allows discussions to take place instantly and interactively. But asynchronous software (discussion boards, a la Slashdot) have the advantage that they allow people from different timezones to participate equally. Does anyone know of a hybrid? The closest thing I have found is a proprietary "Commons Console" offered as a service by Conflict Lab.
This is not just an idle question. The Internet Governance Forum (or IGF — more information here) is meeting for the first time in Athens from 30 October to 2 November this year. A lot of people who might like to participate aren't going to be able to make it to Athens, so the IGF has asked for ideas on how best to enable remote participation. Can Slashdot help?"