Lebanon 2016

Middle East and Adjoining Countries School on Internet Governance (MEAC-SIG)

8-12 August 2016
Issam Fares Institute (IFI), American University of Beirut (AUB)
Beirut, Lebanon


The Internet is increasingly important for developed, emerging, and developing countries and their citizens.  Internet Governance is a contested topic, where the Middle East and Adjoining Countries School on Internet Governance (MEAC-SIG)  offers understanding, framing, and actions to be taken and analyzes its international, regional and national implications.


MEAC-SIG aims at stimulating the MEAC regional Internet community and ensure effective participation in national, regional, and global Internet Governance fora.

The MEAC-SIG helps individuals from the Middle East and Adjoining Countries to better understand the global, regional, and national Internet Governance issues, settings and processes while gaining access to comprehensive and structured knowledge on the various aspects of Internet Governance, and the actors, issues and settings surrounding it.

About the Local Host

A registered Lebanese non-governmental organization, since 2008 Social Media Exchange, (SMEX) has pioneered the design and delivery of workshops and online courses that help activists and journalists integrate digital and social media into processes that create social change. We are also advocates, supporting and winning efforts to protect and expand digital rights, including free expression and privacy online, through research, user education, and campaigning, in Lebanon and across the region.


Issam Fares Institute, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon

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Directions from AUB Main Entrance to Issam Fares Institute (here)


For further reading, folks were encouraged to read/watch content found at the following links:

  • The History of Internet Governance (Video | 1 hrs 22 min)
  • Internet Governance Outlook 2016: Cooperation & Confrontation (EN)
  • The Start of a New Beginning: The Internet Governance Forum on Its Road to 2025 (EN)
  • An Introduction to Internet Governance by Jovan Kurbalija (Several Languages)
  • Guidebook Internet Governance (EN)
  • Governing the Internet by Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (EN)
  • ICANN Handouts (EN)
  • Exploring Multi-Stakeholder Internet Governance (EN)
  • Internet Fragmentation – An Overview (EN)
  • The Working Group on Internet Governance – 10th Anniversary Reflections (EN)
  • BCG Report on e-Friction (Report and Appendix | Supplement)


The agenda for MEAC-SIG 2016 can be found here. 


  • Internet Ecosystem in Lebanon – Nabil Bukhalid [Slides]
  • Introduction to ICANN and the IANA – Fahd Batayneh [Slides]
  • Introduction to Internet Society – Gabriel Deek [Slides]
  • Introduction to RIRs and RIPE NCC – Chafic Chaya [Slides]
  • History of Internet Governance and Challenges of Tomorrow – Wolfgang Kleinwächter [Video | Slides]
  • Pakistan School on Internet Governance (pkSIG) – Mubashir Sargana [Slides]
  • Top Level Domains – Baher Esmat [Slides]
  • Understanding Public Policies and Internet Public Policies – Salam Yamout and Yousef Asfour [Slides]
  • Asia Pacific School on IG (APSIG) – Jungbae An [Slides]
  • Internet Governance for Development (IG4D) – Baher Esmat and Christine Arida [Slides | e-Book]
  • Internet Fragmentation – Christine Arida [Slides | eBook]
  • Human Rights and Internet Governance – Jessica Dheere [Slides]
  • Cyber-Security – Marilia Maciel [Slides]
  • Internet and Accessibility – Muhammad Shabbir [Slides | Video]
  • The Digital Economy and e-Friction – Fahd Batayneh [Slides | BCG Report | BCG Appendix | BCG Supplement]
  • The Internet of Things (IoT) – Jad ElCham [Slides]
  • Introduction to the iGMENA Program – Michael Oghia [Slides]
  • Digital Rights and Privacy – Mohamad Najem and Nadine Muawad [Slides]
  • Digital Protection Tools – Ali Sibai [Slides]

Role Play

  • Role Play Concept – Fahd Batayneh [Slides]
  • Consolidated Document – All Participants [PDF]

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