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GIPO Observatory Tool - how it can help facilitate access to internet governance topics in Africa

Gipo Event

Event date from: 16 Oct 2016 to 19 Oct 2016
Event type
Organised by Katarzyna Jakimowicz, GIPO Strategic Stakeholders´ Engagement

African IGF, 16th October , 11:30 -13:30, Durban

How to get there

Join us during African IGF and learn:

How the GIPO Observatory Tool works in practice

How you can connect the Tool to your website

How you can experiment with the Tool and its Dashboard

The Internet is increasingly shaping daily life in Africa, and the real questions are: how do we manage this precious, global resource that directly impacts our economic and social opportunities for the future? To create better understanding around the issues surrounding Internet governance, the European Commission initiated the Global Internet Policy Observatory (GIPO), an initiative that brings together stakeholders from different disciplines to work together, share knowledge and cooperate on Internet governance issues across the world.

GIPO’s main goal is to set up and maintain an Observatory Tool which helps governments, NGOs and those interested in Internet Governance to navigate the labyrinth of global Internet Policy with ease. It automatically collects, analyses and processes information coming from webpages and social media platforms, including documents, spreadsheets, videos, and tweets such as yours. It analyses and classifies the information for maximum relevancy and gives it back for further reuse.

Join this workshop and learn how the Tool can help your search and knowledge-sharing about internet governance in Africa and the world.


About the Global Internet Policy Observatory Tool

How does it work? It’s easy!

1. Go to, and choose a ‘search’ theme, select other variables to further refine results and launch your search.

2. The Tool can easily be embedded in your own website or database through API or RSS allowing you to contribute to the database in a more user friendly and streamlined way.

3. You can also spot the burning issues of the day via a customised dashboard which allows you to search for topics of your interest and see in which countries and regions these topics are being vividly debated at the moment of your search.

Check how ACSIS (Africa Civil Society for the Information Society to promote Inclusive Information Society in Africa)  used the GIPO dashboard and customised it to Africa on their website to monitor Internet governance and policy in Africa.

Agenda :

11:30 - 11:40 - Introduction to GIPO  - Kasia Jakimowicz (Open Evidence)

11:40 - 12:00 - Presentation of the GIPO Observatory Tool - Luis Meijueiro (Fundacion CTIC)

12:00 - 12:15 - Usage example - collaboration with ACSIS - Cisse Kane (ACSIS)

12:15 - 12:30-  How can GIPO contribute to the regional IGFs - Chengetai Masango (IGF)

12:30 - 12:40 - Break

12:40 - 12:55 - Federation Roadmap and next steps for GIPO - Kasia Jakimowicz (Open Evidence)

12:55 - 13:10 - Multi-stakeholder engagement - Andrea Calderaro, AG Member

13:10 - 13:30 - Discussion with stakeholders and Q&A



  • Kasia Jakimowicz - Strategic Stakeholders´Engagement for GIPO, European Affair Manager, Open Evidence

  • Luis Meijueiro - Technical Development of the GIPO Observatory Tool, Fundacion  CTIC

  • Cisse Kane - Chair, African Civil Society on the Information Society (ACSIS)

  • Andrea Calderaro, Advisory Group member, Centre for Internet and Global Politics, Cardiff University, Director and Lecturer in International Relations

  • Chengetai Masango  - Programme and Technology Manager at United Nations Secretariat for the Internet Governance Forum




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