H.E. Suzanne Mubarak coming to IGF today

November 18, 2009 at 12:10 pm 2 comments

The First Lady of Egypt is coming to the Internet Governance Forum this morning. This means two things:

1. We had to start our sessions at 8 a.m. today instead of 9 a.m. This means we had breakfast at 7 a.m. and then boarded the bus to the convention center.

2. No mobile phones are allowed so we had to either leave our phones at the hotel or hand it over at the gate. No way was I leaving my iPhone 3GS at the gate with anyone. Fortunately Arun Mehta decided to skip the First Lady’s speech and come in at lunch time so most of us who had to be here for the 8 a.m. sessions left our phones with him so that he could bring them over later.

We had not been told not to bring our cameras so when Brett, our friend from Avaaz.org, was stopped at the gate and his flip confiscated, it annoyed most of us. The rest of our group had our flips/cameras in our laptop bags and since these were not detected, we smuggled them in unnoticed.

Whereas it is important that government representatives show the importance they attach to Internet Governance, it becomes a real problem and hassle for delegates.

The First Lady will be talking about “Preparing the Young Generations in the Digital Age: A Shared Responsibility”. Let us see if she has anything earth-shaking to say.

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