The first annual meeting of Arab IGF was held in Kuwait 9-11 October 2012, hosted by KITS, with ~300 participants from 18 countries, with seven main sessions and 13 independently-organized workshops.

Main Session 1: ‘An Access to Content’ or ‘A Content to Access’?
Session Coordinator: Mr. Charles Shaban, TAG

• Yousif Nuseir, ICT Expert
• Imad Hoballah, Chairman, TRA Lebanon
• Ayman Sherbini, ESCWA
• Bashar Abdel Hadi, KuwaitNet
• Anas Tawileh, IT Expert, Detecon International
• Fahd A. Batayneh, .jo ccTLD
• Hosein Badran, Cisco Egypt

Main Session 2: Internet openness, Freedom of expression and content
Session Coordinator: Ms. Hanane Boujemi, Hivos

Chairman: H.E. Ghazi Al-Aridi Minister of public works, Lebanon


  • Waheed Al-Barghouthi, the founder & CEO of Dakwak
  • Waleed Al–Saqaf, Lecturer in Media and Communications, Orebro University, Sweden
  • Haidar Farhat, ESCWA
  • Said Essaoulem, Chairman, Arab Freedom of Information Network
  • Adel Al-Senn, Consultant, Arab Administrative Development Organization

Main Session 3: Critical Internet Resources
Session Coordinators: Mr. Hisham Ibrahem, AfriNIC & Mr. Baher Esmat, ICANN


• Paul Rendek, Ripe NCC
• Osama Al Dosary – MENOG Chairman
• Hosein Badra, Internet Masr (NGO)
• Fahad Al Shirawi, CCIX
• Salam Yamout, PCM, Lebanon

Main Session 4: Security and Privacy
Session Coordinator: Mr. Adel Abdel-Sadek, Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies (ACPSS)

• Aboul Ella Hassanien, professor, Faculty of Computer and Information, Cairo University
• Ahmed Kilany, Arab Center for Cyberspace Research (ACCR)
• A’allan Ghazi, Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology, Palestine
• Hosein Badran, Cisco
• Fadel Albadrani, Baghdad University
• Fadi Salsa, Chief Operating Officer at IT Security C&T

Main Session 5: Youth
Session Coordinator: Mr. Abdullah Al-Shaher

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