Internet Governance Glossary (IGG)
Various stakeholders are highlighting the indispensable role of languages in building inclusive Knowledge Societies. Each language offers a unique testimony of its civilization’s cultural genius and contributes to the world’s heritage – not to mention its crucial role in building intercultural dialogue, reconciliation and peace.
Empirical evidence has also shown that people whose mother tongues have not benefited from coordinated language policies and supportive tools, particularly with regard to terminology, tend to be increasingly disadvantaged in today’s information society. In many cases, when a language is more or less confined to the family sphere, it starts losing its importance within the professional and international community. In other words, speakers of a language which lags behind in its terminology for a given domain or across many domains, risk losing the ability to communicate in different thematic domains in their language over time. This implies that a language community whose language has not developed scientific and technical terminologies is unavoidably forced to use some other, more developed foreign language for thematic domain communication. In this connection, multilingual glossaries can provide instrumental tools that greatly facilitate common understanding, communication and cooperation among various actors.
Today, the international community has several multi-stakeholder mechanisms for the dialogue and implementation of solutions to Internet governance issues. To participate in international multi-stakeholder processes, countries and their national representatives need also to be equipped with language tools that facilitate understanding, cooperation and coordination. One of the latter are the rapidly growing multi-stakeholder partnership mechanisms related to the governance of the Internet.
Internet Governance Glossary
The Internet Governance Glossary (IGG) project aims to provide Arabic-speaking countries and communities with a glossary on Internet Governance (IG).
To ensure the widest dissemination of the glossary, inclusive consultation and feedback mechanisms such as online consultations and face-to-face discussions were integrated into the project.
The originally conceived workflow was implemented step-by-step in the course of developing the IGG project and proved to be sufficiently flexible when modifications were necessary. It included 26 steps .
Macrostructure of the IGG entries
For the macrostructure of the glossary entries, the IG dimensions, largely following the widely accepted IG dimensions, suggested themselves as major differentiation aspects for structuring the IGG. Therefore, the glossary part is sub-divided into 5 sections in line with the IG dimensions.
Partners involved in the project