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IDPP Engages in Range of Strategic Partnership Events Across Region

IDPP delegation meets with AUN in Bangkok, Thailand (photo)Dr. Derrick Cogburn has embarked on a multi-faceted Networking and Partnership Mission to Istanbul, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Bandar Seri Begawan from 1-27 September 2014. The mission comes on the heels of a successful 2014 IDPP Annual Meeting hosted from 8-22 August at University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The first stop is the 2014 Internet Governance Forum (IGF) hosted by the Government of Turkey from 2-5 September in Istanbul, Turkey, where Dr. Cogburn delivered his paper and presentation, “Uncovering the Conceptual Antecedents of the NETMundial Outcome Document: A Computational Text Analysis" during the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet) IGF 2014 Pre-Event Symposium.

Joining Dr. Cogburn on the panel was American University colleague Dr. Laura DeNardis, professor and associate dean in the AU School of Communication. Following GigaNet, Dr. Cogburn participated in numerous IGF sessions including sessions on disability, an accessibility workshop, a World Summit on Information Systems (WSIS) +10 session, and ICANN sessions.

Dr. Cogburn has attended nearly all IGFs since its creation after the end of WSIS in 2005. He helped to found GigaNet in 2006 and has played a particularly active role in its activities, serving as the inaugural Communications Director, and subsequently, Vice Chair. In addition, Dr. Cogburn worked with American University colleague Dr. Nanette Levinson to organize a widely attended and successful workshop at American University in 2011. He was also invited to speak during last year’s GigaNet Symposium, where he chaired a panel discussion entitled "Emerging Scholars."

The 9th Annual IGF, whose theme this year was “Connecting Continents for Enhanced Multistakeholder Internet Governance,” is closely linked with other Internet Governance conferences and initiatives, including the Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance (NETmundial), in which Dr. Cogburn played a lead role in including disability, accessibility and inclusive post-2015 development agenda provisions in the NetMundial Outcome Document. The 2014 IGF actively responded to the roadmap created during NETMundial and Internet issues suggested in the Outcome Document in a variety of ways, by both taking it forward for further discussion and building upon its outcomes.

Dr. Cogburn then traveled to Bangkok, Thailand on 5 September, where he was joined by IDPP Executive Committee members Mr. Shuichi Ohno, Executive Director of The Nippon Foundation; Dr. Sombat Thanawan, Deputy Dean for Planning and Development at Mahidol University's Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS); as well as colleague Assistant Professor Dr. Anadi Nitithamyong, Deputy Dean for Student Service and International Relations at Mahidol University's FGS. The IDPP delegation conducted a series of strategic networking and planning meetings, the first of which was with Dr. Nantana Gajaseni, Executive Director of the ASEAN University Network. Over the past two years, the IDPP has worked closely with its partners and AUN in developing a new thematic network on Disability and Public Policy (AUN-DPPnet). Approval to move forward with the creation of AUN-DPPnet was garnered at the 2014 AUN Board of Trustees Meeting in June.

The delegation also met with senior officials from the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) and Dr. Yasmin binti Hussain, Director of the SEAMEO’s Special Education Network (SEAMEO SEN). The meeting was facilitated by Dr. Yasmin, with whom the IDPP met during a site visit to Melaka, Malaysia during the 2014 IDPP Annual Meeting. The IDPP aims to forge a strong relationship with SEAMEO, as well as explore collaborative research and other strategic partnership opportunities.

IDPP Advisory Board member Dr. Astrid Tuminez speaks at GES 2014Dr. Cogburn subsequently traveled to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 6 September. He began his stay by participating in the 2014 Global Economic Symposium held from 6-7 September. The symposium, whose theme was “Restructuring Economies, Transforming Societies,” attracted more than 600 policymakers, leaders from the public and private sectors, members of academia, and more to create comprehensive, multistakeholder solutions for the world’s economic and development challenges. Participation in the symposium was facilitated by IDPP Advisory Board Member Dr. Astrid Tuminez, Regional Director of Legal and Corporate Affairs in Southeast Asia for Microsoft Corporation, who was invited to participate on two panels during the event: “The 21st Century Challenge: Inclusive Leadership” and “Fighting Corruption in a Multipolar World”.

While in Kuala Lumpur, Dr. Cogburn has been meeting with IDPP Fellows participating in the University of Malaya INPUMA Master of Public Policy and will begin giving course lectures on "Development and Public Policy." Dr. Cogburn has also been invited by Dr. Koo Ah Choo, Dean of the Learning Institute for Empowerment (LiFE) at Multimedia University Malaysia in Cyberjaya, to deliver a public lecture on disability and public policy to faculty, researchers and graduate students in the Dewan Tun Chancellor meeting room on 18 September. His extended stay will allow for significant progress on IDPP research projects, finishing a book manuscript, working with IDPP Fellows on their graduate assistantship work, and delivering lectures to university students across Malaysia.

Dr. Cogburn will complete the mission with a four-day visit to Brunei from 20-24 September, where he will partake in key strategic planning meetings about the recently approved IDPP proposal to create a new Thematic Network within the ASEAN University Network (AUN) on Disability and Public Policy (DPPnet) with the senior administration and leadership of Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD). The IDPP has made two previous visits to UBD on past missions since October 2013.

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