The overall attendance with 1280 participants from 94 countries, of which 133 were media representatives, was close to that at the second annual meeting. The breakdown of participants underscored the broad support the IGF has among stakeholder groups with 25% of participants coming from both civil society and from private sector, government representatives were the second largest stakeholder group making up 23% of the participants, technical and academic communities accounting for approximately 10%.
Figure 1: Hyderabad participant breakdown by stakeholder group<!--[if !supportFootnotes]--><!--[endif]-->
| International Organizations
| Civil society
| Private Sector
|Technical and Academic Communities||10%|
As expected, the Hyderabad meeting had a strong Indian and Asian flavour. 71% of all participants came from Asia, and 56% of the overall total were from India. Participants from Africa made up approximately 5% of the total, while 3% came from Latin America and the Caribbean. Participants from North America represented 5% and Western Europe 12% of the total. Oceania (including Australia and New Zealand) made up approximately 1% of participants.
<!--[if !vml]--><!--[endif]-->Figure 2: Hyderabad meeting participant breakdown by region<!--[if !supportFootnotes]--><!--[endif]-->
|Asia (except Host country)
| North America
The entire meeting was Webcast, with video and audio streaming provided from all meeting rooms. The proceedings of the main sessions were transcribed and displayed in the main session hall in realtime and streamed to the Web. This set up allowed for remote participants to interact with the meeting.
Remote participants had the opportunity to participate, via online chat, email, discussion boards and blogs. Five hundred twenty-two rmote participants from around the world joined the main sessions and workshops. Some of them participated in panel discussions through live chat and live audio and video streaming.
A major innovation was the introduction of remote hubs. The majority of remote participants were part of remote hubs in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Belgrade, Serbia, São Paulo (Brazil), Pune (India), Lahore (Pakistan), Bogotà (Colombia), Barcelona and Madrid (Spain). These hubs were able to carry on discussions relating to the IGF proceedings to their own regions, permitting the construction of foundations for future projects and policies at local and regional levels.