The United Nations created the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) to continue the work of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). The IGF has brought together stakeholders from government, private sector, technical community and civil society to discuss Internet governance issues at a series of annual meetings since 2006.
The 8th edition of the IGF will take place in Bali, Indonesia, on 22-25 October 2013.
Why is the IGF important?
The Internet Governance Forum is one of the most successful outcome of the WSIS. It brings together governments, civil society, the private sector and the technical community in an informal setting, free from binding negotiations.
The IGF is a unique platform for all of these stakeholders to openly exchange perspectives and concerns on key issues that may affect the future of the Internet for billions of users. Issues dealt by the IGF include privacy, digital content, human rights, and interconnection.
This type of cooperative engagement is usually referred to as the multistakeholder model of Internet Governance, which is one of the key features for the Internet’s success.
This model is paramount to ensure that the Internet remains sustainable for economic and social development.
What is ISOC doing there?
The Internet Society has been engaged in and supported the IGF since its inception in 2006, in Athens.
Every year, we organize workshops and session in partnership with other stakeholders to address key Internet issues.
More on our past engagement:
How you can get involved?
The Internet Society runs an ambassadorship programme to send subject matter experts from across the world to the Forum itself, thereby facilitating the exchange of information and best practices with key stakeholders participating in the meeting.
The IGF offers remote participation opportunities, allowing interested individuals from across the globe to follow and take part into the discussions.
Detailed information is provided as we get closer to annual IGF meetings. More information: http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/