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IGF 2011 and the Internet Society

When: 27-30 September 2011
Where: Nairobi, Kenya
Highlights: The importance of holding the sixth meeting of the IGF in Kenya was stressed by many speakers. Not only did the meeting allow new perspectives to be shared and new audiences to participate but it also, at a very practical level, showcased the considerable strides that have taken place in the Kenyan ICT landscape in recent years. The host country and its ICT sector provided the meeting with access to world class infrastructures and services and were able to demonstrate its resilience.


Internet Society 2011 IGF Workshops

Please Note: All workshops are archived on the IGF 2011 Website.

Blocking Content: Issues, Principles and Paths Forward

Policymakers around the globe are trying to identify appropriate national policy solutions to combat illegal online activities such as child pornography, violation of intellectual property rights and other cybercriminal activities. Some of these solutions propose leveraging global DNS to block or filter illegal content by mandating that DNS registries, registrars, or ISPs alter DNS behavior or modify DNS data.

How effective are these types of approaches in the short and long terms? What implications do they have for the global DNS, for the implementation of DNSSEC, and the overall functioning and evolution of the Internet? Are these the right solutions to the problem or are there other approaches that policy makers should be considering?

Read the report from Blocking Content: Issues, Principles and Paths Forward

Economic aspects of local content creation and local Internet infrastructure

Internet Society Panelist: Dawit Bekele, Regional Bureau Director, Africa
Workshop Purpose: UNESCO, OECD and the Internet Society aim to organize a workshop on economic aspects of local content creation and local infrastructure. The main objective of the workshop is to present the outcomes of the collaborative efforts to analyze the relationship between Internet infrastructure, prices for access and the development of local content.

Read the transcript from the Economic Aspects of Local Content Creation and local Internet Infrastructure

Improving the IGF: How can we get the most out of IGF Improvement Processes?

Internet Society Panelist: Raul Echeberria (NRO / Internet Society Chair)
Workshop Purpose:

Look at the responses to the CSTD Working Group Questionnaire and the range of ideas from across stakeholder group

Examine some example improvements the IGF self-improvement process has introduced, and other potential improvements the CSTD WG could identify in the future.

Discuss the best processes that can be used in the future to identify and implement improvements to the IGF.

Read the transcript from the Improving the IGF

Copyright Under a Magnifying Glass: Thought Provoking Ideas

Internet Society Moderator: Christine Runnegar, Senior Policy Advisor, Internet Society
Workshop Purpose: Our objective is to facilitate a robust multi-perspective discussion and generate thought provoking ideas:

What are the challenges and opportunities provided by the Internet?
What new business models are emerging?
Where should legal frameworks regarding copyright on the Internet be developed?
What roles could stakeholders play in the protection of copyright on the Internet?
What new approaches could be considered?

Read the transcript from Copyright Under a Magnifying Glass

Internet Society Open Forum on Internet Standards

Panel Members: Members of the panel are IETF veterans with years of experience in the area of development of Internet standards: Patrik Fältström, Cisco, chair of ICANN SSAC, Fred Baker, Cisco, chair of the IETF IPv6 Operations WG, Pete Resnick, Qualcomm, IETF Applications Area Director, Jonne Soininen, Renesas Mobile Corporation, Andrei Robachevsky, the Internet Society, member of the IAB – moderator
Purpose: The goal of this session is to explain what the Internet standards are, the role that the IETF plays in the development of the Internet standardsa and the evolution of the Internet as a whole.

Read the report from the Open Forum on Internet Standards

The Role of Internet Exchange Points in Creating Internet capacity and Bringing Autonomy to Developing Nations

Internet Society Panelist: Michuki Mwangi, the Internet Society
Workshop Purpose: The main themes to be covered in this workshop are: an explanation of how Internet bandwidth, the capacity to route Internet traffic, is produced within Internet exchange points, an overview of the distribution of Internet exchange points globally, and discussion of the role of Internet exchange points in making developing regions autonomous from the draining expense of international telecommunications carriage.

Read the transcript of the Role of Internet Exchange Points in Creating Internet Capacity and Bringing Autonomy to Developing Nations

The Future of the Internet and its Impact on the World: A Scenarios Summit

Internet Society Panelist: Markus Kummer
Workshop Purpose: The purpose of this session is twofold:

1) Present to IGF participants a wide range of scenarios on the future of the world and the future of the Internet: are Internet scenarios taking into consideration major changes in social, political and economic systems? Are global scenarios considering how changes in Internet technologies, content and services will affect economic, social and political development?

2) Bring together people from all walks of life who have applied scenario planning methodologies to try to understand the future of the world and the future of the internet to talk about their experiences: what questions did they try to address? What approaches did they use? What were the outcomes? Were the outcomes useful? What could be improved? How can scenario planning be used to improve our approach to Internet governance and public policy issues related to the Internet?

Read the transcript from the Future of the Internet and its Impact on the World