From September 4-6, Asian Internet capital Korea played host to the region’s annual Internet governance forum, with more than 200 attendees descending upon Seoul to participate in the discussions. APrIGF 2013 is more than just a multi-stakeholder forum shaping the region’s common issues and future Internet – since the 2012 World Conference on International Telecommunication (WCIT), APrIGF has become the main global meeting for Internet governance discussions, due in part to the significant social, economic and technological role the Internet is playing in the region’s development.
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Some reflections on the 2013 Internet Governance Forum (IGF)
I was not the only one who said that the 2013 Internet Governance Forum meeting was the best ever.
In many ways, IGF 2013 was a defining moment. There was a strong sense of community among the participants – no stakeholder group defended their own interests, but they all stood up to defend the principle of multistakeholder cooperation. Much of the discussions focused on Internet governance principles, principles of multistakeholder cooperation and the role of governments in this multistakeholder environment.
In my last blog entry, I shared some of my hopes for this year's Internet Governance Forum (IGF); actually, it was only one hope that the IGF will manage to assert itself as the only platform where stakeholders meet to shape future Internet governance discussions. And, not only did this hope come true, but I also felt that the IGF brought back the unparalleled sense of community and unity in safeguarding and preserving the open Internet.
No SIDS is an Island
ISOC @IGF 2013
The internet Governance Forum 2013 that was currently held in Bali, Indonesia from 21 – 25 October has recently ended. It brought many stakeholders to discuss in open forums about many super interesting topics related to Internet. As one of the IGF Ambassador this year, I`d like to share the first session I attended on how Internet functions as the disaster and environmental control.
- Read our full publication on The Value of Openness for a Sustainable Internet
Although the Internet’s original architects likely did not intentionally conceive the Internet as a tool to advance human rights, the principles they built into its design support basic participatory ideals.
Whatever session you attend at IGF this year, chances are you’ll hear all about “Big Data.” What it means, depends on which room you’re in at the time and who’s doing the talking. From themes on content creation to disaster relief to privacy, security and everywhere in between, the buzzword "Big Data" was to 2013 what "Cloud Computing" was to IGF a couple years back. Big Data is the new black but when data is involved things are never really black and white. It was raised as a key issue at the Opening Session and the discussions of IGF 2013 provide a good opportunity to go deeper.
The IGF is traditionally marked by an Opening Ceremony, including framing remarks by high-level speakers representing all stakeholder groups. This year was not different, with the exception that a sense of urgency and forward-looking proposals for the Internet Governance landscape were probably more present than in previous years, in the context of game-changing surveillance events and in sight of an accelerating Internet Governance timeline in the next two years.