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  • I am excited to be in this magnificent city with its vibrancy, vitality, and incredible food! Istanbul lies at the crossroads of cultures; it serves as a hub of commerce, customs and trade. It is centuries old and always young. Its Internet community is as vibrant, vital and important as the city itself. It has been a delight to meet our hosts; I want to thank them all for their warm welcome and hospitality. And I want to thank our friends at the UN who support, champion and nurture this important Forum.As anticipated, IGF is promising to be an exciting, challenging and productive week. The...
    Date published 31 August 2014
  • THE IGF 2014 FRAGMENTATION TRACK The risk of the fragmentation of cross-border online spaces and underlying technical architecture of the Internet raises increasing concerns among policy makers, business, civil society and the technical community. The Internet Society (ISOC), the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the Internet & Jurisdiction Project are organizing three workshops on this issue at the Internet Governance Forum 2014, which will take place from September 2-5, 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey.Together, the three sessions will help frame the broader debate and...
    Date published 27 August 2014
  • Date published 29 July 2014
  • Markus Kummer recently announced his decision to depart the Internet Society following the 2014 Internet Governance Forum (IGF) meeting in September. For his remaining time with ISOC, he has accepted a new role as Senior Vice President, with a focus on further strengthening the IGF.  Last November, ISOC’s Board of Trustees agreed to set up a support organization to facilitate the funding of the IGF, including regional and national IGF initiatives. The details of the proposal that Markus developed were approved by the ISOC Board today. In his new position, Markus will work to bring...
    Date published 17 June 2014
  • On 9 June, an event called WSIS+10 High Level Event began in Geneva Switzerland. Although you may not have heard of it before, you need to care because it might have a big impact on your ability to have your say in the future of the Internet. Here's what happened on Day 2.[<a href="//storify.com/internetsociety/your-voice-counts-at-wsis-10-day-2-wrap-up" target="_blank">View the story "Your Voice Counts At WSIS + 10: Day 2 Wrap Up" on Storify</a>]
    Date published 11 June 2014
  • We are quickly approaching the mid-point in a pivotal year for the evolution of the Internet. I recently spoke at the INET Istanbul, which offered another important opportunity for multistakeholder dialogue on critical Internet issues. The INET provided a bridge between two important meetings -- just one month after NETmundial in São Paulo, Brazil and a few months ahead of the 9th meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), which will also be held in Istanbul in early September. These meetings call upon the international community to reflect on the kind of Internet we want and how we...
    Date published 23 May 2014
  • In view of major conferences taking place this year, the adoption of a formal policy position on Internet governance " Internet Policy and Governance - Europe's role in shaping the future of Internet governance" by the European Commission on 12 February is a major contribution.It is the first comprehensive position paper by a governmental stakeholder, in this case the Executive Branch of the European Union which takes the lead and comes up with a vision on the future of Internet governance.  The role of governments in multistakeholder Internet governance arrangements is one of the key...
    Date published 18 February 2014
  • 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...
    Date published 07 November 2013
  • 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.Some...
    Date published 04 November 2013
  • 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. Although the discussions were largely dominated by surveillance and by the press release that the I* community had released just a few days before...
    Date published 04 November 2013