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.[&lt;a href="//storify.com/internetsociety/your-voice-counts-at-wsis-10-day-2-wrap-up" target="_blank"&gt;View the story "Your Voice Counts At WSIS + 10: Day 2 Wrap Up" on Storify&lt;/a&gt;]
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
In the aftermath of IGF 2013, whether you participated remotely or in person or are currently rummaging through the workshop videos and transcripts, you are likely solidifying your takeaways. Will IGF be another talkshop or will it make a fundamental difference to your work, your community, your region? In the SIDS of Trinidad and Tobago, work continues, striving to make ICT interventions applicable, meaningful and a real difference to people’s lives. By its very definition a SIDS, a small island developing state is an island but the isolated nature that an island geography connotes was...
Date published 03 November 2013
At the 8th IGF, i had the great opportunity to be part of a panel discussing Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) opportunities for developing countries and empowering women. The later is something still missing from a lot of discussions at the IGF, in spite of a series of efforts to make that part of the agenda. But here is why this is so important, in particular for the region I know best, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.While gender gap in access to internet varies massively around the world, for the largest part of developing countries the percentage of women online is far lower than that...
Date published 02 November 2013
ISOC @IGF 2013
The 8th Internet Governance Forum (IGF) was held in Bali, Indonesia, from 22 to 25 October and focused on “Building bridges – Enhancing multistakeholder cooperation for growth and sustainable development”. The event gathered around 1,500 participants from 111 countries, including Ministers, members of Parliaments and senior officials. The ambitious objective of the Bali meeting was to build bridges and strengthen the cooperation between and among various stakeholders, allowing and strengthening a constructive...
Date published 30 October 2013