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  • After many months of hard work and preparation, last week’s IGF 2014 proved to be an extremely productive one. Building on a busy and compelling agenda, the community was united in its willingness to address concrete issues, with a view to work towards tangible solutions.  Internet Society CEO Kathy Brown, in her remarks at the opening ceremony, outlined four clear calls to action: 1) demonstrate that the IGF is essential to the future of the Internet; 2) strengthen the IGF by producing tangible results; 3) be fearless in tackling the tough, important issues; and 4) ensure the IGF...
    Date published 09 September 2014
  • The global Internet Governance Forum was not the only one showing vibrancy in Istanbul this week. At the Inter-regional and National Dialogue, national and regional IGFs around the world helped to demonstrate just how far the multi-stakeholder initiative has gone on its ninth year. There are innovations left and right—in strategies, processes and practices: In Asia-Pacific, a growing  youth IGF has been successfully integrated into the main regional agenda. In Canada, the coordinating body conducts a bi-annual national survey through which topics for the next IGF are determined. In...
    Date published 07 September 2014
  • The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) has dedicated much of today's discussions to the linkages between Internet governance and the growth and development of the Internet. I participated in the main morning session with an impressive range of experts from government, industry, the technology community and civil society to exchange views and experiences about how public policies promote global expansion of the Internet, broader, more inclusive access, and empowerment of societies and individuals worldwide. These are issues that have carried high priority for the Internet Society since its very...
    Date published 03 September 2014
  • Is the Internet more important than clean water supply or transport infrastructure? These and other specific concerns were raised at the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) roundtable, where stakeholders from Pacific and Carribean countries gathered to discuss barriers to connectivity in countries with very limited resources.One fundamental challenge is prioritisation. As island nations confront the looming perils of climate change while still trying to overcome longstanding problems--lack of safe drinking water, electricity, proper sewage treatment--Internet connectivity may inevitably get...
    Date published 03 September 2014
  • By Lyman Chapin, Interisle Consulting Group Founder and Principal, and Sally Wentworth, Internet Society Vice President, Global Policy DevelopmentThis week at the IGF, many discussions will focus on how to develop Internet public policies in a wide range of areas in support of an “open Internet.” Janis Karklins, chair of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) for the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), answers his own question about why so many people are coming to Istanbul: "The answer is clear,” he states, “all of these stakeholders care about maintaining a free, open, interoperable, stable...
    Date published 03 September 2014
  • Establishment OverSo we have now moved on from the early establishment phase and the NTIA IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group – better known as the ICG – have started to tackle some of the difficult topics on its plate. At the time of writing significant progress has been made on some topics while others are still evolving. In this piece I will give an overview of that progress and point to where work is continuing.Thankfully now, the charter for the group has been agreed, and I want to thank the many people across the Internet Society community who commented on the proposal. This...
    Date published 02 September 2014
  • By Bob Hinden, Chair of Internet Society Board of Trustees and David Farber, Internet Society Board TrusteeOn the eve of the 9th Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Istanbul, the Internet Society’s Board of Trustees is eagerly anticipating the official launch of the Internet Governance Forum Support Association, an organization to support and sustain the IGF.  Despite its great success as a facilitator of open and equal dialogue, the IGF’s financial stability has been in question. The Board of the Internet Society strongly believed that it was necessary to create a legal structure to...
    Date published 01 September 2014
  • 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