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30 July 2018

Buenos Aires Will Be the Place for Internet Governance This Week

Raquel Gatto
By Raquel GattoFormer Senior Manager, Policy

Without a doubt, this will be a busy week for the Internet Society in Latin America and the Caribbean!  In addition to the 11th LACIGF, we will be holding discussions on gender and youth, as well as a workshop for Chapter leaders in the region.

LACIGF 11: The Coming of Age of the Regional Conversation

From July 31 to August 2, our regional community will meet in Buenos Aires to celebrate the 11th annual Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Internet Governance Forum (LACIGF). More than ten years after the first meeting took place, LACIGF has now been established as a key meeting, and a place to discuss specific issues surrounding Internet Governance in Latin America and the Caribbean.

This year’s agenda includes several places in which the Internet Society will be present: Raquel Gatto will be co-organizer for the session on National and Regional Internet Governance Initiatives, and she will also participate in a discussion on personal data protection. Sebastián Bellagamba will join the debate around community networks. And last, but certainly not least, Raúl Echeberría will be delivering the keynote speech on the future of the global IGF.

The event will be streamed live in Spanish, English and Portuguese, with opportunities for remote participation. Don’t forget to follow the discussion on Twitter using the hashtag #LACIGF11!

Chapters Center Stage

Before the official start of LACIGF 11, there will be a workshop for LAC Internet Society Chapter leadership on Monday July 30. The workshop will focus on continuing the important work the Chapters do in general, with a special focus on the Internet Society’s four key issues for 2018: Community Networks, Internet Governance, Safety and IoT and MANRS.

Andrew Sullivan the newly elected CEO of the Internet Society, who will officially begin on the 1st of September, will be joining the workshop remotely along with Raúl Echeberría, Vice President of Global Engagement, and Sebastián Bellagamba, the Latin American and the Caribbean Office Director.

Gender and youth: reducing the digital divide

We cannot have an Internet that is open, globally-connected, secure, and trustworthy unless we are able to address the problems that together form the digital divide. One of the ways we support this work is through our Special Interest Groups (SIG). Our SIG Women will be leading the LACIGFem 2018 on August 1, and our SIG Youth will be running the 2018 Youth LACIGF, for the third year. Since its beginning in 2106, the YouthLACIGF has grown in its reach and importance every year. This year it will join forces with the Youth IGF Argentina.

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Help to bridge the gender digital divide. Join the SIG WomenInternet Society is committed to Internet Governace that is collaborative and based on consensus. Join the Collaborative Internet governance project!

Disclaimer: Viewpoints expressed in this post are those of the author and may or may not reflect official Internet Society positions.