How the Internet is governed directly impacts our economic and social opportunities now and far into the future.

Internet governance refers to how the Internet is managed. The way in which the Internet is governed impacts how we use it and how it evolves.

The Internet’s success is rooted in how it was built and able to grow: an open platform for innovation and sharing of ideas. This openness has defined the Internet from the outset and has enabled it to become a strong tool for positive change.

But sometimes, proposed policies and regulations oppose the open nature of the Internet, whether they intend to or not. This puts everything we know and love about the Internet at risk.

The Opportunity

The Internet cannot be regulated in a top-down manner or controlled by any given entity. Its governance must be based on processes that are decentralized, inclusive, transparent, accountable, and driven by consensus to ensure it remains a place of opportunity for everyone.

Fortunately, there is a model in place that people worldwide are fighting to protect.

This is referred to in the policy world as the “multistakeholder approach.” It means that everyone who has a stake in the future of the Internet needs to have a voice in how it’s run.

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Internet Governance Events

Several Internet policy issues are debated in local, regional, and global events and meetings. These meetings include relevant actors–everyday Internet users, businesses, and governments–in their conversations, allowing a more inclusive flow of ideas and perspectives to help determine what is best for the Internet and its users.

Learn more about the events we follow in 2024:

Internet Governance Forum (IGF 2024)

Local and regional IGFs happen globally throughout the year. Once a year, participants gather for the global IGF. Anyone who cares about the Internet’s future can learn and share best practices for how the Internet is governed at any of these events.

We will participate in the 19th Internet Governance Forum (IGF 2024), held 15—19 December 2024, in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.


The meeting will mark the tenth anniversary of the first and only Global Multistakeholder Meeting on The Future of Internet Governance (NETmundial). It will allow the multistakeholder community to convene and deliver concrete outputs, including a new roadmap to feed into ongoing discussions across the digital governance landscape.

We participated in the NETMundial+10 event, held 29—30 April 2024 in São Paulo, Brazil.

Summit of the Future

The Summit of the Future is a high-level event, held 22—23 September 2024. It will bring world leaders together to forge a new international consensus on how we deliver a better present and safeguard the future.

We are contributing to a technology track leading to a Global Digital Compact, which outlines shared principles for an open, free, and secure digital future for all.

World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS+20)

WSIS was a unique two-phase United Nations (UN) summit that began in 2003 with the goal of achieving a shared commitment to building a people-centric, inclusive, and development-oriented Information Society where everyone can create and share information.

We will participate in the WSIS+20 Forum High-Level Event, held 27—31 May 2024 in Geneva, Switzerland.

World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA-24)

WTSA-24 will define the senior leadership team, work program, working methods, and structure of Study Groups for the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T) for the 2025-2029 study period. Through 2024, the Study Groups will hold wrap-up meetings for the study period and develop their final reports for WTSA-24.

We will participate in the WTSA events in 2024.

Event Updates

We must continue to work to clear away complications and open doors for everyone to have their voices heard regarding how Internet policies are developed.

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People’s ability to build the Internet as a uniquely universal platform that uses the same standards in every country so everyone can interact with everyone else is one of the most spectacular and hopeful success stories of our time.

We must continue to work to clear away complications and open doors for everyone to have their voices heard regarding how Internet policies are developed.