Internet Governance 25 November 2019

IGF 2019: eco and Internet Society to Work Together for a Secure and Globally Connected Internet

Berlin, 25 November 2019 – During the pre-conference activities for this year’s Internet Governance Forum (IGF), taking place from 25 to 29 November 2019 in the Estrel Congress Center in Berlin, eco – Association of the Internet Industry and the non-profit organization Internet Society (ISOC) have today signed a Memorandum of Understanding.

The organizations agreed to support a multi-stakeholder approach in promoting an open Internet through joint initiatives addressing privacy, encryption, access and capacity-building.

“The Internet of tomorrow must be shaped across borders, involving all players on equal footing,” says eco Chair of the Board Oliver J. Süme. “I anticipate great added value for our numerous international members by cooperating with the Internet Society as a global organization. I am looking forward to a rich and rewarding exchange of knowledge, ideas, and experience.”

eco and ISOC want to achieve their common goal by means of regional and global projects and events. Among other things, workshops, roundtables, and conferences are planned, in which dialogue with politics, the Internet industry, the technical community, and the civil society will be encouraged.

“Both the Internet Society and eco share a vision of an open, globally connected, secure and trustworthy Internet for everyone and the way to make this vision a reality is through collaboration with partners such as eco,” says Rinalia Abdul Rahim, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Implementation at the Internet Society.

About eco

With more than 1,100 member companies, eco is the largest Internet industry association in Europe. Since 1995 eco has been instrumental in shaping the Internet, fostering new technologies, forming framework conditions, and representing the interests of members in politics and international committees. eco’s key topics are the reliability and strengthening of digital infrastructure, IT security, and trust, ethics, and self-regulation. That is why eco advocates for a free, technologically-neutral, and high-performance Internet.

About the Internet Society

Founded by Internet pioneers, the Internet Society (ISOC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring the open development, evolution and use of the Internet. Working through a global community of chapters and members, the Internet Society collaborates with a broad range of groups to promote the technologies that keep the Internet safe and secure, and advocates for policies that enable universal access. The Internet Society is also the organizational home of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).

Further Information:

eco – Association of the Internet Industry
Capital Office, Französische Straße 48, 10117 Berlin
Phone + 49 (0)30 / 20 21 567 – 0
Email: [email protected], Web:

Lars Steffen, Director eco International
Phone: +49 (0) 175/ 3 23 77 93
[email protected]

Allesandra deSantillana
Media Relations, Internet Society
[email protected]

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