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  • Connecting the next Billion is one of the central issues on the international Internet and Internet Governance agenda, and will be one of the key working themes at the next Internet Governance Forum (IGF), which will be held in Joao Pessoa, Brazil, this November. The Internet Society considers Connecting the Next Billion as a key issue, as it relates directly to our vision. Our vision states that “the Internet is for everyone.” Of course, we are not talking about just any Internet – we are talking about a free and open Internet, one that will serve as a platform for human, social and economic...
    Date published 26 August 2015
  • 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
  • By Bob Hinden, Chair of Internet Society Board of Trustees and David Farber, Internet Society Board Trustee On 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
  • Contributes additional US$100,000 to the IGF Support Association [Geneva, Switzerland] – The Internet Society today announced that it has further strengthened support of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) by donating an additional US$100,000 through the IGF Support Association. The IGF serves as an essential venue for global and regional multistakeholder communities to discuss public policy issues related to Internet governance. Officially launched at the IGF meeting in Istanbul in September 2014, the IGF Support Association contributes to the United Nations IGF Trust Fund and supports...