NetSquared and the Internet Governance Forum

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The Internet Governance Forum is meeting in Istanbul this September and it’s going to be a big deal.  The IGF gives developing countries the same opportunity as wealthier nations to engage in the debate on Internet governance and to facilitate their participation in existing institutions and arrangements.

Excel, NetSquared’s Ambassador in Africa is attending, as is Keisha Taylor, TechSoup’s nonprofit data guru in London. But since we can’t all attend there’s also the opportunity to participate remotely via a remote hub. See below for info.

- Eli, NetSquared Community Manager


From 1-5 September 2014 the annual UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF) will be taking place in Istanbul, Turkey (pre-conference events on 1st September), and we would love for you to participate!

Some of you may be aware of the national and regional internet governance forums that have been taking place in the run up the international forum. Even if you haven’t been involved before this year we would love it if more NetSquared chapters can be more involved and participate through remote hubs. You can register as a remote hub here and participate and contribute to discussions at some of the many workshops that I am sure will be of interest to you and other members. Your contributions will be very much welcomed and if you do get a chance to organise an informal meet up around this we would love to hear from you and share your thoughts.

So... What is the IGF?

The IGF bring people together from various stakeholder groups as equals, in discussions on public policy issues relating to the Internet. While there is no negotiated outcome, the IGF informs and inspires those with policy-making power in both the public and private sectors.  At their annual meeting delegates discuss, exchange information and share good practices with each other. The IGF facilitates a common understanding of how to maximize Internet opportunities and address risks and challenges that arise.

The IGF is also a space that gives developing countries the same opportunity as wealthier nations to engage in the debate on Internet governance and to facilitate their participation in existing institutions and arrangements. Ultimately, the involvement of all stakeholders, from developed as well as developing countries, is necessary for the future development of the Internet.

It supports the United Nations Secretary-General in carrying out the mandate from the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) with regard to convening a new forum for multi-stakeholder policy dialogue on internet governance via the IGF.

This year’s theme is “Connecting Continents for Enhanced Multistakeholder Internet Governance" with the following subthemes.

1.      Policies enabling Access

2.      Content Creation, Dissemination and Use

3.      Internet as engine for growth & development

4.      IGF & The Future of the Internet ecosystem

5.      Enhancing Digital Trust

6.      Internet and Human Right

7.      Critical Internet Resources

8.      Emerging Issues

 

These cut across a lot of different issues that are importance to all of us wherever we are because technology is now essential and it has connected us all.

There needs to be a lot more civil society awareness of these issues and NetSquared can be a great way to involve more than just the usual suspects in these discussions! Your voice counts too!

Hope you all will be able to organise a remote hub in your time zone, kick off some great discussions and get new ideas for your meetups!