The Ninth Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum(IGF)

The Ninth Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum(IGF)

Connecting Continents for Enhanced Multistakeholder Internet Governance You do not have access to this content

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31 Dec 2015
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The ninth Internet Governance Forum (IGF) took place in 2014 in Istanbul. More than 2,000 onsite participants from all continents representing governments, intergovernmental organizations, private sector, civil society and the technical community participated. The forum played a key role in facilitating policy debates and identifying emerging issues for discussion on topics such as Net Neutrality; the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) stewardship transition and pressing questions about Human Rights online, among many others. This report contains conclusions and outcomes of more than 100 expert-led discussions, debates and edited transcripts of all the main sessions.
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  • Message from Under-Secretary-General Mr. Wu Hongbo
    With the theme of “Connecting Continents for Enhanced Multistakeholder Internet Governance”, the ninth Internet Governance Forum (IGF) (2-5 September 2014, Istanbul, Turkey) reflected the continuous value of the IGF. Held in a year marked by growing global attention to Internet governance, the ninth IGF demonstrated again that it provides a unique space that creates synergies among policy debates at the global level, as well as an important platform for exchange of experience and best practice.
  • Introduction and Acknowledgements
    This is the ninth volume of the annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) proceedings produced by the IGF Secretariat since the first meeting in Athens in 2006. The production of this book is part of the Secretariat’s mandate, which was established during the creation of the IGF itself. It is a way to capture important institutional memory of the discussions and debates during the now thousands of sessions that have taken place within the IGF in its first nine years. This book is also the first volume of proceedings to be published since the IGF Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group decided to encourage more tangible outputs from the annual IGF. The decision to evolve the format of the proceedings was prompted by both the ongoing organic development of the IGF as well as by the recommendations of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) Working Group on Improvements to the IGF.
  • Introduction by the Host Country, Republic of Turkey
    Turkey is proud to have hosted the ninth IGF in Istanbul 2-5 September 2014, the largest IGF held to date, attracting over 3,500 participants, of whom approximately 2,400 were on-site and 1,100 were online. With the overarching theme of ‘Connecting Continents for Enhanced Multi-stakeholder Internet Governance’, which drew inspiration from Istanbul’s unique location where two continents meet, IGF 2014 introduced a number of innovations to its format and methods of working, as is evidenced by this book of the meeting’s proceedings.
  • Chair’s Summary
    The ninth Internet Governance Forum (IGF) took place 2-5 September 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey. More than 2000 onsite participants from all continents representing different stakeholder groups (governments, intergovernmental organizations, private sector, civil society and technical community) participated in this annual international gathering exclusively devoted to Internet governance.
  • Preparations for IGF 2014
    The Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) advises the Secretary-General of the United Nations on the programme and schedule of Internet Governance Forum meetings. The MAG consists of representatives from governments, the private sector, civil society and technical community.
  • A Summary of Discussions in Istanbul
    The Chair’s summary of the meeting, reproduced in Section 3 of this book, presented a more detailed overview of sessions and outcomes in the past. This section, therefore, concentrates mainly on the conclusions and recommendations on the way forward that came out of the meeting’s main sessions, workshops and other sessions.
  • Taking Stock of IGF 2015
    Following the conclusion of IGF 2014, IGF 2014 participants were requested to complete an online survey to help evaluate the overall meeting. In addition, the IGF Secretariat asked stakeholders to submit written contributions taking stock of the Istanbul meeting and looking forward to the IGF 2015 meeting (tenth IGF). Responses to these two processes were compiled into a synthesis paper that was then discussed at the IGF Open Consultations and MAG Meeting held in December 2014. Below is a summary of feedback received from the community and subsequently discussed as part of the MAG’s deliberations.
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