Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2010 and its continuity: ICC BASIS business messages

    Prepared by the ICC commission on : Commission on the Digital Economy
    Publication date : 25/08/2010

    The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is at an important juncture.The UN World Summit on Information Society (WSIS Tunis 2005, Geneva 2003) created the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), a multistakeholder (government, business, civil society and technical community) forum for the discussion of “public policy issues related to key elements of Internet governance in order to foster the sustainability, robustness, security, stability and development of the Internet.” The IGF’s current five year mandate expires at the end of 2010.ICC BASIS has participated in the IGF since its inception. The decision on the future course of the IGF rests now with governments and ultimately UN General Assembly member state representatives at their meeting September-December 2010 in New York.

    The importance of Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

    ICC BASIS believes that the IGF is one of the most effective and successful outcomes of the WSIS. The IGF inspires people to work effectively in support of people-centred development – a key goal of the WSIS. It promotes a global perspective on Internet policy issues, while also stimulating engagement in communities, in countries and in all regions.