Internet Governance Forum 2012

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  • Location: Baku, Azerbaijan
  • Date: 06/11/2012 - 09/11/2012
  • Event Type: International Forum
  • Language: English

The Internet Governance Forum was established by the World Summit on the Information Society in 2006. Since then, it has become the leading global multi-stakeholder forum on public policy issues related to Internet governance.

Its UN mandate gives it convening power and the authority to serve as a neutral space for all actors on an equal footing. As a space for dialogue it can identify issues to be addressed by the international community and shape decisions that will be taken in other forums.

What is the Internet Governance Forum?

The Internet Governance Forum was established by the World Summit on the Information Society in 2006. Since then, it has become the leading global multi-stakeholder forum on public policy issues related to Internet governance.

Its UN mandate gives it convening power and the authority to serve as a neutral space for all actors on an equal footing. As a space for dialogue it can identify issues to be addressed by the international community and shape decisions that will be taken in other forums.

The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) serves to 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.

Daily Business Briefings

Each morning during the IGF, ICC BASIS organizes a business briefing from 8.00-8.45 in Room E at the Baku Expo Centre (Conference venue). These briefings are open to BASIS members, as well as all business participants at the IGF. It is an excellent opportunity to discuss the events and issues, and to network with other business representatives.

Workshop 91: Technology, Economic and Societal Opportunities and Women

Tuesday 6 November 16:30-18:00, Conference Room 4

Workshop Theme: Access and Diversity

Theme Question: Access and Diversity: empowerment of women and Internet governance.

This interactive workshop will explore three dimensions from the perspective of a range of stakeholders as well as the particular development opportunities:

  • Women and economic empowerment: For example, issues around micro-lending; online services and businesses; job sharing and ease of commuting.
  • Enhancing (or strengthening) women's rights through access to information and the Internet, including use of technology to address issues of abuse or technology related violence.
  • Policy and regulatory conditions that stimulate access to the Internet and information. For example, encouraging ease and cost effective use of technology/the Internet across schools and health facilities.

Workshop on solutions for enabling cross-border data flows

Wednesday 7 November 2012, 14:30-16:00, Conference Room 6

Workshop Theme: Access and Diversity

Theme Question: Security, Privacy and Openness; Access and Diversity

The workshop will explore policy issues, from various stakeholder perspectives, such as:

  • How to enable data flows in and across different legal environments
  • The balance between privacy and free flow of data
  • The exercise of human rights across borders, including freedom of expression and opinion
  • Interoperability, portability and security
  • Data retention and access to data
  • Surveillance and opportunistic observation
  • Business strategies (such as advertising and anonymity; etc)

IGF Secretariat website

For more information on the IGF and on-site registration, please visit the

IGF 2012 Secretariat website.

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