EIF Dinner on the Internet Governance Forum: Follow-up on the Hyderabad meeting

20 January 2009 Author: EIFonline

The European Internet Foundation organized a dinner discussion in the European Parliament on the 20th of January about the outcomes of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Hyderabad in India at the end of last year.

The event in Hyderabad was attended by over 1280 participants from 90 countries and as such is one of the largest and only international platforms for Internet Governance that is open to all stakeholders in this matter.

The EIF event about the IGF featured speakers from the European Commission, Nokia Siemens Networks and Nominet UK. All gave a perspective on IGF outcomes. There was large consensus that in order to be successful in Internet Governance, a new and integrated approach is needed to internet issues. An approach that should focus on sharing best practice to come to innovative solutions, raise further awareness for these issues and increase multi stakeholder involvement. On the latter, one speaker noted that it is crucial to make sure that what is shared in the IGF is heard by the stakeholders who were not able to come to Hyderabad. There also was a call for more Parliamentary involvement from both the EU side and the national Parliaments, because it will be the members of the Parliaments that have the potential to reach the majority of national stakeholders.

Other discussions centered around important (and common) themes such as the protection of children online, the future of ICANN, crime reduction, privacy, security and access. All participants and speakers agreed that the IGF is a highly useful forum to get a closer understanding of the complexity of these issues and for developing ideas 'that work' to create sustainable and future oriented Internet Governance. The next round of the IGF will take place in Vilnius in 2010.


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