• Understanding the IGF
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      1. The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) brief


    This brief will assist in understanding the IGF, dynamic coalition on public access in libraries, why it is important to participate in the IGF, what is needed to participate, remote participation and where to get more information on the IGF 2012.
      1. Understanding the IGF


    The IGF was established by the United Nations World Summit on the Information Society www.itu.int/wsis/ in 2005; with the first IGF held in Athens in 2006. The IGF brings together representatives from various stakeholder groups (governments, businesses, and civil society) to discuss public policy issues relating to the Internet. It seeks to understand how to maximise opportunities, identify emerging trends and address risks and challenges in the Internet environment. While there is no negotiated outcome, the IGF informs and inspires those with policy-making power in both the public and private sectors. Ultimately, the involvement of all stakeholders is necessary for the future development of the Internet. Therefore the IGF is a space that gives developing countries the same opportunity as wealthier nations to engage in the debate on Internet governance and treats all 1500-2000 participants as equals. Participation to the IGF is open to all interested participants and accreditation is free. It’s one of a special features of IGF that it is not a treaty conference, but a place for equal dialogue of all interested groups, or individuals.


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