Short synthesis of written contributions and discussions.

The questionnaire responses and the discussions during the consultations indicated an emerging consensus that the activities of the IGF should have an overall development orientation.  It was equally recognized that capacity building should also be an overarching priority.  Capacity building should enable meaningful participation in global Internet policy development which includes both assistance to attend meetings and training in the subject matter.

In addition to the overarching development and capacity building priorities, a review of the questionnaire responses and the transcripts of the consultations shows the following as the top ten most frequently mentioned public policy issues:

  1. Spam
  2. Multilingualism
  3. Cybercrime
  4. Cybersecurity
  5. Privacy and Data Protection
  6. Freedom of Expression and Human Rights
  7. International Interconnection Costs
  8. Bridging the Digital Divide: Access and Policies
  9. Bridging the Digital Divide: Financing
  10. Rules for e-commerce, e-business and consumer protection.