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Best Practices Forums share wisdom and knowledge on spam, child protection, security responses, localizing content and multistakeholder participation


Istanbul, Turkey, 3 September 2014—Five Best Practices Forums invite the global Internet community to share knowledge and wisdom on key issues relevant to the future of the Internet at the Ninth Annual Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), taking place from 2-5 September in Istanbul, Turkey.


“These Best Practice Forums are incredibly important because they give participants the chance to interact, share and learn from many different groups of the global Internet community,”Chengetai Masango, Programme and Technology Manager at the UN Secretariat for the IGF, said. “In an effort to produce more tangible outcomes for the Internet Governance Forum, we introduced these Best Practices Forums this year, and everyone still has the chance to contribute.”


The Best Practice Forums will consider: regulation and mitigation of unwanted communications or spam; online child protection; coordinated responses to cyber-security threats; development of local content; and multistakeholder participation mechanisms. The Best Practice Forums are intended to highlight new avenues for future discussions and direct attention to challenging aspects. A report for each focus issue is expected to provide snapshot of global best practices.


Cutting out spam

High volumes of unsolicited electronic communications, or spam, cause significant harm to Internet access. Spam email is the delivery mechanism for malware, phishing and botnet inflections. Spam creates a heavy burden for networks, operators and all end users, particularly ın developing countries that cannot afford these increased costs.


Protecting children online

Children are a vulnerable group on the Internet, and the global Internet community has a responsibility to protect them. The importance of protecting children varies across the world and is often influenced by the availability of resources to assist children, trusted adults and the law to make decisions that will help children build resiliency to a wide variety of active and passive threats they face online. In places where Internet access is less common, protecting children often receives less attention than campaigns to protect the physical vulnerability of children.


Responding to cyber-security threats

As Internet use keeps rising, the need for organizations to respond to information security incidents has become a crucial part of public debate. Services offered to protect Internet users vary in approach and scope. However, the common point for all of these services is to decrease the number of cyber-security incidents. In an ideal situation each country has a well-functioning network of response teams, and it is clear who community members can contact in the event of a cyber-security incident. This requires close collaboration between varied response teams at the national, regional and global levels.




Localizing content

The interaction of technology, law and users influences the capacity of individuals and groups to create content for themselves and the wider world. Many factors, including broadband availability, intellectual property rights laws, and user expertise, form the foundation for the possibilities and limitations of generating local content. Users in developing countries and those with limited resources face many obstacles to developing local content that remains relevant for themselves and their communities.


Bridging multistakeholder participation

Developing meaningful multistakeholder participation mechanisms remains an important challenge for the global Internet community. The pervasive use of the multistakeholder model in Internet governance underscores the importance of refining the mechanisms upon which much of Internet governance emerges. In addition, the multistakeholder model in not universally embraced and one of the key challenges is to improve its mechanisms to include participants with differing views.


Each of these five discussions will focus on successes and failures to tease out and highlight best practices for each topic while paying attention and giving respect to a wide range of social, cultural, political, and economic factors.


Best Practices Forums already in motion

In the lead up to the IGF, communities for each Best Practices Forum gathered experts from government, business, civil society, and the academic and technical communities, to work through open mailing lists and online virtual meetings. These discussions were documented by independent experts to feed into the five 90 minute Best Practice Forums in Istanbul, that will in turn report into a Best Practices Main Session. A summary on each Best Practices Forum is expected, and draft summaries are open for comment until 5 September and will published after the IGF 2014 meeting concludes.


About the Internet Governance Forum

The IGF is an open, inclusive and transparent forum for dialogue on public policy issues related to key elements of Internet governance. It is intended to foster a common understanding of how to maximize Internet opportunities and address the challenges that arise. The theme for the Istanbul meeting will be ‘Connecting Continents for Enhanced Multistakeholder Internet Governance,’ and an emphasis will be placed on strengthening the evolving multistakeholder model for Internet governance.


For additional information on the Best Practices Forums, visit: http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/best-practice-forums


For more information, please contact the UN Department of Public Information team for IGF:

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