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Internet Governance Forum concludes Press Release 5 Sept final

                 

  PRESS RELEASE

 

Internet Governance Forum concludes with many actions taken including on protecting privacy, increasing internet access and protecting children online

 

IGF 2014 draws more than 3,500 participants on-site and remotely to debate key issues on the future of the Internet and the topics most likely to impact Internet users today and in the near future

 

Istanbul, Turkey, 5 September 2014—The Ninth Annual Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) concluded today after wide range of events and debates considered key issues affecting most Internet users that may determine the evolution of the Internet.

 

“We have worked together to contribute to fostering a trustworthy cyberspace that promotes peace and security, enables economic and social development and respects human rights,” Vyacheslav Cherkasov, Senior Governance and Public Administration Officer of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, said. “The Internet Governance Forum is more relevant and important than ever before. Moving forward, policy discussions will require more, not less, multistakeholder interaction. The IGF continues to evolve in parallel to the many issues and challenges faced by the community and the world.”

 

Largest number of participants at an IGF

More than 3,500 participants, approximately 2400 on-site and 1100 online, representing the technical community, civil society, private sector, media, Governments and academia from all regions of the world attended the four-day IGF making it the biggest, most well-attended IGF to date. On Twitter, since IGF opened on 2 September, #IGF2014 was tweeted more than 32,000 times in the first two days, and so far reached more than 19 million Twitter users through approximately 5,000 different users.

 

“The Internet Governance Forum allows everyone to come together in an open setting on equal footing to exchange ideas and have an open dialogue,” Jānis Kārkliņš, Chair of the Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group of the IGF, said. “Everything you can think of on the Internet is being discussed at the IGF.”

 

The last day of the IGF continued with discussions on a broad range of Internet governance topics, including online freedoms and access to information, Internet users’ rights, and online child protection.

 

ITU and UNICEF launch new guidelines for online child protection

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and UNICEF hosted an Open forum to release an updated version of the Guidelines for Industry on Child Online Protection. The Guidelines provide advice on how the ICT industry can contribute to protection of children online. The Guidelines also identify ways to advance children’s rights and facilitate responsible digital citizenship, learning, and civic participation for businesses.

 

Next steps taken on human rights and the Internet

At the IGF many workshops focused directly or indirectly on human rights, with privacy, surveillance, freedom of expression, freedom of association, and economic, cultural and social rights emerging as main themes. At a roundtable today on enhancing digital trust, and the Internet and human rights, participants reflected on IGF workshops related to enhancing digital trust and the Internet and human rights. IGF participants considered next steps on how to formulate an input that could be brought to the UN Human Rights Council on the topic of the right to privacy in the digital age.

 

Best Practices Forums produce tangible outputs

Five Best Practices Forums at the IGF invited the global Internet community to share knowledge and wisdom on: online child protection; regulation and mitigation of unwanted communications or spam; coordinated responses to cyber-security threats; development of local content; and multistakeholder participation mechanisms. For the first time IGF's best practice Forums will produce a tangible output that captures the work undertaken this week and for the use of all.

 

Beyond the Best Practice Forums, a variety of events were organized including flash sessions, side meetings, dynamic coalitions, open forums and main sessions. Two more key issues contemplated during many IGF events, including two main sessions, were network neutrality, which considers whether Internet traffic and data should be treated equally or be regulated in a way that prioritizes certain content over others for a price, and the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) stewardship transition, which is the transition of many Internet technical functions to the global community.

 

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 was ‘Connecting Continents for Enhanced Multistakeholder Internet Governance,’ and an emphasis was placed on strengthening the evolving multistakeholder model for Internet governance.

 

The 10th Annual Meeting of the IGF will be held in Brazil in in Juan Passoa, Paraiba, Brazil from 10 to 14 November 2015. In consultation with all stakeholders, UN Member States are expected to consider the IGF’s future at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS+10) next year.

 

For more information on the IGF, visit: http://www.intgovforum.org 

And checkout archived webcasts at http://webcast.igf2014.org.tr/

 

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

Mr. Ahmet Parla                                           This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.                                          +90 533 500 1497

Ms. Tuba Coskun                                          This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.                                      +90 533 392 0639

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