The mandate of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) calls for discussing digital public policy issues in order to foster sustainability, robustness, security, stability and development of the Internet and to facilitate discourse between different stakeholders. The Forum is further mandated to facilitate the exchange of information and best practices, strengthen and enhance the engagement of stakeholders in existing and future Internet governance mechanisms, particularly from developing countries, as well as to develop capacity.
The United Nations Secretary-General’s Roadmap for Digital Cooperation envisages a strengthened IGF with a view to making it more responsive and relevant to digital issues, and inter alia, foresees “93.(e) Better integrating programme and intersessional policy development work to support other priority areas outlined in the present report;”.
To better respond to its mandated objectives, the intersessional work takes a form of policy networks, as multistakeholder efforts that provide in-depth expert view on broad Internet governance topics of global population's interest.
The policy networks are facilitated by multistakeholder working groups of experts, based on a broad bottom-up community consultations.
So far, the following policy networks are under facilitation:
The policy networks evolved from an intersessional workstream hosted during IGF 2015-2018 Policy Options for Connecting and Enabling the Next Billion(s)
How to participate?
All policy networks are facilitated through an open, inclusive, bottom-up, consultative process. Interested stakeholders are invited to subscribe to dedicated mailing lists or contact the IGF Secretariat for more information.
More about the concept of policy networks is available here.