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Best Practice Forums (BPFs)

About BPFs 
The ​Best Practice Forums (BPFs)​ provide a platform to exchange experiences in addressing Internet policy issues. The objective is to collect existing and emerging good practices from community experience, not to develop new policies or practices.
BPFs are open, bottom-up and collective processes to produce community-driven outputs. B​PF outputs intend to contribute to an understanding of global good practice, and to serve as a resource to inform policy discussions, standards development, business decisions, as well as public understanding, awareness, and discourse.

IGF 2021 BPFs 
During the IGF 2021 cycle, the following Best Practice Forums are under development:


topic - The use of norms to foster trust and security.  (webpage link)

Gender and Digital Rights 

topic - Gendered Disinformation   (webpage link)


BPF background 
A report produced by the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) Working Group on Improvements to the IGF called for the development of more tangible outputs to ‘enhance the impact of the IGF on global Internet governance and policy’. To enrich the potential for IGF outputs, the IGF has developed an intersessional programme of Best Practice Forums (BPFs) intended to complement other IGF community activities. 

All interested stakeholders are encouraged to contribute to the BPF discussions, through public consultations, surveys, mailing list discussions, online meetings, and other modalities for public engagement. Stakeholders interested in contributing to BPF activities are encouraged to subscribe to the dedicated mailing lists where online meetings and other activities are announced. 


IGF 2020 BPF work


Final report - Exploring Best Practices in Relation to International Cybersecurity Agreements (.pdf)

Gender and Access

Final report - Gender at the Internet Governance Forum  (.pdf)

Data and New Technologies in an Internet Context

Final report -  A dialogue on how users’ data is collected, analyzed and used, and best practices to ensure that this data is used to bring benefit and not to harm users. (.pdf)

Local Content

Final report - Local and indigenous content in the digital space: Protection, preservation and sustainability of creative work and traditional knowledge (.pdf)

Reviewing past BPFs and developing guidance for future BPFs: a ''BPF on BPFs'' 

In 2020, the MAG launched an initiative to evaluate the first six years of Best Practice Forums.

This initiative, colloquially termed as a “BPF on BPFs”,  documents lessons learned, outputs, and, where ‎possible, outcomes of BPFs organized between 2014 and 2019 with the intention to inform the process for ‎evaluating, proposing and approving BPFs from 2021 onwards. ‎

More on this initiative on the BPF on BPFs webpage .


Overview BPF work 2014 - 2019

IGF BPFs 2014 - 2019 Outputs



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