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Best Practice Forums

About 

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. The outputs from this programme are intended to become robust resources, to serve as inputs into other pertinent forums, and to evolve and grow over time.  

BPFs offer substantive ways for the IGF community to produce more concrete outcomes. While BPF outcomes have already been useful in informing policy debates, they are also viewed as iterative materials that are not only flexible but also ‘living’ in the sense that they can be updated at any time to accommodate the pace of technological change faced by internet policymakers. BPFs have the freedom to define their own methodologies; tailored to each theme’s specific needs and requirements. The term ‘best’ in BPFs should be interpreted lightly because the topics of BPFs often relate to themes that need to be addressed in a flexible manner in order to accommodate the pace of technological change.

 

BPFs in 2018 - Themes

 The MAG agreed upon four themes for the 2018 Best Practice Forums, namely:

 

Mailing Lists

- BPF on Cybersecurity: https://intgovforum.org/mailman/listinfo/bpf-cybersecurity_intgovforum.org

- BPF on Gender and Access: https://intgovforum.org/mailman/listinfo/bp_gender_intgovforum.org

- BPF on Local Content: https://intgovforum.org/mailman/listinfo/bpf-localcontent_intgovforum.org

- BPF on AI, IoT and Big Data: https://intgovforum.org/mailman/listinfo/aiiotbd_intgovforum.org

 

Facilitators:

-BPF on Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things & Big Data: Concettina Cassa; Sumon Ahmed Sabir

-BPF on Cybersecurity: Markus Kummer; Ben Wallis

-BPF on Gender & Access: Renata Aquino Ribeiro; Raquel Gatto

-BPF on Local Content: Miguel Ignacio Estrada; Giacomo Mazzone

 

BPF Resources

BPF Outcomes

All of the tangible outcomes from the IGF’s BPFs are published as follows:

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HANDBOOKS & OVERVIEWS

IGF 2017 Best Practice Forums
Summaries/Handbook

 

Best Practice Forums: Handbook 2015

Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2014 - Best Practice Forums Overview
Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs)     Internet Governance Forum - Best Practice Forum on Establishing and Supporting Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs) for Internet Security (2015) Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2014 - Best Practice Forum on Establishing and Supporting Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs) for Internet Security
Cybersecurity IGF 2017 - Best Practice Forum on Cybersecurity 2016 Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Best Practice Forum (BPF) on Cybersecurity - ‘Building Confidence and Security in the use of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) through Enhance Cooperation and Collaboration’    
Gender Best Practice Forum Gender & Access (2017): Unique challenges for unique women - An exploration of the unique needs and challenges women from diverse communities face in gaining meaningful Internet access IGF Best Practice Forum on Gender: Gender Access (2016): Overcoming Barriers to Enable Women’s Meaningful Internet Access Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2015: Best Practice Forum (BPF) on Online Abuse and Gender-Based Violence against Women  
IPv6   IGF 2016 Best Practice Forum on IPv6 - ‘Understanding the commercial and economic incentives behind a successful IPv6 deployment’ IGF2015 Best Practice Forum on Creating an Enabling Environment for IPv6 Adoption  
IXPs   IGF 2016 Best Practice Forum on IXPs - Contributing to the success and continued development of Internet exchange points Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2015 - Best Practices Forum on Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) - Enabling Environments to Establish Successful IXPs  
Local Content IGF 2017 Best Practice Forum on Local Content - Internet cultural and linguistic diversity as an engine for growth     Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2014 - Best Practice Forum on Creating an Enabling Environment for the Development of Local Content
Multistakeholder Participation Mechanisms     Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2015 - Output Document: Best Practice Forum (BPF) on Strengthening Multistakeholder Participation Mechanisms Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2014 - Best Practice Forum on Developing Meaningful Multistakeholder Participation Mechanisms
Online Child Protection       Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2014 - Best Practice Forum on Online Child Protection
Unsolicited Communications ("Spam")     Internet Governance Forum Best Practice Forum on the Regulation and Mitigation of Unsolicited Communications (2015) Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2014 - Best Practice Forum on Regulation and Mitigation of Unsolicited Communications (e.g. “spam”)

These resources are the outputs from bottom-up, inclusive, and community-driven activities of the IGF that took place over the course over several annual cycles.

What can you do with the IGF’s BPF resources?

We encourage all stakeholders to share these resources with their respective communities to ensure that the IGF resource outputs also become useful inputs into other processes of relevance to the Internet and its governance in 2018 and beyond.

We hope these resources will not only be useful for policymakers and other stakeholders, but will also continue to symbolise the IGF community’s belief that multistakeholder collaboration is fundamental in effectively addressing pertinent Internet policy challenges.

Reference Reading

IGF Best Practice Forums (BPFs): A Participants Guide

2016 IGF Community Activities: Modalities and Timeline(s)

Looking back on the 2015 BPF process: Observations, Thoughts and Suggestions to Enhance the BPF Process, Participation and Outputs 

 

 

 

 

 

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