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Implementing Internet standards and protocols for a safer internet

IGF Pilot project deployment of internet standards

In the past two years proposals have been formulated how to improve the IGF. One of the proposals was to run a pilot project that addresses a complex internet issue with the intention to accelerate the existing process through active reach out and to instigate cross-sectoral work on the formulation of potential recommendations, solutions and future actions. The MAG agreed to have such a pilot project on one condition: it needs to be self-funded.

The pilot project aims to improve internet safety for all end users by advancing implementation of agreed, security-relevant Internet standards, by bringing together key stakeholders to recommend joint ways forward to ensure swift implementation. As examples six standards have been selected by involved experts: DNSSEC, RPKI, BCP 38, OWASP top 10, ISO 27001 and the framework of the Secure Software Foundation. This selection allows to address different organisations from a wide section across the internet community, as they do not address one single community; not in the origination of the standards, nor in the type of organisation they address in deploying.

Find the survey here (available till 22nd of September)

All stakeholder communities of the IGF are invited to participate in this project. By way of the NRIs and other internet governance organisations a questionnaire is distributed that you are invited to fill in. A repository is to be created that presents an overview of existing security-aimed internet standards and protocols. You can find how to contribute to the reposity at the bottom of this page. Also an overview of existing studies, initiatives and best practices from around the globe will be made available. A workshop will be organised at the IGF where research and outreach come together to agree on recommendations and future actions based on the body of work carried out through this project. 

Would you like to be kept up to date on this project? You can join the mailing list over here.

The main project goals are: 

  •  Reaching out to stakeholders that have not been actively involved to date (e.g. policy makers, parliamentarians, consumer organisations) and connect them with the technical community and industry; 
  • Learn what the key causes for slow or fast implementation are;
  • To formulate recommendations and future actions to ensure a swift implementation of said internet standards;
  • To facilitate cooperation between the new stakeholders, industry and the technical community to ensure swifter future implementation of standards and protocols. 

Project Details

This project will bring the issue of slow implementation of said standards and protocols to a new group of key stakeholders: policy makers, parliamentarians and consumer organisations. These groups have a direct interest in making the Internet safer but often lack the technical know-how to advance implementation. In addition, they are often not familiar with the multistakeholder system that underpins the internet and do not know how to navigate or impact the system. 
The aim of including these stakeholders are two-fold: 

  • To inform these groups of the risks of slow implementation and the effects it can have on the people on whose behalf they work;
  • To present existing solutions to them. 

In addition, we will engage with industry to ascertain what the main causes of slow implementation are. 

Bringing these actors into contact with the technical community creates a new dynamic in which politics, interest organisations and industry will not only realise the urgency of the current situation but also learn of existing solutions and create new ones. This collaboration could lead to mutually beneficial solutions that ensure a swifter implementation, and therefore, a safer internet for all involved. 

As this is a pilot, a limited number of reach-out workshops are planned at the German, Dutch, Polish, European Parliaments and the Inter-Parliamentary Union. Also a workshop at BEUC, the European organisation of consumer organisations, is foreseen.

On these pages the final report will be drafted. Should you wish to cooperate you can register here and join the mailing list.

The project is self-funded. Should you wish to contribute financially or in kind, you can make yourself known to the project team via [email protected]

Marten Porte, treasurer and international officer of a political youth organization
Wout de Natris, consultant internet governance at De Natris Consult


Repository Internet Standards
Name Manufacturer Aim Communities % of implementation

Please send contributions to the repository to: [email protected] 

Información de Contacto

United Nations

Secretariat of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

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