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Best Practice Forums (BPFs)

What are the BPFs? 

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. 

BPFs offer substantive ways for the IGF community to produce more concrete outcomes. They carry their work in an open and consultative manner. BPF outcomes – in the form of compilations of good practices – are intended to help inform policy debates and serve as inputs into other pertinent forums and processes. 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. 

Overview of BPF work 2014-2019

What is the substantive focus of the IGF 2020 BPFs and how to participate?

Every year, the MAG agrees on thematic focus of the Best Practice Forums. The analytical process and development of the final BPF output document are done in an open and consultative way with the community. Every month, dedicated virtual meetings are hosted. All stakeholders are welcome to join the meetings and/or send their written contributions to igf[et]un[dot]org. For the start, all stakeholders are invited to subscribe to dedicated BPF mailing lists through which relevant updates are continuously communicated.

For IGF 2020 cycle, the BPFs are focused on the following themes: 

BPF Scope of work Co-facilitators and Mailing list

The BPF continues the analysis of international cybersecurity agreements it started in 2019, and divides its work in 3 tracks:  

- New agreements and recent developments  

- Understanding and documenting methods of norms assessment  

- Outreach to widen participation in the BPF   

  • Ben Wallis (MAG member)  
  • Markus Kummer (Co-facilitator)  
  • Maarten Van Horenbeeck (Lead expert)    
  • Wim Degezelle (Supporting consultant)   

 BPF Cybersecurty webpage

Mailing list: Subscribe HERE to the BPF  on Cybersecurity mailing list

Gender and Access The BPF will compile good practices and develop recommendations on how Internet-related policy processes and spaces (should) foster the participation of women and gender-diverse people. Our focus will be on Internet-related policy processes and spaces that address issues related to violence, harm, pleasure and consent online. 
  • Maria Paz Canales Loebel (MAG member)  
  • Chenai Chair (MAG member)  
  • Mary Rose Ofianga Rontal (MAG member)  
  • Cynthia el Khoury  
  • Bruna Martins dos Santos  
  • Sorina Teleanu (Supporting consultant)  

 BPF Gender & Access webpage

Mailing list: Subscribe HERE to the BPF on Gender and Access mailing list

Data and New Technologies in an Internet Context What best practices exist to ensure that users’ data is collected, analysed and used to bring benefit, and not harm, to users?  
  • Concettine Cassa (MAG member)  
  • Emanuela Girardi   
  • Wim Degezelle (Supporting consultant)

BPF Data & New Technologies webpage

 Mailing list: Subscribe HERE to the BPF on Data and New Technologies in an Internet Context mailing list  

Local Content The BPF will compile and analyse case studies of policies and approaches to protect, preserve and remunerate creative work and collective wisdom in order to create a sustainable model for the production, distribution and local fruition of local content in the digital age.
  • Carlos A. Afonso (MAG member)  
  • Giacomo Mazzone (representing EBU/WBU in the MAG)  
  • Sorina Teleanu (Supporting consultant)  

BPF Local Content webpage 

Mailing list: Subscribe HERE to the BPF on Local Content mailing list

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 .


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