IGF Newsletter: August/September 2022



Register & Prepare for IGF 2022!

Browse the IGF 2022 Programme

More IGF 2022: Village Booths & Bilateral Rooms

150 Stakeholders Supported for IGF Travel

IGF Leadership Panel Elect Chair & Vice-Chair

Intersessional Activities & NRIs

IGF Parliamentary Track: Programme Available

Town Hall with the UN Secretary-General’s Tech Envoy

A Message from the IGFSA

Keep up with IGF Community Updates

For Your Action!

Key Dates & Deadlines


Register & Prepare for IGF 2022!

Registration for the 17th IGF in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is open to all. Whether you plan to attend onsite, join online, or cover our meeting as a member of the press, registration is your ticket to entry to a hybrid IGF. Access Registration Here.

Traveling to Addis Ababa? Don’t miss the instructions on visa procedures and COVID-19 updates on Ethiopia’s IGF 2022 Host Country Website. Completing the visa process as quickly as possible is strongly advised. For additional information on hotels, day trips from Addis Ababa, and other tips, view this resource from the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)/ UN Conference Centre (UNCC), the venue of the 17th IGF.

We look forward to connecting with you on November 28th!




Browse the IGF 2022 Programme

The 17th IGF, titled Resilient Internet for a Shared Sustainable and Common Future, takes place on five themes aligned with the UN Secretary-General’s envisioned Global Digital Compact: “Connecting All People & Safeguarding Human Rights”, “Avoiding Internet Fragmentation”, “Governing Data and Protecting Privacy”, Enabling Safety, Security and Accountability” and “Addressing Advanced Technologies, including AI”.  

You can see all of the IGF programme’s constituent sessions – a total of more than 250, each devoted to one of the five themes. Browse our rich five-day programme, featuring session organizers and speakers from across the stakeholder spectrum and session types suited to many kinds of participation, including networking sessions and punchy lightning talks, to build your personal IGF schedule. And stay tuned: our interactive schedule is coming soon.

All under “IGF 2022” on the IGF Homepage




More IGF 2022: Village Booths & Bilateral Rooms

Sixty exhibitors are taking part in the IGF Village! Over forty will be onsite with booths in Addis Ababa, and all will be available to connect with and explore via the upcoming virtual Village – one of many ways the IGF is truly hybrid. The IGF Village is a longstanding tradition of annual meetings and great for networking and learning more about all the organizations and projects in the Internet governance ecosystem. See the IGF Village Page.

Meeting onsite has been made simple: you can plan your private meetings with other participants and organizations with our Bilateral Room Booking System. The self-reservation calendar allows you to block times across eight different rooms, from 28 November through 2 December, 8:00 to 20:00 local time. Access Bilateral Rooms Here.  


150 Stakeholders Supported for IGF Travel

The IGF’s application period for receiving travel support to attend the 17th IGF in Addis Ababa closed on August 31st. The results are in – and we’re funding 150 stakeholders!

All applicants have been informed. Among those selected are stakeholders from the Global South, youth, members of parliaments, members of the IGF Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG), and more.



IGF Leadership Panel Elect Chair & Vice-Chair

The IGF Leadership Panel has elected its first Chair and Vice-Chair: Vint Cerf, widely known as one of the “fathers of the Internet”, is Chief Internet Evangelist and Vice-President at Google; and Maria Ressa, the Head of media outlet Rappler, is the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. Congratulations to the new Chair and Vice-Chair!

The IGF Leadership Panel was inaugurated this year on the recommendation of the UN Secretary-General’s Roadmap for Digital Cooperation. In line with the IGF mandate, it is a strategic body, empowered to support and strengthen the IGF. It consists of fifteen eminent members of different stakeholder affiliations – ten appointed by the Secretary-General and five ex-officio. 

Learn More about the Panel & Its Members



Intersessional Activities & NRIs

Best Practice Forums (BPFs) & Policy Networks (PNs)

Four IGF Secretariat-supported BPFs and PNs are working toward producing substantive policy recommendations this year:

The BPF on Cybersecurity explores where agreement and disagreement exist between cyber norms and inquires how the experiences from those affected by cybersecurity events can inform norm development. The BPF is currently looking for your feedback on its paper, “Mythbusting: cybercrime versus cybersecurity" – submissions welcome here. Join the next update call on Tuesday 18 October at 6:00 UTC!

The BPF on Gender & Digital Rights invites all interested persons to join its upcoming meeting on Monday 17 October at 15:00 UTC.

The Policy Network on Meaningful Access (PNMA) will focus this year on analysing the kind of connectivity offers currently available for the unconnected as well as solutions toward a policy framework on meaningful access, while continuing its work on digital inclusion – with special attention to multilingualism – and capacity development. On Monday 17 October 12:00 UTC, the PNMA will discuss the cases and practices collected from the community during its last Call for Inputs.

The Policy Network on Internet Fragmentation (PNIF) invites all to its second webinar, “What does Internet fragmentation to you” on Wednesday 19 October at 13:30 UTC. Join the PNIF list to participate in discussions and stay informed on PNIF’s next steps.

Anyone is welcome to sign up to BPF & PN mailing lists and contribute.

Dynamic Coalitions (DCs)

There are more than 20 issue-based DCs to explore, on Innovative Approaches to Connecting the Unconnected, Public Access in Libraries, and Internet Governance Schools, to name a few. Coalitions work throughout the year and all are invited to contribute to their activities and join their events.

Within the Dynamic Coalition Coordination Group (DCCG), DCs are currently engaged in vivid discussions on what could be done to strengthen their visibility and their engagement within the overall IGF ecosystem.

More Information on the DCs Page

National, Regional and Youth IGF Initiatives (NRIs)

The network of more than 150 NRIs is planning a main session at IGF 2022 focused on “Safeguarding and strengthening the core principles of a trusted Internet” as well as collaborative sessions on access; data protection; child online safety; IG(F) and WSIS+20 review; and the role the Internet plays in democracy, including in times of crisis.

The IGF 2022 Youth Track was officially launched at EuroDIG in Italy, with events held at the African IGF in Malawi and Youth Asia Pacific IGF in Singapore. The next youth capacity development workshop is set to take place online on 24 October as part of the Youth LACIGF, focused on safe and secure digital transformation and opportunities. IGF youth coordinators from all over the world, several international youth-focused organizations, the IGF 2022 Host Country and IGF Secretariat are working on further implementing the track.


More Information on the NRIs and Youth Track Pages



IGF Parliamentary Track: Programme Available

The 2022 IGF Parliamentary Track continues at the 17th IGF in Addis Ababa. A series of parliamentary activities will be held on 30 November-1 December on the theme “Addressing cyberthreats: national, regional and international approaches”. In the spirit of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly Resolution A/RES/74/304, these will be jointly organised by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the House of Peoples’ Representatives of Ethiopia.

See the Full IGF 2022 Parliamentary Programme Here




Town Hall with the UN Secretary-General’s Tech Envoy

Under-Secretary-General Amandeep Singh Gill, the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Technology, will hold a town hall meeting with Internet governance stakeholders, including to hear their views as contributions to the Global Digital Compact. All are invited to attend!

The meeting will take place 24 October 2022, 13:00-14:30 UTC, in Room XXIV at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland. Both participation onsite and online are possible.

Register Here: In-Person / Virtual




            A Message from the IGFSA

The IGF brings people from all over the world together to talk about issues relating to the Internet. Anyone can participate in the global IGF without having to pay a conference or registration fee and thus far more than 70,000 people have done so. National, regional and youth IGF initiatives (NRIs) have reached thousands more all over the world, in the global South and the global North. Over the last 16 years the IGF has proved its value as a:

  • Networking and collaboration forum open to everyone
  • Sounding board for getting feedback on new Internet-related policy and regulation
  • Platform for raising concerns and finding ways of addressing them
  • Place for learning about the Internet and Internet policy
  • Multistakeholder and multidisciplinary space for flagging and discussing emerging issues

Financial support for the IGF is provided on a voluntary basis by donors from all stakeholder groups through the UN IGF Trust Fund. The IGF Secretariat is supported by this fund with the annual event largely funded by the host country. The collective work of the IGF is supported through in-kind support and volunteering from the many people and institutions who make up the “IGF ecosystem”.

To help diversify IGF funding and to make it easy for everyone to contribute, particularly through small contributions, the Internet Governance Forum Support Association (IGFSA) was launched in 2014. Since then the IGFSA has provided financial support to the IGF Secretariat and to more than 200 NRIs. Learn more from reading the IGFSA FAQs.  

To receive more information about the IGFSA click here and we will write to you from time to time to share information and invite you to support the work of the IGFSA. We take your privacy seriously, and will not share your email address with anyone else.

You can also decide to support IGFSA by:

  • Becoming a member at $25.00 USD annually for individuals and $100.00 USD annually for organisations. Members receive regular updates on the work of the IGFSA.


    For more information, write to IGFSA at sec@igfsa.asia



Keep up with IGF Community Updates

IGF intersessional and community groups, including DCs and NRIs, have plenty of news to share!

Here’s a digest from our popular “IGF Community Updates” section:

For more updates like these, scroll down the IGF homepage to “IGF Community Updates” – and see them all in our General News, Intersessional News and NRIs News sections.

For Your Action!

Register for IGF 2022!

Review Visa & Other Travel Measures

Review the IGF 2022 Schedule

Join IGF Intersessional Mailing Lists and Contribute

Watch the IGF Homepage for IGF 2022 Info and Opportunities

Key Dates and Deadlines

15 October | Mauritius IGF

17 October | 12:00-13:00 UTC | PNMA Meeting

17 October | 15:00-16:00 UTC | BPF Gender & Digital Rights Meeting

19 October | 13:30-15:30 UTC | PNIF Webinar

20 October | Indonesia IGF

20 October | Polish IGF

22-23 October | Ecuador IGF

See the Full IGF Calendar

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