INTERNET GOVERNANCE FORUM
The annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) serves to bring people together from various stakeholder groups as equals, in discussions on public policy issues relating to the internet.
The 13th Annual Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) was hosted by the Government of France at the headquarters of UNESCO in Paris from 12 to 14 November 2018 with a theme of "The Internet of Trust". The IGF is the world's largest open platform for multi-stakeholder dialogue on digital policy issues. It is open for participation to everybody from all over in the world. There is no fee.
The IGF is convened by the United Nations Secretary-General as an open, inclusive and multistakeholder platform for bringing all stakeholders together as equals to discuss public policy issues related to key elements of internet governance.
Through a bottom-up process, the IGF community has decided to address some of the currently most critical internet policy issues, clustered into eight core themes:
- Cybersecurity, Trust and Privacy
- Digital Inclusion and Accessibility
- Emerging Technologies
- Evolution of Internet Governance
- Human Rights, Gender and Youth
- Development, Innovation and Economic Issues
- Media and Content
- Technical and Operational Topics.
This year's annual IGF meeting included more than a hundred sessions, organised by various stakeholders from around the world, helping to orient the public discourse toward achieving needed improvements.
A delegation was in attendance to promote a Better Internet for Kids (BIK) initiative on behalf of the EC, Insafe and INHOPE. As in previous years, the delegation hosted an Insafe-INHOPE booth, while implementing a Safer Internet Day (SID) Polaroid campaign, and were delighted to meet many SID supporters from across the globe.