Insafe and INHOPE at IGF 2015

Approximately 5,000 people, including high-level government officials, civil society leaders and internet policy experts gathered last week - in-person and online - at the 10th Annual meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in João Pessoa, Brazil (10-13 November 2015), to discuss the crucial role the internet must play in the successful implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. A delegation from the joint Insafe and INHOPE networks - a network of Safer Internet Centres (SICs) across Europe, typically comprising an awareness centre, helpline, hotline and youth panel - were present.

The annual IGF is one of the most important events in the global internet governance calendar, providing opportunity for in-depth dialogue at an international level. With a workshop, lectures and an information booth, the Insafe-INHOPE delegation were able to share European views on issues relating to the internet and society, and promote the combined efforts of the network – in Europe and beyond - in creating a better internet for all, but especially children and young people.
Under the title ‘Beyond the tipping point: SID in the global south', the delegation presented an overview of existing global actions for the annual Safer Internet Day (SID) celebrations, while also using the workshop as an opportunity to mobilise South-American, Asian and African countries in particular to develop concrete action plans for SID participation in the future.
Youth representatives were also present throughout the IGF and worked with experts in the field to develop and present an action plan for transnational cooperation in a secure internet world, drawing upon best practice models.
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