Internet Governance Forum 2015

The 10th Annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) will be held in João Pessoa, Brazil, on 9-13 November. The overall theme is the “Evolution of Internet Governance: Empowering Sustainable Development.”

The IGF is a multi-stakeholder, democratic and transparent forum that facilitates discussions on public policy issues related to key elements of Internet governance. IGF provides an enabling platform for discussions among all stakeholders in the Internet governance ecosystem, including all entities accredited by the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), as well as other institutions and individuals with proven expertise and experience in all matters related to Internet governance.

The 10th Annual IGF themes are:

  • Cybersecurity and trust
  • Internet economy
  • Inclusiveness and diversity
  • Openness
  • Enhancing multi-stakeholder cooperation
  • Internet and human rights
  • Critical Internet resources
  • Emerging issues

IEEE is pleased to be participating in IGF this year, where it will host two events.

9 November “Internet Governance, Security and Privacy in 2030"
At this Day Zero session participants will join in a visioning session where they will brainstorm on current challenges and issues inhibiting progress in addressing security and privacy in today’s Internet and evolving digital world and economy; identify and prioritize top or critical issues; outline possible opportunities and solutions; and create potential next steps to help.

13 November “IEEE@IGF: Advancing Technology for an Open Internet”
At this Open Forum, participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the IEEE and its mission to advance technology for the benefit of humanity. At the forum, we will describe how the technical communities of the IEEE work to develop technology solutions to support an open Internet and sustainable development across technology domains and industry sectors. We will cover how IEEE works with its partners on a global scale on issues related to open standards, Internet governance, cybersecurity and privacy. The forum will be used to introduce IEEE’s focus areas of education/capacity building, open standards development, and research and conferences. It will also describe IEEE’s regional sections and chapters and how they work on a local level to address and advance technology and develop communities of interest and practice. IEEE will present the Internet Technology Policy effort, which is dedicated to working in partnership to connect technology developers with policy experts to help bridge the gap to ensure trustworthy technology solutions and informed Internet policymaking. Other IEEE initiatives will also be introduced on cybersecurity, big data and smart cities.