Internet Governance Forum 2016

The IEEE Internet Initiative will participate in the 11th Annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, 6-9 December at the PALCCO Centre.

“Enabling Inclusive and Sustainable Growth” is the theme for this year’s multi-stakeholder event for dialogue regarding internet policies, initially convened in 2006 by the United Nations General Secretariat. With the UN’s renewal in December 2015, the IGF consolidates itself as a platform to bring people together from various stakeholder groups as equals in discussions on public policy issues relating to the internet.

While there is no negotiated outcome, the IGF informs and inspires those with policy-making power in both the public and private sectors. At this annual meeting delegates discuss and exchange information and share good practices with each other.

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Video Summary of IGF Day One

Recorded IEEE sessions are found at the links below.

Pre-Event/Day Zero
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Advancing Solutions for Connectivity: Improving Global Coordination and Collaboration
5 December: 13:00-18:00 CST

Joined by Global Connect, International Telecommunications Union, Internet Society, UNESCO, World Economic Forum and the World Bank, this session will bring together IGF 2016 participants to discuss how to strengthen cross-sector collaboration and to brainstorm on identifying new and innovative approaches and resources for advancing solutions that provide affordable and meaningful internet access in local regions—to provide access, tools, training and content for communities of users.

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Security, Privacy and the Ethical Dimensions of ICTs in 2030
6 December: 09:00-10:00 CST

This workshop will include panelists from various professional interests and backgrounds to discuss challenges that are obstacles in addressing security, privacy and the ethical dimension of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) communities in today’s internet and ICT-centric world, working to identify critical issues and bring to the table possible opportunities to foster positive outcomes in the future while remaining cognizant of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the potential impact that internet governance, security, privacy and the ethical dimension of ICTs will have on achieving these goals.

Open Forum
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Making Connections for Solutions
6 December: 12:00-13:00 CST

IEEE has been organizing local conversations to connect technologists, policy makers, industry, civil society and others engaged in technology and industry domains globally to advance solutions for the internet-related challenges we face today. The Open Forum will share insights from conversations for use by stakeholders to enable inclusive and sustainable growth. It will focus on issues of internet access and affordability for social inclusion and economic growth, and privacy and security. While economic growth and societal good have resulted from the internet, the benefit to humanity yet to be realized is even greater. In addition to opportunities in new services, improved productivity, real-time decision-making and new business models, the drive toward universal connectivity, the rise of IoT and the adaptation of ICTs in new industries are bringing to the forefront a complex set of issues.