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By Justin Caso, J.D., Technology Policy and International Affairs Advisor, IEEE Standards Association

IEEE is pleased to participate in the upcoming Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2015 from 9 to 13 November in João Pessoa, Brazil as part of our global efforts to connect the voice of the technical community to global policymaking for Internet governance, cybersecurity, and privacy to inform debate and decisions, and to help ensure trustworthy technology solutions and best practices.

On Monday 9 November, IEEE will host a session titled "Internet Governance, Security and Privacy in 2030" from 14:00 to 18:00. The session will have panels and activities to discuss the current and future Internet, as well as to discuss regional issues in a global perspective. The panels will be in the format of brief presentations followed by interactive discussion among the participants. The session participants will also join in a visioning session where they will brainstorm on challenges and issues inhibiting progress in addressing security and privacy in both the current and future Internet. Further, they will identify and prioritize top or critical issues and outline possible opportunities and solutions including potential next steps to help address the identified challenges and issues.

IEEE will host an Open Forum titled “IEEE@IGF: Advancing Technology for an Open Internet” on Friday 13 November. This Open Forum will introduce the IEEE and its mission to advance technology for the benefit of humanity. The session 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, as well as discuss how IEEE works with partners on a global scale on issues related to open standards, Internet governance, cybersecurity and privacy.

In addition, the session will introduce the IEEE Internet Technology Policy effort, which connects engineers, scientists, industry leaders, and others engaged in an array of technology and industry domains globally with policy experts to help improve the understanding of technology and its implications and impact on Internet governance issues. In addition, this effort focuses on raising awareness of public policy issues and processes in the global technical community. Recognized for its open and transparent collaboration, IEEE utilizes synergies among its global technical community from many related areas of industry knowledge and expertise to convene neutral platforms for dialog to help address the policy issues related to Internet governance, cybersecurity and privacy.

The IGF was created during the United Nation’s World Summit on the Information Society in 2003 and 2005. The IGF is an annual event that brings together stakeholders from government, civil society, technical community, academia, private sector, and intergovernmental organizations to discuss Internet Governance issues on an equal footing. The Multistakeholder Advisory Group solicits all stakeholders to submit proposals for various types of sessions for the IGF and creates the agenda for the event. The eight main themes for IGF 2015 are Cybersecurity and Trust, Internet Economy, Inclusiveness and Diversity, Openness, Enhancing Multistakeholder Cooperation, Internet and Human Rights, Critical Internet Resources, and Emerging issues.

The sessions will be broadcast live for those unable to attend in person. The links will be posted the day prior to the beginning of the IGF. Additional information can be found at

We look forward to seeing you in João Pessoa. Contact us for more information at