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Internet Governance Forum

IGF logoThe Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is a United Nations-organised event, mandated by the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) as an open and inclusive forum for multi-stakeholder Internet policy dialogue. It is not a decision-making body, but provides an opportunity for the various Internet stakeholder groups to share information and coordinate their activities.

The first IGF was held in 2006 in Athens, Greece, and it has been held annually since that time in cities around the world. Its initial five-year mandate was renewed in 2011 for a further five years.

The RIPE NCC and the IGF

The RIPE NCC has contributed to each of the IGF events, working with the other RIRs under the umbrella of the Number Resource Organization (NRO). These contributions have included organising workshops, speaking on panels and contributing to discussions on a range of Internet governance topics. Further details on these contributions are available on the NRO website:

 

The RIRs and their communities have also contributed actively to the discussions regarding the creation and evolution of the IGF, most recently as part of the CSTD Working Group on the IGF.

RIPE NCC Director of External Relations, Paul Rendek, is currently a member of the IGF Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG).

Internet Governance Forum News

RIPE NCC Report on the 2013 IGF

The eighth Internet Governance Forum (IGF) took place in Bali, Indonesia from 22-25 October 2013. The event brought together more than 1,500 people from 111 countries to discuss the future of Internet governance under this year’s theme of “Building Bridges – Enhancing Multi-stakeholder Cooperation for Growth and Sustainable Development.”

RIPE NCC Commits Additional Support to the Internet Governance Forum

The RIPE NCC has announced that it will provide 50,000 USD in financial support for the upcoming Internet Governance Forum (IGF) event in Bali, Indonesia.

RIPE NCC Responds to UN CSTD Questionnaire on Enhanced Cooperation

In late 2012, the United Nations General Assembly invited the Chair of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) to establish a working group to examine the mandate of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) regarding "enhanced cooperation".

RIPE NCC Launches New Initiatives at EuroDIG 2013

EuroDIG (the European Dialogue on Internet Governance) held its sixth meeting in Lisbon on 20-21 June 2013, attracting its largest ever audience of more than 600 registered attendees from government, business, civil society and the Internet technical community.

NRO pledges continued support for IGF

The Number Resource Organization (NRO) has expressed its support for the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and pledged to continue its financial and technical support.

RIPE NCC to Host Arab IGF MAG Meeting and Open Consultation

The RIPE NCC and the TRA of the UAE are pleased to be co-hosting an Open Consultation and meeting of the Arab Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group (AMAG) in preparation for the second Arab Internet Governance Forum.

Internet Governance and the RIPE NCC: the Year Ahead

Internet governance is an important area of resource investment for the RIPE NCC. This article looks at some of the major Internet discussions taking place in 2013. Under an over-arching goal of ensuring the informed development of public policy relating to the Internet, the RIPE NCC has a number of areas of priority over the coming 12 months.

RIPE NCC Report on IGF 2012
RIPE NCC Participates in First Arab IGF
NRO to Lead Key Internet Infrastructure Discussions at 2011 IGF