Internet Governance Forum Through Livestream 2-5 September
The ninth Internet Governance Forum (IGF) started Tuesday in Istanbul, Turkey and will last until the 5th of September. The aim of this year is to “Connect Continents for Enhanced Multistakeholder Internet Governance”. The opening session in the main hall showed a disproportionate amount of male politicians talking about the buzzword of multistakeholders, which seems to indicate that marginalized stakeholders still won´t have a proper voice in the new model for the internet governance.
All the sessions can be followed online through their livestreaming. They start at 8AM (CET) and last all day, exact times for different sessions can be found in the program. The main hashtag for the event is #IGF2014
The sessions will cover the following eight sub-themes:
- Policies enabling Access
- Content Creation, Dissemination and Use
- Internet as engine for growth & development
- IGF & The Future of the Internet ecosystem
- Enhancing Digital Trust
- Internet and Human Right
- Critical Internet Resources
- Emerging Issues
Examples of interesting sessions:
Wednesday: WS188: Transparency Reporting as a Tool for Internet Governance, Council of Europe Open Forum – Your Internet, Our Aim: Guide Internet Users to Their Human Rights!, WS107: Internet blocking: When well intentioned measures go too far
Friday: Dynamic Coalition on Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Media on the Internet – ‘Battle for free user generated content’, World Wide Web Foundation Open Forum- Measuring What and How: Capturing the Effects of the Internet We Want, Dynamic Coalition on Core Internet Values
However the IGF is being boycotted by prominent Turkish Internet advocates
The objective of each annual IGF Programme is to maximize the opportunity for open and inclusive dialogue and the exchange of ideas; to build capacities amongst all Stakeholders and benefit from the multi-stakeholder perspective of the IGF. The 2003 WSIS Geneva Declaration on Principles reaffirms “as an essential foundation of the Information Society, and as outlined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, that everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; that this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers. ”
In addition to widespread blocking of websites and content as well as the criminal investigations and prosecutions to silence political speech, the Turkish authorities are also building surveillance infrastructure, including the deployment of deep packet inspection systems to monitor all forms of communications unlawfully.
They believe that the IGF is not properly adressing some of the most vital problems of the internet e.g. privacy which was firstly mentioned after 3hrs into IGF. The Alternative Informatics Association in Turkey have arranged an unconference running parallell to the IGF where they are able to bring up some of the vital problems not discussed enough at IGF. They also feel that “due to the ‘multi-stakeholderism’ format, the main perpetrators of many of the Internet’s problems, governments and corporations, are getting representation in IGF they don’t deserve”.
The Internet Ungovernance forum will be held at Istanbul Bilgi University 4-5 September. They will have several prominent speakers such as Jacob Appelbaum (TOR), Christopher Soghoian (privacy researcher) and Amelia Andersdotter (former MEP for the Swedish Pirate Party).
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