The workshop will review for the third time the experience of the Schools on Internet Govenance, which that started in Meissen, Germany, as a pioneer project, and has been replicated in Latin América during three years and once in Egypt.
The Schools main objective is to bring younger professionals to the Internet Governance global process, and also encourage them to participate and even start different related activities at their respective national levels.
All experiences have been very successful and the workshop will review the key issues of students selection and p
Paragraph 60 of the Tunis Agenda acknowledges that “there are many cross-cutting international public policy issues that require attention and are not adequately addressed by the current mechanisms”.
Since the IGF's inception, the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) has
been crucial in collating feedback on what works and what doesn't work so
well at the IGF and turning the community's suggestions for improvements
into a continuous program of IGF self-improvement.
In 2010, a new process for IGF improvements was introduced via the creation
of the CSTD WG on improvements to the IGF (chartered by ECOSOC resolution
Cyberattacks have been increasing both in number and ferocity.
Top-level domains are particularly at risk because of the breadth of
the consequences when failures or service degradations occur. When
a country code top-level domain is attacked, both its economy and
its citizens are at risk.
As a participant in the CSTD's Working Group on Improvements to the IGF, the Government of India recently provided a set of "Proposed Improvements to IGF Outcomes, in Keeping with the UN General Assembly Mandate". Although there was no consensus around this proposal, the ten suggested improvements reflect proposals that some other countries and other stakeholder groups have also previously aired.
Is the youth factor counting in Internet Governance? and Is Internet Governance affecting the youth?
In the last session of the IGF’s first phase (five year mandate), it emerged that the youth are a stakeholder group that has not been as actively involved as they should have in the process. Yet there has been some active participation from a small group of young people.
This workshop will raise and try to answer the following questions:
1. Has the IGF had any impact on the youth?
Global Internet governance comprises a highly distributed ecosystem of shared institutional frameworks. These vary greatly along multiple dimensions, such as their social purposes, creation, organizational settings, legal forms, strength, scope of issues, domain of actors, decision-making procedures, functions, transparency and accountability, adaptability to change, and mechanisms for monitoring, compliance, and conflict resolution.
Access to Internet services concerns human rights and fundamental freedom, as well as the exercise of democratic citizenship. Access and diversity are not an aim in itself. Access and diversity are important for democracy and human rights because they ensure the individual’s right to information and participation in political, social, cultural and economic life.
As computers become more pervasive in the western world, it can be easy to forget that not every country has equal access to key digital resources and infrastructure.
We have reached a point in which regulating some aspects of Internet seams to be inevitable, either for establish user's rights (such as access, privacy, net neutrality, etc) or to make clear the rights and obligations of ISPs, so they are safe to innovate. Nonetheless, reaching a balanced legal framework able to maintain Internet as an open and innovative environment is a huge challenge.
From network neutrality to critical internet resources’ policies on law enforcement; from ICT4D to mobile connectivity; from surveillance, data protection, and privacy to protecting internet access for all; from freedom of expression and association to protecting human rights defenders and promoting social movements. Building on previous IGFs and looking ahead new issues continue to emerge.