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  4. <title>FSFE - United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF)</title>
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  8. <h1>Internet Governance Forum (IGF)</h1>
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  10. <p>As one outcome of the United Nations <a
  11. href="/campaigns/wsis/">World Summit on the Information Society</a> and
  12. following up on its <a href="wgig.html">Working Group on Internet
  13. Governance (WGIG)</a>, the November 2005 summit in Tunis decided to
  14. establish the United Nations <a href="http://www.intgovforum.org"
  15. target="_blank">Internet Governance Forum (IGF)</a>.</p>
  16. <p>It is important to understand that the IGF is not a decision-making
  17. body, but has been established as a policy dialogue forum with strong
  18. claims to multi-stakeholder involvement and participation. Its mandate
  19. is set out in paragraph 72 of the Tunis Agenda of the WSIS:</p>
  20. <p class="indent">
  21. <strong>72. We ask the UN Secretary-General</strong>, in an open and
  22. inclusive process, to convene, by the second quarter of 2006, a
  23. meeting of the new forum for multi-stakeholder policy dialogue --
  24. called the Internet Governance Forum (IGF).The mandate of the Forum is
  25. to:</p>
  26. <ol type="a">
  27. <li>Discuss public policy issues related to key elements of
  28. Internet governance in order to foster the sustainability, robustness,
  29. security, stability and development of the Internet; </li>
  30. <li>Facilitate discourse between bodies dealing with
  31. different cross-cutting international public policies regarding the
  32. Internet and discuss issues that do not fall within the scope of any
  33. existing body;</li>
  34. <li>Interface with appropriate inter-governmental
  35. organizations and other institutions on matters under their purview;
  36. </li>
  37. <li>Facilitate the exchange of information and best
  38. practices, and in this regard make full use of the expertise of the
  39. academic, scientific and technical communities; </li>
  40. <li>Advise all stakeholders in proposing ways and means to
  41. accelerate the availability and affordability of the Internet in the
  42. developing world; </li>
  43. <li>Strengthen and enhance the engagement of stakeholders in
  44. existing and/or future Internet governance mechanisms, particularly
  45. those from developing countries; </li>
  46. <li>Identify emerging issues, bring them to the attention of
  47. the relevant bodies and the general public, and, where appropriate,
  48. make recommendations; </li>
  49. <li>Contribute to capacity building for Internet governance
  50. in developing countries, drawing fully on local sources of knowledge
  51. and expertise; </li>
  52. <li>Promote and assess, on an ongoing basis, the embodiment
  53. of WSIS principles in Internet governance processes; </li>
  54. <li>Discuss, inter alia, issues relating to critical Internet
  55. resources; </li>
  56. <li>Help to find solutions to the issues arising from the use
  57. and misuse of the Internet, of particular concern to everyday users;
  58. </li>
  59. <li>Publish its proceedings </li>
  60. </ol>
  61. <p>So it cannot make policy itself, but national and international
  62. policies may follow from its work. But given that people are pushing
  63. for the IGF to tackle issues such as Spam, Cybercrime, Copyrights,
  64. Patents, Trademarks and such, following the IGF makes sure that the
  65. Free Software community will not be surprised by policies that would
  66. contribute to monopolisation of the internet, and to maintain the
  67. freedom of users, developers and companies on the internet.</p>
  68. <h3>Process</h3>
  69. <p>The Internet Governance Forum is a yearly meeting, held in
  70. different countries, and open to participation by governments, private
  71. sector and civil society.</p>
  72. <ul>
  73. <li><b>2006</b>: The Inaugural Meeting of the <a href="http://www.igfgreece2006.gr" target="_blank">IGF has taken place in Athens, Greece</a> on 30 October - 2 November.</li>
  74. <li><b>2007</b>: The 2007 IGF will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil</li>
  75. </ul>
  76. <h3>Dynamic Coalitions</h3>
  77. <p>Most of the substantial discussion at the IGF takes place in the
  78. Dynamic Coalitions, which are formed ad-hoc at the IGF, and work in an
  79. open multi-stakeholder approach. These are the Dynamic Coalitions that
  80. FSFE is involved in:</p>
  81. <ul>
  82. <li><a href="dcos.html">Dynamic Coalition on Open Standards</a></li>
  83. <li><a href="a2k.html">Dynamic Coalition on Access to Knowledge (A2K) and Freedom of Expression</a></li>
  84. </ul>
  85. <h3>Documents</h3>
  86. <ul>
  87. <li><b><a href="sovsoft.html">Sovereign Software: Open Standards, Free
  88. Software, and the Internet</a></b><br />FSFE contribution by its
  89. president Georg Greve to the first meeting of the Internet Governance
  90. Forum</li>
  91. </ul>
  92. <h3>External Links</h3>
  93. <ul>
  94. <li>Official web site of the IGF:<br />
  95. <a href="http://www.intgovforum.org" target="_blank">http://www.intgovforum.org</a></li>
  96. </ul>
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