CENTRO DE INFORMAÇÃO UNITED NATIONS
DAS NAÇÕES UNIDAS INFORMATION CENTRE
INTERNET GOVERNANCE FORUM TO MEET IN
FROM 12 TO 15 NOVEMBER
UNITED NATIONS, 10 September 2007 – Representatives of government, the private sector, nongovernmental
organizations, the Internet community and the media will converge in
second meeting of the Internet Governance Forum, to be held from 12 to 15 November.
The conference, to be held at Windsor Barra Hotel, will focus on the overall issue of “Internet Governance
for Development”. Five main themes will be addressed – access, diversity, openness, security and critical
Some 2,000 participants from more than 100 countries are expected to attend. In addition to plenary
sessions, there will be open meetings and thematic workshops to discuss specific issues and share best
The Internet Governance Forum is not a decision-making body, but a space for dialogue for all those
involved to discuss Internet governance issues. There will be no negotiated outcome, but the meeting will
seek to create a dialogue among all participants on public policy issues relating to the Internet and create
new dynamics between participating institutions.
The first Forum meeting in
participants from governments, the private sector and civil society to address issues such as open
standards, spam, access, freedom of expression, privacy, digital identity and a proposed “Internet Bill of
Rights”. The meeting in
Hadil da Rocha Vianna, Director for Scientific and Technological Affairs in
Relations, has been appointed co-chair of the Advisory Group for the Internet Governance Forum, which
will assist in preparing for the
Nations Secretary-General’s Special Adviser for Internet Governance.
The 47 members of the Advisory Group, who serve in their personal capacity, come from government, the
private sector and civil society, including the academic and technical communities, representing all
regions (see list of members at http://www.intgovforum.org/ADG_members.htm).
A round of open consultations held in
Internet resources. Participants agreed that the
“Internet Governance for Development”.
The main themes to be discussed cover the gamut of the functioning of the Internet. The theme of access
includes infrastructure, connectivity and the role of government and the private sector to improve access
by all. Issues of diversity and openness cover promoting local content, cultural diversity and the number
of languages used on the Internet.
Security means among other things cyber-security, the safety of the Internet and the fight against
cybercrime. “Critical Internet resources” covers issues relating to infrastructure and the management of
key Internet resources, including administration of the domain name system and Internet protocol (IP)
addresses, administration of the root server system, technical standards, peering and interconnection,
and telecommunications infrastructure.
The Forum will hold its 2008 session in
Journalists interested in attending the Forum should register at http://intgovforum.org/register/index.php
For further information, please visit http://www.intgovforum.org and http://www.igfbrazil2007.br.
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