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The annual forum brings together the global Internet governance community and is a unique platform for candid and open discussion on the future governance of the Internet.

About the IGF

The IGF was established to fulfil one of the commitments laid down by the second World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), which took place in Tunis in 2005. The inaugural meeting of the IGF took place in Athens in 2006 and the forum has been held in different countries every year since. After 10 years, the UN General Assembly conducted a review of the WSIS process concluding in a high-level meeting in December 2015. The IGF was subsequently renewed for a mandate of 10 years, in recognition of the forum’s contribution as a unique opportunity for all stakeholders to discuss issues of crucial importance to the global development of the Internet.

IGF 2017

The 12th annual meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 18-21 December 2017 under the theme, Shape Your Digital Future!

Up for discussion this year are issues impacting all stakeholders, including business. These issues cover the role of technological innovation in sustainable development, data protection and privacy, cybersecurity, access and inclusiveness, Internet of things and human rights.

Mobilising business

As a leading private sector stakeholder representative, ICC BASIS organizes daily business briefings, ensures private sector representation in main sessions and relevant workshops, and convenes side meetings for business to exchange perspectives with governments or stakeholders on developments. Our goal is to demonstrate the value of business’ role and engagement in policy discussions and to ensure that governance of the Internet remains open, secure, stable and inclusive.

ICC BASIS activities and relevant documents


Join us from the earliest moments of the IGF for an ICC BASIS pre-event on Leveraging business expertise to foster an enabling environment for the digital economy, taking place at 11:30-13:00 on Sunday, 17 December at the CICG.

This business-government dialogue seeks a focused, but interactive discussion on the efforts needed to ensure an enabling policy environment for investment and the digital economy.

ICC BASIS workshops

The IGF format privileges knowledge sharing, best practice exchange and capacity building with no focus diverted to negotiating texts.

This year, ICC BASIS will co-host three multistakeholder workshops open to all IGF participants. We look forward to hearing your ideas and perspectives on the following issues:

Business briefings

IGF business delegates are invited to join business briefings which aim to facilitate business participation in the event, allocate resources and provide insight into the discussions you may have been unable to attend in person.

The business briefings will take place on IGF Days 1-4 in Room XXVII E at the following times:

  • 18 December (day 1) at 13:30-14:30
  • 20-21 December (days 3-4) at 08:00-08:50

Other ways to get involved

Business participation in IGF discussions is essential when it comes to informed policymaking. If you are unable to join the activities in Geneva, the IGF offers excellent remote participation opportunities. You can also follow our activities via our dedicated social media accounts on Twitter @ICCnetgov or join the conversation using #IGF2017

For more information our Practical Guide to the IGF 2017 provides essential information about the IGF and the host city, Geneva.

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