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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 2018

The 13th annual meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) will be held at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France, from 12-14 November 2018 under the theme, The Internet of Trust.

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

Mobilising business

As a leading private sector stakeholder representative, ICC BASIS ensures private sector representation in main sessions and relevant workshops, organizes briefings 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 workshop

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 a multistakeholder workshops open to all IGF participants entitled  Accessibility Improved : building inclusive societies with AI. We look forward to hearing your ideas and perspectives at 11:50-13:20 on Tuesday, 13 November in room III.

Share your views

Participate in our ICC BASIS IGF 2017 Vox pop. How would you leverage ICTs to achieve SDGs?


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 Paris, 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 #IGF2018

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