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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 Internet Governance Forum is recognised as one of the most significant outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). The Secretary-General of the United Nations convened the IGF as a new forum for multi-stakeholder policy dialogue.

Since its inception in 2006, the IGF has pioneered a new avenue for policy cooperation, bringing a wide range of stakeholder groups together to consider public policy issues relating to the Internet. Participants are able to focus on sharing information and experience on an equal footing, to help those with policymaking power in both the public and private sectors to pursue action based on informed decisions.

Participants benefit from the free exchange of ideas and informal relationship-building the IGF provides. ICC BASIS is the primary source for business input and a de facto focal point for business since the IGF was launched. This has enabled thoughtful discussion and dissemination of best practices for the express purpose of enabling more countries to realise the economic and societal benefits of digital transformation.

IGF 2019

The 14th annual meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) will be held at the Estrel Congress Center in Berlin, Germany, from 25 to 29 November 2019 under the theme “One World. One Net. One Vision.”.

Up for discussion this year are issues impacting all stakeholders, including business in three key areas: data governance, digital inclusion and security. Discussions will cover, among others the role of technological innovation in sustainable development and inclusive growth, trust and security online, cross-border data flows, ethical, legal and regulatory dimensions for new technologies as well as users’ rights and responsibilities.

Mobilising business

As the leading private sector representative, ICC BASIS ensures business is represented in main sessions and relevant workshops, organizes briefings and convenes side meetings for business to exchange perspectives with governments and other stakeholders on recent 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.

Business briefings

ICC BASIS organizes briefings for all private sector attendees of the IGF. These will take place every day from Day 1 to Day 4 between 8.30 and 9.15 in Room V.

The ICC BASIS booth will also promote business activities and views and welcome any IGF participants willing to know more about ICC BASIS and the private sector initiatives.

ICC BASIS-convened sessions

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

This year, ICC BASIS will host two events open to all IGF participants:

  • ICC BASIS Crash-course on emerging technologies:

Ahead of a week of policy discussions, this IGF Day 0 pre-event offers a series of short, introductory presentations on the latest technologies, to discuss their functioning, use, potential and impact on economy and society.

The session will give participants the opportunity to hear from senior industry experts on: Artificial Intelligence, blockchain, 5G, applications of Internet of Things (IoT) and smart cities.

Join us on Monday 25 November from 16.00 to 18.00 in Room VIII to exchange with our senior industry experts!

  • ICC BASIS workshop on Cross-border data flows – connecting SMEs in the global supply chain:

In an increasingly interconnected world, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) have the most to gain from the cross-border data flows that support global trade, but at the same time, are the most vulnerable to the challenges they pose.

This workshop will uncover, among other things, how cross-border data flows impact SMEs, what data-enabled technologies do SMEs use in their day-to-day activities, as well as discuss fundamental data protection and privacy considerations.

Join us on Tuesday 26 November from 11.30 to 13.00 in Room I to share your ideas and perspectives.

We look forward to meeting you at our events in Berlin!

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 Berlin, 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 #IGF2019.

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