October 14, 2013 Last Updated 4:58 pm

Internet governance to meet in Bali, media can participate remotely

“Building Bridges — Enhancing Multi-Stakeholder Cooperation for Growth and Sustainable Development” is theme of Indonesia meeting, 22-25 October 2013

October 14, 2014 – Representatives of Governments, business and civil society will gather to examine cross-border Internet governance challenges at the annual session of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), to take place in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia later this month, on 22-25 October. Each year the Secretary-General of the United Nations convenes the meeting through the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

The Forum, which is the leading global multi-stakeholder dialogue on public policy issues relating to the Internet, meets annually as an outgrowth of the 2006 World Summit on the Information Society. It is intended to foster a common understanding of how to maximize Internet opportunities and address risks and challenges that arise. The IGF, which is not a decision-making body, is also a space that gives developing countries the same opportunity as wealthier nations to engage in the debate on Internet governance and to facilitate their participation in existing institutions and arrangements.

More than 1,500 delegates will convene in Bali over the course of the four-day meeting. Thousands more will actively participate remotely from around the world. Several high-level government officials, CEO’s and directors of major global business organizations and civil society groups will be among those in attendance.

The IGF annually reviews the role of Governments in multi-stakeholder cooperation for Internet governance, and the Bali meeting will aim to create some form of consensus on the issue. Additional focus sessions will be dedicated to the Internet as an engine for growth and sustainable development (a topic relevant to on-going discussions on the post-2015 development agenda); cybersecurity; human rights and freedom of expression; the principles of Internet governance and enhanced multi-stakeholder cooperation; and emerging issues of concern, such as Internet surveillance.

The IGF in Bali will be preceded on 21 October by a pre-event high-level meeting on cyber ethics, hosted by the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology of the Republic of Indonesia, followed by additional sessions hosted by other stakeholders in Indonesia’s internet community. The host country for IGF 2013, Indonesia, is estimated to have 63 million Internet users, 47 million accounts on facebook and nearly 30 million twitter accounts.

For additional information, and to register, go to: http://www.intgovforum.org

Remote participation: Media not present in Bali can participate remotely, and can sending text questions and/or video/audio interventions using the remote participation platform (Webex). Remote participants are strongly encouraged to register here: http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/remote-participation

IGF Indonesia secretariat committee: http://igf2013.or.id/

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