An overview of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and the issues it plans to address under the theme 'Internet Governance for Development'. What are its overarching goals? What are its priority issues? How can people participate, and why should they?

One of the outcomes of the UN-organised World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) was the establishment of a new forum for multi-stakeholder policy dialogue on Internet governance issues.

The first Internet Governance Forum (IGF) will be convened in Athens from the 30th October to the 2nd November 2006 with the overall theme of ‘Internet Governance for Development’ and will be organised around the topics of openness, security, diversity and access. This OII event aims to provide a general overview of the IGF and insight into the issues it plans to address.

Agenda

Time

Session

17:00-18.30

Discussion: What are the overarching goals for the IGF in its five-year lifespan? What are the priority issues for the IGF and why? How can people participate, and why should they?

18:30-19:30

Reception with remarks from Emily Taylor, Member of the IGF Advisory Committee and Director of Legal and Policy, Nominet UK, and Desiree Miloshevic, Special Advisor to the Chair of the IGF and International Affairs and Policy Development Advisor at Afilias.

AfiliasBerkman Center for Internet & SocietyNominet UK