Internet Governance Forum holds second round of consultations12 June, 2007
|By Allison Orr|
The Internet Governance Forum (IGF), under the auspices of the UN, was formed at the Tunis World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in November 2005. Its purpose is to facilitate an open and inclusive process for policy dialogue between stakeholders in the field of Internet governance. It is designed to accommodate the views of states, the private sector and civil society on an equal basis.
The second round of consultations open to all stakeholders was held in Geneva on 23 May 2007. While the meeting focused mostly on setting the agenda for the second meeting of the IGF later this year, participants also discussed topics such as the role the Internet plays in freedom of expression and democracy, and the important role good governance plays in ensuring a free Internet. Full transcripts and written contributions to the consultation can be read on the IGF website.
The second meeting of the IGF will take place in Rio de Janeiro on 12-15 November 2007. All the main sessions will be video or audio cast, available through the IGF website.