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High optimism and low realism mark the start of the 9th IGF in Istanbul

03 September 2014

The opening session of the 9th IGF in Istanbul featured 21 speakers from government, business, academia, and civil society.

The rhyming terms high optimism and low realism have floated to the top of a textual analysis of the opening statements, as has the rather counterintuitive experience (from an IGF perspective) that usage of the terms related to commonality was low on the first day.

High optimism and low realism mark the start of the 9th IGF in Istanbul

A detailed analysis of all statements in these five rhetorical tone categories is available here.

High optimism and low realism mark the start of the 9th IGF in Istanbul


In the prefix competition, one that had almost disappeared from IG language, re-emerged this year due to NETmundial. Net is ahead of those traditionally leading prefixes ‒ e-, cyber, and digital.  Another notable change, in addition to Net’s re-emergence, is the move from e- to digital. e was the main prefix in the early 2000s  and during the WSIS process, when it described e-commerce, e-health, and other WSIS follow-ups. One of the main explanations of this evolution from e- to digital is a switch in the EU’s lingo. In the early 2000s, the EU’s Lisbon Agenda was an e-agenda. The EU switched to digital partially to signal a new start to its digital policy and to distance itself from the mixed results of the Lisbon agenda.

High optimism and low realism mark the start of the 9th IGF in Istanbul

Consult the complete analysis of the IGF’s opening statements here.

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Note: This analysis was prepared by Dr Goran Milovanović.

[New] The text-mining analysis of Day 2 of the IGF 2014 is now available here; text-mining analysis for Days 3 and 4 is now also available here.

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