Ginger Paque   12 Apr 2012   Internet Governance

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No matter what you may have heard or read, the 2012 Internet Governance Forum will not be held in Baku, Azerbaijan in November this year.

The IGF12 has already started, and it ends in Baku, on 9 November. Don't kid yourself. If you are not working on the IGF now, or if you don't get started soon, there will not be an IGF 2012 for you, your voice will not be heard, and you will not take advantage of the theme Internet Governance for Sustainable Human, Economic and Social Development to engage in the global IG policy process surrounding the most important IG meeting this year.

Baku, Azerbaijan

The tools are in place: The host website is now online and the online application form for workshop proposals will be open until 20 April. Registrations are open for the next Open Consultations and MAG meeting 15-17 May, at the ILO building in Geneva, and the draft of the programme paper for the 2012 IGF is online.

What do you need to get started? Let's discuss it here or on the Diplo Community Site. The discussions and preparations are going on now. Can't make it to Geneva for the open consultations? Attend online. There will be remote participation. No funding for Azerbaijan? No jet lag or visa if you attend online! There is already a proposal under consideration for a workshop to be held completely online: no in situ participants (although there will be a Baku hub). Watch this space for updates, or post your questions and concerns. Let's do it!

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  • Robert Kikonyogo (not verified), 08/13/2020 - 10:24

    Ginger, this is really an encouraging message for us to put our efforts on the IG issues instead of thinking that the Baku IGF 2012 will be the commencement date of IDG forum. However, I was so much interested to know who are the Governors of internet ! According to the information have got it is stated that, during 1979 the Internet Configuration Control Board was founded by DARPA to oversee the network's development. During 1984 it was renamed the Internet Advisory Board (IAB), and during 1986 it became the Internet Activities Board. The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) was formed during 1986 by the US Government to develop and promote Internet standards. It consisted initially of researchers, but by the end of the year participation was available to anyone, and its business was performed largely by email.
    “The position of the US Department of Commerce as the controller of the Internet gradually attracted criticism from those who felt that control should be more international. A hands-off philosophy by the US Dept. of Commerce helped limit this criticism, but this was undermined in 2005 when the Bush administration intervened to help kill the .xxx top level domain proposal.” This is the time to have IGF activists. By Robert Kikonyogo,Kampala-Uganda.

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    Ginger Paque, 08/13/2020 - 10:24

    Hi Robert, Thanks for emphasizing the importance of participation in IG since the beginning of the Internet. I think this engagement is more important than ever before, and the World Conference on Telecommunications (WCIT) - http://www.itu.int/en/wcit-12/Pages/default.aspx - coming up in Dubai in December points out the need for non-government organizations and individuals to become involved, to make sure their voices will be heard. Jovan noted the importance of this meeting in his mid-year review of Internet governance issues at http://www.diplomacy.edu/blog/webinar-digest-mid-year-review-internet-g… Are you involved in the preparations for Baku? If not in person, how about remotely? Now is the time! Let's get ready... What are you doing to prepare?

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