Reflections from the APC on the IGF 2013 and recommendations for the IGF 2014

The Bali Internet Governance Forum (IGF) will be remembered by the APC community for four main reasons: the hospitality of our Indonesian hosts, the impact on the event of the Snowden revelations, the linked initiative by the Brazilian government and ICANN to convene an internet governance meeting in Brazil in 2014, and, last but not least, Miss Internet Bali. (more…)

The IGF 2013 Narrative Report Now Available!

igf2013-narrative-reportExecutive Summary

This report describes the preparation process, the results, and the lessons learned from the 8th IGF that was held in Bali, Indonesia, from October 22 to 25, 2013. The 8th IGF was organized and funded by various groups to represent the spirit of the multi-stakeholder approach. Moreover, to embody a transparent and accountable multistakeholder process as an aim of the 8th IGF, this report is intended to be available for the public, in general, and for donors and other relevant stakeholders in particular.

This report was primarily developed from the reflections of the stakeholders involved in the organizing process of the 2013 IGF. Additionally, the report draws upon official documents from the ID‐IGF and IGF websites to provide a more comprehensive picture about the 2013 IGF.

The 8th IGF was organized and funded by multi‐stakeholder cooperation from the beginning to the end. Thus, the most valuable lessons for the 2013 IGF organizing committee came from the challenges in working with a multi‐stakeholder platform. To resolve conflicts and ensure effective communication, the 2013 IGF committee members worked together to ensure the broad inclusion of stakeholders, a shared sense of stewardship, productive consensus building, and strategic engagement of media channels.

igf2013-fullreportBy including government, private sector, and civil society representative in its organizing process, the 2013 IGF encouraged all stakeholders to be financially and managerially transparent and accountable in order to develop a relationship of trust among each other and with the public.

Overall, the 2013 IGF is aimed at enhancing Internet governance at local, regional and global levels. The organizers of the 2013 IGF wish that the multi‐stakeholder collaboration will continue to serve as a sustainable and relevant platform in the future towards transparent, accountable, professional, and egalitarian internet governance in Indonesia and globally.

pdfFor the IGF 2013 Narrative Report (full 29 pages), click here to download.

This Narrative Report with Post‐Event Comments from: Indonesian Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT), Indonesian ISP Association (APJII), Indonesian .ID CC-TLD Administrator (PANDI), HIVOS Indonesia, Asia Pacific Network Information Center (APNIC) and The Citizen Lab.

Authors (alphabetical order):
- Hakim, Rafadi
- Haristya, Sherly (@sherwitme)
- Laksmi, Shita (@slaksmi)
- Poetranto, Irene (@irenepoet)
- Utoyo, Donny Budhi (@donnybu)

Layout & Graphic Design:
- Mataharitimoer (@mataharitimoer)

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WS 300: Developing a strategic vision for Internet governance

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At this workshop, the presenters highlighted that despite the intention for the forum to be open and multistakeholder-centric, there are some barriers to participation such as expertise, resources, and culture (both religious and institutional) that require consideration.

The Internet governance model is still in its infancy, and is unique in that there is no other similar model that has worked at this kind of scale. Going forward, there is room for improvement, but we need to consider the next steps and how to create an Internet Governance strategy within the context of a multistakeholder and truly global process . It is a collective action problem, and it is important to ensure the interoperability, openness, and universality of the Internet remains, especially with continuing arguments for regulation of the Internet’s technical infrastructure or domain system. Such regulation will erode interoperability and may lead to fragmentation.

It is also important not to confuse multistakeholderism with democracy. Democracy is associated with national individual state processes, whereas multistakeholderism is a way of making decisions.

IGF 2013 is on IPv6!

We are pleased to announce that the network for IGF participants within the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center is available over IPv6. Thanks very much to the IGF infrastructure services team on site!


Unable to join us in Bali? Take part in the discussion remotely!

The IGF has a critical role in the global Internet governance ecosystem. It provides a neutral and non-binding venue for discussions on important issues that can inform decisions on national and regional policies. Each year prominent experts from all Internet stakeholder groups convene at the IGF to discuss public policy issues pertaining to the Internet, and to exchange knowledge and ideas.

Even if you are not able to attend the 2013 IGF in person, there are facilities available for remote participation. For more details, please refer to this presentation on how to utilize the remote participation tools.

We’re looking forward to seeing on online or in Bali!

2013 National and Regional IGF initiatives

The global Internet Governance Forum has inspired numerous regional and national initiatives that serve to localize discussions on policy. These events also feed discussion topics into the global IGF. This year at the 2013 IGF pre-event day, there will be a session for the organizers of these national and regional events to exchange information on their work during the past year. Many of these initiatives are newer than the global IGF, and it will be helpful to find commonalities and areas of difference in terms of event organization and of course, discussions held.

Read more about the National and Regional Roundtable on “Day 0″ on the official IGF website. There will also be two inter-regional dialogue sessions at the end of days 2 and 3 for deeper discussion.