Internet Governance Forum

  • The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is a multi-stakeholder forum for policy dialogue on issues of Internet governance.
  • It brings together all stakeholders in the Internet governance debate, whether they represent governments, the private sector or civil society, including the technical and academic community, on an equal basis and through an open and inclusive process. 
  • The establishment of the IGF was formally announced by the United Nations Secretary-General in July 2006.
  • The 3rd meeting of the IGF was held in Hyderabad, India between 3–6 December 2008. The overall theme for the meeting was “Internet for All”. The meeting was held in the aftermath of terrorist attacks in Mumbai. The participants expressed their sympathies to the families of the victims and the Government and the people of India.
  • The five main sessions were organized around the themes: (i) Reaching the next billion, (ii) Promoting cyber-security and trust, (iii) Managing critical Internet resources, (iv) Emerging issues – the Internet of tomorrow, and (v) Taking stock and the way forward.


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