The Geneva Internet Conference (#IGeneva) will address critical issues, gaps, and future developments in Internet governance (IG) and digital politics. The conference will build on the main developments and events in 2014, including the announcement of the US government on the transition of the IANA oversight, the NETmundial conference and the future development of the UN Internet Governance Forum. The conference will make use of the comparative advantages of Geneva as one of the global hubs for IG with the presence of relevant IG-related institutions and organisations, diplomatic missions, think tanks and academia and other relevant players.
The Geneva Internet Conference (#IGeneva), which is being organised as a focal event of the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP), is a process with a number of preparatory and follow-up activities. Users and communities worldwide are participating in interactive sessions via e-participation and remote hubs. Before the conference, substantive discussions will focus on key themes to inform the design of the conference and to facilitate dialogue between the IG and other policy communities (security, migration, climate change, etc.). Each theme will be introduced in an hour-long webinar with open participation, followed by 3-week long online discussions, whose outcomes will be fed into the conference.
The objectives are to:
provide concrete proposals for the future IG arrangements
promote an evidence-based approach in global Internet policy-making
articulate the roles and responsibilities of relevant stakeholders, including governments, companies, and civil society
ensure cross-fertilisation between Internet governance and other policy processes
Main themes, programme and speakers
The conference main themes are:
How to ensure genuine and robust IG processes?
How to promote the proper participation of various actors in IG?
How to overcome policy silos?
How to make decisions and generate concrete outputs in IG multistakeholder processes?
How to ensure effective implementation and compliance in IG?