What is IGF ?
Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is a global process, conducted under the auspices of the United Nations, which fosters discussion and debate among all stakeholders (stakeholders), allowing for discussion, exchange of information and sharing initiatives relating to Internet Governance. The IGF is based on the principles of transparency, openness, inclusiveness and identification of the topics on the agenda through a "bottom-up approach". The Internet Governance Forum facilitates discussion between all parties interested in the Internet ecosystem by following an equal participation principle.
The Internet Governance Forum was established by the UN Secretary in 2006 as a result of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS 2003 - 2005) with the mandate to discuss public interest issues related to the governance of the Network. It has become the reference point for the global discussion on Internet governance issues and the Multistakeholder discussion and discussion model.
The United Nations role is exclusively that of promoter and "facilitator". IGF stakeholders are essentially grouped into four groups (governments, industry, civil society, academia / technical community), integrated by representatives of international organizations (including ICANN, ITU, UNESCO, etc.), the media and other communities relevant to the progress of the Internet.
The goal of the IGF is to maximize opportunities for dialogue and exchange of ideas between all stakeholders on not only technical, but also economic and social aspects of Internet governance, thus creating the opportunity to share experiences and identify issues emerging relating to the governance of the Network and thus bringing them to the attention of the relevant governmental and non-governmental bodies. Participation in global IGFs is free and open to all, including through the appropriate remote participation platform.
The inaugural IGF meeting of November 2006 in Athens was followed by international editions: Brazil 2007, India 2008, Egypt 2009, Lithuania 2010, Kenya 2011, Azerbaijan 2012, Indonesia 2013, Turkey 2014, Brazil 2015, Mexico 2016, Geneva 2017, Paris 2018, Berlin 2019.
The next global event will be held in Poland in late November 2019.
The success of the IGF discussion and comparison model led to the creation of national and regional initiatives by adopting the principles of the global model and bringing their contributions to the annual IGF discussion.
The coordination of national and regional initiatives constitutes the NRI (National Regional Initiatives) of the global IGF, which has its own site where the various local initiatives are announced and referenced.
To date there are 68 national IGF 16, regional. The UN Secretariat of the IGF, with the contribution of local initiatives, created in 2016 a guide for the organization of national IGFs according to the principles and processes adopted by the global IGF (NRI Toolkit).
The IGF Italia, after the editions of Cagliari 2008, Pisa 2009, Rome 2010, Trento 2011, Turin 2012, Rome 2014, Rome 2015, Venice 2016, Bologna 2017, Rome 2018, Torino 2019. IGF Italy adopts the UN principles of national and regional initiatives (NRI Toolkit), and invites all Italian stakeholders to contribute to the preparation and participate in the next edition to be held as a virtual meeting from 7 to 9 October.
IGF Italia Giovani
An "IGF Italia Giovani" initiative started in 2018 and was recognized by the global IGF.