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What is Internet Governance?

Internet governance is the development and application by governments, the private sector and civil society, in their respective roles, of shared principles, norms, rules, decision-making procedures, and programmes that shape the evolution and use of the Internet. (Tunis Agenda for the Information Society, World Summit on the Information Society, 2005 ).

The Internet Governance Forum

The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is a multistakeholder forum for dialogue on public policy issues related to key elements of Internet governance.

Since its first meeting, in 2006, the IGF has been convened annually by the United Nations Secretary General,  in accordance with the mandate set out in the Tunis Agenda for the Information Society.

As a platform for discussions, the Forum brings various stakeholder groups to the table as  equals to exchange information and share good practices. The IGF facilitates a common  understanding of how to maximize Internet opportunities and address risks and challenges.

Further details about the IGF:

For Internet Governance News click here.

For IGF publication, click here.