The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is a multi-stakeholder platform to discuss various issues of Internet governance. IGF is one of major outcome of WSIS which was held in two installments in 2003 and 2005 respectively in Geneva and Tunis. The Internet Governance Forum serves to bring people together from various stakeholder groups as equals, in discussions on public policy issues relating to the Internet. At annual meeting delegates discuss, exchange information and share good practices with each other.The IGF facilitates a common understanding of how to maximize Internet opportunities and address risks and challenges that arise. The Forum brings various stakeholder groups to the table as equals to exchange information and share good practices. IGF has no decision-making mandates; it informs and inspires those who do. It facilitates a common understanding of how to maximize Internet opportunities and address risks and challenges.
Building on the United Nations (UN) Millennium Development Goals, and the mandate given at the Second Phase of the World Summit on the Information Society in Tunis in 2005, the IGF (Internet Governance Forum) is a United Nations activity initiated in 2006 as a global platform for multi-stakeholder policy dialogue on prevailing and emerging issues on Internet governance so as to foster the sustainability, robustness, security, stability and development of Internet.
The Internet has become an integral part of people’s life. Despite the advantages, misuses and abuses lead to social problems, such as digital divide, Internet addiction, information safety, security, privacy and other evolving issues. These issues have no respect to national borders, and therefore require collaboration between countries and territories to address. The IGF approach is an open forum for knowledge sharing between stakeholders across borders, which in turn inform local policy development.
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To facilitate inclusive, productive discussions on Internet related public policy issues from a general perspective, while keeping all stakeholders involved. IGF adheres to the generally used UN principle of discouraging ad hominem attacks.