The 14th annual meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF 2019) was held from 25-29 November in Berlin, Germany. It welcomed around 3,600 delegates from 161 economies to participate on the main theme: ‘One World. One Net. One Vision‘, and three sub-themes: data governance; digital inclusion; and security, safety, stability and resilience.
The IGF was presided at the highest level of both the host country, the government of Germany and the United Nations Secretariat. UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres and German Chancellor Angela Merkel both spoke at the Opening Ceremony, and both supported the UN as the appropriate platform for reshaping global Internet governance to ensure a free, open, and decentralized Internet that is secure and stable and can support development for all. They further reinforced the IGF as the most appropriate forum within the UN for advancing and evolving Internet governance norms and frameworks.
As the unified voice for the five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs), the Number Resource Organization (NRO) recognizes the participation of the public and private sectors, as well as all aspects of civil society, as critical to discussions on the future of the Internet.
NRO and RIR staff contributed to many of the workshops and sessions, including a main session co-organized by APNIC, ‘Addressing Terrorist and Violent Extremist Content Online’ on the different responsibilities, responses, rights and risks involved in policy approaches to dealing with terrorist and violent extremist content (TVEC) online.
The NRO booth in the IGF Village was a popular meeting place where staff from all five RIRs were available to answer questions about the NRO and the respective regional Internet communities and topics such as IPv4 runout, IPv6 deployment and cybersecurity.
Last modified on 09/12/2019