Internet Governance in a sustainable world

7 November 2012 - A Workshop on Internet Governance for Development in Baku, Azerbaijan

Agenda

To start -- Internet Governance matters! Now is gets hard --to establish a sustainable Internet Governance structure, a number of significant challenges need to be addressed. We need to address these problems through the adoption of domestic and international agreements to mitigate the harms that can arise from a globally connected world. We need to explore social and legal norms that protect users and institutions from harm, while preserving freedoms. That these issues are trans-national increases their importance and their difficulty to resolve. One underlying factor that contributes greatly to sound Internet Governance is the relationship between the public and private sectors. It only makes sense that when governments have the will and vision to bring their citizens into the Digital Age that the ICT sector is right beside them planning and implementing the tools and applications required to fulfill the vision. Through organizations such as the Global Information Infrastructure Commission (GIIC) and the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA), the industry is well positioned to play a key role in continuing to work with governments as well as other stakeholders in the development of sound and effective Internet Governance dialogue and solutions. This dialogue needs to take place at both the global and national levels. After all, most of the significant inventions and innovations -- including the Internet -- resulted from government and industry working together. The Internet has proven to be a rich and still evolving ecosystem that has contributed enormous economic, social, scientific and intellectual value through the voluntary contributions of its now billions of users. Enhanced in utility through mobile smart phones, the Internet is becoming an indispensable part of life for about one third of the global population. But this same infrastructure is also an avenue for harms, social, economic and even criminal. That these issues must be addressed is indisputable. The way forward will require the determined effort of many stakeholders and institutions with an interest in the critical nature of Internet Governance to ensure a safe, healthy, prosperous and sustainable Internet. At present, our Internet Governance system is still very much a voluntary collaboration of a remarkable range of stakeholders -- including but not exclusively made up of governments, industry, academia and civil society. This workshop will explore how this broad range of stakeholders can effectively work together towards addressing these Internet Governance challenges and developing solutions to these complex but critical issues for the benefit of all. Panelists will bring real-life examples of how problem-solving within the framework of Internet Governance can best be achieved through mutual cooperation in the following critical areas, or building blocks for ICT Development::

1. ICT and Sustainable Economic Growth
2. ICT for Effective and Efficient Public Service
3. Protecting Infrastructure and Information
4. Building a Thriving ICT Sector based on innovation and economic growth

Organiser(s) Name:
Global Information Infrastructure Commission (GIIC) World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA)