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Salam, salam - 7th Internet Governance Forum officially opened at Nov. 6, 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan

by Jutta Croll, Stiftung Digitale Chancen
Published on: 06.11.12
Source: eigener Bericht

Internet Governance for sustainable human, economic and social development

On Tuesday morning the 7th Internet Governance Forum was officially opened in Baku by Mr. Wu Hongbo, Under Secretary General, Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) on behalf of Mr. Ban Ki-moon and by Mr. Hamadoun Touré Secretary-General, International Telecommunications Union (ITU). About 1.500 participants from nearly 150 countries are expected to attend the sessions on the spot while another 1.000 people are engaged in the debates by remote participation. A look at the list of participants shows that the multistakeholder approach is implemented successfully.

IGF 2012 tag cloud

The Topics of the IGF 2012 are depicted in a tag cloud as shown in the photograph. It can be seen that 'Privacy' will play an important role as well as 'Broadband' and 'Access' on the IGF agenda. Although the term child protection is printed only in very small letters one is wondering whether the priorities might change during the days to follow. Anyway the tension between child protection and freedom of speech was identified in one of the very first workshops with the title 'Empowering Internet Users - which tools?' as a topic that is subject to both over reaction and a lack of proportionality. Various stakeholders of child protection organisations and the representatives of projects in the European Safer Internet Programme will contribute broadly to the IGF programme and give their topics the high relevance they need on the agenda.

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