Today is “Day 1” of the 2015 Internet Governance Forum (IGF2015) and this begins an incredibly packed schedule of many different simultaneous sessions, workshops, roundtables and other events. First, a quick reminder that all our Internet Society activities today can be found here:
Additionally, I’d encourage you all to read this new Huffington Post article from our President and CEO Kathy Brown that ties in deeply to what is being discussed this week at IGF 2015:
Now… on to Day 1…
Our day begins with the Main Session On WSIS+10 from 9:00 – 12:30 Brasilia Time (BRT, UTC-3) about the 10-year review of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) happening in New York in December. For us this is a critical time in the WSIS+10 discussions and both our President/CEO Kathy Brown and our point person on WSIS, Constance Bommelaer will be engaged in the discussions, along with other ISOC staff.
Simultaneously, we’ll also have staff in multiple sessions during the morning on the themes of Internet access, trust and cybersecurity, Internet exchange points (IXPs) and the digital economy:
- 09:00 – 10:30 – WS 126: Can Internet rights and access goals be reconciled?
- 11:00 – 12:30 – WS 118: How communities restore trust in the digital environment
- 11:00 – 12:30 – BPF: Enabling Environments to Establish successful IXPs
- 11:00 – 12:30 – WS 29: Digital economy, jobs and multistakeholder practices
Speaking of the Diplo Foundation, keep an eye out for the IGF Daily which they are publishing and distributing each day at the IGF 2015 venue (in partnership with us).
From 12:30 – 14:00 our Raùl Echeberrìa will be participating in the Seed Alliance Awards Ceremony over in Workshop Room 1.
At 14:00 we’ll move into a one-hour “Setting the Scene” session where speakers will provide overviews of the eight sub-themes for IGF 2015 that fit under the overarching theme of “Evolution of Internet Governance: Empowering Sustainable Development”. Our own Constance Bommelaer will give the high level view of the Best Practices Forums (BPFs) that will occur throughout the IGF week.
Finally at 15:00 all attention will shift to the main session area for the Opening Ceremony where the IGF will formally be opened and speakers from many governments and organizations will share their thoughts and views about the IGF and activities this week. Our President and CEO, Kathy Brown, will be among the speakers and will be sharing her reflections on the incredible importance of connecting the unconnected and also promoting and restoring trust in the Internet.
Throughout the day we’ll be providing updates on social media using the #IGF2015 hashtag, particularly on our @InternetSociety and @ISOCpolicy Twitter accounts. Please follow us there for more info – and if you are in Brazil at IGF 2015, please do stop by our ISOC booth and say hello to our staff and volunteers!
P.S. IETF Chair Jari Arkko also published a post on the IETF blog about the IETF / IAB participation in IGF 2015.
Image credit: photo of the ISOC community discussion about WSIS+10 on Day 0.