Internet Governance

LACIGF In Mexico City – Collaborative Governance and Unleashing Opportunities

Today it has been my great pleasure be here in Mexico City at LACIGF8. This event, one of many important meetings happening around the world in preparation for the global Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Brazil in November, has been remarkable so far. Yesterday there were standing room only sessions about human rights, surveillance and privacy in the region. There was a strong discussion about network neutrality, the role of local content  and the need to develop applications from within the LAC region. And there was a good discussion about how we connect the next billion people.  Today, the discussion continues on regional opportunities for connectivity, capacity building and innovation on the Internet.
These are critical discussions for stakeholders around the world. The Internet Society’s post-2015 vision is one of an  “Internet of opportunity” that is accessible to all people around the world and trusted as a means of communication, connection, collaboration and commerce.  
This vision is only possible if we can work together –everywhere–in an inclusive, bottom-up approach that involves all the sectors of our society.  Government alone cannot make decisions about the future of the Internet.  Nor can businesses, nor the technical community, nor universities or civil society.  It will take all of us, working in a spirit of collaborative governance to bring about the Internet we seek – and to bring the opportunities the Internet makes possible to all of those yet to be connected.
I thank the LAC IGF organizers for all they have done to create an event that reflects the foundational principle of openness. I look forward to listening to more people from around the region today and working with our LAC staff and Chapters and all of you reading this – to continue our work to bring about this open, global Internet of opportunity.

EDITORIAL NOTE: You can watch the LACIGF sessions ( see agenda) streamed live today at . The closing ceremony in which Kathy Brown will be speaking is scheduled at 15:30 CDT (UTC-5). 

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LACIGF and eLAC – Internet Governance Events in Mexico This Week

The 8th edition of LACIGF has started with a good energy and a full room! This is the beginning of a series of events taking place this week in Mexico that are mobilising key leaders in Latin America and the Caribbean that will shape the regional agenda for the information society.

8th LACIGF, 3-4 August

LACIGF stands for the Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Internet Governance Forum from the Latin America and the Caribbean. For the past 8 years, the event has been consistently contributing to leverage the understanding of Internet Governance issues, to give the opportunity for regional stakeholders to come together and share information on the work that is being done on various topics at national and regional level. The main tangible results of previous events has been to draft a Regional Internet Governance Agenda, which has been submitted to the global IGFs sessions.

There is a multistakeholder Program Committee responsible for the overall coordination, comprised with representatives of the various actors and aimed at managing the process in representation of the Latin American and Caribbean community. LACNIC serves as the secretariat for LACIGF. The Internet Society (ISOC) is currently one of the representatives of technical community in this committee, as well as a long-stand supporting organization.

The agenda has been shaped through an open consultative process for a call of topics that are relevant within the region, that culminate in the following topics to be discussed: Human Rights, Surveillance and Privacy; Right to be Forgotten; Intellectual Property and Freedom of Expression, Net Neutrality; Digital Economy; Internet of Things; and Policy Options for Connecting the Next Billion (in reply to MAG`s IGF call to further this theme within all regional and national IGFs). Moreover, the event will tackle the Roadmap for the regional Internet Governance agenda, the national IGFs efforts and the future of the LACIGF structure.

ISOC will be present with a strong delegation: our CEO & President Kathy Brown will deliver the closing remarks, Raul Echeberria will speak at the regional IG discussions, Sebastian Bellagamba is allocated at the Net Neutrality panel, Shernon Osepa will present our Global Internet Report at the Digital Economy session and Raquel Gatto will disseminate the Local IG Events toolkit and the LAC Youth@IGF program.

You can watch online through the live video streaming and participate in the twitter discussions using the hashtag #lacigf8

This year, the LACIGF has been located side-by-side with the high-level meeting on Information Society held by ECLAC, aiming to create more synergies within the regional events tackling the evolution and future of the Internet.

5th Ministerial Conference on the Information Society in Latin America and the Caribbean 5-7 August

The conference aims to evaluate the achievements of the eLAC, a mechanism for regional policy dialogue created in 2005 to meet the UN MDGs and is also based on the WSIS-Geneva results [the Geneva Declaration of Principles and the Plan of Action]. It is being held in Mexico City because the host country will assume the coordination for the eLAC2018.

The main outcome expected for the meeting is the LAC Digital Agenda for 2018, including the definition of the working groups for 2015-2018.

Initially set as an intergovernmental mechanism in the region, it has been continuously opening for the non-governmental actors. The technical community has a seat as observer, which is currently being represented by LACNIC. The conference in Mexico is starting tomorrow and will be open for anyone interested in participate.

Our CEO Kathy Brown will deliver opening remarks about digital technologies, economy and society, and Sebastian Bellagamba, LAC Bureau Director will moderate the panel 6 about “Implications of the Internet Governance for the regional context”, reinforcing the move to engage multiple actors in the eLAC processes.

Keep tuned as we share news on the event and follow us on twitter @ISOC_LAC. Hashtags for both meetings are #LACIGF8 and #eLAC2018, respectively.