8th Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF): Chair´s summary

From 22-25 October 2013 in Bali, Indonesia, internet governance experts, civil society, government and intergovernmental organizations’ officials, international social and economic development practitioners, members of the academic and technical communities, private sector representatives and other inquiring global citizens gathered together for the 8th meeting of the Internet Governance Forum. The main overarching theme for the 8th IGF was ‘Building Bridges - Enhancing Multistakeholder Cooperation for Growth and Sustainable Development’.
The various sub-themes for the 8th IGF included: Access and Diversity - Internet as an Engine for Growth and Sustainable Development; Openness - Human rights, Freedom of Expression and Free Flow of Information on the Internet; Security - Legal and other Frameworks: Spam, Hacking and Cybercrime; Enhanced Cooperation; Principles of Multistakeholder Cooperation and Internet Governance Principles. 135 focus sessions, workshops, open forums, flash sessions and other meetings took place over the 4-day event.
In the context of the recent revelations about government-led internet surveillance activities, IGF 2013 was marked by discussions about the need to ensure better protection of all citizens in the online environment and to reach a proper balance between actions driven by national security concerns and the respect for internationally recognized human rights, such as the right to privacy and freedom of expression.
The IGF Chair´s summary reports on many relevant issues discussed during the forum, such as: "Government, among other stakeholders, plays an important role in preserving free expression, cultural diversity, and gender equality on the internet, and in supporting people's ability to access and engage with the Internet, through support for education and skills development."
Year of publication: 
2013