What is the Internet Governance Forum?

Building on the United Nations (UN) Millennium Development Goals, and the mandate given at the Second Phase of the World Summit on the Information Society in Tunis in 2005, the IGF (Internet Governance Forum) is a United Nations activity initiated in 2006 as a global platform for multi-stakeholder policy dialogue on prevailing and emerging issues on Internet governance so as to foster the sustainability, robustness, security, stability and development of Internet. The annual Forum was previously held in Greece (2006), Brazil (2007), India (2008), and Egypt (2009), Lithuania (2010), Kenya (2011), Azerbaijan (2012).

The Internet has become an integral part of people’s life. Despite the advantages, misuses and abuses lead to social problems, such as digital divide, Internet addiction, information safety, security, privacy and other evolving issues. These issues have no respect to national borders, and therefore require collaboration between countries and territories to address. The IGF approach is an open forum for knowledge sharing between stakeholders across borders, which in turn inform local policy development.

While the youth IGF strives to bring in the youth community up to par with the relevant issues that face the country in terms of internet governance and digital literacy, the national IGF acts as a platform for major players and established stakeholders in the digital world of Malaysia to come together and discuss innovative ideas and opine on the current state of the internet in this day and age.

Malaysia is keen on participating in this national initiative as well, and for now, more information can be found on the UN-IGF official website at http://www.intgovforum.org