Day One Afternoon Plenary:
Session description: This session presented a stage on which global leaders could express their support and encouragement for enhanced cooperation and further progress at the meetings and exchanges inspired by those who gathered for the 2010 IGF. The IGF process was established by global participants in the World Summits on the Information Society (WSIS) (held in the early 2000's in Geneva and Tunis) to inspire dialogue resulting in informed leadership. The document establishing IGF, the Tunis Agenda (2005) states: "The international management of the Internet should be multilateral, transparent and democratic, with the full involvement of governments, the private sector, civil society and international organizations ... for a people-centered, inclusive, development-oriented and non-discriminatory Information Society."
IGF-2010: Developing the Future Together
Speakers in the opening session stressed the importance of a cooperative effort in shaping Internet policy among stakeholders and maintaining the transparency and openness of the Internet for all.
Andrew McLaughlin, deputy chief technology officer of The White House, United States of America, said enhanced cooperation is becoming even more important as the Internet grows to support billions more people. "The architecture of the Internet needs to be actively maintained," he observed. "It needs to be actively supported. And as I said that architecture is decentalized, it is cooperative, it is layered, and the governance institutions, the governance processes, have to mirror and in many ways model that architecture in the way they function. That's why the IGF is so important, because it is a critical element of the multistakeholder process applied to the problems of Internet governance."
McLaughlin said there is a need for many organizations to successfully work together to assure that communications networks provide the most benefits for the most people. "We need mechanisms and institutions that respect each other and cooperate with each other to strengthen their own core competencies and to enable others to pursue their distinct roles in that broader ecosystem," he said, adding, "we can't solve all of the problems of the Internet in one forum, not one treaty organization, not one multistakeholder forum, we need multiple institutions."
Among the other leaders who spoke at the opening ceremony were:
Jomo Kwame Sundaram
Maud de Boer-Buquicchio
Lynn St. Amour
Augusto Gadelha Vieira
N. Ravi Shanker
IGF 2010 Topics - Panel discussions, workshops and other meetings that took place on the opening morning of IGF and will continue to take place this week are aimed at illuminating many issues, including: the future of privacy; freedom of connection and expression; long-term Internet stability; cross-border criminal law on the Internet; a multilingual Internet; international trade and governance; digital inclusion; cybersecurity; disabilities access; governance of social media; enhancing transparency; child safety; cloud confidence and implications of cloud computing; and the issues tied to the involvement of Internet intermediaries in information networks.
The UN's official transcript of the opening ceremony of IGF 2010 can be found at this link:
- Reporting by Kirsten Bennett, photography by Drew Smith