Before the Opening Plenary:
Session description: This session provided background on the evolution and current state of Internet governance discussions at the IGF. It was presented in the morning of the first day of IGF 2010, before the opening plenary, which took place in the afternoon. It offered historical context and an introduction to the primary issues of the 2010 IGF meeting. As a starting point for this discussion, expert IGF participants who wrote background papers for a documentary book that was prepared to report on now the proceedings of each previous IGF led up to the point we are at in 2010 each presented on one of the principal themes: critical Internet resources; openness; diversity; access; security.
(You can download a PDF of the book by clicking here: http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/images/2010/book/igf.sharm.book.final.pdf)
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: Alejandro Pisanty of the National University of Mexico, a longtime Internet Society and ICANN leader, sums up security issues, 6:02Jeanette Hofmann of the London School of Economics talks about governance discussions about critical Internet resources, 3:54Anriette Esterhuysen of the Association for Progressive Communications, talks about the conversations about access issues at IGF, 3:26Hong Xue, the director of the Institute for Internet Policy & Law at Beijing Normal University, reviews diversity discussions at IGF, 2:07Jeanette Hofmann says the IGF is not a place where decisions are made, 0:22Art Reilly, global Internet policy director for Cisco, notes the evolution of key topics and their relationships at IGF to this point; 5:13
September 14, 2010 - Participants in this session briefed IGF newcomers and also provided a setting for moving forward to those have previously attended the global IGF. More content about this session will be written later. For now, enjoy the video clips that are linked in the Flowplayer on the right side of the page. The video is content captured from the remote webcast of IGF events. It is not comprehensive due to occasional technological glitches in that recording process, but this selection of clips is representative of the presentations in this session.
Leaders of the plenary "setting the scene" session were: Jeanette Hofmann, senior researcher at the London School of Economics and Political Science; Olga Cavalli, professor at Universidad de Buenos Aires and director of South School on Internet Governance; Hong Xue, professor and director of the Institute for Internet Policy and Law at Beijing Normal University; Anriette Esterhuysen, executive director of the Association for Progressive Communications; Alejandro Pisanty, professor, Facultad de Quimica, National University of Mexico; N. Ravi Shanker, joint secretary of the Department of Information Technology and Ministry of Communication & Information Technology for the government of India; Arthur Reilly, senior director of strategic technology policy for Cisco.
IGF 2009 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 Setting
- Reporting by Samantha Baranowski, Kirsten Bennett, Drew Smith and Glenn Scott