Elon University

Global Internet Governance Forum, 2015

A survey of participants’ opinions about issues and trends recorded at the Global IGF’s 10th meeting, in João Pessoa, Brazil

IGF Meeting PhotoThe Global Internet Governance Forum is a multistakeholder effort to illuminate issues and cultivate constructive discussions about the future of the Internet. It is a space where people from civil society, government, technology, research, business and academia share information and create coalitions that move dialogues forward and demonstrate best practices. IGF is part of the processes of the World Summit on the Information Society,  facilitated by the United Nations and aimed at contributing to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. More than 2,400 people from more than 116 countries participated in the Global IGF meeting in João Pessoa Nov. 9-13, 2015.

Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center conducted interviews at IGF to gather opinions about Internet evolution and issues, inform policy and create a historic record. Click on links below to view a selection of video clips in which nearly 100 IGF participants share their responses to five questions:

1 – HOPE? What is your greatest hope for the future of the Global Internet Governance Forum – what should it ideally accomplish for the world?

2 – THE TOP INTERNET ISSUES? What are the most important issues that must be addressed in order to ensure the best future for the Internet and all people?

3 – BIGGEST THREAT TO FREEDOM AND TRUST ONLINE? What do you see as the greatest threat to achieving the most positive future for the Internet?

4 – CONNECTING BILLIONS? IGF efforts have always focused on connecting the next billion. What specific steps are being taken to connect the last billion?

5 – INTERNET IN A NUTSHELL: Using just 10 words or less – in just a few seconds – briefly describe the future of the Internet.

Click here to SEE a highlight video with a selection of answers to Question 1

The Imagining the Internet Interview Team

Imagining the Internet’s ethnographic documentary work at Global IGF in João Pessoa was conducted by undergraduate researchers Paige Pauroso, Michael Bodley, Gary Grumbach, Jackie Pascale, Leena Dahal and Jacob LaPlante of Elon University’s School of Communications, under the supervision of Elon faculty/staff Aaron Moger, Kenn Gaither and Janna Anderson.

IGF 2015 Imagining Internet Team Photo

Global IGF 2015 Official Summary Reports, Webcasts and Transcripts

The IGF Secretariat’s compiled reports, transcripts and webcasts from the sessions of the 10th Global Internet Governance Forum can be found at the following links:

All 2015 Global IGF Reports from workshops, main sessions, and open forums.

Global IGF 2015 Webcasts

Global IGF 2015 Transcripts