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Global Internet Governance Forum, 2016

A survey of participants’ opinions about issues and trends recorded at the 11th Global IGF, in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

IGF 2016 Opening 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. Thousands of people from more than 100 countries are participated in the Global IGF meeting in Guadalajara Dec. 5-9, 2016.

Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center conducted interviews at IGF 2016 to gather opinions about Internet evolution and issues, inform policy and create a historic record. Click on links below to view more than 700 video clips in which 125 IGF participants from nearly 50 nation-states share their responses to six questions:

1 – What’s Next: What do you think the next big thing in the Internet’s evolution will be?

2 – Pros/Cons of AI and IoT: How will the Internet of Things and AI improve life; how are they also disrupting things?

3 – Top Internet Issues: What are the most difficult Internet challenges, fears or issues that must be addressed to assure the best future for all?

4 – Actions for Best Future?: What action or actions should be taken now to assure the best possible future; which organizations need to lead?

5 – Internet’s Next Billion: How will bringing another billion people globally online change the world?

6 – Internet in a Nutshell: Using just 10 words or less – in just a few seconds – briefly describe the Net’s future.

View brief videos compiling snippets of dozens of answers to each of the six questions, click here.

The Imagining the Internet Interview Team

Imagining the Internet’s ethnographic documentary work at Global IGF 2016 was conducted by undergraduate researchers Elizabeth Bilka, Ashley Bohle, Melissa Douglas, Maya Eaglin, Alex Hager, Caroline Hartshorn, Paul LeBlanc, Kailey Tracy and Anna Zwingelberg of Elon University’s School of Communications, under the supervision of Elon faculty/staff Aaron Moger, Vanessa Bravo and Janna Anderson.

You can read the full question set here.

IGF 2016 Imagining the Internet Group Photo