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Issue 2

IGFSA Newsletter

The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) brings people together from all stakeholder groups as equals, in discussions on issues relating to the Internet. The IGF is inclusive and anyone can participate.

The Internet Governance Forum Support Association (IGFSA) is set up to support the United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF). The goal of the IGFSA is to provide stable and sustainable support for the IGF Secretariat and to fund related activities. The IGFSA was launched on 1 September 2014 at the ninth IGF meeting in Istanbul, Turkey. To-date, the IGFSA has contributed USD 290,000 to the UN IGF Trust Fund, and contributed a total of USD 497,000 to 145 National IGFs, and 47 Regional IGFs since 2014.
 
the IGFSA has contributed USD 290,000 to the UN IGF Trust Fund, and contributed a total of USD 497,000 to 145 National IGFs, and 47 Regional IGFs since 2014

Brian Cute is one of our 2021 incoming IGFSA Executive members. Access is still the hot topic for him, he talks about how COVID-19 has shown all of us the importance of having access to the Internet.

Brian also shares his thoughts on about how credibility and engagement can help keep the IGF relevant 5, 10 years into the future. For individual impact, Brian encourages a "commitment to the bigger picture" and for us to keep on participating from our respective points of view. In his view, this participation of all stakeholders can "create over time, a balanced, transparent, open and informed Internet Governance future".

Rajnesh Singh, chair of the Multistakeholder Steering Group for the Asia Pacific Regional IGF (APrIGF) talks about listening to what is not being said at Internet Governance meetings, bringing missing voices to the dialogues and to ensure many diverse voices are part of the conversations. 

He hopes that: "Internet Governance discussions...at the local, national, regional and global level continue to evolve and continue to serve the wider community and the wider Internet"

APrIGF 2021 will be hybrid meeting held in Kathmandu, Nepal and virtually from 27-30 Sept https://ap.rigf.asia/ 
Amrita Choudhury, one of the vice-chairs of the Multistakeholder Steering Group for APrIGF tells us what to look forward to at APrIGF 2021. Home to over 60% of the global population, hot topics for the APAC region include: meaningful and affordable access to the Internet, digital economy, emerging regulations, emerging technologies, fragmentation of the Internet, power of big tech, cybersecurity, and eroding the trust deficit over the Internet.
IGF 2021 is already in its preparatory phase. As a hybrid onsite-virtual meeting, this phase aims to engage people in IGF discussions and identify synergies between different activities to facilitate cooperation.

A schedule of the planned prepartory activities, including different regional engagement sessions held with NRIs, Dynamic Coalitions, planned townhalls and webinars is available here: https://www.intgovforum.org/multilingual/content/igf-2021-preparatory-and-engagement-phase

The IGF 2021 Programme is structured around six issue areas, defined through a community consultation. For more information, including the wiki pages and issue teams which are open to non-MAG members, go here: https://www.intgovforum.org/multilingual/content/igf-2021-issue-areas 

Finally, please do not forget to register for IGF 2021 here: https://www.intgovforum.org/multilingual/content/igf-2021-registration
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Here's what IGFSA has been active with in and around the NRI and Internet Governance community!
In case you missed it ...
  • One of the IGFSA 2021 grantees, Kenya IGF is happening right now 21-24 September https://kigf.or.ke/
  • Haiti IGF is happening on 23 September https://isoc.ht/

Looking ahead ...
  • Asia Pacific Regional will be held 27-30 September https://ap.rigf.asia/
  • Greece IGF will be held 2-3 October https://igfgreece.eu/ 

For more information on upcoming NRI meetings, go to: https://www.intgovforum.org/multilingual/content/igf-regional-and-national-initiatives

Please stay tuned for details about the IGFSA General Assembly to be held 10 December as well as more information on the Executive Committee Elections! 
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