TowardsG8

CAGLIARI, OCTOBER 22 > 24 2008
Internet Governance Forum Italia and Dialogue Forum on Internet Rights 2

Internet Governance Forum Italia
Since the first United Nations World Summit on Information Society (WSIS), held in Geneva in December 2003, Italy has played a key role in the international debate on Internet Governance. One major outcome of WSIS was the creation of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) whose first meeting was held in 2006 in Athens. The next IGF event will take place in Hyderabad, India on 3-6 December 2008. All institutions, organizations and experts on the themes of Internet Governance are invited to participate. The organization of the national Internet Governance Forum (IGF Italia), which will take place on 22 and 23 October in Cagliari, meets with the European Parliament's invitation to set up National IGFs. The process of setting up the IGF Italia was launched last May in Rome at a CNR meeting, the Italian National Council for Research, and promoted by ISOC Italia. This event, organized in collaboration with the Italian chapter of Internet SOCiety (ISOC Italia), is intended to convene the representatives of the Italian Internet community to discuss and define a common position on the issues to be dealt with at the next international IGF (access, openness, diversity, security, critical resources, emerging issues). The Forum program includes twelve workshops on the major and most current issues. Ample time will be dedicated to interaction with the attending public. In order to gather useful contributions to the discussion, a public online consultation will be held at www.isoc.it. Specific information and related documents will be available on the same web site. The official language of the meeting will be Italian.

See the Programme [file.pdf]

Link
- World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)
- Internet Governance Forum (IGF)
- Società Internet Italia (ISOC Italia)
- Internet Governance Forum (IGF Italia)
- National Research Council
Dialogue Forum on Internet Rights 2
The Dialogue Forum on Internet Rights 2 (DFIR2), which will be held on 24 October, is meant as a follow-up to the first edition of this initiative, which took place in Rome in 2007. Its aim is to keep up the international discussion process - officially launched by Italy, together with other actors, during the Athens IGF - to define a shared set of principles able to steer the democratic and inclusive development of the Internet (the so-called Internet Bill of Rights or Internet Rights Code).
The first edition of the Forum, organized together with the United Nations, featured participants from 70 countries and 53 governmental delegations. During the last IGF in Rio de Janeiro, it obtained an acknowledgment from the United Nations and registered the interest of many Countries, in particular Brazil, with whom Italy signed a Joint Declaration.
On this basis, we trust that DFIR2 will bring about further adhesions to this initiative and new formal commitments by Governments and other stakeholders in support of the process of defining Internet rights.
The Forum will be opened by the Minister for Public Administration and Innovation, Renato Brunetta, and by the President of the Autonomous Region of Sardinia, Renato Soru. A panel session dedicated to the present situation and future developments of the Net will follow.
The afternoon session will be focused on international experiences related to the themes of Internet rights and initiatives connected to the Internet Bill of Rights. Both panels will be followed by an open debate.
The results of the DFIR2 works will be presented at the next United Nations Internet Governance Forum meeting, which will take place in Hyderabad, in December 2008.
The official languages of the meeting will be English and Italian.

See the Programme [file.pdf]

Link
- DFIR Italy 2007
- IGF 2008
- Dynamic Coalition on the Internet Bill of Rights