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African Internet Governance Forum merges regional perspectives

October 6, 2012  »  ICT PolicyNo Comment

Internet stakeholders from all over Africa recently discussed Internet policy at the first African Internet Governance Forum held in Cairo, Egypt. Issues at hand include the management of Internet resources and infrastructure. More specifically, these themes are comprised of cyber security, Internet peering, and general ICT participation. Previously, regional events have yielded great participation from public and private sectors. A main goal of the event was to synthesize viewpoints from the five African regions (North, East, Southern, West, Central).

Perhaps the best way to quickly learn what themes were most discussed is via Twitter. A selection of insights and opportunities for African IG are below.

Human rights

Lack of human capital

Egypt

Results of regional IGFs

Mobile

Internet Exchange Points

A united African perspective on Internet governance can be brought to global events.

About the IGF: The IGF is a United Nations led-activity initiated in 2006 as a global platform for multi-stakeholder policy dialogue on prevailing and emerging issues on Internet governance in order to foster the sustainability, robustness, security, stability, and development of the Internet. The forum is an outcome of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).