The ninth Internet Governance Forum in Istanbul proved to be a space for activists, academics, policy makers, business leaders and civil society to stir the pot with ideas. APC played a key role in influencing internet governance around the world by leading and participating in more than a dozen workshops and side events with partners, decision makers and stakeholders. With talks on sex, rights and the internet, communications surveillance, public access and the digital age, here is a roundup of what went down at the annual global meeting in September 2014.
Being part of IGF 2014 has been a unique opportunity for my personal and professional development.
This year’s IGF in Istanbul drew more than 1,600 foreign participants and around 700 local participants, as well as a high number of government representatives from Turkey and other countries, including Colombia, with a delegation headed by the minister of ICT and the director of the communications
_The following is a slightly edited version of Nica Dumlao’s contribution as one of the panellists at Workshop 157 entitled "Crowdsourcing a Magna Carta for the Web We Want", held during the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey on 4 September 2014.
Participating in the 2014 IGF in Istanbul opened up a wide range of opportunities for both my own organisation and for APC, including new possibilities for partnerships, cooperation and impact.
I would like to thank my host APC and also everyone for contributing to the success of the ninth annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Istanbul, Turkey. This was the first time that I joined the IGF, the multi-stakeholder policy dialogue.
On 2-5 September 2014, the Ninth Internet Governance Forum (IGF) was held at the Lufti Kirdar International Convention and Exhibition Centre in Istanbul, Turkey. The event’s theme was "Connecting Continents for Enhanced Multistakeholder Internet Governance".
I, together with FMA’s gender and ICT coordinator, Lisa García, participated in the IGF in Istanbul.
Güneş Tavmen is the author of the Global Information Society Watch Special Report on Turkey, launched at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Istanbul, Turkey in September 2014. APC’s Elvira Truglia spoke to Tavmen during the IGF about the state of communications regulation in Turkey and what can be done to reverse the tide of restrictive policies.
Feminist activist and filmmaker Bishakha Datta of Point of View (India) helped draft the groundbreaking Feminist Principles of the Internet. An initiative of APC’s Women’s Rights Programme, this tool for advancing internet rights was launched at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Istanbul, Turkey in September 2014. APC’s Elvira Truglia spoke to Datta during the IGF about the relevance of the Feminist Principles of the Internet.
The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) strongly condemns the Turkish government for amending a law that tightens internet censorship. The law, which now grants the Telecommunications Directorate (TIB) extensive powers to block access to websites without a court order, comes on the heels of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Istanbul on 2-5 September 2014.