APC's reflections on the Fifth Internet Governance Forum
, November 2010
On September 17 the fifth Internet Governance Forum (IGF) came to an end in Vilnius, Lithuania. The five-year UN-run annual event is a uniquely experimental and influential space on the road to guaranteeing open, universal and affordable internet and ICT access to all. However the continuity of the IGF is uncertain.
Our recommendations include a main session on human rights and a sub-session on accountability and transparency for the next IGF, making spectrum allocation, digital migration and intellectual property central and that the IGF should adopt a sustainable development agenda. We would like to see the piloting of thematic IGFs. We continue to recommend improving developing country participation and broadening the stakeholder community. We also have specific suggestions for improving the IGF process to make it more informed and dynamic.