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APC’s assessment of the fourth Internet Governance Forum held at Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt 15-18 November 2009.

This year the fourth internet governance forum was playing it safe – perhaps because next year could be its last – but we still saw real progress. Privacy no longer plays second fiddle to security, people’s rights online are recognised as central by all sides. Social networking was the new star centre stage. There are still too few women and people of colour but participants are getting younger which is a good sign. Next year APC hopes for an IGF focusing on development and human rights and looking to the future.

We would like to thank Nupef in Brazil for producing a Portuguese translation of this assessment.

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