05.11.2012 - Communication & Information Sector

UNESCO to address key Internet challenges at 7th annual IGF meeting in Baku

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On the theme of “Internet Governance for Sustainable Human, Economic and Social Development,” the seventh annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) meeting launches tomorrow in Baku, Azerbaijan. At the meeting, to take place from 6 to 9 November 2012, UNESCO will lead thematic workshops on topics such as freedom of expression, linguistic diversity and ethical principles in cyberspace. UNESCO will also launch a new World Report on IDN Deployment and the publication “Global Survey on Internet Privacy and Freedom of Expression”.

The Internet is a key area for the fulfillment of UNESCO’s mission and to building the four underlying principles of knowledge societies: Freedom of expression, universal access to information and knowledge, respect for cultural and linguistic diversity, and quality education for all.

By inviting prominent experts and in cooperation with other key Internet stakeholders, UNESCO will host the following meetings at the IGF:

6 November, 14:30-16:00
WS 126 "EURid/UNESCO World Report on IDN Deployment 2012 – opportunities and challenges associated with IDNs and online multilingualism"

The European Registry for Internnational Domains (EURid) and UNESCO will share their latest report on the global deployment of Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs). Participants will also discuss the opportunities and challenges faced when measuring and promoting online multilingualism. The discussion will feature the following panelists:

  • Vint Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google
  • Baher Esmat, Manager, Regional Relation – Middle East, ICANN
  • Anne Rachel Inne, Chief Operations Officer, AFRINIC
  • Jānis Kārkliņš, Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, UNESCO
  • Markus Kummer, Vice-President for Public Policy, ISOC
  • Minjung Park, KISA
  • Giovanni Seppia, International Relations Manager, EURid
  • Emily Taylor, Internet consultant, EURid

November, 16:30 - 18:00
WS 203 "Information Ethics and Internet Governance - Identity, design and preservation"

This session will examine some of the opportunities and challenges for Internet governance from the perspective of cyber and information ethics, particularly in the areas of identity, design and digital preservation. It is organized in cooperation with UNESCO’s Information for All Programme (IFAP).

7 November, 9:00 - 10:30
WS 59 "Internet privacy and freedom of expression: UNESCO launches a global survey on legal frameworks"

UNESCO will present findings of a recent global research study aimed at mapping the current regulatory landscape for Internet privacy. It provides an overview of legal protection, self-regulatory guidelines, challenges and case studies relating to the topic.

8 November, 14:30 - 16:00
UNESCO Open Forum "Digital preservation and multilingualism"

UNESCO representatives will give a general presentation on the Organization’s Internet-related activities, such as the conference on digitalization and preservation held in Vancouver, Canada in September and the multistakeholder WSIS+10 review meeting to be held at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris 25-17 February 2013.

Remote participation in all IGF sessions will be made available on the IGF website.

About UNESCO and Internet governance

UNESCO acknowledges the potential of the Internet for fostering sustainable human development and building more democratic societies, and also for enhancing the free flow of information and ideas throughout the world. The Organization has consistently stressed that the mechanisms of Internet governance should be based on the principles of openness, privacy and diversity, encompassing universal access, interoperability, freedom of expression and measures to resist any attempt to censor content. Internet governance should also promote cultural and linguistic diversity, as stated in the “Recommendation concerning the Promotion and Use of Multilingualism and Universal Access to Cyberspace”.

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