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02.12.2016 - Communication & Information Sector

Join UNESCO-organized sessions at the Internet Governance Forum 2016 – from anywhere!

The 11th annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) will be taking place next week from 5 to 9 December in Guadalajara, Mexico. UNESCO will be actively contributing to numerous main sessions and as well as organizing workshops and open fora on Internet governance and the judiciary system, protecting journalists, encryption, prevention of violent extremism and Internet Universality and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Throughout the week various stakeholders will exchange ideas on Internet governance and “Enabling Inclusive and Sustainable Growth”, the theme of this year’s IGF. UNESCO will be hosting sessions that will address crucial subjects such as the role of social media in violent extremism, the role of judiciary systems, encryption and the safety of journalists, as well as Internet Universality.

On Monday 5 December UNESCO will be hosting a pre-event in Spanish and English on “Protecting safety of journalists online and offline in global Internet Governance ecosystem” from 16:00 to 18:00.  This session aims to provide platform for further cooperation and the exchange of ideas between various stakeholders based on the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity. UNESCO will also launch the Spanish version of its Internet freedom publication Building Digital Safety for Journalism, as well briefly showcase the results so far of the Journalists’ Safety Indicators, developed by UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication, and so far implemented in three Latin American countries.

The workshop on “Social media and youth radicalization in the digital age”, on Tuesday 6 December 2016 from 12:00 to 13:30, will follow up on and further explore discussions held on youth radicalization at the 2015 IGF and at  “Internet and the Radicalization of Youth: Preventing, Acting and Living Together”, a conference organized by UNESCO with the Government of Quebec (from 31 October to 1 November 2016) This IGF workshop will discuss the relationship between the Internet and youth radicalization, as well as measures to prevent violent extremism through a focus on youth empowerment. UNESCO will also be sharing initial findings stemming from commissioned Internet governance research on social media and youth radicalization.

UNESCO will also be bringing in new stakeholders through its discussions with Freedom of Expression Rapporteurs and Regional Human Rights Courts in the workshop on “The Role of Judiciary Systems and Internet Governance” on Wednesday 7 December 2016 from 09:00 to 10:30.  In recent years UNESCO has worked with various judicial systems in Latin America, including supreme courts and judicial training schools and institutions, in capacity development of judicial operators struggling with new challenges associated with the Internet and freedom of expression, access to information, and the safety of journalists.

The workshop on “Encryption and safety of journalists in digital age” will take place on Wednesday 7 December 2016 from 15:00 to 16:30. Encryption is a potential tool for the protection of freedom of expression, privacy, and other human rights online. This workshop will, however, explore this subject and related human rights implications of encryption in Internet Governance. The session will particularly examine human rights  implications in terms of freedom of expression and privacy in the media and communications, as well as investigating existing mechanisms and legislation to protect journalists from digital harassment. The aim is to help formulate recommendations that will be useful for various stakeholders. We will also be launching the latest edition of our Internet Freedom Series publication, Human Rights Aspects of Encryption.

UNESCO’s Open Forum at the IGF this year will take place on Thursday 8 December from 17:00 to 18:00 on “Putting Internet Universality at the heart of the SDGs”.  In this Open Forum UNESCO will present participants with an introduction to its Internet Universality approach as well as the ROAM (Rights-based, Open, Accessible, Multi-stakeholder-shaped Internet) principles. There will be 4 main areas of discussion: ‘Internet governance and the SDGs’, ‘Internet Indicators Project and the launch of a new UNESCO publication,  ‘Privacy, Free expression and  transparency’, ‘Universal access: Multilingualism and empowering peoples with disabilities projects’, and ‘Internet and the Radicalisation of Youth: Preventing, Acting and Living Together’.  In each area of discussion UNESCO will present suggestions or proposals such as an initial set of Internet Indicators, as well as feedback on UNESCO’s relevant work in that particular area, such as its Atlas of Languages in Danger project or the results of the conference on “Internet and the Radicalization of Youth: Preventing, Acting, and Living Together” in order to trigger further discussion on these critical issues.

UNESCO will also be jointly hosting an Open Forum with the ITU on “How Can Universal Connectivity Be Used as Catalyst for Achieving the SDGs?” on Thursday 8 December, from 9:00 to 10:00. Through this Open Forum the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development –co-chaired by UNESCO and the ITU- will identify and address challenges and opportunities.

At the co-organized Open Forum on “WSIS Action Lines Supporting the Implementation of the SDGs – WSIS Forum: Information and Knowledge Societies for SDGs”, on Wednesday 7 December 2016, 16:00-17:00, where UNESCO will be sharing its experiences on the implementation of WSIS Action Lines and discussing and exchanging information with other WSIS Action Line facilitators.

UNESCO is also a co-organizer of the “Global Connect, IEEE, ISOC, ITU, UNESCO, WEF, and the World Bank – Advancing Solutions for Connectivity: Improving Global Coordination and Collaboration” pre-event that will discuss the challenges of advancing connectivity and universal access, on Monday 5 December from 13:00 to 18:00.

Come and join us at these interesting sessions to learn more and exchange information on crucial issues and challenges in Internet governance.

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Remote participation will also be available for those who cannot attend the IGF in person in Mexico. Remote participants will be able to follow discussions online through the IGF webcast and real-time closed captioning. It is also possible through the IGF remote hubs to participate live and submit questions or interventions when panel moderators open the discussion to the floor. Participants can register for available remote hubs or organize their own remote hubs.

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More information about and register for IGF 2016 remote hubs: http://www.intgovforum.org/multilingual/content/igf-2016-remote-hubs


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