Fwd: [Igfregionals] Published & for distribution: New IGF resources now available

Michael Oghia mike.oghia at gmail.com
Wed Jan 25 13:01:07 CET 2017

Dear colleagues,

The 2016 Internet Governance Forum (IGF) intersessional work has been
published, including the Best Practice Forum (BPF) outcome documents for
the IXP and IPv6 BPFs.


Michael J. Oghia
iGmena <http://igmena.org/> communications manager
Independent #netgov consultant & editor

Belgrade, Serbia
Skype: mikeoghia
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From: Brian Clarke GUTTERMAN <BGUTTERMAN at unog.ch>
Date: Wed, Jan 25, 2017 at 12:38 PM
Subject: [Igfregionals] Published & for distribution: New IGF resources now
To: Anri van der Spuy <anri at avds.consulting>, Wim Degezelle <
wdegezelle at drmv.be>
Cc: bp_gender at intgovforum.org, igfregionals at intgovforum.org,
bp_ipv6 at intgovforum.org, outreach_com_2015 at intgovforum.org,
intersessional_2015 at intgovforum.org, dc at intgovforum.org,
bp_ixps at intgovforum.org, "bp_cybersec_2016 at intgovforum.org" <
bp_cybersec_2016 at intgovforum.org>

Dear Internet Governance Stakeholders,


We are glad to let you know that the IGF has just published all of the
tangible outcomes from its intersessional activities conducted in 2016.
These outputs include:


   BPF Gender: Outcome resource 2016
   (access and gender) & recommendations roadmap
   (online abuse and gender-based violence);

   BPF on Internet exchange points (IXPs)

   BPF on commercial and economic incentives to deploy IPv6

   BPF Cybersecurity
   (‘Building Confidence and Security in the use of Information and
   Communications Technologies (ICTs) through Enhanced Cooperation and
   Collaboration’); and

   Policy Options for Connecting and Enabling the Next Billion(s)
   (Phase II).

These resources are the outputs from bottom-up, inclusive, and
community-driven activities of the IGF that took place over the course of
2016 (for more information about these initiatives, please see the Notes at
the end of this email).

The IGF, along with the facilitators and rapporteurs for all of the
respective intersessional activities, are grateful for the invaluable
support given and time invested in these activities by numerous
stakeholders and volunteers. We would also like to recognise the leadership
and dedication of the coordinators, facilitators, and lead experts who
supported the IGF’s intersessional work over the past year, including Aaron
Hughes, Anri van der Spuy, Brian Gutterman, Constance Bommelaer, Douglas
Onyango, Izumi Okutani, Jac SM Kee, Maarten Van Horenbeeck, Marco
Hogewoning, Markus Kummer, Salanienta Tamanikaiwaimaro, Sumon A. Sabir,
Renata Aquino Ribeiro, Segun Olugbile, and Wim Degezelle, among many others.

What can you do with the IGF’s intersessional resources?

We encourage all stakeholders to share these resources with their
respective communities to ensure that the IGF resource outputs also become
useful inputs into other processes of relevance to the Internet and its
governance in 2017 and beyond.

We hope these resources will not only be useful for policymakers and other
stakeholders, but will also continue to symbolise the IGF community’s
belief that multistakeholder collaboration is fundamental in effectively
addressing pertinent Internet policy challenges.

What’s next for the IGF’s intersessional activities?

All outputs from the IGF’s intersessional activities are intended to be
living documents that can be updated at any time. At the first Open
Consultations and IGF multistakeholder advisory group (MAG) meeting in
March 2017, stakeholders will discuss potential themes for the next cohort
of intersessional activities, including what will happen with the 2016 BPFs
and their outputs.

The IGF Secretariat invites stakeholders to submit written contributions to
the current public consultation
stock-taking exercise. In these contributions, stakeholders are also
welcome to send recommendations and proposed themes for intersessional
activities in 2017. Written inputs should be sent to
takingstock at intgovforum.org by Friday 27 January.

Kind regards,

IGF Secretariat


About the IGF

The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) serves to bring people together from
various stakeholder groups as equals in discussions on public policy issues
relating to the Internet. While the IGF has no negotiated outcomes, it
serves the important function of informing and inspiring those with
policymaking power in both public and private sectors.

The IGF facilitates a common understanding of how to maximise Internet
opportunities and address risks and challenges that arise. One of the ways
in which it does so is through its intersessional activities, which are
conducted following recommendations
<http://unctad.org/meetings/en/SessionalDocuments/a67d65_en.pdf> from the
UN CSTD Working Group on Improvements to the IGF and form part of a broader
effort by the IGF community to produce more tangible outputs to “enhance
the impact of the IGF on global Internet governance and policy”.

About the IGF’s intersessional activities

The IGF Best Practice Forums (BPFs)
continue to offer unique platforms to investigate topical Internet policy
challenges by collecting community input and experiences in a flexible and
bottom-up manner. Through their substantive outreach efforts and continued
calls for input and contributions, the BPFs have already enabled more
diverse and varied participation in IGF processes, including from a richer
variety of regions and stakeholder groups. By continuously involving new
people in their work, the various BPFs also contributed to enlarging the
global footprint of the IGF.  BPFs worked throughout the year in an open
and inclusive way via open mailing lists, regular virtual meetings, and BPF
workshops during the 11th IGF meeting in Guadalajara, Mexico, from 6 to 9
December 2016.

About the BPF Gender

The BPF Gender’s second publication, entitled ‘Overcoming Barriers to
Enable Women’s Meaningful Internet Access
builds on its work in 2015, when it also published an extensive resource
on online abuse and gender-based violence. In 2016, the BPF furthermore
produced a user-friendly infographic roadmap
for addressing online abuse and gender-based violence, based on the key
recommendations for diverse stakeholder groups from its 2015 report. The
BPF Gender is also partnering with ITU and UN Women’s EQUALS
<http://equals.org> partnership, a global initiative aimed at addressing
gender inequality, to raise awareness of its outputs. Further details of
this collaboration will soon be announced.

About the BPF Cybersecurity

The 2016 IGF BPF on Cybersecurity
<https://www.intgovforum.org/multilingual/content/bpf-cybersecurity> built
upon the previous work of the IGF CSIRTS and SPAM BPFs. Its work was also
guided by the WSIS +10 review process which produced an outcome document
<http://workspace.unpan.org/sites/Internet/Documents/UNPAN96078.pdf> with a
strong focus on "building confidence and security in the use of information
and communications technologies", making an IGF BPF related to
cybersecurity even more relevant. The 2016 discussions and output report
addressed cooperation and collaboration on cybersecurity issues between
stakeholder groups as an overarching theme.

About the BPF on Internet exchange points (IXPs)

The BPF Contributing to the Success and Continued Development of Internet
exchange points (IXPs)
<http://www.intgovforum.org/multilingual/content/bpf-ixps> collected best
current practices that have proven to contribute to building strong and
successful IXPs. Exchanging traffic at an IXP has a number of benefits that
can contribute to a more affordable, stable, faster and more reliable
Internet of a higher quality in a region. The success of an IXP will be
measured by its ability to sustainably contribute to the development of its
local Internet ecosystem. The BPF on IXPs focused on the management and
operation of an IXP and identified factors that can contribute to success.

About the BPF IPv6

IPv6 is the Internet’s addressing system that was developed to deal with
IPv4 exhaustion and to make the Internet future-proof. The fast growing
number of networks that already supports IPv6 today proofs that IPv6 is a
technically feasible option for business. The BPF Understanding the
commercial and economic incentives behind a successful IPv6 deployment
<http://www.intgovforum.org/multilingual/content/bpf-ipv6> collected case
studies on commercial experiences with IPv6 deployment to better understand
challenges and incentives, and provide an opportunity to learn from each

About Policy Options for Connecting and Enabling the Next Billion(s) -
Phase II

In 2016, the IGF furthered its seminal work on Policy Options for
Connecting and Enabling the Next Billion(s) by investigating challenges and
opportunities for addressing and overcoming barriers to meaningful Internet
access, promoting meaningful access in diverse contexts and regions, and
ensuring that meaningful access also supports the achievement of the UN
sustainable development goals. Read the report here

Brian Gutterman | Associate Programme Officer
Secretariat of the Internet Governance Forum
United Nations Office at Geneva | Dependance La Pelousse
Email: bgutterman at unog.ch | Tel: +41229173423 <+41%2022%20917%2034%2023> |

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