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11th Internet Governance Forum


The 11th annual meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is scheduled to take place on 6-9 December 2016, in Guadalajara, Mexico. 

Under the overarching theme 'Enabling Inclusive and Sustainable Growth’, this year's IGF meeting will include a large number of workshopsopen forumsdynamic coalition meetings, and other events that will give participants the opportunity to engage in open discussions on various Internet governance issues.

Geneva Internet Platform and DiploFoundation will be actively engaged at the IGF, both in situ at Guadalajara, and online.

Stopping law enforcement hacking


A colloquium on 'Stopping law enforcement hacking' will be held on 9 December, between 14:15 and 15:30 CET, at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Christopher Soghoian, Principal Technologist with the Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at the American Civil Liberties Union, will speak about crypto wars, governmental regulations or prohibitions on the use of encryption, and the role that malware and law enforcement hacking would play in the next battle in the crypto wars.

Just-in-time Course on Internet Governance 2017


The Geneva Internet Platform will offer a course aimed to assist permanent missions in Geneva in actively following the increasingly relevant field of digital politics. The course will be delivered by DiploFoundation, from 16 January to 17 March 2017. 


The course will benefit diplomats who follow Internet governance (IG) and other Internet-related policy fields (e.g. telecommunications, human rights, cybersecurity, trade). While improving their knowledge of digital politics, participants will also gain the practical skills and knowledge required to follow current IG processes such as the global IG architecture, privacy and data protection, and cybersecurity. The course focuses in particular on diplomatic and policy processes in International Geneva.

ITU Cybersecurity Workshop: Cybersecurity and Risk Assessments in Practice


The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) will hold a workshop on 'Cybersecurity and Risk Assessments in Practice', on 26 January 2017, between 14:30 and 17:30 CET (13.30 - 16.30 UTC), at the ITU Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. 

This workshop will bring together world experts who will share their knowledge and experience on the practical assessment of cyber risks at the national level, in very large organisations, and in critical infrastructure sectors.

CSTD Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation: 2nd meeting


The second meeting of the Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation (WGEC) of the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) will be held on 26-27 January, in Geneva, Switzerland.

During the meeting, the group will focus its discussions on the following two questions:

  • What are the high level characteristics of enhanced cooperation?
  • Taking into consideration the work of the previous WGEC and the Tunis Agenda, particularly paragraphs 69-71, what kind of recommendations should we consider?

[Briefing] Internet governance in January 2017


What were the main Internet governance updates in January, and how will they shape future developments? What can we expect in February? Join us for our next monthly briefing, on Tuesday, 31th January, for a round-up of the major global IG and digital policy developments.

WSIS Forum 2017


The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2017 will be held on 12-16 June 2017, in Geneva, Switzerland.

The annual WSIS Forum is a global multistakeholder platform facilitating the implementation of the WSIS Action Lines for advancing sustainable development. The Forum is co-organised by ITU, UNESCO, UNDP, and UNCTAD, in close collaboration with all WSIS Action Line co-/facilitators and other UN organizations (UNDESA, FAO, UNEP, WHO, UN Women, WIPO, WFP, ILO, WMO, ITC, UPU, UNODC, UNICEF, and UN Regional Commissions). It provides an opportunity for information exchange, knowledge creation and sharing of best practices, while identifying emerging trends and fostering partnerships, taking into account the evolving Information and Knowledge Societies.

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