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Who are the Friends of the IGF? 

This website has been created by group of volunteers from several organizations around the world, all with an interest in supporting open, accessible dialogue on Internet governance. The site collects and catalogues videos, transcripts and other content from Internet Governance Forum (IGF) meetings for the benefit of anyone wishing to conduct research on or know more about IGF discussions.

Friends of the IGF is a living project - we hope to involve the community in contributing data to enrich the site content and its organisation over time. We are keen to see the site evolve and expand as a resource for the IGF itself, as well as national and regional IGFs.

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What is the IGF?

The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is an annual open, global forum where various stakeholder groups - Governments, the private sector, civil society, and the technical and academic communities - come together to discuss public policy issues related to the Internet, on equal footing. There are no negotiated outcomes coming from the IGF. Rather, the event is a platform for discussion and exchange that serves to inform and inspire policy makers around the world.

The IGF was established during the World Summit on the Information Society, where a mandate from the United Nations was given to create a neutral space for dialogue among the international community to identify issues that could shape decisions taken in other forums. The IGF has been held in a different location each year since 2006, thanks to the work of participating governments, the Multistakeholder Advisory Group, the wider community, and of course the IGF Secretariat in Geneva.

The global IGF has inspired numerous regional and national initiatives, which localize Internet Governance discussions. This IGF ecosystem provides a circular pathway for issues to be discussed at various levels - domestic, regional and global - helping to shape policies that will extend the benefits of the Internet to more users all over the world.

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What is Internet governance?

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) defined Internet governance in the Tunis Agenda (2005) as,

"the development and application by governments, the private sector, and civil society, in their respective roles, of shared principles, rules, decision-making procedures, and programmes that shape the evolution and use of the Internet."

The IGF is the focal point for this process, where all stakeholders can meet to have these critical discussions. Those who can't attend the events in person can join remotely. For further information, please visit the official website at