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

Marianne Franklin m.i.franklin at gold.ac.uk
Thu Jan 26 11:45:10 EET 2017

Dear all

Just out, underscoring how IGF outputs - from DCs and BPF's - are now
becoming visible, and accessible.

best wishes


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
    and gender) & recommendations roadmap
    abuse and gender-based violence);


    BPF on Internet exchange points (IXPs)


    BPF on commercial and economic incentives to deploy IPv6


    BPF Cybersecurity
    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)

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
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
<mailto: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)
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
online abuse and gender-based violence. In 2016, the BPF furthermore
produced a user-friendly infographic roadmap
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
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
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
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 other.

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

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 | intgovforum.org
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