San Salvador welcomes the Latin America and the Caribbean Internet community to discuss the routing of Internet governance

The regional Internet community will gather in El Salvador to progress in shaping the regional agenda for Internet governance after NetMundial in Brazil.
Representatives of civil society, governments, academia, business organizations and technical community will discuss from 16 to 18 July at the Hotel Real Intercontinental San Salvador, the steps involved in controversial, complex and urgent issues such as the exercise of human rights in the network (such as privacy, access to knowledge, freedom of expression, etc.); security; mass surveillance of communications; the roles and responsibilities of different stakeholders and the neutrality of the Internet in Latin America and the Caribbean.
It is one of the most important annual meetings of the regional Internet community. The Latin America and Caribbean preparatory meetings of Internet Governance Forum, known as LACIGF is a space for regional policy dialogue and discussion which have involved for seven years now several stakeholders interested in Internet governance.
LACIGF is carried out by the Programme Committee which is composed by representatives of different sectors (governments, civil society, private sector and technical and academic community) who believe that Latin America and the Caribbean must have a space to discuss issues that matters and affects the region, then to raise and discuss them in a global instance as the Internet Governance Forum (IGF).
The Organizations members of the LACIGF Program Committee are: APC, AGEIA DENSI Argentina, ADC and NGO Digital Rights from the civil society; LACTLD and ICANN from technical community; AHCIET and ECOMLAC from private sector and representatives from Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Mexico governments. Since 2012 LACNIC has become LACIGF Secretariat and this year’s edition 2014 is also supported by Conexión El Salvador as local organizer.
Regarding the meeting to be held in El Salvador, LACNIC External Relations chief Andrés Piazza highlighted the collaboration of regional colleagues that drive “the leadership in building regional space discussion on Internet governance issues.” In particular, Piazza emphasized the work of three outstanding women who are also members of the IGF Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG): Olga Cavalli (Government of Argentina representative), Carolina Aguerre (technical community, LACTLD) and Fatima Cambronero (AGEIA DENSI Argentina, civil society).
Meanwhile, Olga Cavalli, Argentinean Government representative, said that this regional space represents a valuable opportunity for regional coordination on issues of interest to the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, such as “the process of transition from IANA the impact of new gTLDs, security, freedom of expression, among others”. To Cavalli “the region benefits from the active participation of all stakeholders, especially governments and their dependents who have responsibility for applying and developing laws and regulations”.
The role of the Programme Committee is important in the selection of the venue, and selection of Grant Applicants who will participate in the meeting, and especially in the preparation of the LACIGF agenda for discussion in collaboration with the regional community.
“Developing this LACIGF edition agenda, represents a challenge to the members of the Program Committee and we cannot ignore the changes that have occurred in the regional and global Internet governance agenda after NetMundial and all processes running in parallel, as ICANN globalization and the transition of the oversight functions of IANA, the results of WSIS +10, among others”, said Fatima Cambronero from AGEIA DENSI Argentina.
Meanwhile, Valeria Betancourt from APC, said “NetMundial was a step forward in the implementation of the multistakeholder model for the definition of guidelines to conduct Internet governance. The meeting in San Salvador is an opportunity to face the challenge to look over these progresses with a regional lens and reflect on the actions and forms of participation that are needed for the development of principles and the definition of a roadmap for Internet Governance in Latin America and also to establish strategies for the regional commitment at the different global processes. ”
Finally, LACTLD General Manager Carolina Aguerre, believes that this year the LACIGF “will begin the process of strengthening and the regional community is demanding more than just a space for discussion, so all those regional actors interested in joining these discussions, which this year will probably be more oriented to the production of a multistakeholder regional agenda are invited to be involved and participate in the event”.
The participation at the meeting is open and has no registration fee; it is required to register in the LACIGF website. The Programme Committee allocates a significant number of partial Grants each year as a way to support the participation of regional stakeholders in the meeting and encourage their involvement in the processes and issues of internet governance.
The LACIGF has the valuable support of, ICANN, ISOC, LACTLD, APC, Telefonica, Google and LACNIC.
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