The 13th Annual Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF 2018) took place in Paris, France, from 12 to 14 November. The stakeholders from the different sectors addressed and discussed a variety of topics related to cybersecurity, trust and privacy; technical and operational issues; development innovation; human rights, gender and youth; digital inclusion and accessibility; evolution of Internet Governance; emerging technologies; media and content.
More than 3000 onsite and remote delegates participated in the 171 sessions at the meeting hosted by the Government of France at the headquarters of UNESCO, in Paris. The onsite participants represented 143 different countries; 62% of them were first time comers and 43% were female.
For the first time at an IGF, a host country President along with the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, opened the three-day Annual Meeting, titled ‘Internet of Trust’. President Emmanuel Macron expounded his views on the Internet governance discussions and launched the “Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace” at the Opening Ceremony of the IGF.
The IGF 2018 programme featured a total of 171 sessions. Among these, there were 9 sessions covering technical and operational issues with a special focus on content blocking and filtering; net neutrality; the Domain Name System; Internet routing & protocols. As a result of these sessions, a series of key messages were elaborated.
It was highlighted that the understanding of the Internet architecture as well as the relevance of adhering to standards and appropriate use of Internet protocols is a cornerstone of any discussion around the stability and growth of the Internet. Additionally, it was emphasized that a multistakeholder approach to Internet regulation that involves legislatures, law enforcement, experts from the technical community and users is critical for maintaining a stable and secure Internet. Regarding the Domain Name System and the Internet routing & protocols, the stakeholders stressed that the non-conversion of IPv4 addresses to IPV6 addresses causes the degradation of network traffic.
The Latin American and Caribbean community was also involved in several of the sessions that took place at the IGF 2018. Moreover, the IGF LAC Space brought together the different organizations from the technical community and other stakeholders groups that work on Internet issues in the region such as LACTLD, LACNIC, ICANN, ISOC, LAC-IX, ASIET, ALAI, Derechos Digitales, Access Now, CETyS, SSIG, and Sulá Batsú. The Latin American and Caribbean representatives at the IGF 2018 were able to present its updates and ongoing projects, exchange their views on the current Internet discussions, and reinforce the cooperation within the region.