Conference & fora

Conference and fora on Internet Governance.

Shaping competition policy in the era of digitisation (European Commission – January 2019 | video)

The conference featured a keynote speech by Professor Jean Tirole and included four panel discussions. The topics of the panel discussions are outlined here. The conference was web streamed and the full video is still available here.

Internet Freedom Festival (IFF) is an annual event held in Valencia, Spain, that gathers more than 1,400 activists, journalists, technologists, and human rights defenders from over 130 countries for a week of hands-on, multidisciplinary collaboration, sharing, and learning to promote freedom of expression, protection from digital threats, and expanded access to online spaces.

Apply for an IFF fellowship.

The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is a multi-stakeholder dialogue platform held under the auspices of the United Nations.

Established in 2006, it facilitates conversations and collaboration between stakeholders regarding Internet policy and emerging trends related to the Internet and information and communications technologies (ICTs) on equal footing, but does not issue recommendations.

  • Join the IGF’s newcomers track

  • List of Dynamic Coalitions (DCs), such as the Dynamic Coalition on the Sustainability of Journalism and News Media (DC-Sustainability), Internet Rights and Principles Coalition (IRPC), DC on Platform Responsibility, and the DC on Publicness. You can also subscribe to the DC mailing list.

  • Participate in a Best Practice Forum (BPF)

  • Participate remotely in any IGF event

  • Check out the IGF Academy – it aims to foster freedom of expression on the Internet and inclusive and transparent national Internet governance and policy processes.

In addition to the annual IGF, there is also a network of various national, regional, and subregional IGF initiatives (NRIs) that are held throughout the year and feed into the annual global IGF, such as the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG). More information the NRIs, such as list of countries and regions organising an IGF, is available here.

The IPDC Talks, a day of dialogue and exchange, is held each year by UNESCO on 28 of September to celebrate a day widely recognised as International Right to Know (RTK) Day, otherwise known as the International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI). The main goal of the event is to highlight the importance of Access to Information and to address core issues around this access which are crucial for a sustainable development and future as well as good governance.

MisinfoCon is an annual conference hosted by Mozilla, generally as part of MozFest, focusing on building solutions to online trust, verification, fact checking, and reader experience in the interest of addressing disinformation and misinformation in all of its forms.

Mozilla Festival (MozFest) is an annual autumn gathering of technologists, activists, journalists, and others who work on collaborative projects related to the open Internet.

The RightsCon Summit Series is a multi-stakeholder event that focuses on human rights in the digital age, which is hosted by Access Now, an international digital rights and advocacy organization.

The UNESCO World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) is an event that occurs annually on May 3, which focuses on celebrating and evaluating press freedom (both online and offline) around the world.

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum is an annual event hosted each spring by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in Geneva, Switzerland, which is relevant to ICT for development (ICT4D). It facilitates the implementation of the WSIS Action Lines for advancing sustainable development.

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