Access Now at the 2016 Internet Governance Forum

The United Nations is holding the 11th annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) on December 6-9, 2016 in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Access Now staff will be there to lead or participate in pre-events, workshops, and high-level meetings. We are also delivering the #KeepItOn petition that asks government leaders at IGF to commit to ending internet shutdowns, a pernicious practice that is harming human rights across the globe.

The IGF is an annual gathering that brings together diverse stakeholders in internet governance, including representatives from government, civil society, academia, the private sector, and the technical community. It was first convened in 2006 by the United Nations Secretary General, and today continues to be an important forum for digital rights advocates around the world.

The 2016 IGF comes at a critical moment for internet governance. Since last year’s IGF, oversight of the internet’s domain name system has been transferred from the U.S. to a global, multistakeholder community through the “IANA transition,” which we strongly supported. In addition, representatives at the United Nations reached an agreement from World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) process, finding that human rights are central for the future of the internet — and extending the IGF’s mandate for another decade.

This year, we’re focusing on issues that span from connectivity to internet shutdowns, to Net Neutrality, to regulating Over the Top (OTT) services, to human rights and the ICT sector. We’ll also lead an open forum session on Access Now, giving an overview of who we are and what we do (here’s our background paper).

If you’re attending IGF 2016 or following along online using the tag #IGF2016 or watching the live stream, here’s a guide to the specific panels and events we’re organizing, co-organizing, or participating in:

Pre-event, Monday, December 5

  • 2:00pm-4:00pm: Digital Rights Litigators, details to follow, Access Now staff, Bilateral 5

All days, Tuesday, December 6-Friday, December 9

  • Every day at IGF 2016, Access Now Digital Security Helpline staff will hold a Digital Security Clinic. We’re here to help any conference participant with questions or concerns about digital security practices, needs, and capacity. We assist civil society globally, and can provide one-on-one consultations in several languages, or set up future trainings to enable your organization to audit and harden its digital security infrastructure. Location: IGF Village

Day 1, Tuesday, December 6

  • 10:15am-12pm: WS168: Implementing Human Rights Standards to the ICT Sector –  Peter Micek, speaker, Workshop Room 7

Day 2 – Wednesday, December 7

Day 4 – Friday, December 9