Shaping the Future of the Internet: UN Internet Governance Forum Starts in Vilnius, Lithuania Today
As delegates convene for the Fifth Annual United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Meeting today, a busy agenda is awaiting them, spanning topics such as the “Access and Diversity”, “The future of privacy”, “Protecting the consumer in an online world”, the status of IPv6 around the globe, multilingual internet, digital inclusion, child safety, cloud computing and many others.
IGF was created five years ago as a new forum for multi-stakeholder policy dialogue around the Internet. Cisco has been supporting the initiative from the very beginning, welcoming the concept and the multistakeholder model of IGF.
Several Cisco leaders, including Dr. Robert Pepper, vice president government affairs, Art Reilly, director technology standards, and distinguished consulting engineer Patrik Faltstrom have been actively contributing to IGF’s work over the past five years. Over the next four days, they will also act as moderators and panelists of various sessions. For this year’s conference, they will be joined by Hosein Badran from Cisco Egypt, who will talk in the workshop on Social networking and e-participation.
Cisco is also cooperating with local partner TEO to provide the wireless network infrastructure for the expected 2000 delegates. Aditionally, we are pleased to make available our Cisco WebEx online collaboration solution, which enables remote participation at 31 hubs worldwide.