Regional Internet Governance Forum – Hong Kong

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Internet has become essential tool in our daily life. The development of ICT is also the benefit of the community. We all are consuming the news, entertainment, application, business and everything from the internet. On the other hand, we are also sharing the information with each other in the internet. We blog, we socialize, we do business, we share information, we learn and we do all of the things concerning with our daily routine in the internet. Each and everyone of us are using internet for each concern. Then, we need to discuss the “Internet Governance” for the development of our society. So, what is Internet Governance?

Internet governance is the development and application by Governments, the private sector and civil society, in their respective roles, of shared principles, norms, rules, decision-making procedures, and programmes that shape the evolution and use of the Internet.

In accordance with the promotion of the internet governance,the first  Internet Governance Forum was held in 2006, in Athens.  The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is a multi-stakeholder forum for policy dialogue on issues of Internet governance. The establishment of the IGF was formally announced by the United Nations Secretary-General in July 2006 and it was first convened in October / November 2006. The main sessions and topics discussed during the forum are critical internet resources, access, openness, diversity, security and internet for civil society as an emerging issue.

As it is said that Internet is for everyone, Internet Governance Forum is held regionally and nationally in this year 2010. In Hong Kong, Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Conference was also held to discuss the internet governance issues in Asia and Pacific and also built the discussion of the multi-stakeholder. I was invited to attend that conference as a representative of civil society from Myanmar, Burma. For me, it is a little difficult to participate in all discussion as some technical panels and sessions like IP v6,  internet security, etc are totally new to me. Anyway, the whole regional APrIGF is fruitful and we all civil society representatives from South East Asia declare a statement to the main IGF. We have also discussed the freedom of expression, openness, access and other security issues in that conference.

Pls find our declaration in this link and hopefully, it will effect internet penetration for our country.

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