Gitte Stald from DECIDIS participates in IGF – Internet Governance Forum 2015 that takes place between November 9th and 13th in Joäo Pessoa, Brazil. Around two thousand participants convene  from all parts of the world in order to hear about and debate important issues about how the internet should be governed for the benefit of everyone. The participants come from  various organisations, the political / governmental level, industry, academia, NGOs etc, hence they represent the multi-stakeholder perspective that has been promoted as a major ambition over the past 4-5 fora. This year’s main theme is “Evolution of Internet Governance: Empowering Sustainable Development”. The sub themes are: Cybersecurity and Trust; Internet Economy; Inclusiveness and Diversity; Openness; Enhancing Multistakeholder Cooperation; Internet and Human Rights; Critical Internet Resources and Emerging Issues. Many other issues are brought up during these five days, i.e. Internet of things; net neutrality; zero-rating (hot topic in many debates); ; the right to be forgotten; death online; Children’s rights online online activism; developing countries specific challenges; the suppression of women who are prohibited from internet (media/information/communication); and many, many more.

Find more information about the program here. It is possible to follow the livestream from some of the debates. Transcripts andvideos from all panels and workshops will be available here.