The second annual Armenian Internet Governance Forum, ArmIGF 2016, was held on October 5, 2016 in Yerevan, Armenia. It was organized by the IGC with the support of the MTCIT of Armenia and the ISOC Armenia. The forum brought together around 150 participants of all stakeholder groups from 10 countries: Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Georgia, Iran, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, USA. 86% of all participants were from Armenia.
The Forum was aimed to be a capacity-building event, as well as a space for discussions on Internet governance emerging issues, challenges and define the way forward.
The theme of the ArmIGF 2016 was “Internet Governance for Sustainable and Inclusive development“. It was a one-day event with plenary and panel sessions program.
More information can be found at ArmIGF website.
The IGC Secretary Grigori Saghyan and Secretariat member Lianna Galstyan took part in the second meeting of the Georgian Internet Governance Forum (GeoIGF), held on 5 September, 2016 in Tbilisi. The Forum brought together around 180 Georgian and foreign participants, for a full day of discussions on Internet-related issues. Topics addressed included: the multistakeholder model of Internet governance, the gap in Internet access and broadband connectivity, copyright in the digital age, privacy and personal data protection, domain names, child safety online, and media and the Internet. The meeting was attended by representatives of public institutions, civil society organisations, academia, private companies, and the technical community.
The 9th European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG) took place in Brussels on 9 – 10 June 2016 under the theme “Embracing the digital (r)evolution”. This edition was hosted by EURid (the .eu registry) in cooperation with the European Commission.
Approximately 600 representatives from governments, business, technical community, civil society and academia gathered in Brussels to address Internet governance and policy issues, including internet privacy, security and access.