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    "IGF 2010 – Developing The Future Together" Kicks Off

    Date published: 14 September 2010

    The fifth annual IGF meeting will be held on 14-17 September 2010, and is being graciously hosted by the Government of Lithuania, under the overall theme 'IGF 2010 – developing the future together'.

    The meeting will be chaired by Eligijus Masiulis, Lithuanian Minister of Transport and Communications. And will be opened by Assistant Secretary-General at the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Jomo Kwame Sundaram, and Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskait? will give a keynote address.

    According to the Under-Secretary-General, Mr. Sha Zukang, this theme reflects the open and inclusive nature of the IGF with its multilateral, multi-stakeholder, democratic and transparent approach to discussions of Internet-related public policy issues.

    The Vilnius meeting will help articulate a view of how we can use the Internet for the benefit of all humankind, and how we can further address the risks and challenges ahead. Internet governance should not be seen as an end in itself, but as a means of achieving development for all as expressed in internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals.

    The meeting this year, in broad-based consultation with stakeholders, will provide in its first day a background on the evolution and current state of Internet governance discussions in the IGF, in the session titled "Internet governance – Setting the Scene" The objective of the session is to provide participants with some historical context on and an introduction to the main issues of the Vilnius meeting.

    The session will assess how dialogue on the IGF's main themes evolved over the first four years of the forum, and the extent to which there has been progress in terms of collective learning and consensus building.

    Also in the first day, the ‘regional perspectives’ session will bring in different regional and national perspectives as they emerged from various meetings held throughout 2010. This will be a moderated session with representatives of the various regional meetings held in 2010.

    In the second day, the session "Managing critical Internet resources" is scheduled to take place, focusing on accessing infrastructure with the related sub-themes of enabling environments and legal frameworks. In the same day, the "Access and diversity" session will focus on access to infrastructure with the related sub-themes of enabling environments and legal frameworks.

    "Security, openness and privacy" session, which will be held on September 16th, will discuss how privacy, openness, and security should not be traded off against one another or seen as opposing priorities. Instead of segregating this theme into three silos, the session will orient itself to a few specific and timely issues and investigate them in the light of security, 0penness and privacy considerations.

    Also in the 16th of September, "Internet governance for development" session will explore the possible effects of global Internet governance arrangements on the development of the Internet and people-centered information societies in developing countries. The discussion will consider the institutional processes and substantive policy outputs of governance arrangements and whether these may raise developmental concerns that have not received sufficient attention to date.

    In the last day, the "Emerging issues: cloud computing" will discuss cloud computing as the theme for the 'emerging issues' session in Vilnius. This session will bring together an overview of the issue from both the policy and the technical perspectives of the area and will provide an initial exploration of the possible Internet governance considerations within cloud computing.

    And according to the schedule of the IGF this year, the session "Taking stock of Internet governance and the way forward" will be the last session. It will take stock of the evolution in the overall Internet governance landscape since the first IGF meeting in Athens in 2006.

    It will also serve as a checkpoint on the changes, if any, in the practice of Internet governance over the first five years. It will also serve as a baseline from which to measure the changes over the next five years leading up to the ten-year review of implementation of and follow-up to the outcome of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in 2015.

    According to the IGF administration, more than 1,200 people from 115 countries have already registered for attending the meeting, as representatives of Governments, international organizations, the Internet community, the private sector, civil society, and the media are invited to participate in this world event.

    About IGF
    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 UN secretary-general in July 2006 as one of the outputs of the second phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). The first IGF meeting was held in Athens, Greece, in 2006, the second in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2007 and the third in Heidar Abad, India end of 2007.

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