• 13/09/2023
  • Berlin

Internet Governance Forum Germany

On September 13, the Internet Governance Forum Germany (IGF-D) took place for the 14th time at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin. The IGF-D offers a discussion platform for Internet governance issues to various stakeholders from government, parliament, academia, civil society and the German Internet governance youth. The aim of the event is to raise awareness of these issues among German policymakers and the public, as well as to develop national positions and key messages for this year’s global IGF 2023 in Kyoto, which is considered one of the most important forums for international digital policy.

At this year’s IGF-D, representatives* from the BMDV and AA participated. In addition, stakeholders from academia and civil society were represented by BMDV, FemAI, AlgorithmWatch, re:publica, Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V., Centre for European Policy Studies, Wikimedia Deutschland, dot Berlin gmBH, ISOC.de and IGF-D Youth. The importance of a multi-stakeholder approach to promote a digital policy supported by all stakeholders was repeatedly emphasized at the IGF-D. Specifically, the BMDV invited the resumption of open consultation rounds on digital policy issues to drive improved participation of different stakeholders. Participants repeatedly mentioned the priority of creating a free, secure and fair Internet as well as impulses for a sustainable digital economy.

The [digital.global] network has been virtually represented by two GIZ representatives in preparation for the IGF Kyoto from 8-10 October 2023.

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