About the IGF-USA
The Internet Governance Forum USA (IGF-USA) is a multistakeholder effort to illuminate issues and cultivate constructive discussions about the future of the Internet. It provides a domestic forum in the US to engage civil society, government, technologists, research scientists, industry and academia, helping to create partnerships, coalitions and dialogues that demonstrate best practices and help move policy forward. Please join us for a full day of interactive, informative policy discussions on of the moment Internet governance issues. Keynotes and panels feature thought leaders from civil society, industry, academia and government.
Regional and national IGF meetings are taking place globally, including gatherings in East Africa, Europe (EuroDig), Latin America, the Caribbean, West Africa, Spain and Italy. These events are organized on a local level and have no formal ties to the global IGF, however the UN’s IGF Secretariat recognizes the importance of the regional and national events and reports from these meetings are shared at the international gatherings.
The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) serves to bring people together from various stakeholder groups as equals, in discussions on public policy issues relating to the Internet. While there is no negotiated outcome, the IGF informs and inspires those with policy-making power in both the public and private sectors. At their annual meeting delegates discuss, exchange information and share good practices with each other. The IGF facilitates a common understanding of how to maximize Internet opportunities and address risks and challenges that arise.
For more information on IGF please refer to the following documents:
Paragraph 72 of the Tunis Agenda:
72. We ask the UN Secretary-General, in an open and inclusive process, to convene, by the second quarter of 2006, a meeting of the new forum for multi-stakeholder policy dialogue—called the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). The mandate of the Forum is to:
- Discuss public policy issues related to key elements of Internet governance in order to foster the sustainability, robustness, security, stability and development of the Internet;
- Facilitate discourse between bodies dealing with different cross-cutting international public policies regarding the Internet and discuss issues that do not fall within the scope of any existing body;
- Interface with appropriate inter-governmental organizations and other institutions on matters under their purview;
- Facilitate the exchange of information and best practices, and in this regard make full use of the expertise of the academic, scientific and technical communities;
- Advise all stakeholders in proposing ways and means to accelerate the availability and affordability of the Internet in the developing world;
- Strengthen and enhance the engagement of stakeholders in existing and/or future Internet governance mechanisms, particularly those from developing countries;
- Identify emerging issues, bring them to the attention of the relevant bodies and the general public, and, where appropriate, make recommendations;
- Contribute to capacity building for Internet governance in developing countries, drawing fully on local sources of knowledge and expertise;
- Promote and assess, on an ongoing basis, the embodiment of WSIS principles in Internet governance processes;
- Discuss, inter alia, issues relating to critical Internet resources;
- Help to find solutions to the issues arising from the use and misuse of the Internet, of particular concern to everyday users;
- Publish its proceedings
Logan Circle StrategiesShane Tews is a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute’s (AEI’s) Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy, where she works primarily on cybersecurity and Internet governance issues. She is also the chief policy officer at 463 Communications, a firm that advises high-tech organizations on Internet policies. Tews dealt with Internet security and domain issues as vice president of global policy for Verisign Inc. She is currently vice-chair of the board of directors of the Internet Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote a decentralized global Internet. She began her career on Capitol Hill as a legislative director for a member of Congress and worked in the George H. W. Bush White House, in the Office of Cabinet Affairs and at the US Department of Transportation. Tews studied communications at Arizona State University and at American University, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in general studies with an emphasis on communications and political science.
David Vyorst is the Executive Director of the Washington, DC Chapter of the Internet Society (ISOC-DC) and the Co-Chair of the Internet Governance Forum for the United States (IGF-USA). His leadership of ISOC-DC and ISOC-DC’s Internet Policy Forum has built that organization into a leading international forum on Internet governance. David’s Internet strategy and social media expertise stems from his experience at RelevantKnowledge (one of the first web ratings companies, now Comscore), Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, and as the Founder of Relay Station Digital Strategies. Over the past 20 years David has worked with leading organizations and companies including Microsoft, Google, The U.S. Department of State, The U.S. Department of Commerce, ICANN, ADP, Allied Bank, The Ford Motor Company, The NBA, The Fetzer Institute, The Internet Society, Verisign, and many others, spanning the corporate, legal, education, and nonprofit sectors. A blogger and critically acclaimed documentary filmmaker (The Internet Exposed, The First Basket, Unusual Pairs), David’s insights and depth of knowledge have earned him recognition as a thought leader in Internet strategy and policy. He holds a Masters degree in Government from the London School of Economics.
IGF-USA 2016 Steering Committee