Monday, October 21, 2013

The 8th Internet Governance Forum IGF 2013 Press Release

Sumber: IGF 2013
Nusa Dua, Bali, 21 October 2013 - Representatives of Governments, business and civil society are gathering in Bali to examine cross-border Internet governance challenges at the annual session of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), which begins on Tuesday 22 October. Each year the Secretary-General of the United Nations convenes the meeting through the Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

The Minister of Communication and Information Technology of the Republic of Indonesia, H.E. TifatulSembiring, said that the purposes of the IGF are closely related to the acceleration of progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). “Indonesia will propose that we as one global community develop more concrete global cyber-ethics,” the Minister said. “These norms are to be common references for all stakeholders to conduct transactions and interactions in cyberspace,” he said, adding that cyber ethics are fundamental to demonstrating respect for the values of different countries, communities and cultures.

According to 2012 estimates, Indonesia has some 63 million Internet users, 47 million accounts on Facebook and nearly 30 million Twitter accounts.  As Co-Chair of a High-Level Panel that made recommendations on future global sustainability and growth, Indonesia’s President SusiloBambangYudhoyono was among a group of eminent persons calling for a “data revolution” that would, among other things, improve the quality of information available to citizens.

With nearly 40 percent of the world’s population online by the end of 2013, the Internet has become “an essential tool for the creation of jobs and the delivery of basic public services,” said the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs,Mr. Wu Hungbo, adding that it is also essential “for improving access to knowledge and education, for empowering women, for enhancing transparency, and for giving marginalized populations a voice in decision-making processes.” Mr. Wu, who will be represented in Bali by United Nations Assistant Secretary-General Thomas Gass, said that with so much at stake, the IGF exists to create an environment in which the potential of the Internet is harnessed by all, for all.

The Forum has met annually since the 2006 World Summit on the Information Society to foster a common understanding of how to maximize Internet opportunities and address emerging risks and challenge. The IGF (which is not a decision-making body) is also intended as a space for developing countries to be granted the same opportunity as wealthier nations to engage in the debate on Internet governance, as well as to facilitate their participation in existing institutions and arrangements.

 This year’s IGF will also review the role of Governments in multi-stakeholder cooperation for Internet governance, and the Bali meeting will seek to identify common ground on this issue. More than 1,500 delegates will convene in Bali over the course of the four-day meeting.  Several High-level government officials, CEO's and directors of major global business organizations and civil society groups will be in attendance.


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