Germany hosts the United Nations' Internet Governance Forum (IGF) from 25 to 29 November 2019.
The venue of the conference, which is open to the general public, will be the Estrel Congress Center in Berlin.
DENIC, the manager of the Top-Level Domain .de, will be exhibiting at the IFG 2019 and offers those interested in the topic basic and background information at the online information platform Internet Governance Radar.
For the first time in the IGF history, Germany will be hosting the Annual Meeting of the United Nations' Internet Governance Forum this year. Under the overarching theme 'One World. One Net. One Vision.' several thousand delegates of governments and international organisations will come together from all parts of the world with international representatives from the private sector, academia, the technical sector and civil society. From 25 to 29 November they will conduct the IGF's 14th annual dialogue about rules, values and standards for the Internet of the presence and the future on an equal footing in the German capital of Berlin.
A comprehensive program will be offered at the five conference days with sessions, discussions and workshops that will focus on three priority themes: Data management and data protection (Data Governance) – general access to and participation in digitisation and its shaping on an equal footing (Digital Inclusion) – protection of people, resources and infrastructures in the digital age (Security & Safety, Stability & Resilience). A secondary focus will be on opportunities and potential involvement of SMEs in Internet governance.
The Internet Governance Forum will be officially opened by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Dr. António Guterres, and German Chancellor, Dr. Angela Merkel, on Tuesday, 26 November 2019 at 14:00 CET.
DENIC's information platform IG Radar: understanding and following up on Internet governance processes
Under the motto "Internet Governance Matters to Everyone!", DENIC as a member of the advisory board of the Internet Governance Forum Germany (IGF-D) has committed itself in the year of the IGF in Berlin to introducing the Internet governance ecosystem with its multiple thematic strands and interrelations to the interested wider public in Germany and abroad. A compact three-part feature series on Internet governance on the DENIC website offers first, low-threshold access to the theme:
But this is not all: Even though virtually everybody involved in digital policy matters is currently talking about Internet governance, until recently there was no online offer available in German that provides newcomers and advanced users alike with comprehensive basic knowledge and in-depth background information on topics, players and new developments in a compact format that is kept regularly up-to-date.
This gap has been closed by the German/English Internet Governance Radar, an online information platform offered by DENIC eG. Being the manager of the technical infrastructure of the German namespace on the Internet, the DENIC Cooperative ensures that websites and web services ending with the country code .de are available around the clock, safely, securely and reliably. On average, DENIC manages access to domain names more than six billion times every day.
DENIC's Internet Governance Radar platform is also the only German-language source of reference recommended on the official IGF event website hosted by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.
DENIC@IGF 2019: Communicating with the world
Moreover, DENIC will host an information booth, which will be open on all conference days, in the exhibition area of the Internet Governance Forum, called the IGF 2019 Village. Here, DENIC will inform visitors about the Cooperative's manifold Internet governance activities in general and about the Internet Governance Radar platform in particular (Estrel Congress Center, Foyer 1, Booth 11).
We are looking forward to your visit – be it virtual or in person.