The local edition of the 2016 Internet Governance Forum (KIGF) is set to be held on August 12, 2016, about 4 months to the global IGF slated for December 6 – 9, 2016 in Guadalajara, Mexico.
The IGF is a an annual meeting that brings together various stakeholder groups to deliberate on ICT and Internet policy issues. While the discussions give soft policy outcomes, the Kenya IGF is a knowledge sharing platform that informs and inspires policy actors in both the public and private sectors.
The national forum also feeds into the regional and global IGFs through a chain of reporting and representation to the regional and global IGFs to ensure a bottom up Internet policy development processes and a strong link between global internet policies and the national one.
The theme of the global 2016 Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is ‘Enabling Inclusive and Sustainable Growth.’
According to the IGF website, the 2016 overall programme and intersessional activities are being built in a bottom-up manner in consultation with the growing IGF multistakeholder community, with an aim to enhance participation from stakeholders from developing countries, youth and those joining the IGF online.
Last December, the General Assembly endorsed the remarkable progress of the Internet and information and communication technologies at the overall review of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS+10). As part of the outcome of WSIS+10, the General Assembly acknowledged the role of the IGF as a multi-stakeholder platform for discussion of Internet governance issues and decided to extend for another 10 years the existing mandate of the IGF. IGF work moving forward will also support the global effort to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), many of which relate in one way or another to the Internet and information and communication technologies.