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IGF Recap

Last week, the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) held its 10th annual meeting in João Pessoa, Brazil. 6connect’s CEO, Aaron Hughes, spoke on two separate panels. IGF at the United Nations is an open, global forum where different participants from a number of stakeholder groups – governments, the technical community, civil society, academia, and the private sector – discuss Internet Governance (IG) and policy issues. 2015 Topics included enhancing multi-stakeholder cooperation, cyber-security and trust, the impact of trade on Internet governance and regulation, and Internet and human rights.

IGF began with an unforgettable event; Brazilian civil society organizations and activists held a silent, peaceful protest during IGF’s opening session. The protesters raised half a dozen posters and a banner to draw attention to the defense of the principle of net neutrality and the risks that the free flow of information over the Internet has undergone in Brazil and worldwide. 

On Wednesday, November 11th, Hughes participated in a 90 minute session, “BPF Creating an Enabling Environment for IPv6 Adoption” in which he and his fellow panelists discussed three case studies and addressed public comments provided via the IGF’s open, public platform, on their draft outcome document.

Below is a recording of the 90 minute session:

Hughes also spoke on Friday, November 13th, in an Open Forum for the Internet Number Community. They discussed how that community has developed policies for the management and distribution of IP resources; how it has lead the deployment of technologies that use such resources, i.e. IPv6.

With over 2,500 attendees this year and plenty of valuable panels, Vint Cerf declared it “the best IGF ever” in the closing open microphone session. Here are some other highlights from the event: 

Next year’s event will place in Mexico. We look forward to seeing everyone there!

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