Event Wrap: IGF 2021

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Pablo Hinojosa (top left) at the Main Session on BPF Cybersecurity. Copyright Polish Press Agency (PAP).

APNIC participated in the 2021 Internet Governance Forum (IGF 2021), held in a hybrid format from 6 to 10 December 2021 in Katowice, Poland.

The event had 10,371 online registrations and welcomed 2,734 on-site participants from 175 economies to discuss issues under the main theme of ‘Internet United’ and sub-themes related to universal access, environmental stability, trust, security, stability, human rights, economic and social inclusion, and Internet governance ecosystems.

APNIC activities:

  • Pablo Hinojosa acted as rapporteur for the ‘Supply Chain Governance and Security for IoT Resilience‘ session, reporting on governance challenges that policymakers and incident responders confront to manage risks and build resilience while facing supply chain attacks in the Internet of Things (IoT). Watch the recording.
  • Pablo presented on ‘Mapping and Analysis of International Cybersecurity Agreements: Overview of Findings’ at the main session on ‘BPF Cybersecurity‘. This session examined whether cybernorms have been effective at mitigating adverse cybersecurity events. Watch the recording.
  • Sylvia Cadena moderated the main session of the Policy Network on Meaningful Access (PNMA), which is an intersessional activity established earlier in 2021. The session focused on the three areas the Working Group of the PNMA discussed during the year (connectivity, business models, and inclusion) and the importance of strengthening the use of a consistent definition for meaningful connectivity to drive policy and deployment. Sylvia was the Co-Chair for the PNMA Working Group during 2021. Watch the recording.
  • Sylvia also moderated the main session ‘How Can We Achieve a Multilingual Internet?‘ on the role of local content development and universal acceptance of domain names as key drivers for a multilingual Internet. Watch the recording.
  • Pablo and Joyce helped set up the Policy Network on Environment (PNE) and were part of the Working Group that drafted the PNE report. They also supported the section on data governance for the presentation at the main session ‘Policy Network on Environment‘.
  • Joyce is a member of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG), which put together the IGF 2021 program. Joyce is also a member of the IGFSA Executive Committee.
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