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President Emmanuel Macron and UN Chief to Address Internet Forum

Internet Governance Forum

Internet Governance Forum

More than 3,000 participants — including high-level Government officials, civil society leaders, private sector and Internet policy experts — will participate in Internet Governance Forum (IGF) taking place in Paris, France, from 12-14 November.

They will discuss international cooperation on such issues as “fake news”, the spread of disinformation, cybersecurity and privacy, big data, the Internet of Things, and their effects on society.

The Forum will explore means by which to promote positive impacts of new technologies and how they can realize their full social and economic potential while also looking at curbing the more insidious uses of the Internet.

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Convened by the United Nations Secretary-General, the Forum facilitates such dialogues to promote better Internet governance and a safe and trustworthy environment.

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and President Emmanuel Macron of France will address the Forum, in addition to representatives of intergovernmental organizations, Governments, the private sector, the technical community and civil society, who will exchange ideas on a range of actions that can be taken to ensure an “Internet of Trust”.

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The three-day meeting will feature interactive dialogues and debates, while addressing a broad range of issues under eight themes: Cybersecurity, Trust and Privacy; Development, Innovation and Economic Issues; Digital Inclusion and Accessibility; Emerging Technologies; Evolution of Internet Governance; Human Rights, Gender and Youth; Media and Content; and Technical and Operational Topics.

These workshops and panel discussions aim to encourage comprehensive debates among global stakeholders and to set policy recommendations on how to address Internet governance. More than 160 different types of sessions will be convened.

The Internet Governance Forum (IGF), convened annually by the Secretary-General and supported by Department of Economic and Social Affairs, is a platform for multi-stakeholder dialogue on public policy issues related to key elements of Internet governance, such as its sustainability, robustness, security, stability, and development.

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