By Guest author

The ninth Internet Governance Forum (IGF) will be held on 2-5 September 2014 in Istanbul, with the theme “Connecting Continents for Enhanced Multistakeholder Internet Governance”. Although civil society and activists who are fighting for a free Internet are reassembled in the IGF meetings, governments and corporations have a much larger representation. As an attempt to shift the balance towards the civil society, The local Turkish EDRi member Alternative Informatics Association will therefore be organising an Internet Ungovernance Forum (IUF) on 4-5 September, to discuss the problems facing the free and open Internet in an open and non-hierarchical atmosphere that is in line with the spirit of Internet.

The main focus of the event will be censorship and surveillance issues, along with the measures to circumvent them. In addition to the panel discussions, there will also be a workshop concentrating on the Internet governance with the participation of Milton Mueller, Professor at Syracuse University School of Information Studies, USA, and other specialists working in this area. The workshop will aim to shed light on:the complicated and overlapping institutions that claim to be working on Internet governance, how activists concerned with local censorship and surveillance fit into these global structures, and how the IGF, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD), and Netmundial are relevant to our collective activities.

Internet Ungovernance Forum
https://iuf.alternatifbilisim.org

Governance or Ungovernance – A strategy workshop for Internet activists
https://iuf.alternatifbilisim.org/gov_ungov_workshop.html

Internet Governance Forum
http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/component/content/article?id=1557:2014

(Contribution by Melih Kirlidog, EDRi member Alternatif Bilisim, Turkey)

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