May 10, 2021 - May 12, 2021

Stockholm Internet Forum

Stockholm Internet Forum (SIF) is the forum advancing a free, open, and secure internet as a driver of global development. This is an arena for exchanging knowledge and ideas, and the place to forge new partnerships within civil society, private sector, academia, donors, and government. SIF is hosted by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).


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Sida, is organising the 7th edition of Stockholm Internet Forum (SIF).


  •  10-12 May
  • Pre-SIF on 7 May 2021.


Stockholm Internet Forum is a platform for advancing a free, open and secure internet as a driver of development. It offers an arena for exchanging ideas and knowledge. It is a place to forge new partnerships for civil society, private sector, academia, donors and governments.

The ongoing pandemic has led to shifts in societies and development across the globe. As both individuals and organisations rely on trustworthy information to act safely and resume economic activities, access to a free internet is critical. In this era of uncertainty, where technical solutions are hastily developed and deployed, we must ensure privacy and human rights are not set aside.

As we face new challenges for democracy, Stockholm Internet Forum 2021 focuses on Mobilising for Digital Resilience – a free, open, and secure internet in the shifting landscapes of the pandemic. 

Within this theme, the event will identify challenges that have emerged in the wake of the pandemic and present examples of inspiring counter measures.

From these identified challenges and counter measures, the sessions will focus on strategies and solutions for a resilient future.

SIF21 will be a completely digital experience, creating a unique opportunity for participants to come together to keep pushing the agenda forward across borders and time zones.

How to participate?

Participation in the forum is by invitation only, and you have been selected through a process of nomination from Swedish embassies and/or Sida partners, or other related organisations from all over the world.

You can also notify SIF of your interest by completing their self-nomination form. Please submit all required information, including a motivation for why you would like to participate in SIF21.


The forum is free of charge.

Sida recognizes that remote participation can be prohibitively costly, and has therefore decided to offer financial support to enable participation.

Sida understands that structural discrimination can apply to access in all its various dimensions and can be experienced by people in all parts of the world.

The programme for financial support is carried out in collaboration with the Association for Progressive Communication (APC).

Remote participation grants of US$100 can be applied for by all invited participants, who are in need of financial support, and are eligible in one or more of the following criteria:

  • will have increased data or connectivity costs
  • will need to travel to an alternative location to participate at SIF21
  • will need to purchase small items such as cables, wires, VPN, or security software
  • will need to rent a device to participate effectively in the meeting
  • will need to arrange alternative family care

You need to confirm your participation by 16 April.

Further information

Should you have any privacy or security concerns, and do not wish to enter personal information in our registration system, please contact and they will provide an alternative registration process.

Please do not send information that could be considered sensitive in the application form or by e-mail.

Further information about the forum will be published on: SIF website.