Belarusians are invited to govern the internet 02.08.2019

The 4th Belarus Internet Governance Forum will be held in Minsk on November, 19. Organizers invite everyone interested in the development of the internet to suggest their topics for discussion. The agenda will be formed according to these suggestions.

Belarus IGF is the only open platform in the country for the discussion of all the aspects of internet development. It gathers business and technical community as well as representatives of the government, civil society, non-commercial organizations, activists and usual internet users. Belarus IGF attracts more than 400 participants from the whole world - from CIS countries to Canada and Australia every year. hoster.by company is the organizer of the Forum. The global IGF has been held under the UNO aegis since 2006. Belarus IGF is one of the largest in the region. The circle of topics of previous Forums is as wide as possible - from cybersecurity to civil initiatives and still each year it widens. At the same time, the Forum is free and open for everyone interested.

“IGF in different countries operates as a mirror, that reflects the actual state of affairs not only in the internet sphere, but in the society in general: its readiness to offer initiatives, take responsibility, shift from words to actions, - says hoster.by CEO Sergey Povalishev. - Three-four years ago IGF was perceived skeptically. Representatives of NGOs or, for example, government had to be persuaded to take part in it, while business and internet users had to be convinced that there were no forbidden topics and a real dialogue was possible. Today, the Belarus IGF is cited as an example of the most representative and open in the region.” The last year program was focused on the local issues and greater interaction between government departments, business and NGOs. Sections on civic engagement, online reputation management and digital literacy gathered a record number of participants. This year, anyone can create an agenda by proposing a discussion topic on the Forum's official website.

The final program will be drawn up after processing the proposed topics and taking into account global trends announced at the global IGF. At the latest Forum in Paris, special attention was paid to issues of changing legislation at the national level, security, as well as gender issues. One of the most important factors in the development of the internet was called the strengthening of local Forums, such as Belarus IGF.






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