The 12th annual Caribbean Internet Governance Forum (CIGF) organized by the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) will be held from August 10-12 2016 at the Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina in Belize City, Belize.
(Update August 10 – The CTU’s CIGF event page at http://www.ctu.int/12th-caribbean-internet-governance-forum/ has a provisional agenda and persons will be able to watch and participate online via Livestream at http://livestream.com/internetsociety/cigf16 ; see also http://www.cs.tt/blog/12th-caribbean-internet-governance-forum-cigf-from-august-10-to-12-2016-in-belize-how-to-watch-online/ )
The Caribbean Internet Governance Forum (CIGF) is a regional, multi-stakeholder forum initiated by the CTU and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat in 2005 to coordinate a regional approach to Internet Governance. The forum has since met annually and the primary products of its work have been the formulation of a Caribbean Internet Governance Policy Framework (currently at v2), the proliferation of Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) and capacity building in Internet Governance Principles across the Caribbean.
The 12th CIGF will provide a regional platform to discuss and clarify issues of Internet governance of Caribbean and global prominence (such as Net Neutrality, Cyber-security, Privacy) towards building consensus on appropriate Caribbean approaches. It will also contribute to realising a new thrust, announced at the 10th CIGF in The Bahamas, to enhance Internet governance expertise and capacity at the national level in the Caribbean through the development of local multi-stakeholder structures. This would facilitate national implementation mechanisms for regionally derived/harmonised approaches. The 12th CIGF will also conclude the work of identifying appropriate amendments for incorporation into Issue 3.0 of the Caribbean Internet Governance Policy Framework as well as formulate action plans for identified projects for regional implementation e.g. re IPv6, DNSSEC.
The CTU’s CIGF event page at http://www.ctu.int/12th-caribbean-internet-governance-forum/ is blank for now but will be updated with specific information related to registration, accomodation and agenda details in the near future.