Iceland hosts internet governance forum today

Reykjavik will host the first one-day Internet Governance Forum today (Tuesday), on International Safer Internet Day. The free-to-attend forum features international experts and government ministers alike.

The all-day gathering is being held at Reykjavik’s Hilton Nordica Hotel and promises to be an interesting event; especially for internet professionals, freedom-of-speech campaigners and innovative online entrepreneurs.

Some highlights from the agenda (see www.saft.is) include:

Ms. Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Minister of Education, Science and Culture, addresses the Forum and gives the award for the best content for children on the Internet

Mr. Ögmundur Jónasson, Minister of the Interior introduces the Communications Strategy

Mr. Lee Hibbard, coordinator for Internet Governance and Information Society at the Council of Europe explains current issues in Internet Governance

Ms. Íris Kristín Andrésdóttir from the Icelandic Gaming Industry talks about the creative industries on the Internet and what needs to be in place for further development

Dr. William Drake, Senior Associate at the Centre for International Governance of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, will provide an overview of current developments in global Internet governance, focusing in particular on ICANN, the IGF, and enhanced cooperation.

Ms. Anna Kristína Lobers and Ms. Fanndís Logadóttir from SAFT Youth Panel talk about young users’ view on the future of the Internet.