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Fwd: Newsletter Volume 1 No. 1, May 2020

Colleagues,

Apologies for cross posting and any possible duplication but this may be of
interest for those chasing Internet Governance

Best
Keith

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From: IGF Secretariat <info@intgovforum.org>
Date: Fri, May 15, 2020 at 5:35 PM
Subject: [IGF] Newsletter Volume 1 No. 1, May 2020
To: info@intgovforum.org <info@intgovforum.org>

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*IGF 2020 Newsletter: May 2020 *

*Welcome to the inaugural IGF 2020 Newsletter! This regular newsletter will
summarise key news and activities for busy IGF participants. Let us know if
you have any feedback on how to improve this newsletter.*

In this newsletter:

– Preparations for IGF 2020
– New at the IGF
– Intersessional Activities
– National, Regional and Youth IGF Initiatives (NRIs)
– For Your Action!

Preparations for IGF 2020

Plans are going ahead for IGF 2020, 2-6 November 2020. The Host Country, UN
DESA and the IGF Secretariat are keeping a close watch on the development
of ‎the COVID-19 <www.un.org/en/coronavirus> pandemic and its
possible impact on the IGF processes. Any changes will be ‎communicated as
early as possible to assist IGF participants in their preparations for the
meeting.

The IGF 2020 program is being guided by four thematic tracks
<www.intgovforum.org/multilingual/content/igf-2020-thematic-tracks>:

1. Data
2. Environment
3. Inclusion
4. Trust

Calls for workshops, Open Forums, Day 0 pre-events, Dynamic Coalition
sessions, NRI sessions and IGF Village Booths have now closed. The list of
submissions is now available
<www.intgovforum.org/multilingual/content/igf-2020-received-session-proposals>
.

The Multistakeholder Advisory Group is currently evaluating workshop proposals
according to its established review process
<www.intgovforum.org/multilingual/content/igf-2020-workshop-submission-and-review-process>
.

The new MAG Chair has posted an update on the MAG’s activities
<www.intgovforum.org/multilingual/mag-chair-s-blog>.

The Government of Poland has posted an update on their preparations for IGF
2020
<www.intgovforum.org/multilingual/content/preparations-for-igf-2020-by-the-government-of-poland-may-update>
.

*Second Open Consultations and MAG meetings*

The meetings are happening ONLINE, June 15-19
<www.intgovforum.org/multilingual/content/2nd-open-consultations-and-mag-meetings-moves-online>,
due to COVID-19 precautions.

New at the IGF

The IGF website will receive a major upgrade
<www.intgovforum.org/multilingual/content/uk-government-funds-major-redevelopment-of-igf-website>,
thanks to a grant from the UK Government.

IGF making progress in translating key documents
<www.intgovforum.org/multilingual/content/igf-in-your-language>
into all 6 UN languages. And you can help!

How can the IGF can support global digital cooperation in the context of
follow-up on the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Digital
Cooperation’s recommendations? See the report on consultations held in
January
<www.intgovforum.org/multilingual/index.php?q=filedepot_download/9615/1986>
.

The MAG has launched an initiative
<www.intgovforum.org/multilingual/content/bpf-on-bpfs> to look back
and learn from the IGF’s first five years of Best Practice Forums (BPFs).

Intersessional Activities

*Best Practice Forums (BPFs)*

The work of this year’s four BPFs
<www.intgovforum.org/multilingual/content/best-practice-forums-bpfs>
is beginning to ramp up. Your participation will help produce more robust
outputs that can help guide global Internet policy development and
implementation in the following areas:

– Cybersecurity
– Gender and Access
– Data and New Technologies in an Internet Context
– Local Content

*Dynamic Coalitions (DCs)*

16 of the 18 active DCs have submitted proposals for slots at IGF 2020. Learn
more <www.intgovforum.org/multilingual/content/dynamic-coalitions>
about DC activities and how you can participate.

National, Regional and Youth IGF Initiatives (NRIs)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most NRI meetings
<www.intgovforum.org/multilingual/content/nris-annual-meetings-2020>
scheduled for the first half of 2020 have been postponed for later in the
year, while a few NRIs will now host their 2020 meetings remotely. The
NRIs’ collaborative preparatory process for IGF 2020
<www.intgovforum.org/multilingual/content/igf-2020-nris%C2%A0preparatory-process>
is underway.

For Your Action!

Consider hosting or participating in a remote hub
<www.intgovforum.org/multilingual/content/igf-2020-remote-hubs>.

Know of people who could make a great contribution to IGF 2020? Let the IGF
Secretariat know
<www.intgovforum.org/multilingual/content/seeking-high-level-speaker-and-participant-names-for-igf-2020>
!

*Key dates and deadlines*

20 May, 15:00 UTC

NRIs Meeting IV <intgovforum.zoom.us/j/99651343988>

29 May, 15.00 UTC

BPF on Data and New Technologies in an Internet Context – Virtual meeting IV
<intgovforum.zoom.us/j/99213200939>

15 June

Call for bilateral meeting rooms requests opens

15-19 June

2nd Open Consultations and MAG meetings
<www.intgovforum.org/multilingual/content/2nd-open-consultations-and-mag-meetings-move-online>

20 September

Deadline: remote hubs registration
<www.intgovforum.org/multilingual/content/igf-2020-remote-hubs>

October

Training sessions for remote hub organizers

See also: Full IGF calendar
<www.intgovforum.org/multilingual/calendar>

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