On 27 March, 2017 Internet Governance members forum meeting were held in Open Society Georgia Foundation, during which were discussed organizing issues and were approved the new Executive Committee’s composition. Georgian Internet Governance Forum 2017 supposed to held in the first half of September of 2017. On the day of the meeting, two new members Zviad Koridze and Georgian Internet Exchange joined the Committee.
The willingness to participate in the Executive Committee was expressed by:
- Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia
- NRA Georgian National Communication Commission (GNCC)
- Small and Medium Telecom Operators Association of Georgia (TOA)
- Internet Development Initiative (IDI)
- Georgian Association or regional Broadcasters (GFMD)
- ISOC Georgia
- Konstantine Stalinski
Coordinator of Internet Governance Forum 2017 will be Ucha Seturi CEO of Small and Medium Telecommunication Association of Georgia.
The exact date of the forum could not be agreed during the meeting therefore participants of the meeting agreed to decide this topic later via e-mail.
Toward a Comprehensive, open Internet for everyone
The Georgian Internet Governance Forum (IGF) have to serve bring all society members together from various stakeholder groups as equals, in discussions on public policy issues relating to the Internet. While there is no negotiated outcome, the IGF informs and inspires those with policy-making power in both the public and private sectors. At their annual meeting delegates discuss, exchange information and share good practices with each other. The IGF facilitates a common understanding of how to maximize Internet opportunities and address risks and challenges that arise.
- We ask the UN Secretary-General, in an open and inclusive process, to convene, by the second quarter of 2006, a meeting of the new forum for multi-stakeholder policy dialogue—called the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). The mandate of the Forum is to:
- Discuss public policy issues related to key elements of Internet governance in order to foster the sustainability, robustness, security, stability and development of the Internet;
- Facilitate discourse between bodies dealing with different cross-cutting international public policies regarding the Internet and discuss issues that do not fall within the scope of any existing body;
- Interface with appropriate inter-governmental organizations and other institutions on matters under their purview;
- Facilitate the exchange of information and best practices, and in this regard make full use of the expertise of the academic, scientific and technical communities;
- Advise all stakeholders in proposing ways and means to accelerate the availability and affordability of the Internet in the developing world;
- Strengthen and enhance the engagement of stakeholders in existing and/or future Internet governance mechanisms, particularly those from developing countries;
- Identify emerging issues, bring them to the attention of the relevant bodies and the general public, and, where appropriate, make recommendations;
- Contribute to capacity building for Internet governance in developing countries, drawing fully on local sources of knowledge and expertise;
- Promote and assess, on an ongoing basis, the embodiment of WSIS principles in Internet governance processes;
Discuss, inter alia, issues relating to critical Internet resources;
- Help to find solutions to the issues arising from the use and misuse of the Internet, of particular concern to everyday users;
- Publish its proceedings
Source: Paragraph 72 of the Tunis Agenda