SL’s First Internet Governance Forum concludes
The inaugural ceremony of Sri Lanka’s first Internet Governance Forum (IGF)was held recently at the BMICH powered by Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) as the principal sponsor of the event. The event saw participation of industry professionals from all around the country.
The IGF Sri Lanka 2016 was an initiative developed by the Internet Society Sri Lanka Chapter (ISoC), the UN Internet Governance Forum Support Association (UN IGFSA), the Ministry of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure, ICTA, LEARN and several other stakeholders. This is a part of the global IGF initiative which will be held for the 11th consecutive year this year.
The key topics of the forum included Sri Lankan contribution to next billionth users, safer internet and freedom of expression.
The main purpose of the IGF is to gather people from various stakeholder groups as equals, to discuss public policy issues relating to the Internet. The IGF informs and inspires those with policy-making power in both the public and private sectors via discussions, which facilitate the exchange of information and the sharing of good practices with each other.
In addition, it provides a platform for developing countries also to engage and participate in internet governance debates on an equal footing with developed countries. The forum aims to provide the country with opportunities for the development of all communities and sectors through the enhancement of the internet.