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19.09.2017 09:16 Age: 301 days
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The Namibia Internet Governance Forum (NamIGF)

The Namibia Internet Governance Forum (NamIGF) is a multi-stakeholder forum that engages on issues related to Internet Governance (IG) on a national level, and how it intersects with IG developments at continental, and international level. Established in 2017, it adheres to the principles of the African Internet Governance Forum (AfIGF), which, in keeping with the United Nations (UN) Internet Governance Forum (IGF), strives to:

  •  Be Open - all entities, organisations and participating individuals that are IG stakeholders shall be free to join the NamIGF.
  •     Multi-stakeholder – The active and democratic participation of a diverse range of stakeholders, including that of women and youth, shall be promoted.
  •     Transparent - Stakeholders shall be open in their communication, decisions, and implementation of NamIGF related activities.
  •     Accountable - Mechanisms for checks and balances, as well as for the review and redress of actions related to the NamIGF shall exist.
  •     Remote participation - The NamIGF shall make optimum use of the Internet to increase the number of participants in all its activities.
 Despite Namibia having joined the world-wide web decades ago, we have been absent from the global discourse on internet governance. Initiated by the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT), the NamIGF Interim Working Group’s mandate is to organise and host the country’s first national IGF from 27-28 September 2017.

28 September also is International Day for Universal Access to Information, and we deem it important to highlight the connection between universal access to information, and universal access to the internet.

The Interim Working Group consists of members from the following stakeholder groups:

    Private Sector
    Civil Society
    Technical Community

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