About

Internet Governance Forum Greece is a non-profit initiative aimed at promoting fair internet governance and good digital policies in Greece as a member of the international community. We aim at strengthening the dialogue between various stakeholder groups in Greece focusing on exchanging information and sharing good practices relating to the Internet and technologies. We are a member of the international IGF network and abide by the principles set by the United Nations IGF Secretariat with regard to such initiatives, namely transparency, openness and participatory democracy.

IGF Greece is the National Regional Initiative (NRI), as part of the global United Nations IGF Network, and focuses on organizing the National Annual IGF Conference about digital governance in Greece.
Process

Using a bottom-up consultation process, the NRIs strive to include all stakeholders, to wοrk together and on equal footing on issues pertaining to the Internet and towards the organization of the National Conference in October 2021. Hence, through transparent and participatory procedures, IGF Greece invites representatives of various stakeholders, as well as members of the Greek digital community, to actively contribute to all phases of preparation and implementation.

Output

Using a bottom-up consultation process, the NRIs strive to include all stakeholders, to wοrk together and on equal footing on issues pertaining to the Internet and towards the organization of the National Conference in October 2021. Hence, through transparent and participatory procedures, IGF Greece invites representatives of various stakeholders, as well as members of the Greek digital community, to actively contribute to all phases of preparation and implementation.

Forum
The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) network is a multistakeholder policy platform, initiated by the United Nations with the aim of exchanging information and sharing good policies and practices relating to the Internet and technologies.

The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) network is a multistakeholder policy platform, initiated by the United Nations with the aim of exchanging information and sharing good policies and practices relating to the Internet and technologies. It brings together representatives of various stakeholders and social groups on online governance, in particular governments, the private sector and civil society, including the technical and academic community, and promotes dialogue and policy-making internationally.
History
The first international IGF conference under the auspices of the United Nations took place in 2006 in Athens and is since then organized annually. In parallel, multiple national and regional IGFs are organized every year globally, in order to promote multistakeholder dialogue with a regional focus and strengthen democratic policy making relating to digital regulation within the respective communities.
NRIs
National Regional Initiatives (NRIs) are Internet Governance Forum movements with a regional or national outreach and a corresponding focal point. While serving as a point of information regarding the global developments in the fields of democracy and technology, NRIs function as platforms for the discussion of these topics on a local or national level, especially focusing on the aspects and viewpoints prioritized by their respective communities. Taking into account all received inputs from their communities, the NRIs develop comprehensive agendas that reflect the needs of the community, and logistics for organizing the major annual event(s), where different stakeholder groups will gather and discuss the issues of highest priority to them.
Youth IGF

Bearing in mind that a genuinely democratic discussion should be open to all age groups, alongside the original IGF events, the United Nations have introduced the platform of Youth IGF conferences. These events usually take place at the same time as the respective NRIs and interact with them in order to offer the younger generation an active role in decision-making processes.

Impact
Providing a platform for the representation of different viewpoints and the exchange of ideas, policies and concerns, the IGF presents a valuable crosspoint of opinions and interests, with the aim of creating better, more effective and more inclusive policies. While the IGF does not make any binding decisions, but rather has an advisory role, its conclusions and policy suggestions are widely recognized and taken into consideration by governments, academia and the private sector on a regional, national and international level.

Our objective lies in involving experts and citizens, government and academia, the public and the private sector in a multidimensional and interdisciplinary discussion about Internet Governance, where the agenda, the procedure and the final outcome will stem from the community itself.

The primary goal of the Internet Governance Forum and its national and regional initiatives (NRIs) is to promote equal and constructive dialogue between the various stakeholders and to influence the discussion in the relevant decision-making bodies at national and international level. By bringing together representatives of various groups, the Internet Governance Forum promotes the discussion of relevant and controversial topics such as the democratization of the internet, the legitimacy of digital policy making and the future of a technology-driven society.