The Brazilian Internet Forum has been promoted annually by the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee (CGI.br) since 2011 as a preparatory activity for the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), a global event promoted by the United Nations (UN). Through it, CGI.br aims to bring participants from government, business, scientific and technological sector, civil society and Internet users together to monitor and discuss issues that are central to the consolidation and expansion of an increasingly diverse, universal and innovative Internet in Brazil and that expresses the principles of freedom, human rights, privacy, as stated in the CGI.br's Principles for the Governance and Use of the Internet.
This year CGI.br will host the 9th Brazilian Internet Forum between October 1st and 4th in Manaus, in the state of Amazonas. The event’s official program will include main sessions during each of the Forum’s three official days (Oct. 2-4), which will discuss topics of great importance for the development of the Internet, along with 27 workshops organized by different actors of the society interested in developing Brazil’s Internet. On the first day, October 1st, a "Zero Day" will be held; a day dedicated to giving space for individuals and entities to propose and organize diverse activities, including thematic discussions, meetings of associations, meetings of activists, projects etc. The call for the Zero Day of the 9th Internet Forum will be launched in June and requests for space to carry out activities will be answered in the order of receipt, until spaces are completely filled.
This year, forum’s organisers have a partnership with the Amazon State Tourism Company (Amazonastur), which "acts on behalf of the State Government to promote tourism development and make Amazonas a differentiated, competitive and sustainable destination, prioritizing itineraries that value the natural beauty of the region". For more information about Amazonastur visit http://www.amazonastur.am.gov.br/.
What is the Pre-IGF
The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) was proposed by the World Summit on the Information Society in November 2005, and was created following consultations convened by the Secretary-General of the United Nations in 2006. Since then, the IGF has been held in selected host cities. Proposed and coordinated by CGI.br, Brazil hosted the 2007 IGF in the city of Rio de Janeiro (RJ) and 2015 in the city of João Pessoa (PB).
There is much debate in the world about an appropriate model for global Internet governance. Many wonder about the methods and organizations around which the Internet has spread and will continue to grow worldwide. The Brazilian Internet Governance model preserves its multisectoral nature through the formation and composition of CGI.br, and has been observed internationally as a model to be considered, debated and followed. Its formulation is also consolidated in broad societal debate and all those interested in deepening participatory models of the Internet. Considering the importance and relevance of the national debate on Internet governance, CGI.br decided to set up the Brazilian Internet Forum which brings together participants from governmental, business, scientific and technological sectors and civil society from various Brazilian states, as the Brazilian Preparatory Meeting for the IGF. With this, it seeks to bring reflections from the Forum as important contributions to the IGF.