Published on: 25.05.18

Deadline extended! Call for Workshop Proposals for the Internet Governance Forum 2018 open til 6 June

Organisation: Internet Governance Forum

Frist verlängert! Workshopvorschläge für das Internet Governance Forum 2018 jetzt bis zum 6. Juni 2018 einreichen! (deutsche Version des Artikels)

Next week the date and venue of the Internet Governance Forum 2018 shall be announced. Therefore the deadline for workshop proposals was extended by ten days. Til 6 June 2018, 11.59 pm (UTC), all interested stakeholders are invited to submit workshop proposals for the IGF 2018. The online form can be found at If you are not yet registered to the IGF community you have to do that first at


Overall eight themes have been defined for IGF so sort workshop proposals to, in order to achieve a structured program for the event: Cybersecurity, Trust & Privacy; Digital Inclusion & Accessibility; Emerging Technologies; Evolution of Internet Governance; Human Rights, Gender & Youth; Development, Innovation & Economic Issues; Media & Content; and Technical & Operational Topics.

In addition, proposers are invited to select from more than 50 subthemes classified under the themes. These cover a broad range of Internet governance interests and include topics as varied as Access & Connectivity, Cyberdiplomacy, Encryption, Internet & the Environment, Local Content, and Virtual Reality, among many others.

Proposers may also write in a subtheme of their choosing.

Workshop Evaluations

The four major criteria in the evaluation process will centre around Relevance, Content, Diversity, and Format of each proposal. Proposers are strongly advised to pay particular attention to ensuring gender, regional and stakeholder diversity within their organizing teams, as well as among their listed speakers, as these will be reviewed against diversity criteria, which is a key measure. Proposers are further advised that they should have a minimum of three speakers listed and to limit their number of speakers to five wherever possible, in particular when selecting a panel format, so as to ensure space in their session for participant engagement. While this is not a disqualifying criteria, excessive numbers of speakers will result in lower support for the proposal. Please note that individual speakers will be limited to three sessions after the selection process.

All proposers should consult the detailed documents on the IGF website before making a submission.


Internet governance is the development and application by governments, the private sector and civil society of shared principles, norms, rules, decision-making procedures, and programs that shape the evolution and use of the Internet. The Internet Governance Forum - IGF is an annual open conference, initiated by the United Nations in 2006. Internet penetration worldwide, internet usage, technical aspects and regulation are on the agenda. Human rights have played a big role from the beginning. This year, for the first time, an open call for issues provided the opportunity to put children’s rights and child protection in the focus of IGF. This is mirrored by the themes and subthemes set for the call for workshop proposals.

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