Who we are
IGF Italy (Internet Governance Forum Italy – www.igf-italia.org non profit and multistakeholder association, operates in compliance with the fundamental principles of global IGF and formally participates as the representative of Italy in other international initiatives in the IGF field under the aegis of the UN.
IGF Italia is the landmark for Internet Governance of digital issues, and according to the principles of e-government, IGF Italy operates on the principles of the Charter Internet bill of Rights adopted on 28 July 2015 by Chamber of Deputies of Italian Parliament .
IGF Italia plays a key role to facilitate dialogue between institutions, businesses, academia, the technical community and civil society organizations to guarantee an exchange of knowledge with the global IGF (UN).
IGF Italia is apolitical; through its meetings, working groups, etc., IGF Italia facilitates the discussion on the proposed regulatory frameworks, potential risks, global trends and technological innovations, as well as the digital policies
The president and one of the founder of IGF Italia is the Hon. Mattia Fantinati, former Undersecretary of State of the Public Administration and former Member of Italian Parliament for the XVII and XVIII legislatures.
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IGF Italy is inspired by the multistakeholder structure adopted by the global IGF, which is based on four main pillars: Institutions, Citizens, Companies, Academy.
All national institutions can be part of IGF Italia: government, parliament, public administration, local and territorial bodies, the structures controlled by them, as well as the control and supervisory authorities competent in the matter.
As in other European countries, the “Institutions” component plays a fundamental role within each IGF, because it embraces the legislative power (increasingly called upon to make decisions on measures concerning the “governance of the internet”), the executive with the competent ministries and specialized agencies called every day to intervene on issues concerning the digital society (cybersecurity, networks, access…); as well as that of the supervisory authorities (privacy, antitrust, AGCOM) who increasingly find themselves having to settle disputes born in the digital world; and finally\ne the local authorities, which are the ultimate terminal of the relationship with the citizens.
In the multistakeholder conception of the global IGF, we speak of “civil society”, which in Italy is the representation of citizens: all civil society organizations (associations, foundations, trade unions, parties, movements) that have developed a particular sensitivity on internet issues, that deal with digital and its consequences, can join IGF Italia and its components.
The Enterprises that find their space within IGF Italia are, first of all, those that make the internet possible: from access providers (ISPs) to service providers; from telecommunications to space, from domain names to broadcasting and so on
But the impact of the Internet now also reaches many other sectors: from agriculture to banks, from healthcare to the military and IGF Italia intends – among the many missions – also that of promoting integration between the world of the Internet to prevent Italian companies from remaining outside the new world that is opening up.
The world of the university and that of the technical community are the other relevant communities for the management of the Internet, so much so that IGF Italia has reserved special representative spaces for them. In the history of IGF Italia, the academy in particular has often hosted the annual IGF Italia appointment.
The action of IGF Italia develops in four main directions: technology, economy, ethics and regulations of the Internet and, more generally, of digital transformation. With particular regard to what is defined in the world as “Internet governance”. An area that presents unprecedented characteristics that constitute a new world with respect to the concepts of “government” so far.
A decision regarding the Internet cannot be taken solely by the government (as was the case in the past for most decisions) but needs the involvement of a multiplicity of actors: first of all the technology industry, but also civil society, supervisory authorities, Parliament and so on…
The Internet is the fruit of global innovation and its continuous transformations and mutations are often determined by radical changes in the technologies available. Hence the importance that IGF Italia attaches to innovation, technologies and the people who use them. Italy (like the rest of Europe) does not have global internet champions, but a myriad of companies, research centers and excellence, which contribute to making our country one of the leading countries in the world
in terms of innovation. It is this excellence that IGF Italia intends to involve in the national IGF project…
The share of the Italian economy that passes through the Internet or that needs the Internet to be able to carry out its action has grown exponentially in recent years. It is these sectors that create the Italian Internet and the innovations that are produced in it, that IGF Italia intends to focus on in order to develop its activities in support of national growth. In particular, with respect to the PNRR/Generation Europe, IGF Italia intends to play a stimulating and monitoring role, for everything concerning its digital implementation.
Compared to other countries in the world, Italy boasts a characteristic that few others can boast of, namely that of having been the first to focus on the ethical aspects linked to the Internet and the impact of this new technology on human rights. Thanks to Stefano Rodotà, the Declaration of Internet Rights was born in our country in Parliament, an act that represented a turning point in the global debate on Internet governance and which is a point of reference for many countries. IGF Italia therefore intends to push its activity in this direction, to highlight this particular Italian contribution to the development of the Internet and IG.
Lastly, perhaps the main priority of IGF Italia is and will be that of intervening in the ongoing debates for the adaptation of our system of rules to the new digital reality. After the Declaration, few national legislative and regulatory interventions were implemented on the subject. The transpositions of European regulations and directives have done more. But this delay will necessarily be filled as soon as possible, and the role of a “third party” initiative with respect to all the interlocutors such as IGF Italia, can be particularly useful for building the new digital system of rules, no longer in response to particular interests, but with in mind a broader vision of the needs of the country system.
IGF Italia inspires its action – and orients it – in accordance with the principles that guide the global IGF and the NRIs (National Regional Initiatives) of the global IGF.
- promotes the development of a multi-stakeholder space for debate on Italian Internet Governance organizes events
- compliant with the principles and regulations adopted by the global IGF (NRI Toolkit). promotes conferences, workshops,
- theme days, training courses on digitization and legislative initiatives.
- Examines and develops texts or legislative proposals from the digital world Promotes digital
- literacy and culture by collaborating with educational institutions and with the next generation. Collaborates with national and international bodies such as IGF Global, EuroDIG, ICANN, WSIS, ITU, UNESCO, EU HLIG, OECD, RIPE NCC, W3C, IETF etc.
The Association inspires its action – and orients it – in accordance with the principles that guide the global IGF and the NRI National Regional Initiatives of the global IGF.
Every year, IGF Italia in collaboration with institutions, enterprises, universities, the technical community and civil society organizes the IGF national event which is built through an open and inclusive process, and under the general coordination of the IGF Italia Steering Committee . His final report will be sent to IGF Global (UN) and to the main institutional interlocutors.
The organization of the event follows an open and transparent, inclusive, bottom-up process which involves the interested parties (government, companies, civil society and research centres) in choosing the priority topics to be discussed during the event annual.
The Program Committee takes care of the organization of the annual event which, taking inspiration from the model used by the global IGF, develops the following phases:
- Review, at the conclusion of the annual event, on how to improve the organization of the event.
- Activation of the IGF Program Committee.
- Identification of the Local Host.
- Identifying priorities for discussion
- Public consultations to gather input from stakeholders m. De\nition and publication of the IGF
- Promotion and communication of the event through the website www.igf-italia.org or. Conduct of the annual event.