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IGF 2019 | One World. One Net. One Vision.

25 Nov - 29 Nov
Berlin, Germany

The 14th Annual Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF 2019) took place in Berlin, Germany, from 25 to 29 November 2019.At the opening ceremony of IGF2019 the Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres and Angela Merkel, the chancellor of Germany delivered welcome speeches. During the course of five days of IGF2019, 3,679 delegates participated in-person in 200 sessions. Berlin welcomed participants from 161 different countries. 53% of these were the first-time comers. Approximately 3,000 people participated online. The IGF 2019 program featured 10 main thematic sessions; 64 workshops; 36 open forums; 4 best practice forum (BPF) sessions; 14 dynamic coalition (DC) sessions; 6 national, regional, and youth (NRIs) collaborative sessions; 16 sessions classified as “other”; 6 introductory & concluding sessions; as well as a dedicated track for legislators, for a total of 200 sessions in the overall program. The reduced number of sessions in the program compared to previous years is the result of the MAG’s new ‘program shaping approach’, which aimed at having more concrete, focused discussions, and fewer parallel or duplicate sessions, with a clear thematic orientation to three key themes.

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Belarus IGF

19 Nov - 19 Nov
Minsk, Belarus

Internet Society NGO Board Members Anna Karakhanyan, Arman Nesisyan and Armen Muradyan participated to Belarus IGF on November 13 in Minsk, Belarus. Organization member Vahan Hovsepyan was also present at the forum, representing RIPE NCC. You can find more details here:

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GeoIGF, GeoNOG 2019

13 Nov - 13 Nov
Tbilisi, Georgia

Internet Society NGO members participated to Georgian IGF and GeoNOG forums. Member of the organization Vahan Hovsepyan delivered an opening speech and the Board Member Kristine Gyonjyan spoke about the broadband development and about Armenian Broadband market facts and tendencies. The forums took place on November 13 in Tbilisi, Georgia. Watch video recordings here:

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2 Nov - 7 Nov
Montreal, Canada

ICANN66 meeting took place on November 2-7, 2019 in Montreal, Canada. Internet Society NGO Board Members Lianna Galstyan, Siranush Vardanyan,Khristina Hakobyan and member of the organization Katarina Gevorgyan actively participated in this meeting. Details of ICANN66 are available online

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NASIG 2019

31 Oct - 1 Nov
Montreal, Canada

Internet Society NGO Board Members Lianna Galstyan, Kristina Hakobyan and organization member Katarina Gevorgyan on 31 October 2019 attended a two-day North American Internet Governance School in Montreal, Canada, where they had an opportunity to discuss Internet governance topics and share the Armenian experience. Speakers of the School included Andrew Sullivan, President and CEO of the Internet Society, 5 members of the ICANN Board of Directors, as well as senior representatives and experts from other global organizations.

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11 Sep - 12 Sep
Vilnius, Lithuania

On 11-12 September, 2019 the Coordination Center for TLD RU has hosted the 12th TLDCON, the International conference for ccTLD registries and registrars of CIS, Central and Eastern Europe in Vilnius, Lithuania. Anna Karakhanyan, .AM hostmaster, Internet Society NGO Board Member, participated to this event.

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APrIGF 2019

17 Jul - 19 Jul
Vladivostok, Russia

Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF) is one of the key regional initiatives on Internet governance. The 10th Asia Pacific Regional IGF was held in Vladivostok, Russia under the main theme “Enabling a Safe, Secure and Universal Internet for all in Asia Pacific”. After the DAY 0 - capacity building day for fellows and newcomers on July 17 was the opening session of the 10th APrIGF. The opening speeches were followed by a Plenary Session “Internet Governance in Asia Pacific: The State of Play and Outlook”. Lianna Galstyan, “Internet Society” NGO Board Member attended to the APrIGF and was a speaker of the Plenary Session as well as at the session about Universality, IDNs and industry developments. APrIGF was full of discussions on various IG issues.

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ICANN65 Policy Forum

24 Jun - 27 Jun
Marrakech, Morocco

The 65th ICANN Meeting took place in Marrakech, Morocco on 24-27 June 2019. ICANN65 Policy Forum included sessions about the GNSO-EPDP Phase 2 and ccNSO Members meetings, the At-Large Policy Workshop, ICANN’s third Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT3) busy face-to-face meeting. It included interactions with several community groups and Board. In a special ceremony at ICANN65 in Marrakech, the 2019 Multistakeholder Ethos Award was presented to long-time member of the ICANN community, Kurt Pritz. “Internet Society” NGO board members Siranush Vardanyan and Kristina Hakobyan participated to ICANN65 meeting and discussions. Check out photos of the forum here.

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EuroDIG 2019

19 Jun - 20 Jun
The Hague, Netherlands

This year EuroDIG took place in The Hague, The Netherlands on 19-20 June 2019 (with a day zero of pre-events). It was hosted by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy of the Netherlands in cooperation with ECP – Netherlands Platform for the Information Society, the Municipality of The Hague and SIDN – the .nl domain registry. EuroDIG is a year-round dialogue of European stakeholders. “Internet Society” NGO Board Member Lianna Galstyan was participating to EurDIG 2019 meeting. The overarching theme for EuroDIG 2019 was “Cooperating in the Digital Age” highlighting the opportunities of multi-stakeholder processes. The meeting included topics around Media & Content, Access & literacy, Development of IG ecosystem, Security, Human Rights and etc. The next EuroDIG will take place from 10–12 June 2020 in Trieste, Italy at The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP). For participation in EuroDIG and other detailed information visit to site.

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