U.S. Government Participation at the 2015 Internet Governance Forum

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
November 6, 2015

U.S. Ambassador to Brazil Liliana Ayalde, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information Larry Strickling, Coordinator for Cyber Issues Christopher Painter, and U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy Ambassador Daniel A. Sepulveda will travel to João Pessoa, Brazil for the 2015 Internet Governance Forum (IGF) taking place from November 10-13.

The United Nations’ World Summit on the Information Society established the IGF in 2005 to address evolving questions related to such issues as access and connectivity, Internet economy and development, Internet governance, human rights and Internet freedom, and cyber security and trust with the multistakeholder community. This is the tenth IGF, and the theme this year is: “Evolution of Internet Governance: Empowering Sustainable Development.”

The IGF is a global, open, and inclusive venue in which attendees share views, concerns, and experiences on current Internet issues and, by doing so, demonstrate the value of the multistakeholder processes that have made the Internet an engine of global economic growth and innovation. The U.S. Government looks forward to the dialogue in workshops and other collaborations with Internet stakeholders, including members of governments, industry, civil society, academia, and the technical community.

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