U.S. Government Participation at the 2016 Internet Governance Forum

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
December 5, 2016

Coordinator for Cyber Issues Christopher Painter, U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy Ambassador Daniel Sepulveda, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator Lawrence E. Strickling, and Federal Communications Commission Commissioner Mignon Clyburn will travel to Guadalajara, Mexico for the 2016 Internet Governance Forum (IGF) taking place from December 6-9.

The United Nation’s World Summit on the Information Society established the IGF in 2005 to address evolving questions related to issues such as access and connectivity, Internet economy and development, Internet governance, human rights and Internet freedom, and cybersecurity and trust with the multistakeholder community. This is the eleventh IGF, and the theme this year is: “Enabling Inclusive and Sustainable Growth.”

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

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