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BPF on Local Content

IGF 2020 Best Practice Forum on Local Content



In 2020 the BPF will concentrate its work on one key element that emerged from the 2019 outcome report: the need to further explore issues related to the protection, preservation and remuneration of creative work and collective wisdom, from a local content perspective. As such, the BPF will focus on:

  • How to protect, preserve and remunerate creative work and collective wisdom in order to create a sustainable model for the production, distribution and local fruition of local content in the digital age. This may involve intellectual ownership rights, communities' intellectual property rights, ownership of national or community identifiers of natural resources, protection of creative works and so on.

The goal is to compile and then analyse case studies of good practices from different sectors (e.g. private sector, media sector, governments and international organizations like WIPO, UNESCO, civil society organizations, community groups and so on).

More details are available in the revised work plan.

BPF co-facilitators

  • Carlos A. Afonso (Nupef), MAG member
  • Giacomo Mazzone, representing EBU/WBU in the MAG
  • Sorina Teleanu (IGF Secretariat supporting consultant)


  • To be announced

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For any queries related to the work of this BPF, please send us an email at [email protected].

Past documents



IGF 2019 Best Practice Forum on Local Content


The 2019 edition of the Best Practice Forum on Local Content focused on how to create an enabling environment and identifying good practices for the promotion and preservation of linguistic diversity, cultural heritage and local content particularly in contexts where these are at risk as a result of political shifts and upheaval. The original work outline is available HERE

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO JOINED the BPF session during the Berlin IGF

A special thank you to all the excellent speakers. The session took place on Wednesday November 27, 2019 16:40 - 18:10 in Estrel Saal C Sonnenallee 225, 12057 Berlin, Germany

The final outcome report - v. 4 of 19 December 2019 - is available here.


Preparatory Process

Virtual meetings: 1 November 2019, 13h00 UTC.
Call for contributions: To explore how the Internet can be used to preserve local language and cultural heritage, particularly in current contexts where cultural and linguistic diversity, artefacts and histories are at risk as a result of political and social shifts and upheaval, the BPF put out a call for contributions to help understand and expose challenges, and gather examples and good practices of how digital technologies and the Internet can be used to promote, preserve and share local culture and content. The BPF would also like to identify best practices of how to manage and promote the digitisation of existing analogue content (printed and electronic media, cinema, music, visual arts etc.) and services. The call was open until 25 October 2019 and the BPF received 36 valuable contributions which have been synthesised into a draft outcome report. (now closed)

Draft outcome report: See above. Open for comment until 22 November.

Call of 1 November 2019: Report available here.

    Contact Information

    United Nations
    Secretariat of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

    Villa Le Bocage
    Palais des Nations,
    CH-1211 Geneva 10

    igf [at] un [dot] org
    +41 (0) 229 173 411