Since its launch in 2006, the IGF has been at the forefront of multistakeholder discussions on the most pressing issues surrounding the internet and digital technologies. Over the years, the forum has accumulated a wealth of knowledge covering critical topics such as internet infrastructure, cybersecurity, and data governance.
At the core of this IGF knowledge ecology are the diverse contributions that individuals and organisations have brought to the IGF over the years, through their session proposals, inputs to various consultations, and participation in the myriad of IGF discussions, be it via mailing lists or during annual meetings (captured, for instance, in session recordings and transcripts). Formal documents – from session reports and IGF Messages, to outputs of youth and parliamentary tracks, best practice forums, policy networks, and dynamic coalitions – have continuously added value to this complex and ever-evolving knowledge ecology.
This rich and constantly refreshed knowledge built around the IGF and its epistemic communities has a tremendous, yet largely untapped potential to meaningfully and substantively inform and shape our decisions on the digital future. The IGF knowledge ecology is a valuable resource for everyone who is interested in building a sustainable, inclusive, and human-centric digital future. It is a resource that we must protect and nurture.
Against this backdrop, the session will explore key themes that are essential for unlocking the vast potential of this IGF knowledge ecology:
- Epistemic communities. We will dive into the pivotal role of epistemic communities – groups of experts and stakeholders with specialised knowledge – in shaping and enriching the IGF’s knowledge base. We will look at how these communities foster collaboration, innovation, and inclusivity to unpack the complex challenges of our digital world.
- Organising and codifying knowledge. As the knowledge built around the IGF continues to expand, we will discuss the importance of structuring and organising this wealth of information. By streamlining the knowledge-sharing process, we can empower individuals and organisations to access relevant insights easily and foster cross-pollination of ideas.
- Using AI for public good. We will explore the challenges and opportunities of using AI to manage the vast IGF knowledge ecology and transform it into an accessible and easy to use public good.
Join us for a forward-thinking session as we delve into the incredible potential of the IGF’s vast repository of knowledge.
Organisers: IGF Secretariat, with the support of DiploFoundation.