Japan Hosts 18th Internet Governance Forum in October 2023

Fumio Kishida
Prime Minister of Japan

The government of Japan will host the 18th annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) scheduled to hold at the Kyoto International Conference Center (Kyoto City) from October 8 to 12, 2023, with the overarching theme: The Internet We Want – Empowering All People. This is the first time Japan will be hosting the IGF.

Building on the results of the call for thematic issues, the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) decided that the 18th annual IGF programme will be developed around the following sub-themes: AI and Emerging Technologies; Avoiding Internet Fragmentation; Cybersecurity, Cybercrime and Online Safety; Data Governance and Trust; Digital Divides and Inclusion; Global Digital Governance and Cooperation; Human Rights and Freedoms and Sustainability and Environment.

The IGF was established by the United Nations in 2005 as a forum for multi-stakeholder dialogue concerning public policy issues relating to the internet, involving such stakeholders as governments, the private sector, the technical and academic communities, and members of civil society. Its annual meeting brings together stakeholders from across the globe for about a week each year.

The first day is devoted to a high-level meeting between ministerial representatives from various countries and the leaders of global companies.

The meeting will adopt a hybrid format including online attendance, details on how to participate and other information will be published on the official IGF2023 website, which will be established in due course.