Introduction Session – The State of IGF

Date: 18 July 2012 (Wednesday)

Time: 10:00 – 12:00

Venue: Room 17610, 6th Floor, Building No.17, Aoyama Campus, Aoyama Gakuin University

The Internet Governance Forum is now into its second five-year term. Today, it is a fixture in the calendar of many who work in the law and policy on the Internet. Curiously, some who were initially skeptical about the IGF have come out in support of its continuance but some who were supportive are now calling for its dissolution. That call is now stronger today than ever before. Perhaps the diametric change in views is the result of differing expectations.

What has the IGF achieved in its existence? What should one reasonably expect of the IGF? Can more be achieved? What issues should the Forum address? Where do or should regional or national inputs in the form of similar Internet governance forums stand?

This panel brings together a group of stakeholders who have followed the IGF to answer those questions and more.


ModeratorProf. Ang PengHwaDirector of Singapore internet Research Centre (SiRC)


  • Mr. Chengetai MasangoProgramme and Technology Manager , Secretariat of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)
  • Mr. Kuo Wei WUCEO, National Information Infrastructure Enterprise Promotion Association (NIIEPA)
  • Mr. Masanobu Katoh, Vice Chairman of IGF-Japan; Chairman of 2012 APrIGF Tokyo Host Committee
  • Mr. Rajnesh D. Singh, Regional Director of the Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau, Internet Society
  • Mr. William DrakeInternational Fellow & Lecturer, Media Change & Innovation Division, IPMZ, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • Mr. Izumi AizuDeputy Director at the Institute for HyperNetwork Society
  • Mr. Pablo Hinojosa, Director of Public Affairs, APNIC