The Internet Governance Forum USA (IGF-USA) is one of the 'regional IGFs' set up to discuss relevant issues which then feed into the annual Internet Governance Forum, to be held this year in Nairobi, Kenya in September.
It brings together representatives of civil society, governments, academia, business and the technical community to discuss the future of the Internet and help move policy forward through partnerships, coalitions and best practices.
The third IGF-USA took place on 18 July 2011 at the Georgetown Law Center in Washington, D.C.
Opening Plenary Session
Photo: Imagining the Internet/Elon University
The IGF-USA opened with remarks from Georgetown University’s Pablo Molina, Chengetai Masango of the IGF Secretariat and US Ambassador Philip Verveer. "The Internet is the largest and most successful cooperative venture in history," said Verveer. Conference organizer Marilyn Cade promised "a national perspective with a global view" throughout the day's workshops and sessions.