IJMA3 and Tehran ICT Guild - TIG Launch the Persian Internet Governance Forum

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New forum provides the Iranian technology community with new opportunities to contribute to the global discussion on Internet governance.

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The establishment of the Persian IGF is a critical opportunity for a new generation to get involved in issues of Internet governance, openness, and economic growth.

IJMA3 and the Tehran ICT Guild Organization (TIG) have collaborated to launch the Persian Internet Governance Forum (Persian IGF), the first entity in the region to highlight the importance of Internet openness and its effects on economic growth in the Persian region.

The Persian IGF is one of the latest additions to the regional IGFs that were launched after the success of the global IGF in 2006. The Persian IGF is considered to be an independent platform for all Persian speaking stakeholders to discuss issues and policies related to Internet governance on an equal footing. IJMA3 Secretary General Nizar Zakka lauded the establishment of the Persian IGF as a "critical opportunity for a new generation to get involved in issues of Internet governance, openness, and economic growth."

IJMA3 and TIG will jointly host the Persian IGF secretariat, which will cover Persian-speaking countries, including Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan. The Persian IGF will join other regional IGF forums such as European IGF, Commonwealth IGF, Arab IGF, IGF - USA, African Internet Governance Forum and Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF).

The first Persian IGF will be co-organized by IJMA3 and TIG and will take place by the end of 2014 under the theme which will be agreed on through PersianIGF MAG. Its primary objective is to raise awareness about Internet governance processes in the Persian-speaking communities and establish the Persian Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group MAG (P-MAG). IJMA3 and TIG took the initiative to form the Persian IGF during this critical period when many sanctions against Iran might be lifted, and at the time when Iran has set out to work with China on the development of a “clean” Internet.

The Persian IGF will utilize Internet governance experts within the Persian-speaking community to help shape and enhance the forum. It will serve as a platform for strengthening the linkages between Persian speaking-communities and their counterparts within various global technology sectors and for raising awareness about emerging issues related to Internet governance relevant to Persian-speaking communities. The Persian IGF also aims to contribute to critical Internet governance policy, and will build and develop new connections with other local and global Internet governance stakeholders. Finally, the Persian IGF will enhance the capacity of its members by providing trainings, workshops, seminars and fellowships during which they will have opportunities to exchange knowledge and ideas with other regional and national IGF initiatives, as well as report to the global IGF.

The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is a multi-stakeholder forum for policy dialogue on issues of Internet governance. It brings together all stakeholders in the Internet governance debate, whether they represent governments, the private sector or civil society, including the technical and academic community, on an equal basis and through an open and inclusive process. The establishment of the IGF was formally announced by the United Nations Secretary-General in July 2006. It was first convened in October–November 2006 and has held an annual meeting since then.

IJMA3 is an international non-governmental non-profit organization headquartered in Beirut, Lebanon and with offices in Baghdad and other regional countries, consisting of a consortium of more than 17 national ICT association members from countries across the MENA region.

As the regional voice of the ICT industry, IJMA3 is dedicated to advocating policies that advance the industry's growth and development; facilitating international trade and investment in ICT products and services; and harnessing ICT toward the fulfillment of critical regional development challenges.

Tehran ICT Guild Organization (TIG, a.k.a. Tehran ICT Association), is a subsidiary of its nationwide organization, The Iranian ICT Guild Organization (IIG, a.k.a. Iranian ICT Association) which was formed in July 2005, as part of the implementation of article 12 of the Software Copyright Law and the practical support thereof, to order and organize ICT legal commercial activities, with incessant efforts made by the industrialists in Iran’s Telecommunication and Information Technology. TIG is the most important ICT CSO in Iran, located in the capital, and acting as a regulatory body in the relationship between the private sector and the government in the area of IT, while protecting the professional rights of individual practitioners in the guild.

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