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Controversy Over the Internet Governance Forum's 2012 Venue

Categories: Azerbaijan, Internet governance

As the 6th Internet Governance Forum [1] is about to close its doors, controversy has emerged over the next venue.


Plenary session in Nairobi. Flickr photo by Franck K.

It has already been decided that the next IGF will be hosted by Azerbaijan, an oil-rich country in the South Caucasus.

The venue has not been discussed in a multi-stakeholder way (including not only governments and businesses but also civil society). And it is those who were excluded from the decision who have the most concerns about Azerbaijan.

Below are the main pros and cons of holding the IGF in Azerbaijan that civil society participants have discussed offline, on the margins and in the halls of this year's forum:



(Editor's note: This post was corrected on October 3rd to clarify that the World Summit on the Information Society was held in Tunis in 2005, not the IGF.)