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Proposal for Public Consultation to Define LACIGF 2015 Themes

Dear members of the Latin American and Caribbean Internet Governance community,

The public consultation period for deciding which topics will be included in the LACIGF 2015 agenda is now open!

LACIGF is an event for and by the community. For this reason, the agenda for this major regional event has traditionally been decided through open consultation with the local Latin American and Caribbean Internet Governance community.

Between 23 March and 17 April 2015, you can propose themes and topics that, in your opinion, should be discussed during the upcoming edition of our regional event (date and venue to be announced soon).

Considering that LACIGF 2015 is the Regional Preparatory Meeting for the 2015 Internet Governance Forum (IGF) (João Pessoa, 10-13 November 2015), as in past editions, the LACIGF agenda is expected to combine the topics that will be addressed at the global event with others that are relevant to our regional community and which we have already started to identify based on last year's LACIGF.

This year, the IGF will address the following themes and sub-themes (click here to go the IGF 2015 website):

Overarching Theme: "Evolution of Internet Governance: Empowering Sustainable Development"

Sub-Themes:

During LACIGF 2014 (San Salvador, 16-18 July), the regional multistakeholder community made significant progress towards the construction of a Latin American and Caribbean Internet Governance agenda. It is essential for this year's edition to continue to advance in this direction, delving further into those themes identified as priorities during the past meeting (click here to read the full discussions):

To help us carry out this consultation, we hope you can answer the following questions.
Your comments are very important for the evolution of the Internet in our region!

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Over time, the Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Internet Governance Forum, LACIGF, has become a true regional meeting space for multistakeholder policy debate where different stakeholders representing governments, the private sector, the technical community, academia and civil society organizations share and discuss their views.

Over the past few years, the region has made progress in understanding current Internet governance challenges, creating a space for debating and identifying regional priorities that has significantly broadened the region's participation in the Internet Governance Forum (IGF).

In addition, since its earliest editions, one of the meeting's goals has been to inform regional stakeholders on the topics and trends observed during global IGF debates and discussions. Likewise, in a process that began in 2008 during the first Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Internet Governance Forum, the debate surrounding the IGF global agenda is now being regionalized.