IGF brings Internet dicussions to Azerbaijan

Sep 24, 2012

From 6-9 November the Internet Governance Forum will be held in Baku. This event, probably one of the world’s biggest Internet policy events, brings together many local and international organizations in order to discuss issues from all over the world, and not all of the the issues pleasant. 

The International Press Institute and Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety has already organized two big conferences before the IGF: “Oil, Gas and Media” and “Future of Azerbaijan Broadcast”. Both showed positive and negative aspects of development in the country. Still many issues remains unsolved in the lead up to the IGF.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/balleyne/2668834386/For example, there are only a few countries in the world that still use an offline-only system for domain name registration. One of those countries is Azerbaijan.

Another important issue is the cost of Internet, which despite recent decreases in price and increases in availability, is still higher than in other countries with developed Internet infrastructure.

The forum is a good chance for Azerbaijan to show development in many aspects of digitization.

In addition to the presence of many well-known NGOs and companies such as Baidu, AT&T, Amazon, Facebook, Google, Verizon, etc.,  several local groups will also be present.

Photo courtesy Balleyne/Flickr. Creative Commons.

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Emin Huseynzade

A leading new media expert Emin Huseynzade has consulted and worked with the OSCE, OSI, Internews, EJC, Oxfam and other international organizations. He is actively involved in projects covering Azerbaijan, Georgia, Russia and Central Asia. Follow him on Twitter: @eminhuseynzade
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