The Partners

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is Switzerland’s international co-operation agency within the Swiss Foreign Ministry. SDC has always considered knowledge as a core resource for development. Its role has been further enhanced by the potential for networking and information exchanges offered by new information technologies Together with other federal offices, SDC is responsible for overall coordination of development activities and co-operation with Eastern Europe, as well as humanitarian aid.

The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) is composed of signatories to the Georgetown Agreement between the ACP and the European Union, officially called the EU ACP Partnership Agreement or the Cotonou Agreement. The ACP Group of States consists of 79 Member-States, of which 48 are from Sub-Saharan Africa, 16 from the Caribbean, and 15 from the Pacific. The Group was originally created with the aim of co-ordinating co-operation between its members and the EU focusing on negotiating and implementing co-operation agreements with the European Community. Over the years, the ACP Group of States has extended its range of activities beyond development co-operation with the EU and now covers other issues such as trade, economics, and culture, in diverse international forums such as the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The main objectives of the ACP Group of States: (a) Promote sustainable development of its Member-States and their gradual integration into the global economy, which entails making poverty reduction a matter of priority and establishing a new, fairer, and more equitable world order; (b) Co-ordinate the activities of ACP States in the framework of the EU ACP Partnership Agreement. (c) Foster and strengthen solidarity among ACP States, and understanding between ACP peoples and governments.

The European Union’s European Development Fund (EDF) is the main funding instrument in the framework of the Cotonou Agreement (EU ACP Partnership Agreement) for providing the European Community’s aid for development co-operation with the African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States (ACP) and Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT). One of the objectives of the EDF is to promote the economic, cultural, and social development of the ACP states.

The Secretariat of Internet Governance Forum was set up to support the process started by the United Nations Secretary-General with a view to convening a new forum for multi-stakeholder policy dialogue – the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). 

The Secretariat was headed by Markus Kummer as the executive co-ordinator of the Secretariat of the Working Group on Internet Governance, and was established by the Secretary-General at the request of the first phase of the Summit, in Geneva 2003, and reaffirmed in Tunis in 2005.

Verisign operates the constellation of servers that run the .com and .net domain name systems. For over a decade, Verisign’s Internet infrastructure has been at the very heart of the Internet, enabling key transactions and protecting valuable data. Verisign facilitates as many as 81 billion authoritative Domain Name System queries a day and has been providing this service since 1998 with 100% availability. Over the years the Verisign Internet infrastructure has scaled quickly, while continued investments ensure that it has the capacity to scale dramatically in the coming years as the world continues migrating applications to depend upon the Internet. A healthy, secure and predictable global Internet is of paramount importance to Verisign’s business. We believe that the World Summit on the Information Society in 2003 and 2005 and its outcomes, the convening of the Internet Governance Forum and the process of Enhanced co-operation, have contributed enormously to the stability, inclusiveness, viability and reliability of global Internet-based communications and commerce, which in turn helps the economic development of all nations.

 Afilias is the world's leading provider of Internet infrastructure solutions that connect people to their data. Whether you need to connect to your domain name, the DNS, or RFID data, Afilias' technology connects you in a reliable, secure, stable, and globally available manner.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is an internationally organised, non-profit corporation that has responsibility for Internet Protocol (IP) address space allocation, protocol identifier assignment, generic (gTLD) and country code (ccTLD) Top-Level Domain name system management, and root server system management functions. As a private-public partnership, ICANN is dedicated to preserving the operational stability of the Internet, to promoting competition, to achieving broad representation of global Internet communities,; and to developing policy appropriate to its mission through bottom-up, consensus-based processes. 

The Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority (NPT) is an autonomous administrative agency under the Norwegian Ministry of Transport and Communications, with monitoring and regulatory responsibilities for the postal and telecommunications markets in Norway. The NPT is self-financed, primarily through fees and charges.

The IPv6 Forum is a non-profit organisation registered in Luxembourg since July 17, 1999. The forum has a clear mission to promote IPv6 by dramatically improving the market and user awareness of IPv6, creating a quality and secure Next Generation Internet and allowing world-wide equitable access to knowledge and technology, embracing a moral responsibility to the world.

The Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP) is the leading international multi-stakeholder network committed to harnessing the potential of information and communication technologies (ICT) for sustainable and equitable development. Ranging from grassroots practitioners to policy-makers, GKP members and partners are innovators in the practical use of ICT for development. Through GKP, governments, business and civil society organisations, share their experience, ideas, issues. While fostering meaningful exchanges and learning, GKP also provides the platform for building effective multi-stakeholder partnerships (MSPs) to generate innovative and practical solutions to development problems, and creates opportunities for scaling up ICT initiatives and spreading their benefits.

The Malta Communications Authority (MCA) is the National Agency responsible to regulate telecommunications. The authority is responsible to ensure freedom of communications, which shall not be limited except when there are higher values at stake, such as the protection of the right to privacy, or the prevention of crime. It also has a duty to ensure non-discrimination and equality of treatment in matters related to communications. The primary role of the authority is to enable choices and value for money for consumers. In addition, the authority has a strategic role to promote sectoral investment intended to create an environment that is conducive to business and on ensuring sustainability of competition.

The RIPE NCC is an independent, not-for-profit membership organisation that supports the infrastructure of the Internet through technical co-ordination in its service region. The most prominent activity of the RIPE NCC is to act as the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) providing global Internet resources and related services (IPv4, IPv6 and AS Number resources) to members in the RIPE NCC service region. The membership consists mainly of Internet Service Providers (ISPs), telecommunication organisations and large corporations located in Europe, the Middle East and parts of Central Asia. The RIPE NCC also provides services for the benefit of the Internet community at large. These services include Development and maintenance of the RIPE Whois Database and Administrative support for the RIPE community.

APNIC is one of five Regional Internet Registries currently operating in the world. It provides allocation and registration services which support the operation of the Internet globally. It is a not-for-profit, membership-based organisation whose members include Internet Service Providers, National Internet Registries, and similar organisations. APNIC represents the Asia Pacific region, comprising 56 economies.

Privaterra provides human rights organizations and those who correspond and communicate with them strategic planning, procedures, technology and training in the area data privacy and information security. Workshops are a big part of making that happen. Privaterra’s goal is to make its services accessible to everyone. It demonstrates the need for privacy and security and then installs and teaches the specific tools, including overall digital and non-digital security precautions. After providing attendees with backup materials and documentation, Privaterra continues to work with them in the future to ensure the tools are working to make them safer.

VoxInternet is a scientific programme of the Foundation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme (MSH) in Paris, with support in 2004-05 from the French Ministry of Research. It takes place in the programme TEMATIC, a set of works dedicated to the relationship between information technologies and society in the MSH-DEVAR (Development, Experimentation, Valorization of Research) activity. Vox Internet takes on the objective of providing support for and increasing the visibility of French and European research on the role of Internet in the building of knowledge societies, a plural reality that encompasses and goes beyond the notions of information society and communication society. 

The Center for Global Communications, International University of Japan (GLOCOM) has the mission of studying the information society and Japanese society from diverse perspectives, while at the same time aiming to be an "intelprise" that actively pursues joint activities with enterprises and the state (government). For more than a decade, GLOCOM has made policy proposals that contribute to the information society. The roles played by GLOCOM have been especially significant in the areas of information and communication. In the coming decade, GLOCOM plans to conduct studies in new areas, in addition to its basic studies on information and communication. These will be activities based on collaboration among industry, the government, academia and the general public. 

Nanyang Technological University is a Singapore university with more than 26,000 students of which about a third are graduate students. It is one of the leading research-intensive universities in Asia with recognised strengths in business, communication and engineering. The Times Higher Education ranked it in the top 100 universities in the world in its recent 2006 ranking.

Read the testimonials of some of former participants and their impressions about the programme.