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The choice of prefixes is increasingly specific to the digital policy context: cyber (security), digital (development), online (human rights), etc. Below are the findings of our analysis of transcripts for each day of the 11th Internet Governance Forum.
Prefix Monitor for Day 1 of IGF 2016 (6 December): The monitor shows the increasing relevance of the prefixes digital and online, in comparison to the IGF baseline. The frequent use of digital may be due to the focus of discussion on development issues, including SDGs, during the first day. In addition, after the introduction of the EU’s Digital Single Market policy, the prefix digital is increasingly seen in the economic field (where previously we saw the prefix e-, such as e-commerce and e-trade). The prefix online signals focus on human rights and cultural issues such as online education. Cyber, associated mainly with security discussions, featured less during the first day of the IGF. Use of the previously prominent prefix net has dropped significantly, mainly related to the lower presence of NETmundial in the IG debate. E- is on the road to extinction. These results are based on analysis of 26 transcripts from Day 1 of the IGF.
Prefix Monitor for Day 2 of IGF 2016 (7 December): The trinity landscape of IGF issues was reconfirmed by our prefix monitor analysis with the highest use of prefixes online (human rights), digital (development) and cyber (security). The high use of ‘online’ reflects intensive discussions on human rights and its increasing use as an adjective (e.g. online space, online media). The prefix ‘digital’ is being associated with civility, republic, and literacy, among others. In addition to cybersecurity and cybercrime, cyber is being associated with bullying and phobia. ‘E-’ barely remains as a digital monitor with e-readers and e-libraries. The prefix monitor is based on analysis of the 36 transcripts available by 5 AM this morning (CET). The complete prefix analysis will be available in the GIP’s IGF Report, which will be published on Monday, 12th December
Prefix Monitor for Day 3 of IGF 2016 (8 December): Cyber gained prominence on Day 3, getting ahead of ‘digital’. Cyber, typically used to address security issues (e.g. cybersecurity, cybercrime, cyberconflicts), signalled higher focus on cybersecurity issues yesterday. Online kept its high presence due to human rights discussions. In addition, linguistic analysis shows a high use of online as a noun to describe the Internet (e.g. we spend a lot of time online). The proportionally lower presence of digital signalled a slightly lower focus on development issues during Day 3 compared to Days 1 and 2. The prefix monitor analysis is based on 23 available transcripts from the Day 3 discussions.
DiploFoundation has been observing this trend and following other elements of language evolution in the digital policy field for the last ten years. Learn more about Diplo's work on the Emerging Language of the IGF. For background information on the use of prefixes in digital policy, consult Dr Jovan Kurbalija's blog post on Huffington Post: Security is Cyber. Development is Digital
Under the overarching theme 'Enabling Inclusive and Sustainable Growth’, this year's IGF meeting will include a large number of workshops, open forums, dynamic coalition meetings, and other events that will give participants the opportunity to engage in open discussions on various Internet governance issues. Several main sessions will also be part of the programme, and they will focus on issues such as: the role of Internet governance in the sustainable development goals (SDGs); sustainable development, Internet, and inclusive growth; human rights; emerging issues; and the future of the IGF and of Internet governance. The outputs of the IGF 2016 inter-sessional activities (phase II of the Policy options for connecting and enabling the next billion project, as well as five best practice forums on IPv6, IXPs, gender and access, cybersecurity, and anti-corruption) will also be discussed at the meeting. In addition, national and regional IGF initiatives will have a dedicated main sessions during which they will be able to share experiences and discuss about their specificities, challenges, and plans for the future.
In December 2015, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the remarkable progress of the Internet and information and communication technologies at the overall review of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS+10). As part of the outcome of WSIS+10, the General Assembly acknowledged the role of the IGF as a multistakeholder platform for discussion of Internet governance issues and decided to extend for another 10 years the existing mandate of the IGF. IGF work moving forward will also support the global effort to achieve the SDGs, many of which relate in one way or another to the Internet and information and communication technologies.