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The use of prefixes in digital policy is indicative of the trends and developments in the field. In fact, even though our seven prefixes share the same meaning, the preference to use one prefix over the other is suggestive of the stance that actors take in relation to a particular issue.
The prefix cyber was the most used prefix during the entire conference. This should come as no surprise considering the fact that a significant amount of sessions was dedicated to cyber-related issues such as cybercrime and cybersecurity. Digital and online came in second place. The prefix online was used slightly less than digital during the IGF and therefore holds the third place for the three days. The term tech scored less on the third day than it did on the second day of the Forum, nevertheless, it maintained its fourth position overall.
Prefixes tech and net swapped places on the third day coming in fourth and fifth respectively whilst they occupy the fifth and sixth place for the duration of the entire conference.
The prefix virtual was the least used during throughout the IGF.