Welcome to NetThing (auIGF)

NetThing is the renewal of an annual forum to strengthen Australia’s Internet governance community, and consists of robust Australia-based Internet policy exploration and discussion. Over time we aim to become the re-birthed, reinvigorated Australian connection to the Internet Governance Forum.

This annual forum will focus on:

  • Building a diverse and inclusive Internet governance community in Australia.
  • Exploring national and international Internet governance policy issues.
  • Sharing technical expertise and policy understanding in a way that people with less technical experience can understand and relate to.
  • Acting as an apolitical and non-partisan forum advocating the benefits of the Internet and related services and technologies.

It functions as a symposium where a diversity of views and perspectives are shared but will not itself seek to formulate final positions or make decisions.

Outcomes for participants

  • Acts as a forum for individuals, community groups, industry leaders, government representatives, academics, students, media – all Internet users –to discuss Internet-related issues in Australia together in a connected and collaborative way.
  • Insights and knowledge gained inform your respective communities and networks.
  • Insights and knowledge gained inform and build towards regional and national initiatives global initiatives (IGF World Forum).

Themes

Five themes will be explored in the first NetThing are:

  • Policy – the intersection of society, economics, law, politics and the internet.
  • Inclusion – creating an internet for everyone, and an internet community that is everyone.
  • Technology – the technologies that build and use the internet.
  • Security – cybersecurity, cybersafety, infrastructure protection, identity and financial protection, through the lens of the internet.
  • The future – speculative, fun, inspirational views of the future internet.

Join the conversation and get involved

NetThing is for individuals, community groups, industry leaders, government representatives, academics, students, media – all Internet users – to discuss Internet-related issues in Australia.

We like to think of it as a forum for decision makers NOT a decision making forum 🙂

There’s three ways to join the conversation and get involved

  1. Register and come to our first forum!
  2. Join the organising committee. We meet every 3-4 weeks, via Zoom. Send us an email and someone will get back to you.
  3. Join the mailing list below

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