The Internet Governance Forum was created to support the United Nations Secretary-General in carrying
out the mandate from the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) with regard to convening a new
forum for multi-stakeholder policy dialogue. Each year, leading up to the IGF, various national and regional
IGFs tee up multi-stakeholder dialogues on a broad range of Internet policy issues. These discussions help to
shape the ongoing policy discussions at the global IGF. Each region brings with it unique perspectives on
how they have dealt with important policy concerns and can offer best practices on how to approach these
issues to the global community.
The Washington DC Chapter of the Internet Society (ISOC-DC) serves as the IGF Secretariat. ISOC-DC
strives to promote open development, evolution, and use of the Internet for the benefit of people worldwide.
ISOC-DC brings together individuals from within the DC area, as well as abroad, to engage in events,
discussions, and information exchanges to advance these goals.