Stockholm Internet Forum (SIF) is an international forum for in-depth dialogue and discussions on how a free, open and secure internet promotes human rights and development worldwide. SIF has been arranged since 2012 by The Swedish Government and SIF17 is the fifth forum in the series. Next SIF, hosted by Sida, will take place on May 16-18th 2017 in Stockholm.
The Forum aims to bring together policymakers, civil society representatives, activists, business representatives and technical community representatives. SIF has a standing tradition of focusing on the global south and half of the participants come from low-and middle-income countries, often from places where internet access is restricted and efforts to promote both internet freedom and human rights can be dangerous.
Over arching theme: “access and power”
Stockholm Internet Forum 2017 will focus on the connection(s) between access and power. Enjoying the benefits of cross-sectorial collaboration this can be understood from many perspectives. One major key issue is however the empowering benefits of Internet accessibility – targeting both political, economic and social aspects of power.
A major focus of will continue to be on community building and learning, making sure that the competence of participating individuals and organizations is used at its most.
By discussing power and structures of different sorts we hope to gain learnings that can be useful for future-proofing development and human rights. Building on the Swedish feminist foreign policy there will be a strong focus on gender equality issues which we consider has a great potential to provide not just a better understanding of power relations but is also an effective way of finding solutions to societal inequalities.
The Stockholm Internet Forum will be held at Münchenbryggeriet (The Brewery), Torkel Knutssonsgatan 2, at Södermalm in Stockholm.
The Stockholm Internet Forum is organized by:
The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). Sida has a mission to help create conditions that will enable poor people to improve the quality of their lives. Swedish development aid follows three thematic priorities; democracy and human rights, environment and climate change and gender equality and women’s role. Together with efforts to promote economic development and humanitarian support they encompass all our activities. In order to implement strategies and carry out its work, Sida cooperates with a large number of organizations, associations, agencies, companies and cooperatives. Sida is an authority under the jurisdiction of the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.