We are getting closer…

With almost six months to go, preparations for the Stockholm Internet Forum 2017 are well under way. The detailed programme for the conference is taking shape and a preview will be available soon

The invitation process to SIF17 will be moving ahead throughout the spring. Those of you who are unable to join us in Stockholm in May can follow SIF17 live, here and on Twitter. For the overarching theme of SIF17, please click here.

We are very excited and starting to activate ourselves for SIF17. We would like your support in spreading the word about this year’s event and helping us assemble relevant topics concerning the main theme “Access and Power”. Use #sif17 and follow us on Twitter @fxinternet

“Leave no one offline”

Access and Power Theme for Stockholm Internet Forum 2017 (SIF17)

The connections between access and power are the focus for SIF17. The empowering benefits of Internet accessibility will be disseminated and analyzed from an intersectional perspective, targeting political, economic and social aspects of power.

The theme connects to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which recognizes that “the spread of information and communication technology and global interconnectedness has great potential to accelerate human progress, to bridge the digital divide and to develop knowledge societies” Digital development and access to information is key to the realization of the 2030 Agenda that strives to leave no one behind, hence “Leave no one offline” is the slogan for SIF17.

Organised and hosted by Sida, SIF is a unique conference that connects a broad range of people from various parts of society working to use the potential of the Internet to reduce poverty and fight oppression.SIF is committed to equality and diversity and it has successfully gathered participants engaged in digital development and freedom of expression from all over the world since 2012. Around 500 people from 90 mostly low and middle income countries participated in SIF 2015.

SIF participants range from internet activists, members of academia, representatives of companies, organisations and governments, entrepreneurs, digital innovators etc. We receive many testimonies from participants that are able to connect and network with likeminded people across sectors in a way that would have been impossible without this conference.

The number of participants are limited and therefore participation is by invitation only. Those of you who are unable to join us in Stockholm in May can follow SIF17 live here and on Twitter.

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First announcement for #SIF17: “Access and Power”

The Internet is undoubtedly a powerful technology that has had a tremendous impact on billions of people’s lives by giving access to an “uncompromised” source of information, a possibility to communicate directly to individuals all over the globe as well as to millions of people at the same time.

Every day the capacity of computers and phones improves and new innovations are lining up. We are starting to understand real time data and has cloud capacity to analyze it. The world has not just one window of opportunity but unlimited opportunities.

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.

Stockholm Internet Forum - photo of the audience
(Photo: Martina Huber/Regeringskansliet)

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. Analyzing gender structures 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.

We, together, need to ensure that all of the Internet really is for all, all the time.

Stockholm Internet Forum 2017. Münchenbryggeriet venue in Stockholm. May 16-18 2017!

More information will follow.

Looking forward…

The SIF15 team would like to extend a sincere thank you to everybody who participated in #SIF15. We are grateful for your insightful understandings of this year´s theme of access through a gendered lens and for all your contributions to the discussions that SIF15 culminated in. Drawing on your inputs at the conference, we have […]

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