Global IGF or Internet Governance Forum in 2006 has shown successful and positive result. Therefore, there are regional IGF version that tries to follow the same path. Persian IGF is one of regional IGFs that attempt to make changes to internet use so that it gives more positive contribution and effects. Other regional IGF that have been acknowledged are European IGF, Asia Pacific Regional IGF, African IGF and many more. Persian IGF is independent platform which involves only Persian speaking stakeholders.
The process and objectives of Persian IGF are not that different from global IGF. This is a platform to discuss issues and policies related to internet governance especially through equal footing. The term equal is the most suitable for IGF because all stakeholders have the same right to contribute and share information so that they can achieve the objectives they have equally.
Persian –speaking countries involved in this regional IGF see this as opportunity to create new generation so that all internet related issues can be solved effectively. Besides, all internet related issues have impact to economic growth, stability, and society. The first dialogue or meeting of Persian IGF had been held in 2014. The objectives were to raise awareness about internet governance process in Persian-speaking communities.
What is the impact of Persian IGF?
From the first dialogue, the objectives were clearly stated. In the past, Persian-speaking countries such as Iran took decision of internet policy making in central which meant it didn’t involve other important stakeholders. This way, public internet policies were not as effective as expected. Through Persian IGF, internet governance has been shaped to help policy makers to choose the best decision which not only beneficial for the state but also all people from different background. The forum is also enhanced to straighten the linkages between Persian-speaking countries and their counterparts especially within larger technological sectors.
Persian IGF has big impacts especially in building and developing new connections with other local and global internet governance stakeholders. As the results, critical internet governance policy can be made effectively because the forum involves many important factors to consider. As the impact gives positive result especially to the Persian-speaking communities, the objectives of Persian IGF to create new generation for openness and economic growth are still on going. It is not easy to create effective internet governance especially when the world keeps changing. The power of internet use also keeps increasing which make the attempt to create big impact more challenging than it already has.