IGF 2021: UN Digital Summit in Poland

The conference was attended by over 10,300 people from 175 countries. 2,688 people came to the International Congress Center in Katowice in person. The event took place on December 6-10, 2021. Its participants discussed the most important challenges in the modern Internet.

IGF 2021 for the first time in Poland

IGF (Internet Governance Forum) was held at the end of last year for the 16th time. Poland was a host country for the first time and enjoyed record attendance. The summit was visited by not only representatives of companies. But also of governments, non-governmental organizations, research and academia. The Chancellery of the Prime Minister with the support of NASK was responsible for the organization of the Summit on the Polish side.

On the last day of the Digital Summit, Krzysztof Szubert, the Government Plenipotentiary for the Digital Summit, presented a document containing recommendations resulting from discussions during individual sessions. The applications provide guidance to policymakers around the world. Work is still underway on the document “Message from Katowice, IGF 2021”. Until December 20, anyone interested could submit an opinion on the theses contained therein. Later, along with other findings from IGF 2021, they will be announced as part of the summary of the annual Summit.

The summit was attended by nearly 200 ministers from around the world, parliamentarians and other high-level leaders. From the private sector, civil society, the technical community, UN agencies and other international organizations.

IGF 2021 in figures

The figures show the intensity of the work and the energy invested. Participants of the UN Digital Summit in Katowice drank 800 pounds of coffee and brewed 21,000 teabags. All of this nibbling over 12,000 doughnuts. In addition, during the daily lunch, guests of the summit could choose from Asian, American and Polish cuisine including Silesian.

Discussion panels were held in 32 conference rooms, in which over 2,200 receivers for translation were installed. It took four days to assemble all the necessary equipment. The summit was attended by 900 people. Some of whom took care of the safety of the participants.

– More than 140 national, regional and youth IGF (NRI) initiatives participated in this year’s IGF. This demonstrates the local, inclusive and multilateral nature of online dialogue, said Francesca Maria Spatolisano. She is Deputy Secretary-General of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs. – Throughout the week, 39 remote local hubs from different countries participated in the Forum. From Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Libya, Nigeria, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia in the African region. Through Bolivia, Colombia, Haiti and Venezuela in Latin America. To Malaysia and India in Asia, she added.

IGF Youth Summit

A special event, taking place for the first time in the history of IGF, was the IGF Youth Summit. It was attended by young people from all over the world. They discussed the same challenges that were debated at the main IGF panels, including:

  • development of the network and providing access to the inhabitants of countries and regions that constitute a blank spot on the map of connections with the global network,
  • security, including the security of financial transactions, the resilience of industrial installations to cyber-attacks and international cooperation in the field of combating online crime,
  • protection of privacy and personal data,
  • counteracting disinformation and manipulation of online societies,
  • cooperation with global digital corporations and regulations regarding their activities,
  • sustainable development, environmental protection, combating climate change and adaptation to its effects.

Plans for the future

In addition, the Youth Summit participants adopted their separate goals to be achieved over the next IGF summit. It is scheduled for 2022 in the capital of Ethiopia – Addis Ababa.

– The motto of this year’s IGF is “United Internet”. If we want it to be an idea that can be implemented in practice, we must remember about counteracting exclusion. Without including all points of view, there will always be a serious risk that everyone will stay in their bubble. For this reason, the young people demand inclusion in all areas and levels of Internet governance. We ask you to listen to us as we have a lot to say and we proved this at the IGF Youth Summit.

Final opinion

– We also want to be the voice of other groups of vulnerable and marginalized people. There are still millions of people who are offline and unable to benefit from what the Internet has to offer. Millions of people with disabilities. Millions of those who do not speak English are not allowed to use the Internet, said at the end Emilia Zalewska. She added that this is only one of the important topics that young people involved in IGF Youth.

– As young people, we would also like to act on their behalf and seek their inclusion in the discussion. We want to draw the attention of the IGF community to the challenges that these people have to face.

NASK was the co-organizer and patron of this year’s Youth IGF.

More info about IGF 2021 us here.

Read more info about the preperation to IGF 2021 here.

IOI 2023: 3rd place for Poland

Poland hadn't had such a good result as in IOI 2023 since 2010 when Adrian Jaskolka took 3rd place! Poland won 1 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals this time. The Chinese took...

CEOI 2023: 4 medals for Poland

In CEOI 2023 Poland won 2 gold medals, 1 silver, and 1 bronze – exactly as many as in CEOI 2022. CEOI (the Central European Olympiad in Informatics) for high school students has been...

EGOI 2023: 4 Medals for Girls from Poland

All Polish girls won medals in the 3rd European Girls' Olympiad in Informatics (EGOI 2023). 186 female participants from 52 countries participated in the competition. Poland shared first place with Ukraine (2 gold medals,...

Polish Blik wants to conquer Europe with mobile payments

It is Poland's most popular mobile payment method, which few people know is of Polish manufacture. Its owner is PSP company – a conglomerate of 6 Polish banks backed by Mastercard. Now it is...

Widmo Spectral Technologies: The Underground Georadar Revolution

Spectral GPR is an innovative device similar in operation to Google Street View. However, it operates underground, bringing with it enormous potential for applications. It all started with a "golden train" that disappeared 80 years...

Jakub Dwernicki from Poland has businesses worth $0.7 billion (cyber_Folks and Vercom) but hopes for more

Jakub Dwernicki from Poland owns two billion-dollar listed companies. They are cyber_Folks (with a valuation of $0.3 billion) and Vercom ($0.4 billion). They have 350,000 customers and 50 acquisitions to their credit. The former...
We use cookies to personalise content and to analyse our traffic. We also share information about your use of our site with our analytics partners. View more
Cookies settings
Accept
Privacy & Cookie policy
Privacy & Cookies policy
Cookie name Active

PoLAND of IT masters: Information Hub

Privacy Policy

Address of our website is: hub.landofitmasters.pl

What data do we collect?

Our Company collects the following data:
  • A unique ID is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.
  • Determining the preferred language of the visitor and setting the language accordingly on the website, if possible.
  • Used by Google Analytics to collect data on the number of times a user has visited the website as well as dates for the first and most recent visit.
  • Cookie used by Google Analytics to throttle request rate
How do we collect your data?
Our website collects the data about your preferred language with the use of a built-in widget and statistical data with the use of third-party provider Google Analytics.

How will we use your data?

Our Company collects your data so that we can improve the page's content and performance in future development.

What are your data protection rights?

Our Company would like to make sure you are fully aware of all of your data protection rights. Every user is entitled to the following: The right to access – You have the right to request Our Company for copies of your personal data. We may charge you a small fee for this service. The right to rectification – You have the right to request that Our Company correct any information you believe is inaccurate. You also have the right to request Our Company to complete the information you believe is incomplete. The right to erasure – You have the right to request that Our Company erase your personal data, under certain conditions. The right to restrict processing – You have the right to request that Our Company restrict the processing of your personal data, under certain conditions. The right to object to processing – You have the right to object to Our Company’s processing of your personal data, under certain conditions. The right to data portability – You have the right to request that Our Company transfer the data that we have collected to another organization, or directly to you, under certain conditions. If you make a request, we have one month to respond to you. If you would like to exercise any of these rights, please contact us. You can find our detailed contact information in the footer of this website or by following the contact link in the main menu.

Cookies

Cookies are text files placed on your computer to collect standard Internet log information and visitor behavior information. When you visit our websites, we may collect information from you automatically through cookies or similar technology For further information, visit allaboutcookies.org.

How do we use cookies?

Our Company uses cookies in a range of ways to improve your experience on our website, including:
  • Understanding how you use our website
  • Collecting information about your preferred language

What types of cookies do we use?

There are a number of different types of cookies, however, our website uses:
  • Functionality – Our Company uses these cookies so that we recognize you on our website and remember your previously selected preferences. These could include what language you prefer and location you are in. A mix of first-party and third-party cookies are used.

How to manage cookies

You can set your browser not to accept cookies, and the above website tells you how to remove cookies from your browser. However, in a few cases, some of our website features may not function as a result.

Privacy policies of other websites

The PoLAND of IT masters: Information hub website contains links to other websites. Our privacy policy applies only to our website, so if you click on a link to another website, you should read their privacy policy.

Changes to our privacy policy

Our Company keeps its privacy policy under regular review and places any updates on this web page. This privacy policy was last updated on 21 November 2021. If you make a request, we have one month to respond to you. You can find our detailed and up-to-date contact information in the footer of this website or by following the contact link in the main menu.  
Save settings
Cookies settings