The inaugural UK Internet Governance Forum was held at the Houses of Parliament on Thursday and featured representatives from Nominet, the Specialist Crime Directorate, several MPs and a British ambassador.
The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) was established in 2006 by the United Nations to give companies, governments, organisations and individuals the opportunity to debate how the internet is changing and developing.
"Over the last two years, the UK has led the way at International Governance Forum meetings. As a result, at the last IGF meeting in Rio in November 2007, I made a commitment on behalf of the UK contingent to create a multi-stakeholder UK IGF to support delivery and communication of Internet Governance best practice," explained the Rt Hon Alun Michael MP, one of the chairs of the UK IGF.
To coincide with the first UK IGF, Nominet, the organisation that manages all domains ending in .uk, launched its Best Practice Challenge which it claims will recognise organisations, groups or individuals that have worked to deliver a safer, more accessible, diverse and open internet experience.