Dr. Tao Xiaofeng, nominated by CAST, serves IGF MAG member for 2018
During its First Open Consultations and Meeting held in Geneva, Switzerland on March 19th 2018, the Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) to the United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF) announced that Dr. Tao Xiaofeng, professor at Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, serves as a MAG member for 2018.
Nominated by China Association for Science and Technology (CAST), Dr. Tao is the only Chinese expert representing the academic and technical community in MAG.
The IGF is a forum for multi-stakeholder dialogue on public policy issues related to key elements of Internet governance, such as the Internet's sustainability, robustness, security, stability and development.
The United Nations Secretary-General formally announced the establishment of IGF in July 2006 in accordance with a decision made on World Summit on the Information Society Forum (WSIS Forum) and the first IGF meeting was convened in October/November 2006.
By launching open and inclusive dialogues, providing platforms to share cutting-edge research and bringing the best practices to all the stakeholders as well as the general public, IGF contributes a lot to Internet governance and expands its reach and luster worldwide. Hot issues such as the global internet rule making, artificial intelligence, online equality, network security are usually included at the forum.
The MAG is comprised of 55 members from governments, the private sector and civil society, including representatives from the academic and technical communities, with the purpose to provide assistance in the agenda setting and approval of workshops for each upcoming IGF meeting.
CAST has participated in IGF for 12 consecutive years since the very beginning 1st IGF in Greece in 2006. In 2016, CAST was first invited to speak at the main session at the 11th IGF held in Mexico. In 2017, CAST hosted 4 workshops focusing on Internet +, environment, smart city, A.I., sharing economic, big data and poverty alleviation at the 12th IGF held in Switzerland .
CAST was granted the special consultative status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in 2004. As the representative of the Chinese science and technology community, CAST plays a significant and positive role in promoting non-governmental international scientific and technological exchanges and cooperation.