IGF2018 – Open Forum How consolidation of the Internet Ecomomy impact our digital


Internet Society (ISOC) Open Forum is dedicated for the IGF participants that shares the common goal of advocating for an open, resilient, trusted Internet, and our own ISOC community comprised of chapters, organizational and individual members. Last year, the Internet Society published a comprehensive study to better understand the forces of change that will shape the Internet over the next five to seven years: The 2017 Global Internet Report: Paths to Our Digital Future. Of the six Drivers identified in this report, it became clear that the ways in which the Internet Economy could evolve in the future could have significant implications for the other Drivers, such as Cyber Threats, Role of Governments, and Networks, Standards and Interoperability. Therefore, the 2018 Global Internet Report will study several questions linked to an increasingly consolidated Internet economy, including understanding the potential benefits and challenges of consolidation – to its users as well as to the Internet’s fundamental technical properties. The report will also look into how this trend is shaping the future role of Internet stakeholders including governments. Building on our GIR 2018 launch, the Open Forum will bring an opportunity to promote an interactive session with IGF participants to tackle a key question: How consolidation of the Internet Economy will impact the Internet’s technical evolution and use in the future?

Background Paper



  • Andrew Sullivan, CEO, Internet Society
  • Frederic Donck, Regional Bureau Director, Europe
  • Constance Bommelaer, Senior Director for Policy Development
  • Online Moderator: Carl Gahnberg


  • Session Time: Monday, 12 November, 2018 – 09:20 to 10:20
  • Room: Salle XI