Parliament & Internet is an annual conference to discuss Internet policy and inform policymakers by bringing together Government, Parliamentarians, officials, business and civil society. It is a neutral platform where thought leaders debate important technology issues that shape legislative policy in an open forum.
The stimulus for Parliament & Internet came from UK members of Parliament with a keen interest in the Internet who visited Washington DC between 2003 and 2006 and spoke at the US Congressional Internet Caucus. It was felt that a similar regular open dialogue was needed in the UK. The first Parliament & Internet conference was held in the Houses of Parliament in October 2006 and has become a key event each year since for those interested in discussing Internet policy.
The participants in the P&I Conference:
Nominet operates at the heart of e-commerce in the UK, running one of the world’s largest Internet registries and managing over seven million domain names.
Nominet maintains the register of .uk domain names. Running run the technology which locates a computer on the Internet hosting the web site or email system you’re looking for when you type in a web address or send an email to an address that ends in .uk.
Nominet was one of the leaders in establishing the UK Internet Governance Forum initiative.
The Parliamentary Internet, Communications and Technology Forum (Pictfor) is the All-Party Parliamentary Group in the Houses of Parliament for the technology sector.
As an All-Party Parliamentary Group, operating under official APPG rules, their membership comprises parliamentarians from both Houses, consumer groups, academic institutions and technology companies. The Group’s purpose is to further understanding of policy issues affecting the Internet, Communications and Technology sector between parliamentarians, the industry, consumer groups and academia. Pictfor’s origins started over 30 years ago as the Parliamentary Information Technology Committee (PITCOM).
The Internet Services Providers’ Association (ISPA UK) is the UK’s Trade Association for providers of Internet services.
Promoting collaboration and constructive dialogue between its members and the wider internet community, ISPA is an all-important driving force for the industry and relevant stakeholders.
As a trade association, membership is voluntary but the companies who choose to become members of ISPA agree to abide by the ISPA UK Code. ISPA members’ allegiance to the Code means that consumers can view the ISPA UK logo as a mark of commitment to good business practice.
ISPA’s main activity is in making representations on behalf of the industry to Government bodies, such as the Home Office, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Ofcom. Government and political representatives often approach ISPA for its knowledge and expertise.
Over 200 companies in the UK benefit from membership of ISPA.
ISPA UK was instrumental in establishing EuroISPA, a European federation of Internet Services Providers’ Associations.
UK-IGF (UK-Internet Governance Forum)
The UK Internet Governance Forum is a collaborative partnership between Nominet, the UK Department for Culture, Media & Sport, key parliamentarians and other organisations taking a leading role in making the internet a better place.
Its aim is to provide a local forum in the UK that engages industry, government, parliament, academia and civil society in debate on Internet Governance issues. As well as encouraging partnerships and coalitions that deliver solutions and demonstrate best practice for others to learn from.
Other influential stakeholder groups that are taking part include the London Internet Exchange, the Children’s Charities Coalition for Internet Safety, The Internet Watch Foundation, Raceonline 2012 and Childnet.