At the Internet Ungovernance Forum that we organized simultaneously with the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) held in Istanbul between September 2-5 in 2014, we wanted to take the lead in defending the Internet and creating a space where civil society organizations, activists and the public can make themselves heard. During the forum where important discussions took place, we hosted Julian Assange, defender of rights and freedoms and the founder of Wikileaks, via video conference.

Participants from all over the world joined this important event. We have realized that on IGFs the most important problems of the Internet do not get the attention that they deserve. Due to the “multi-stakeholder” structure of the event, the state and corporations which are actually responsible for the problems of the internet are overrepresented at the IGF. Therefore, we have decided to take the lead in defending the Internet and creating a space where civil society organizations, activists and the public can make themselves heard.

Now, it has become inevitable to strengthen the solidarity networks all over the world and fight together in order to create the Internet that we want. Therefore, we have imagined the Ungovernance Forum as an event where we can talk about the problems and solutions of the Internet without hiding anything and avoiding discussion. In order to create the program of the forum, we have used our strong but limited network. During the forum where important discussions took place, we hosted  Julian Assange, defender of rights and freedoms and the founder of Wikileaks, via video conference, while Edward Snowden addressed the forum participants via a letter. At the IUF, we made a call for a struggle for a more free and equal internet.

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