The fifth Internet Governance Forum (IGF) which took place from 14-17 September 2010 in Vilnius, Lithuania is over. Have we got any closer to strengthening the role of the internet in defending and realising women's rights and sexual rights? What experiences and gains have women rights advocates brought back home from this forum? How do they feel about the debates and the outcomes of the IGF? Did they succeed in illustrating that gender and sexual rights perspectives can bring innovative solutions to key internet governance themes? "The passion to express feelings, reflections, assessments and analysis is evident in the numerous blog posts and the largest 'hash-tag' twitter cloud for the IGF", states Karen Banks, a longstanding gender and ICT advocate and our guest editor for this edition. But there is still a long way to go, and we can only hope the renewed energy of women's and sexual rights advocates and their commitment to the internet governance debates will sustain till the next IGF in Kenya – the signs from the IGF itself are very promising.
Katerina, Flavia and Sonia from the GenderIT.org team