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No. 344 Internet Governance for the Next Billion Users

Ron Deibert
Citizen Lab



Enhanced Cooperation

This workshop will explore how we can increase effective communication and collaboration among stakeholders in the Global South with varying backgrounds and interests. The goal will be to develop a set of “best practices” for dialogue, advocacy, and sharing of regional points of view, especially as a means of setting the agenda for a discussion of cyberspace issues with the Global North. The term “Global South” is here used to refer to developing countries in Latin America, Africa, and Asia, the populations of which will soon make up the majority of the world’s Internet users. It is defined in contrast with the countries of the “Global North,” which control most of the world’s information infrastructure and possess a dominant influence on ICT policy. The workshop will convene a multi-stakeholder group of policy makers, academics, activists, and business leaders from countries across the Global South [and North] in order to establish dialogue and facilitate knowledge-sharing and capacity building. In doing so, it will seek to build bridges between stakeholders in different regions and spheres with an emphasis on identifying points of commonality between the challenges they face.

An emphasis will be placed on identifying new and existing leaders from each region beyond those who are usually seen and heard, in order to bring in civil society groups working on a grassroots level; identifying platforms (inside and outside of cyberspace) for promoting popular education on Internet governance; and identifying challenges and opportunities for further dialogue within the Global South and between the Global South and Global North. Issues that are commonly discussed from a “Northern” perspective will be nuanced and tailored to more accurately reflect “Southern” viewpoint. For example, though cybercrime is typically discussed in terms of large-scale disruptions to infrastructure or attacks on financial institutions, the South may more commonly face challenges related to organized crime groups, online child-trafficking, or safe havens for fraud operations. Better understanding both within countries of the Global South and between the South and North can facilitate cooperation between stakeholders in addressing these challenges.

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Background Paper

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Session Type




Mr. Ron Deibert, Director, Citizen Lab, University of Toronto, Civil Society, CANADA, Western Europe and Others Group - WEOG

Mr. Kilnam Chon, Professor, KAIST, Technical Community, KOREA, REPUBLIC OF, Asia-Pacific Group

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Panellists and Moderator

Invited panellists, individuals and organisations

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Jac sm Kee, Women's Rights Advocacy Coordinator, APC, Female, Civil Society, MALAYSIA, Asia-Pacific GroupBiography

Hanane Boujemi, Internet Governance MENA Programme Coordinator, Hivos, Female, Civil Society, MOROCCO, Asia-Pacific GroupBiography

Alice Munyua, Chair, Kenya Internet Governance Steering Committee, Female, Civil Society, KENYA, African GroupBiography

Sana Saleem, Director, Bolo Bhi, Female, Civil Society, PAKISTAN, Asia-Pacific GroupBiography

Laurent Elder, Consultant, IDRC, Male, Government, CANADA, Western Europe and Others Group - WEOGBiography

Ron Deibert, Director, Citizen Lab, University of Toronto, Male, Civil Society, CANADA, Western Europe and Others Group - WEOG, Co-moderatorBiography

Kilnam Chon, Professor, KAIST, Male, Technical Community, KOREA, DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF, Asia-Pacific Group, Co-moderatorBiography


Ron Deibert, Kilnam Chon

Remote Moderator

Masashi Crete-Nishihata


IGF Workshop No. 344
Internet Governance for the Next Billion Users
Provisional Agenda
Total time: 90 minutes

I. Introduction (5-10 minutes)
Co-Moderators Ron Deibert and Kilnam Chon give opening remarks, including a brief overview of the workshop’s objectives and agenda.

II. Opening Statements (20-25 minutes)

Panelists will deliver prepared statements of no longer than 5 minutes. Remarks should focus on Internet governance challenges in the panelists’ respective countries/regions and ongoing efforts to address those challenges.

Jac Sm Kee
Sana Saleem
Hanane Boujemi
Alice Munyua
Laurent Elder

III. Panel Discussion (40 minutes total)

The co-moderators will guide discussion by posing a series of questions. Efforts will be made to identify and address points of commonality between regional/stakeholder challenges based on panelists’ opening remarks. Open dialogue with invited experts in the audience will be encouraged. Possible topics of discussion include:

Potential Internet governance structures.
Shortcomings of current Internet governance structures.
Challenges and opportunities for communication and activism in the Global South and among countries in the Global South
Challenges and opportunities for dialogue and collaboration between Global South and Global North.
Non-South institutions/businesses’ ownership and/or control of Internet infrastructure and services; corresponding influence on ICT policy
Emerging leaders in Internet governance across the Global South.
Internet governance education initiatives; tools and platforms available
Non-state actor challenges: cybercrime and cyber attacks in the Global South.

IV. Concrete Next Steps and Closing Remarks (20 minutes total)

Based upon the preceding discussion and with the input of experts in the audience, panelists will discuss concrete next steps toward developing a set of “best practices” for dialogue and advocacy between countries of the Global South, and for setting the agenda in discussions with Global North institutions. Co-Moderators will deliver closing remarks.

Inclusiveness of the Session

The workshop will be organized as a panel with facilitated dialogue. Of those invited, no more than 5 people will be selected as panelists. The remainder will serve as experts in the audience. Panelists will convene around a forum-like physical space. Led by the moderator, panelists will debate and discuss the key questions and issues. Panelists will speak no more than three minutes, after which a moderator will turn to those attending the session and invited experts in the audience to engage in facilitated dialogue. 

Citizen Lab has employed this model it to great success in its annual conference—Cyber Dialogue—for the past three years.  

A background paper and reference materials—including recommended readings and short papers that cover the thematic and regional issues discussed in the panel—will be published and distributed ahead of the workshop. Additional blog posts (in a format similar to those of Cyber Dialogue 2013) and social media discussions will be published and distributed prior to the workshop.

Suitability for Remote Participation

In preparation for the workshop, we will survey a network of multi-stakeholders from the Global South in order to identify specific issues for discussion during the workshop. In this way we will ensure that the discussion comes from—and returns to—the Global South and that those who cannot attend will be heard. 

Participants and audience members will be encouraged to connect with remote participants and followers via social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook both before and during the workshop. 

Remote hubs will be established at universities in Europe and Asia (e.g., KAIST in South Korea). We will aim to identify hubs in additional regions and countries as the workshop approaches. If there is sufficient demand despite time zone differences, we will also set up remote hubs in the Americas (e.g., University of Toronto). 

Participants located at remote hubs or participating remotely in some other form will be linked in to the workshop discussion through the Remote Moderator. 

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