IGF 2018 WS #331 ONLINE CONTENT REGULATION

Format: 

Panel - 90 Min

Organizer 1: MONICAH KINYANJUI, ARTICLE 19

Speaker 1: Ephraim Percy Kenyanito, Civil Society, African Group
Speaker 2: Cathleen Berger, Private Sector, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 3: SYLVIA MUSALAGANI, Civil Society, African Group

Relevance: 

Online content Regulation:
An emerging trend in most African countries is the formulation of policies and regulations that sharply target online platforms with aim of curtailing the freedom of expression and infringe on the right to privacy. An introduction of arbitrary laws and policies that may affect not only democracy within states but also affect the running of business within these countries. Authorities are over stepping their regulatory mandate with aim of playing the role of communication regulator in the respective countries. The trend is spreading fast like a bush fire. What role can be played by all stakeholders to curb this.What are the best practices to be borrowed? Like north-south information exchange/networking.

Session Content: 

Online Content Regulation: Session
Agenda 1: content regulation
Agenda 2: content production
Agenda 3: participant engagement
1st and 2nd agenda will be addressed in 45 minutes and the 3rd agenda will be undertaken in 45 minutes

Interventions: 

1. Micheal Ilishebo is a member of law enforcement in Zambia. He will bring in insight on the challenges with enforcing some of the regulations how best we can combat the issue having a cybersecurity background.
2. Alexandria Walden is a human rights defender working at google, she will provide insight on the role of business in adressing online content regulation, challenges and how businesses will be affected when arbitrary laws that curb the right to information and freedom of expression will be affected.
3. Ephraim Kenyanito will bring in insight from the digital aspect, having worked in sub-sahara africa on digital rights, he will expound on online regulation challenges from technological sphere and what other stakeholders need to understand and what is the best approach.
4. Sylvia Musalagani she brings on board the aspect of freedom of expression, she has vast knowledge and expertise on content production vis-a-vis freedom of expression.
5. Marilyn Vernon brings on her vast expertise in policy , information communication and technology and internet governance.

Diversity: 

The panel will comprise of 6 people, four are ladies and 2 are male. they are geographically with two north and central america, one from europe and 3 from Africa.

Online Participation: 

MARILIA MONTERIO

Discussion Facilitation: 

Agenda 1: content regulation
Agenda 2: content production
Agenda 3: participant engagement
1st and 2nd agenda will be addressed in 45 minutes and the 3rd agenda will be undertaken in 45 minutes
questions will be asked at the end of the session.

Onsite Moderator: 

MONICAH KINYANJUI

Online Moderator: 

MARILIA MONTERIO

Rapporteur: 

KRISHNA KUMAR

Contact Information

United Nations
Secretariat of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

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Switzerland

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