IGF 2018 WS #79 Challenges & the necessities of the next generation internet

Format: 

Round Table - 60 Min

Subtheme: 

Organizer 1: Sabrina Vorbau, European Schoolnet/ Insafe
Organizer 2: David Wright, UK Safer Internet Centre
Organizer 3: Oliana Sula, University "Aleksandër Mosiu" Durrës,Albania

Speaker 1: Ana Neves, Government, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 2: Narine Khachatryan, Civil Society, Eastern European Group
Speaker 3: Thiago Tavares, Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)

Relevance: 

There have been a number of workshops addressing topics around “emerging technologies” last year already, showing the clear need that more discussion on this specific theme would be essential. Given that the use of Internet of Things (IoT) technology is growing rapidly as more consumers and businesses recognise the benefits offered by smart devices. The range of IoT hardware available is huge, including everything from smart doorbells and connected kettles to children’s toys. What’s more, the IoT has evolved to the Internet of Everything (IoE). Apart from things, IoE also includes people, processes, and data. IoE builds on the foundation of the Internet of Things (IoT) by adding AI into the network, which enables orchestration, fusion, and joins across formerly disparate systems. However, despite its life-enhancing and cost-saving benefits, the IoE comes along with many challenges like security, privacy, standards, E-waste disposal, and energy demands. Discussing practical solutions to this issue would be helpful to further develop ethical guidelines in VR and AI spaces. Hence, the proposed workshop will be an opportunity to share best practices and challenges and to draw an action plan for global cooperation as the next step.

Session Content: 

Ιn this round table session we will have the opportunity to discuss the new order of online things and exchange opinions of how we can make the best out of the IoE era. Furthermore we will share opinions about issues like security, privacy, standards, E-waste disposal, energy demands, etc. More importantly, the session serves the platform to address the issues mentioned above and develop best practices for global cooperation between different countries, organisations and initiatives in order to foster the multi-stakeholder approach on the topic.

Interventions: 

The session will include a diverse range of experts from different stakeholder groups, including youth participation. Instead of having keynote speakers to share their point of view, the round table set-up aims to collect and encourage voices from as many participants as possible. All participants with experience of using social media are welcome to share their views and concerns via Twitter.

Diversity: 

By involving experts and stakeholders from across the globe and from different stakeholder groups, whilst bringing in the voice of youth also, diversity will be ensured during this round table discussion, in terms of gender, stakeholder group and region.

Online Participation: 

Remote participation will be ensured through prior involvement of various stakeholders from across the world. The online moderator will ensure that remote participants are able to communicate questions to the onsite moderator during and after the debate. Complementary to this, a social media campaign on Twitter will help to give further visibility to the panel session both prior, during and after the event. Live tweeting during the session will open the discussion to a wider online audience and will give remote participants the possibility to get directly involved in the debate.

Discussion Facilitation: 

In terms of format, the round table will be organised as a facilitated dialogue. Led by the moderator, a diverse range of experts from different stakeholder groups - academia, government, industry, civil society and youth participation – will discuss key questions and issues. Possible questions may draw-upon: - Why is securing IoT technology such a big challenge? - What is IoE, and how is it going to affect our lives? - Is it even possible to really secure IoT/IoE? - What happens next? Following the round of questions, experts are invited to give open comments, after which the moderator will turn to those attending the session and invite the audience to engage in the conversation. (Tentative) Agenda: - Welcome and opening comments by onsite moderator (5 min) - Round of questions (2-3 max.) to speaker (30 min) - Moderated Q&A with the audience and online participants (20 min) - Closing remarks by onsite moderator (5 min)

Onsite Moderator: 

Sabrina Vorbau

Online Moderator: 

David Wright

Rapporteur: 

Oliana Sula

Contact Information

United Nations
Secretariat of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

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Switzerland

igf [at] un [dot] org
+41 (0) 229 173 678