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IGF 2019 – Day 4 – Raum I – Data Governance Concluding Session (Part II)

The following are the outputs of the real-time captioning taken during the Fourteenth Annual Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Berlin, Germany, from 25 to 29 November 2019. Although it is largely accurate, in some cases it may be incomplete or inaccurate due to inaudible passages or transcription errors. It is posted as an aid to understanding the proceedings at the event, but should not be treated as an authoritative record. 

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>> Thank you.  Last comment from Betto and I give the floor.

>> I am extremely happy about this format.  I was honestly cautious initially.  Although, I've always advocated for tracks in Internet governance forum.  This is the first time there is this book ending of sessions.  The short discussion was really, really substantive.  The notion that people have an opportunity to piggyback and reflect on what their experience in the different meetings is really great and I strongly encourage that this is ‑‑ we conducted in the future IGFs because it is really a good exercise and as a moderator, I really, really enjoyed it.  The second thing is as I mentioned at the end, one of the main benefits of the aircraft GF is that we set aside where the discussion should take place to focus on the substance.  And this is something that is really missing.  It's a bit of self‑promotion because it is what we tried to do in the Internet and policy network.  We should be more open to discussing the substance and one typical example is what (inaudible) was mentioning around data sharing.  Yes this is something that Ipersonally take out of this IGF is there were a session I could not attend because of a conflict, but we discussed it a little bit here.  I think I mentioned how does the data economy function and what are the governance things that are related?  How do we optimize economic and social value at the same time.  Is the real governance issue a real topic and I do not care where this is being discussed, but it needs to be discussed.  So thanks for having provided this opportunities.

>> Thank you.  That's really encouraging to get your feedback on how you felt this format went.  I know the IGF secretariat at the end of every IGF does stop taking exercise and they call for comments from the community about how they thought the year's meeting went and how it was organized.  This was ‑‑ my chair is encouraged to be experimental and think of new ideas and sometimes the night is cautious, but this is something new this year.  So those MAG members who were involved in the sessions whether it's moderators or breakout moderators or participating were continuing to next year and can reflect back when we start discussing IGF 2020.  I agree.  It seems, you know, you can ‑‑ everyone can go along to workshops and listen.  If you're lucky, you might get to ask a question at the end, but this provides a place where people can have substantive discussions and everyone can participate.  I think that in itself is valuable.  The reports were hopefully succinct and I'm going to just collect them and publish them as a report.  I also note that this afternoon 3:00 p.m., we begin with kind of the wrapping up in plenary.  So there will be sessions where each of the thematic strings have to pull back.  I have 3 minutes and I can't promise I will be able to incoast everything that was discussed here.  Between 3 economic and 4:00 p.m., we'll hear back from the thematic streams as well as things like the high level panel and best practice storms.  So that might be a bit more of a challenge to here about each governance.  I wanted to thank you all very much for your contributions and for making it a success.  We will take back (inaudible) the view that shared and this worked out.  Thank you very much.

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