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IGF 2019 IRPC Meeting- Sustainable Futures II


Dynamic Coalition on Internet Rights and Principles

Birds of a Feather - Auditorium - 90 Min


As smart cities and smart grids become part of urban planning and related R&D the relationship between these large scale infrastructures, which are based on internet access, and equipment built to manage 'big data' applications that collect and monitor consumer-uses, are linked to the protection and enjoyment of fundamental rights and freedoms online in ways that have, to date, not yet been fully considered as part of internet governance agendas. As the UN SDGs look to connect the next billion the relationship between recognition of emerging rights such as that of internet access and existing rights (e.g. the right to information, education) and the environmental burden of cloud computing services and data-processing requires our attention. Internet access as a sustainable development goal implies research and development of equipment, architectures, and services that are also environmentally sustainable in light of undertakings around Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Goals. The technical community and private sector have in this regard a key role in terms of where they choose to invest in data-centres, and other large infrastructures when working with both vulnerable communities and in environmentally sensitive areas. Objectives of the session: This session follows on from the DC meeting in Paris at the IGF 2018. The aim for this session is to decide upon a focus for next steps; e.g. specific rights for specific data-driven city design such as Smart meters; and consider ways to develop clear compliance mechanisms. A second aim is to connect these agendas in the Global North (e.g. Amsterdam, NYC, Barcelona, Berlin) to issues in data-driven city governance for the Global South in light of human rights standards as not only principles but also legal instruments. Agenda PART I 60-minute BoF discussion: Sustainable Futures II The session may not include any formal presentations, but will be structured as a moderated discussion around some main topics/questions. The confirmed participants will offer their insights on the raised topics. The open format will also offer the opportunity for any other participants to join the discussions. PART II IRPC Meeting - 30 mins Presentation of the Coalition work and ongoing projects Introduction new SC members Opening: IRPC Steering Commmittee elections process AOB and Q&A


Minda Moreira, Internet Rights and Principles Coalition (IRPC)


Speakers (provisional and TBCl) Rigobert Kenmogne, CS, Africa Hanane Boujemi, CS, WEOG June Parris, CS, GRULAC Additional Speakers: Representatives from Digital Cities Coalition, Government /CS, WEOG Representatives from the Technical Community Moderator: Marianne Franklin Rapporteur: Minda Moreira Online moderator: Representative of DCYouth (tbc)


GOAL 1: No Poverty
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-Being
GOAL 4: Quality Education
GOAL 5: Gender Equality
GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
GOAL 10: Reduced Inequalities
GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
GOAL 12: Responsible Production and Consumption
GOAL 13: Climate Action
GOAL 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Contact Information

United Nations
Secretariat of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

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Palais des Nations,
CH-1211 Geneva 10

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