IGF 2019 WS #209 Internet Safety:Data Sovereignty to Cyberspace Sovereignty

Organizer 1: Madison Wang, CNNIC
Organizer 2: Qi Wang, China Federation of Internet Societies
Organizer 3: Curtis Stone, People's Daily

Speaker 1: Mikhail Anisimov, Technical Community, Eastern European Group
Speaker 2: Xiaodong ZUO, Technical Community, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 3: Yi Shen, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group

Policy Question(s): 

What roles does government plan in Internet safety?
How cyberspace sovereignty can helps to maintain the Internet security?
What is the relationship between data sovereignty and cyberspace sovereignty?

Relevance to Theme: While talking about Internet safety, it is mentioned more from the aspects of technics, physical and hardware. However, with the deepening understand of Internet, some conceptions at ideological level emerge, such as data sovereignty and cyberspace sovereignty, which were put forward on the basis of Internet safety. Once a conceptual consensus is reached in the future, many network attacks may be prevented or solved under the governments’ efforts. Since the conceptions are new and extensive, there exists space for further discussion.

Relevance to Internet Governance: Although Internet governance is conducted in different ways in different countries, some basic principles are still needed to solve international dispute, especially when it comes to Internet safety. This workshop is designed to discuss the “sovereignty” in cyberspace, aiming at exploring how to maintain the network security in different countries with different conditions. It is wished to make contribution to the formation of international rules.


Round Table - U-shape - 60 Min

Description: 1.【5 mins】Welcome and introduction
2.【10 mins】Presentation about the latest practice of Network safety and data sovereignty.
3.【25 mins】Panel discussion:
Key questions:
What roles does government plan in Internet safety?
How cyberspace sovereignty can helps to maintain the Internet security?
What is the relationship between data sovereignty and cyberspace sovereignty?
4.【10 mins】Onsite and online Q&A
5.【10 mins】Summary and Closing.

Expected Outcomes: 1.An consensus on what government should do
2.To show different opinions towards data/cyberspace sovereignty

Onsite Moderator: 

Curtis Stone, Private Sector, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)

Online Moderator: 

Qi Wang, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group


Madison Wang, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group

Discussion Facilitation: 

1.The conception of data sovereignty and cyberspace sovereignty are new and extensive, with no consensus being reached yet, which leaves space for further discussion on their definitions and appropriateness.
2.Some experts will be invited to share their opinions, experienced moderator will drive up the atmosphere.
3.Onsite and online participation are both welcomed.

Online Participation: 

The remote moderator will have a key role as facilitator to the online participants. During the group activity, remote participants will also be given a question to answer related to the overarching IG question under discussion.


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