Submitted Proposals


Organization: Council of Europe
Title :
18. Expression and image online - building an evolving personal identity
Provide a concise formulation for the proposed workshop theme including its importance and relevance to the IGF.

Expression and image online is fundamental to an Internet for all which reaches the next billion and through which we should be secure, have our privacy respected and be able to enjoy the openness and general freedom of the Internet to live and work with confidence and trust.

However, incidents of identity theft, identity checks which encourage discrimination and selection (e.g. at the workplace, admission to higher education, university, etc) and stereotypical portrayals of women and minorities are examples of the challenges to our online freedom to express ourselves as we increasingly use and rely upon the Internet.

Our personal identity and even human dignity are issues which require examination and discussion at all levels of the Internet’s development and delivery of tools and services which facilitate and foster expression and image online. “Dynamic identity governance” (Frau-Meigs) or “active identity management” (FING) are attempts to reconcile personal identity, expression and image online.

The workshop will discuss how to deal with the management of personal expression on the Internet (images, texts, links, collective and collaborative writings, etc) in order to encourage expression and openness on the Internet. There will be focus on the construction of personal identities and profiles, the use of commercial and non-commercial (media) tools, services and platforms. National policies, the roles and responsibilities of industry actors as well as personal initiatives to foster a personal, lifelong attitude and approach to our evolving online (and offline) identities will be addressed. 


Outline Agenda: 

1. Opening and setting the scene by the moderator: Divina Frau-Meigs, Sorbonne Nouvelle University, France 

2. What is identity management at the design level? Is it possible?  

- business representatives: Joseph Alhadeff, Oracle, and Marco Pancini, European policy counsel, Google 

- media perspectives: David Wood, European Brodcasting Union   

- civil society perspective: Divina Frau-Meigs, Sorbonne Nouvelle University, on the traditional and new forms of identity in the ecosystem of ambient screens 

3. How to manage one’s dynamic identity governance?  

- business representative: Serge Ravet, European Institute for E-Learning (IffEL)or Hong-Kong representative (to be confirmed)  

- civil society perspective: Ms Andrea Gita Millwood Hargrave, Associate, University of Oxford, UK, on youth usage of media and harmful content management  

- other perspectives: Ceren Unal, lawyer, Turkey, ISOC Ambassador & Sunyoung Yang, Center for youth and cultural studies, Yonsei University, South Korea 

4. The role and policies of the state with regard to identity management?  

- state representative: Ang Peng Hwa, Singapore Internet Research Centre (SiRC), on collective risks and solutions at policy-making level  

- media education perspective: Biswajit Das, Centre for Culture, Media and Governance, Jamia Millia Central University, India & Krishna Reddy, Associate Professor, Osmania University, Hyderabad

- state representatives: Thomas Schneider, Ofcom, Switzerland, and Michael Truppe, Federal Chancellery, Austria 

- IGO perspective: Lioubov Samokhina, Building a Europe for and with children, Council of Europe

5. Wrap up, conclusions, messages and reporting back 

Provide the names and affiliations of the panellists you are planning to invite. Describe the main actors in the field and whether you have you approached them about their willingness to participate in proposed workshop.

  • Biswajit Das, Centre for Culture, Media and Governance, Jamia Millia Central University, India

  • Divina Frau-Meigs, Sorbonne Nouvelle University, France

  • Andrea Gita Millwood Hargrave, Associate, University of Oxford, UK

  • Ang Peng Hwa, Singapore Internet Research Centre

  • Marco Pancini, European Policy Counsel, Google

  • Krishna Reddy, Associate Professor, Osmania University, Hyderabad
  • Lioubov Samokhina, Building a Europe for and with children, Council of Europe

  • Thomas Schneider, Ofcom, Switzerland

  • Michael Truppe, Federal Chancellery, Austria

  • Ceren Unal, lawyer, Turkey, ISOC Ambassador

  • Sunyoung Yang, Center for youth and cultural studies, Yonsei University, South Korea

  • David Wood, European Brodcasting Union 
Provide the name of the organizer(s) of the workshop and their affiliation to various stakeholder groups. Describe how you will take steps to adhere to the multi-stakeholder principle, including geographical diversity.

The Council of Europe will organise the workshop and ensure that it reflects geographical diversity and multi-stakeholder interests. Gender - which forms a key element of its human rights work and standards - will also be reflected in the discussions.
Does the proposed workshop provide different perspectives on the issues under discussion?
By bringing together the actual experiences of users with policy makers and industry, the workshop will be able to build on the expertise represented by the different sectors and perspectives. These include those of youth, education, industry (technical, commercial and compliance), media and International organisations.
Please explain how the workshop will address issues relating to Internet governance and describe how the workshop conforms with the Tunis Agenda in terms of substance and the mandate of the IGF.
This workshop relates to freedom of expression on the Internet and to confidence building in the use and management of the online identity of users. It also impacts on the issue of access to the Internet (content and services) and the development of public policy regarding the Internet.  The workshop conforms to the Tunis Agenda, in particular paras 42 (in particular the ethical dimensions of the Information Society), 43, 46, 52, 88, 90 (c), 90 (n), 90 (o),     
List similar events you and/or any other IGF workshops you have organized in the past.

Together with the EBU, WBU, IFJ and the BBC, the Council of Europe co-organised the IGF workshop on “Quality and the Internet – using and trusting Internet content  (report submitted).  

The Council of Europe also organised an open forum on the public service value of the Internet (report will be submitted shortly).

Were you part of organizing a workshop last year? Which one? Did you submit a workshop report?
Together with United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), the Council of Europe co-organised a best practice forum on  “Public participation in Internet Governance: Emerging Issues, good practices and proposed solutions” (report submitted). Together with UNESCO and OSCE, the Council of Europe co-organised the workshop on “Freedom of expression as a security issue” (report will be submitted shortly). The Council of Europe also organised an open forum on “Protecting children on the Internet” (workshop report not submitted), and a best practice forum on the “Cybercrime convention” (report will be submitted shortly). Together with cyberlaw Asia, the Council of Europe organised a workshop on “Legislative responses to current and future cyber-threats” (report will be submitted shortly).