Submitted Proposals


Organization: UNESCO
Title :
88. The protection of personal data and privacy in the information society : towards an international instrument with a global reach?
Provide a concise formulation for the proposed workshop theme including its importance and relevance to the IGF.

With the very fast evolution of ICTs, the capacity of data storage and data mining, the international flows of data that keep increasing, the existing surveillance of internet users whether by public authority in the name of security or private companies for economic interests, the development of web 2.0, etc., there is a growing and urgent need to take into account the issue of privacy and data protection.

Privacy is a fundamental right recognized as such by the Universal Declaration of human rights;  it is guarantied at the digital age by data protection principles and rights which are all the more important that they are a precondition to the exercise of other human rights and fundamental freedoms such as freedom of expression.

The workshop will highlight the key privacy and personal data protection issues facing different categories of Internet users.
It will address the necessity and the ways to establish privacy and data protection principles and rights at global level.
It will also deal with the different practical tools that can be used or developed to implement them and ensure effective protection in different circumstances : basic legal principles and rights, laws and regulations, international instruments, education, awareness-raising, self-regulation and privacy enhancing technologies.

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.
Provisional list of panellists :

Moderator : Alex Türk, President of the French data protection authority (CNIL) (France)
  • UNESCO
  • Yves Poullet, Professor at the University of Namur (Belgium) and expert of the Council of Europe
  • Caspar Bowden, Chief Privacy Advisor Microsoft EMEA, Microsoft
  • Katitza Rodriguez Pereda, EPIC (Peru)
  • Abdoulaye Cisse, Professor at the University of Saint Louis (Senegal)
  • Mr Graham Greenleaf, Professor and Director of the Cyberspace Law and Policy Center, University of New South Wales, Australia or an other member of the Asia-Pacific Forum on the protection of personal data and privacy
Rapporteur : Catherine Souyri-Desrosier, Advisor for Communication at the French National Commission for UNESCO (France)

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 workshop will be co-organized by stakeholders from various groups:
The French Commission for UNESCO (French Body);
UNESCO (International Organisation);
The Council of Europe (Regional Organisation); and
The CNIL (French Independent Authority).

The multi-stakeholder principle will also be embodied in the variety of backgrounds and geographical origins of the panellists ensuring a great diversity of views and opinions.

Does the proposed workshop provide different perspectives on the issues under discussion?

The variety of the geographical origins and groups of stakeholders that the panellists represent ensures that the different perspectives on the issue can be expressed.

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.
The protection of privacy and personal data is part of Internet governance as defined by the WSIS documents. The proposal is in line with Tunis agenda action line C5 (building confidence and security in the use of ICTs) and the IGF mandate (in particular paras a), b), c), d), e), f), g, h), k).It is closely linked with the issue of security, building of a favourable environment for an inclusive and participative information society and has to see with the issue of Human rights and ethics that was identified as a key emerging issue during the last meeting of the IGF in Rio. Besides reflections on this theme have already been launched in the previous IGF meetings and the workshop will try to go deeper into practical and concrete guidelines or recommendations of actions that could be taken in this area.  
List similar events you and/or any other IGF workshops you have organized in the past.
The French National Commission for UNESCO and the CNIL are used to organizing such international meetings involving many participants and stakeholders. Among others, the FNCU organised last year a conference for Europe and North America region on ethics and human rights in the information society in cooperation with UNESCO and the Council of Europe. The CNIL and its Federal German counterpart are organizing in October this year the international conference of the data protection commissioners, which is hosted by the Council of Europe.UNESCO and the Council of Europe have of course organised many international events of that kind. For example, the Council of Europe organised at the Athens IGF in 2006 a workshop on “human rights and the internet: how anonymous can and should we be?”
Were you part of organizing a workshop last year? Which one? Did you submit a workshop report?
The French National Commission for UNESCO and the CNIL did not organize workshops last year but took part in some of them.However UNESCO and the  Council of Europe did but on other topics. The Council of Europe organized a best practice forum on the Cybercrime Convention (no report submitted) and took part in a high level meeting with the ITU on cybersecurity. Council of Europe experts also took part in several privacy and data protection events.