IGF 2020 Pre-Event #28 The Digital Justice Conversations

Tuesday, 3rd November, 2020 (09:20 UTC) - Tuesday, 3rd November, 2020 (12:20 UTC)
Room 3
About this Session
This session organized by IT for Change and Just Net Coalition will open with a panel discussion on Global Networking for Digital Justice in the New Age, offering insights into JNC’s evolving strategy. The launch of a compendium on a Digital New Deal will follow. Leading global scholars and activists will present their visions of digital technology that is democratically governed and committed to justice. It will conclude with reflections by Prof. Saskia Sassen and an open interaction.

Just Net Coalition


The Digital Justice Conversations will bring together a series of interactive and exciting dialogues on digital justice. The 3-part session will feature:

1. A panel discussion on ‘Global Networking for Digital Justice in the New Age’

14:50 – 16:00 (IST), 9:20 – 10:30 (UTC)

The digital is on the political agenda today, but is global civil society ready to move it forward in progressive directions? How can we make social and economic rights vis-à-vis the digital a critical part of this agenda? Our opening panel will kick off with these questions and offer directions for the evolving strategy of the Just Net Coalition.


Deborah James, Director, International Programs, Center for Economic and Policy Research

Nandini Chami, Deputy Director, IT for Change

Neth Daño, Co-Executive Director, ETC Group

Sofía Scasserra, Professor, UNTREF

Session Moderator: Parminder Jeet Singh, Executive Director, IT for Change

2. The launch of ‘A Digital New Deal: Visions of Justice in a Post-Covid World’

16:00 – 16:50 (IST), 10:30 – 11:20 (UTC)

Join us for the launch of one of our most ambitious intellectual undertakings ever – A Digital New Deal: Visions of Justice in a Post-Covid World. This compendium of essays and interviews from leading global scholars, activists and practitioners takes stock of the digital realm, and constructs alternatives to current frameworks, pathways and institutional arrangements. Hear from visionaries and advocates, engaged in the fight for a fairer world, about their visions of a future where digital technology is democratically governed and committed to justice.


Amba Kak, Director of Global Policy & Programs, AI Now Institute

Amber Sinha, Executive Director, Centre for Internet and Society

Anasuya Sengupta, Co-Director and co-founder of Whose Knowledge?

Anita Gurumurthy, Executive Director, IT for Change

Chee Yoke Ling, Director, Third World Network

Christina J. Colclough, The Why Not Lab

Emiliano Trere, Senior Lecturer, Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Culture

François Soulard, Member of the Forum for a New World Governance

Gianluca Iazzolino, LSE Fellow, Department of International Development

Jun-e Tan, Independent Researcher

Kate Lappin, Regional Secretary, Asia and Pacific Region, Public Services International

Mariana Valente, Director, Internet Lab

Neth Daño, Co-Executive Director, ETC Group

Pu Yan, Oxford Internet Institute

Richard Hill, President, The Association for Proper Internet Governance (APIG)

Richard Kozul-Wright, Director of the Globalisation and Development Strategies Division in United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

Roberto Bissio, Executive Director, Third World Institute

3. Reflections by Prof. Saskia Sassen, Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology, Columbia University followed by an open interaction

16:50 – 17:50 (IST), 11:20 – 12:20 (UTC)