IGF 2020 Pre-Event #39 Internet Commons Forum

Wednesday, 4th November, 2020 (16:00 UTC) - Wednesday, 4th November, 2020 (17:40 UTC)
Room 3
About this Session
The Internet Commons Forum (ICF) gathers thinkers and doers working towards a less concentrated and more just Internet. Participants will explore the facets of the #digitalcommons and discuss strategies their implementation.

FGV, ISOC, APC, Centrum Cyfrowe and Free2Air


The Internet Commons Forum (ICF) is jointly organised by FGV, ISOC, APC, Centrum Cyfrowe and Free2Air. The ICF aims at gathering thinkers and doers that are developing ideas and solutions for a less concentrated and more just Internet. See http://www.intcomforum.org/

The structures of the Internet affect us more deeply than ever before, reaching out to all aspects of our lives, from our societies and cultures to our finances and politics – to our very individual human behaviours and identities. This event will explore different views of Internet Commons exploring strategies for a less concentrated Internet.

The ICF will feature well-respected thinkers and doers exposing their ideas and innovative approaches for 10 minutes each and subsequently engaging in a collaborative discussion with the participants in order to identify paths for collaborations.


  • Setting the scene: Luca Belli, FGV/CyberBRICS
  • Keynote 1, Understanding the Digital Commons: Mélanie Dulong de Rosnay, CIS-CNRS
  • Keynote 2, Challenges and Opportunities for digital common in the Global South, Renata Avila, Creative Commons/Stanford
  • Keynote 3, Implementing the Digital Commons, Jean-Philbert Nsengimana, Former ICT Minister of Rwanda, Director for Africa at The Commons Project
  • Open debate: the tragedy of the commons? why the commons model is hard to implement, led by Jane Coffin, ISOC, and Luca Belli, FGV/CyberBRICS
  • Crafting a strategy for digital commons: Alek Tarkowski, Centrum Cyfrowe
  • Keynote 4, Digital Commons as Drivers of Sovereignty, Benjamin Pajot, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (TBC)
  • Keynote 5,The Digital Intelligence Commons, Parminder Jeet Singh, IT for Change
  • Keynote 6, How the Infrastructure Commons Works, Leandro Navarro, Guifi.net
  • Open debate: What Can Make the Commons Model Successful? led by Adam Burns, Fee2Air, and Alek Tarkowski, Centrum Cyfrowe
  • Final remarks, Anriette Esterhuysen, Chair of IGF MAG, and Luca Belli, FGV/CyberBRICS