IGF 2020 WS #199 How blockchain works in Internet governance innovation

Thematic Track

Organizer 1: Madison Wang, China Internet Netwrok Information Center (CNNIC)
Organizer 2: Shuo Bai, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Organizer 3: Molly Dong, China Internet Network Information Center

Speaker 1: Xiaoya Yang, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 2: Chun Chen, Technical Community, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 3: Yu Zeng, Technical Community, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 4: alexandre polvora, Government, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 5: Vitalik Buterin, Private Sector, Eastern European Group


Shuo Bai, Technical Community, Asia-Pacific Group

Online Moderator

Molly Dong, Technical Community, Asia-Pacific Group


Madison Wang, Technical Community, Asia-Pacific Group


Other - 90 Min
Format description: Discussion and voting Besides general conversation and discussion, speakers will share different approaches/ideas/practices(typically by presentations) towards certain problems, then audience choose the preferable/more practical/more valuable ones.

Policy Question(s)

·How can blockchain promote digital economy development? ·Blockchain's application in the supervision and guidance of e-financial innovation ·How blockchain can be applicated into innovative co-governance of Internet infrastructure

1) How does blockchain promote the construction of global digital economy security and trust ecology? 2) What role can blockchain play in the supervision and guidance of global financial innovation? 3) How does blockchain technology support the innovation and change of existing Internet infrastructure system?


GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
GOAL 17: Partnerships for the Goals


Agenda 【5 mins】Welcome: Introduction to the workshop by the moderator 【35 mins】Speech and presentation: 3-4 guests with different nationalities and background give speeches about the following sub topics: ·How can blockchain promote digital economy development? ·Blockchain's application in the supervision and guidance of e-financial innovation ·How blockchain can be applicated into innovative co-governance of Internet infrastructure 【20 mins】Conversation and discussion:Guests discuss the development of, and the opportunities/ challenges brought by blockchain, aiming at popularize its prospect to the audience and inspiring new ideas 【15 mins】 Open discussion and Q&A:Audience are welcomed to be involved as well 【5 mins】 Vote for the best practice: All onsite and online will have a chance to vote for the best practice of blockchain application. 【10 mins】 Summary and Closing: Closing remarks by the moderator

Expected Outcomes

1) The new information technology represented by blockchain has extended to digital finance, Internet infrastructure and other aspects, which is bound to affect the international governance system. The workshop hopes to take this opportunity to discuss how to jointly deal with the challenges and formulate new rules. 2) The workshop will provide stakeholders with a platform to share the innovative application of blockchain, including the practice of promoting digital economy development, supporting Internet co-governance thus stimulating more innovation applications and even promote the development of blockchain. 3) The workshop hopes to promote practical cooperation among all parties by demonstrating innovative concepts and applications, and truly implement the application of blockchain technology in Internet governance such as data tracking, security verification, multilateral co-governance, etc.

The workshop will be conducted in the following ways to ensure participation: 1) Guest: we fully respect diversity. Among the invited guests, there are 1 lady and 5 gentleman; from the perspective of community, there are 1 guest from the government, 2 guests from the technical community, 2 guests from the private sector, and 1 guest from the civil society; from the perspective of region, 3 guests from the Asia Pacific region, 1 guests from the Eastern European group and 2 guest from the WEOG. The moderator has dual backgrounds of intergovernmental organizations and academic institutions. 2) Moderator: the moderator is the chief scientist of blockchain organization with strong professionalism. He has a lot of experience and experience in stimulating multi stakeholder discussions, and can well control the progress of the meeting. Questions and comments will be prepared in advance for speakers to help promote an interactive and dynamic dialogue. 3) On site design: the seats will be arranged in a "T" shape, with participants sitting on both sides. The moderator and the speaker can go deep into the participants for better interaction, with the audience being provided with a great observation angle. 4) Audio visual materials: the organizer will use the trial materials (video, slide, image, information chart) to activate the whole seminar and help people whose native language is not English. 5) Voting: the purpose of voting is to encourage audience participation

Relevance to Internet Governance: To establish and improve the global Internet governance system, peace, security, openness and cooperation are important values. A safe, stable and prosperous cyberspace is of great significance to all countries and even the world. A secure and stable Internet environment should and must become the most basic requirement of global Internet governance. Since the 21st century, technological innovation has entered a period of rapid development, but the hidden dangers brought by technology have gradually increased: privacy disclosure, network financial fraud, electronic information theft and other events emerge in endlessly and the environment of cyberspace is influenced. Also, data track and data protection need to be strengthened. However, at the same time, the new generation of information technology represented by blockchain has accelerated its breakthrough in application, which not only applies to the innovation of Internet basic resources, but also extends to digital economy, Internet of things, intelligent manufacturing, supply chain management, digital asset trading and other fields, bringing new angles for theInternet governance mode in the future. The international Internet governance has not been standardized but blockchain can effectively guarantee data security and solve the problem of network trust under the situation. However, its value in Internet governance has not been fully explored, which is worth further exploration.

Relevance to Theme: Blockchain has unique characteristics of anonymity, non rewritable information, traceable root, transparancy, security and openness, etc. It is a distributed ledger system that all people could be involved in, maintain, store and read, mainly including point-to-point technology, asymmetric encryption technology, timestamp, smart contract and other core technical methods. Blockchain technology has aboivious advantages in the application of Internet financial innovation, personal information protection and other fields, with the potential to promote the innovation of Internet governance mode and achieve the precision, service and customization of Internet governance.

Online Participation


Usage of IGF Official Tool. Additional Tools proposed: Online participation will be welcomed. The remote conference platform will be selected and the scheme will be determined based on the factors such as user usage, security and stability, system backup status, and convenience of terminal system. In the future, with the situation of global epidemic situation, we can further consider to posibility of strengthening the online participation.