IGF 2020 WS #206 5G: Privacy Implications of intelligent connectivity


Organizer 1: Private Sector, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Organizer 2: Private Sector, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Organizer 3: Private Sector, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Organizer 4: Technical Community, Intergovernmental Organization

Speaker 1: Dan Warren, Private Sector, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 2: Andrew Arowojolu, Private Sector, African Group
Speaker 3: Nelson Angarita, Government, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Speaker 4: Peter Kimpian, Intergovernmental Organization, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 5: Amba Kak, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)


Panel - Auditorium - 90 Min

Policy Question(s)

- Who is responsible for security and privacy in a 5G/IoT World?
- Where are the privacy challenges?

This session will aim to address the following matters: - What is 5G? - What are the potential use cases of 5G? - How does 5G work? - What is network slicing? - What data is generated and how is it being used?


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From augmented reality to telemedicine, autonomous vehicles to smart cities, from the expansion of wearables to the deployment of Internet of Things and machine learning, the new generation of mobile technologies represent the most significant development in the history of mobile communications. While previous generations offered significant improvements in network performances, 5G will be more than a technological leap. 5G's ubiquitous hyper-connectivity will spur diverse next-generation applications such as augmented reality, intelligent transportation systems, optimised industrial processes, remote controlled robots, boosted crop yields and remote surgery. As the mobile industry starts to roll out 5G, it becomes increasingly important to understand what data is generated on mobile networks and how it is used. As part of its role representing the mobile industry globally, the GSMA publishes resources on 5G and the visions, opportunities & considerations for 5G. This will be an interactive panel session and will aim to provide clear information to stakeholders on 5G technology and to explore the data privacy challenges it may pose as the 5G landscape develops. Panellists will provide mobile industry insights on how 5G technology works and the service it enables, as well as exploring the potential data privacy challenges and the risks and possible identification and mitigation schemes, with participants through open discussions.

Expected Outcomes

The session will support the IGF community by deepening its understanding of 5G technologies and privacy considerations. Session speakers will seek input from attendees and invite participants to engage and identify novel use cases with the aim of flushing out issues and strengthen mechanisms that deal efficiently with privacy risks. With wider and more informed dialogue between industry, authorities, consumer groups and civil society organizations on the developing 5G landscape, this session will enable a multi-stakeholder approach to exploring the challenges and solutions

- We plan to use Slido in order to gather input and questions from participants throughout the panelists presentations - We plan to dedicate enough time (circa 40 minutes) in order to facilitate a healthy debate and have the participants ask questions, interact, and share their points of view on the panellists’ presentations

Relevance to Internet Governance: 5G connectivity will act as a key enabler for the deployment of novel technologies in the Internet of Things sphere, with a direct impact on the way internet is being governed. Responsibility will rest on a number of different players that make up the digital ecosystem. Enhanced connectivity will bring with it greater convergence of sectors and technologies and will require legislators, regulators and industry to adopt a holistic approach for the benefit of individuals. This session will therefore aim to bring together such stakeholders in order to identify and discuss best practices of integrating 5G dimensions into internet governance.

Relevance to Theme: The proposed session will contribute towards the narrative of the 'Data' Thematic Track by explaining the key features of 5G in a way that enables data protection authorities, telecom regulators, and anyone with responsibility for overseeing good data governance and ensuring trust in new services to start thinking about the privacy and data implications of 5G. The session will also contribute by generating an open dialogue between industry, authorities and consumer groups to explore the potential challenges together as the 5G landscape develops.

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