IGF 2020 WS #268 Education is the way of enhancing Inclusion and Trust


Organizer 1: Technical Community, Eastern European Group
Organizer 2: Civil Society, Eastern European Group

Speaker 1: Oksana Prykhodko, Civil Society, Eastern European Group
Speaker 2: Natalia Krapiva, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 3: Krzysztof Izdebski, Civil Society, Eastern European Group


Round Table - Circle - 90 Min

Policy Question(s)

Should we take into account the economic situation, including end-user and the level of technological development? How to ensure openness to online education without state (political) barriers? How should all participants in the learning process be provided with access to appropriate technologies without discrimination? How to ensure the development of online education programs in all countries simultaneously under the leadership of the international community?

Here is the list of the challenges this workshop will address cultural differences, lack of quality and quantity of online education, unskilled staff, poor communication quality, political challenges in the form of restricting access to foreign content, including educational content, lack of universality in recognizing the validity of diplomas.


GOAL 4: Quality Education
GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
GOAL 10: Reduced Inequalities


Education allows liquidation of mistrust between people of different countries, makes people included in the major international processes, erasing borders, and makes people closer to each other. Also, education provides joint access to the culture of the world.

Expected Outcomes

We plan to attract the attention of the major academic institutions around the world and invite the academic community to take part in the discussion on the importance of online education for all communities, including underdeveloped and underrepresented. This discussion is planned to be multistakeholder, with a special impact on the academic community, which is planned to become a special stakeholder group. Intersessional work includes dialogue between academic institutions of the West, East, and the Global South.

We will connect remote hubs to the session. These hubs based in Moscow, Higher School of Economics. Practice shows that these online platforms are interesting for other hubs in academic institutions worldwide. In addition, we reserve an option for speakers to participate online in remote mode in case some of them would be unable to be present onsite.

Relevance to Internet Governance: Internet Governance is one of the key topics of online education for Internet users as well as for decision-makers in different countries. Proper internet governance is recognized as one of the conditions for comprehensive inclusion and successful online education.

Relevance to Theme: Education is one key task for inclusive processes around the world. It is connected with Goal 4 of the Sustainable Development Goals (Quality Education). The workshop topic also states that quality education could be an important prerequisite for building trust among peoples, nations, and societies.

Online Participation


Usage of IGF Official Tool.