IGF 2020 WS #286 Self-sovereign identities and IP rights


Organizer 1: Technical Community, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Organizer 2: Technical Community, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Organizer 3: Private Sector, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Organizer 4: Private Sector, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Organizer 5: Private Sector, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)

Speaker 1: Agata Ferreira, Technical Community, Eastern European Group
Speaker 2: Daniel Maricic, Technical Community, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 3: Elena Tairova, Technical Community, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)


Round Table - Circle - 60 Min

Policy Question(s)

What are the responsibilities of digital platforms and public authorities in regulating or policing content, and where and how should the balance be struck between freedom of expression and public safety? What are actions need to be undertaken by the public and private sectors in order to shift the perception of users in terms of the importance of the self-serenity concept when it comes to their rights and content? What will it take to create a privacy-by-design solution that users will be eager to incorporate it in their daily lives? What are the prerequisites of successful implementation of the EU Copyright Initiative and its adoption by the other countries? What kind of collaboration among Internet platforms and media outlets could work to fight disinformation and fake news online?

By bringing a solution that puts users in charge of the content they create and share online and making it working smooth and simple, we can solve the problem of attribution, verify the legitimacy of content and its source, limit the spread of fake news, and set the fair and encouraging environment for creatives on the Internet. The goal of the Round Table discussion is to define the steps that need to be taken by each stakeholder group in order to make this happen.


GOAL 5: Gender Equality
GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
GOAL 10: Reduced Inequalities
GOAL 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


The majority of online communication today is visual. Practically every internet user is a creator of digital content with thousands of photos and videos published by an average user every year. However, images and videos shared online are unprotected, authors have very little control over them (<17% of content published has metadata, <1% has copyright). The majority of content distribution and management lies in the hands of very few tech corporations who impose their terms. Once published, the content often detached from the creator, copied, and, at worst, misused in identity thefts or blackmailing. To establish a fair and transparent market we need to develop a solution that puts the user (not a platform or institution) in charge and ensure the privacy and security of the content shared. There is no working solution yet. Distributed Digital Identities (DIDs) alow the means for the creation of such a solution and quite a few teams in the tech community are working to build and optimise it. However to make the solution widely accepted, used, and truly legitimate (legally recognised) we need the support and involvement of all the stockholder groups. Throughout the Round Table discussion, we will hear the introductory statements on the topic from various perspectives: technical, legal, public and social. Each speaker will leave the audience with an open question addressed to a different stakeholder group(s). The following discussion will be aimed at getting the 360 perspective on the core policy questions.

Expected Outcomes

The feedback received during the session will be processed to define the set of prerequisite measures for the mass adoption of Self-sovereign DIDs. The results will be shared with IGF community. The initiative group for further cooperation and coordination of the effort will be formed.

In the opening statement each speaker, after sharing their perspective on the topic, will sound over 2-3 open questions for the table participants. The questions should touch the This approach will allow us different perspectives on the topics discussed. If no answers & comments from the audience will follow at fist other speakers and organisers initiate the discussion encouraging further input from the audience.

Relevance to Internet Governance: We aim to define the new standards for the open and fair market for creative works online, establish a sustainable and transparent environment to spur human potential and creativity on the Internet.

Relevance to Theme: We suggest and discuss the framework that provides an effective mechanism to fight misinformation, disinformation and “fake news” online while ensuring Digital Safety and enabling a healthy and empowering digital environment for all.

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