IGF 2021 Introductory Session II

Tuesday, 2nd November, 2021 (15:00 UTC)
About this Session

Facilitated by MAG Issue Teams

Introducing IGF 2021 issue areas 

(i) Emerging regulation: market structure, content, data and consumer/users rights regulation and (ii) Environmental sustainability and climate change

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PART I [15:00-16:30 UTC]

Emerging regulation: market structure, content, data and consumer/users rights regulation

This preparatory session will offer attendees an introduction to the policy issue area of ‎emerging regulation that impacts or relates to the Internet, one of four cross-cutting issue areas ‎of the IGF2021.  Followed by scene-setting remarks, this session will feature discussion on ‎competition, content moderation, data governance and consumer regulation that are part of a ‎recent trend of increased discussions on regulating many aspects of the Internet, either in the ‎form of national and international regulations by governments and intergovernmental ‎organisations (IGOs), or private sector-led self-regulation and co-regulation initiatives. We ‎hope this discussion can help to orientate the engagement of IGF2021 participants to identify ‎regulatory approaches and impacts that will be further expanded by the workshops that will be ‎part of the program in this issue area.  All interested are welcome, and organizers and speakers ‎in relevant sessions planned for IGF2021 are particularly encouraged to attend, in order to foster ‎early connections and exchange in preparation for the hybrid event in December.‎


Welcome & Introduction - 5 minutes‎

  • A MAG member will provide a brief orientation of the session – its purpose, the agenda, etc. – and introduce ‎the keynote speaker.‎

Scene-Setting Remarks - 15 minutes

  • Speaker: Jovan Kurbalija, Executive Director, Diplo Foundation

Regulatory Approaches - 20 minutes‎

  • This section will focus on different regulatory approaches: regulation (national, regional or global), co-‎regulation, and self-regulation.‎ 
  • Speaker: Sisi de la Pena, ALAI

Regulatory Impacts - 20 minutes‎

  • This section will focus on regulatory impacts on human rights and Internet infrastructure
  • Speaker: Olaf Kolkman, ISOC
  • Speaker: Alison Gillwald, Executive Director, Research ICT Africa

Issue Area Previews - 20 minutes‎

  • This section will focus on the subject matter areas featured in IGF2021 programming related to this issue area: ‎competition/antitrust, data governance, content moderation, and consumer protection.‎

Conclusion - 5 minutes‎

Session Report

Emerging regulation: market structure, content, data and consumer/users rights regulation

30-Minute Break

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PART II [17:00-18:30 UTC]

Environmental sustainability and climate change

The preparatory session will focus on setting the scene for the IGF and will discuss the role ‎of the Forum as an important player covering the issue of environment and digitalisation ‎and - in particular - being seen as a place where dots are connected and capacities of ‎policy makers on this issue are increased. This session will specifically cover the issue’s ‎narrative, explore different sub thematic areas, preview different types of sessions ‎‎(Workshops, Open Forums, Best Practice Forums, Dynamic Coalitions, NRI Collaborative ‎Sessions) under the theme, and feature a scene-setting speaker.‎


Introduction (10 minutes)‎

  • A short explanation to deliver a general perspective about the environment and ‎digitalization is something important to discuss. This part also discuss the impact of ‎the issue in the future and what we should do in the long term and sustain work ‎basis.‎


Livia Walpen, OFCOM (Swiss Government)

Thematic discussion: (30-40 minutes)‎

  • How multistakeholder parties could contribute to this issue and how the ‎Global South could take advantage within the process?‎


Daniel Akinmade Emejulu, Microsoft

Gustaff Hariman Iskandar, Common Room

  • How do the workshops of this issue reflect the calling of policy questions? ‎What do they try to bring to discuss?‎


Rashid Kaukab, CUTS International

  •  What is the IGF role in this thematic issue? What should IGF do in the future ‎to keep the discussion continuing?‎


Valeria Betancourt, Association for Progressive Communications (APC)

Flurina Wäspi, Policy Network on Environment (PNE)

Session organizers share brief explanation of their session (10-20 minutes)‎

Interactive plenary discussion with the participants, with Q&A (10- 20 minutes)‎

Closing (5 minutes)‎


Reinventing Local Knowledge, Gustaff Harriman Iskandar

Policy Network on Environment, Flurina Wäspi 


Session Report

Environmental sustainability and climate change