IGF 2021 Open Forum #57 The role of regulation in a post pandemic context

Friday, 10th December, 2021 (08:30 UTC) - Friday, 10th December, 2021 (09:30 UTC)
Ballroom C

Inclusion, rights and stakeholder roles and responsibilities: What are/should be the responsibilities of governments, businesses, the technical community, civil society, the academic and research sector and community-based actors with regard to digital inclusion and respect for human rights, and what is needed for them to fulfil these in an efficient and effective manner?
Promoting equitable development and preventing harm: How can we make use of digital technologies to promote more equitable and peaceful societies that are inclusive, resilient and sustainable? How can we make sure that digital technologies are not developed and used for harmful purposes? What values and norms should guide the development and use of technologies to enable this?

Debate - Auditorium - 60 Min


The Covid19 pandemic promted many governments, non-state actors to use new emerging technologies in their battle to find solutions to curb the propagation of the virus. Several digital tools have emerged as part of national efforts to limit infection (mobile applications enabling to trace the contamination chain, self-diagnosis tools, etc.). In the light of recent developments, these digital tools now focus on two main areas: setting up a system enabling to store and provide health-related data on Covid-19 (e.g. about vaccination, evidence of past infection, tests’ results) and creating information systems for the organisation and monitoring of vaccination campaigns. While these measures have certainly contributed to the effectivness of concerted efforts in many countries their possible impacts on human rights have raised questions in many stakeholders. New data, hastily created large data base containing sensitive data, the use of new technologies, processing techniques commissioned by governments and developed and rolled out by orivate companies, national, regional efforts towards the interoperability of such programmes, enforcement by the police of some of the measures that have been enacted based on the outcome of these new programmes have left many questions unanswered. Is regulation enough to prevent harm or unnecassray or unproportionate intereference with human rights of individuals? Have the new regulation restricting, limiting human rights often for a better efficiency of new processing technologies will become the norm? Are current enforcement and redress avenues can take up the challange and ensure human rights can be fully exercised and if restricted that it complies with international standards? Are there international standards in restricting human rights? How will we deal with measures that have been taken as temporary? When and who will tell us it's over and we can get back to "normal"?

Short intervention from panelists preceded and followed by polls. Vote on questions to be asked from panelists. Online moderation.



Council of Europe

  • Peter Kimpian, IGO, Council of Europe

Speaker 1: Patrick Penninckx, CoE
Speaker 2: Sanusi Drammeh, The Gambia gvt
Speaker 3: Hannah Mayer, US DOJ
Speaker 4: Soenke Ziesche, UN
Speaker 5: Rachel Pollack, UNESCO

Onsite Moderator

Peter Kimpian

Online Moderator

Elena Dodonova


Peter Kimpian


16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Targets: The panel will atry to provide an answear on how to keep many institutions, organisations, companies, non-governmental actors' endevour on track to reach SDG No. 16 despite the disruptions and distorsions that the COVID 19 pandemic has caused in our societies, economies and personal lives.