IGF 2021 Town Hall #46 Technology Sovereignty and Public Investment

Thursday, 9th December, 2021 (08:30 UTC) - Thursday, 9th December, 2021 (09:30 UTC)
Hall A3

Leveraging infrastructure and technology innovation and development: How can the significant expansion of mobile infrastructure around the world, as well as other existing and emerging technologies such as satellite, fibre, and wireless networks, be used to expand affordable access?
Business models and investment: The IGF has frequently addressed the principles, approaches, business models, incentives and coordinated actions by various stakeholders (governments, local authorities, regulators, fixed and mobile broadband Internet service providers, telecom companies, local communities, etc.) to spur investments in connectivity solutions and enable more affordable Internet access in developing countries. What can the IGF do to capture and communicate the emerging consensus resulting from these discussions? What are the barriers to this emerging consensus being implemented and how can they be overcome?

Debate - Auditorium - 60 Min


We will discuss technology sovereignty and how to bring back public investment into infrastructure. Contrasting visions will be debated and a proactive blueprint will result from the debate.

We will publish in advance a survey for people to respond and then interact on Slido.


Open Knowledge Foundation


We will have a roundtable with attendees since the speakers had to cancel. 

Onsite Moderator

Renata Avila

Online Moderator

Guy Weress




4. Quality Education
5. Gender Equality
8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
17. Partnerships for the Goals

Targets: Investment in public infrastructure is fundamental to overcome barriers - both social and economic. Robust public infrastructure and technologies fit for the communities is seeking to serve could accelerate the achievement of the SDGs.