IGF 2021 WS #107
How to regulate without infringing on digital rights?

Organizer 1: Priscilla Ruiz, Article 19 Mexico and Central America Office

Speaker 1: Pablo Pruneda, Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Speaker 2: Adrian Alcala, Government, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Speaker 3: Alejandro Pisanty, Technical Community, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)


Martha Tudon , Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)

Online Moderator

Vladimir Cortes, Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)


Priscilla Ruiz, Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)


Break-out Group Discussions - Flexible Seating - 60 Min

Policy Question(s)

Content moderation and human rights compliance: How to ensure that government regulation, self-regulation and co-regulation approaches to content moderation are compliant with human rights frameworks, are transparent and accountable, and enable a safe, united and inclusive Internet?
Protecting consumer rights: What regulatory approaches are/could be effective in upholding consumer rights, offering adequate remedies for rights violations, and eliminating unfair and deceptive practices from the part of Internet companies?

The session aims to address issues such as privacy, personal data management, the use of algorithms, and the removal and moderation of content within digital platforms that has led to the need for governments to promote regulation that in turn restrict human rights and also limit the development and innovation of technology and the digital economy. The questions aim to initiate a reflection and analysis to address the issues and conclude what is intended to regulate, from what thematic and what are how it is intended to address the regulation avoiding harming human rights and respecting the rights of the consumer by digital platforms.
The questions are intertwined in topics and content because although one analyzes how content moderation should be exercised with the intention of not violating human rights, the second deals with the protection of users of digital platforms to their rights to privacy, transparency, protection of personal data and respect for their guarantee as consumers.


4. Quality Education
5. Gender Equality
8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Targets: They are related to the creation of public policies that can address issues of infrastructure, innovation, and technological development, strengthening and promoting the digital economy in developing countries as well as achieving gender equity from a technological perspective.


Given the growing concern, through human and automated systems, of content considered as potentially harmful, which includes disinformation, hate speech, digital violence, and the use of hate speech in social networks, there is a need to promote an open, free and transparent debate about the roles and responsibilities of intermediaries in the use of their power of control.

Expected Outcomes

The objective is to take up the points of coincidence and controversy surrounding the public policy and legislative proposals that have been presented in the country.
and legislation that has been put forward in different countries, and raise questions about the depth and scope that, if implemented, these mechanisms
depth and scope that, if implemented, these mechanisms, regulations, and processes should contemplate,
should contemplate. In addition, it is important to identify the different national, regional, and international frameworks to be taken into account in the
international frameworks to be taken account in the design of any action to be built around freedom of expression, access to information, and access to information.
freedom of expression, access to information, and online transparency. As well as the type of regulation required in each of the regions, always taking into account human rights and consumer rights. The above incorporating a perspective of innovation and technological development concerning the digital economy.
Given the breadth and complexity of the debate, there is a clear need to design a plan of action
for the construction of accurate, reliable, and transparent moderation mechanisms that
and transparent moderation mechanisms that promote the construction of a better informed, pluralist, and diverse
diverse citizenship, and an environment that promotes dialogue and peaceful debate among people.

1. Have a brief introduction of the problem and the objectives to be addressed, as well as the goals. The introduction will introduce the speakers who will give their point of view on the subject, alternatives they have implemented and even questions related to the implementation or not of public policies related to the regulation of intermediaries.
2. The speakers after giving their presentation will be divided into thematic discussion tables in which they will be accompanied by rapporteurs. Triggering questions will be asked by the speakers themselves to encourage discussion and participation at the discussion tables.

Online Participation

Usage of IGF Official Tool.