IGF 2021 WS #64
Internet Governance through a backdoor

Organizer 1: Gregory Engels, Pirate Parties International
Organizer 2: Bailey Lamon, Pirate Parties International

Speaker 1: Alexander Isavnin, Technical Community, Eastern European Group
Speaker 2: Keith Goldstein, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 3: Krzysztof Izdebski, Civil Society, Eastern European Group


Gregory Engels, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)

Online Moderator

Bailey Lamon, Intergovernmental Organization, Intergovernmental Organization


Gregory Engels, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)


Debate - Auditorium - 90 Min

Policy Question(s)

Regulation, competition and innovation: How could regulatory and self-regulatory frameworks help foster more competitive Internet-related markets, a larger diversity of business models, and more innovation? How to enable equitable access to data, marketplaces or infrastructures for fostering competition and innovation on the Internet?
Data governance and trust, globally and locally: What is needed to ensure that existing and future national and international data governance frameworks are effective in mandating the responsible and trustworthy use of data, with respect for privacy and other human rights?

How national and regional regulations affect the global operation of the internet and global platforms.


Targets: The development of national and regional regulation that affect the internet need to be coordinated at the international level, as the effects of such regulations are often of a wider scale than intended by its legislators. The effects of legislation introduced in developed countries have also an effect on the internet operation in the LDCs and emerging economies - and those effects needs to be analyzed and taken into account, especially with the SDGs in mind.


This workshop will address the various ways in which internet regulation at the national level affects the internet as a whole. While individual countries or regions are responsible for legislation in their specific countries or regions, when it comes to internet governance and dealing with things like private data and online content, the consequences of such regulation does not simply affect that geographical area but the fabric of the entire internet regardless of whether it was intended. This panel contains several individuals from different corners of the world who will shed light on internet governance legislation in their own countries, the reasoning used for enacting these laws as well as their implications...and of course, addressing the very important question of whether or not these laws help the internet or hurt it, and what to do about it.

Expected Outcomes

This workshop aims to raise awareness about the effect that national and regional legislation is having on the operation of the internet and the global platforms. The presentation material as well as the video stream will be made available. Collaboration with organizations from civil society organisations that are concerned with the development of national and regional internet regulations after the IGF is planned

Part of the speakers will be online - as well as the online moderator. We will allow the online participants to request the floor for questions. The online moderator will summarize the discussion in the chat and on twitter.

Online Participation

Usage of IGF Official Tool.