IGF 2022 Day 0 Event #71 Meetup of online activists from societies democratic deficiencies and lack of effective institutions

Monday, 28th November, 2022 (08:45 UTC) - Monday, 28th November, 2022 (10:15 UTC)
Press Briefing Room

Free Moscow University
Andrey Shcherbovich, McGill University, Canada, WEOG Alexander Isavnin, Free Moscow University, Russia, Eastern European Alexander Generalov, Creative Commons Global Network, Russia, Eastern European


Farzaneh Badii, Digital Medusa, Civil Society, Iran, Asia Pacific Andrey Shcherbovich, McGill University Civil Society, Canada, WEOG

Alexander Isavnin, Free Moscow University, Civil Society, Russia, Eastern European

Alexander Generalov, Wikimedia Movement, Civil Society, Russia, Eastern European

Anna Golikova, UNOPS, United Nations, Denmark, Intergovernmental Organizations, WEOG

Aleksei Kozliuk, Human Constanta, Belarus, Civil Society, Eastern European

Mauricio Vargas, Pirate Party, Chile, Civil Society, GRULAC

Onsite Moderator

Alexander Isavnin

Online Moderator

Alexander Generalov


Andrey Shcherbovich


4. Quality Education
16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
17. Partnerships for the Goals

Targets: By organizing this event, we are committed to the implementation of goal No. 16 "Peace, Justice and Equitable Institutions". In 2022, For All, Topic 16a will be on the agenda. Strengthen relevant national institutions, including through international cooperation, for building capacity at all levels, in particular in developing countries, to prevent violence and combat terrorism and crime. Inefficient institutions in Russia, Belarus and other concerned countries have put Goal 16 of building peaceful and open societies under global threat. To an even greater extent than before, access to justice, the accountability of public authorities, and inclusiveness have decreased. Goal 8 has been hit hard. Inclusive and sustainable economic growth will not happen any time soon. The problems of finding a decent productive job will escalate. The lack of progress in building an open and inclusive society For example, in Russia this also affects the field of education and the implementation of goal number 4. Instead of quality education and expanding access to knowledge, we have the restriction of academic freedoms and the promotion of low-quality education, subordinated to the political goals of certain groups of citizens. Despite the existing problems, society and activists, including Internet activists, use all legal possibilities available to them under the constitution and principles of human rights, use all technical possibilities to achieve goal 17, in order to work together globally and internationally to move towards implementation of sustainable development goals.


Gathering of the participants from different organizations, onsite an online. Presentations of their practice and exchange of opinions. The event will be concentrated on informal gathering and dialogue, not on formal presentation.




We offer a platform for exchange of views for activists in countries where the involvement in the implementation of the SDG is not fully implemented. In particular, we note that such a policy of nation-states leads to the fact that Internet activists are forced to operate closed or emigrate. The purpose of this event is to show that the institutions involved in Internet governance are engaged in improving the situation with the achievement of sustainable development goals in their countries. How society and activists live and survive in countries with a lack of effective institutions. The impact of the position of Internet activists on freedom of speech, peace, justice, equality, sustainable and inclusive economic growth and education. The situation with the military conflict in Ukraine has shown the importance of maintaining a dialogue on this issue at various levels. Internet sanctions, the possibility of shutting down and sovereignizing the Internet does not directly affect the governance of the Internet for sustainable development. We also plan to discuss the very situation on experience of the various countries.

1) Trained online moderator will ensure for interaction between participants online and onsite. No one will be discriminated because of the matter of participation. 2) I will use interactive tools (surveys, online polls, Q&A section) available in Zoom for online participants to be engaged. Also cooperation while using the Booth in the IGF village on duration of the whole IGF will be organized. 3) Zoom and other tools free for participants.

Key Takeaways (* deadline 2 hours after session)

Sustainable development goals are crucial for building relevant institutions in discussed countries (Russia, Turkey, Canada, US, Kenya, Ethiopia, Finland).

In sphere of the Internet Governance it is good to build bridges, not walls. Russian GONGO tried to interfere the session in order to promote strirct Russian pro-governmental media agenda and therefore tried to disrupt the session. We will begin this conversation here at the IGF and other relevant platforms to discuss best practices and achievements.

Call to Action (* deadline 2 hours after session)

Cooperate in different stakeholder groups in order to achieve SDG (discussed the 16th one). It is reasonable to avoid political conflicts when trying to resolve common issues.