IGF 2023 Day 0 Event #95 Internet Society’s Collaborative Leadership Exchange (CLX)

Sunday, 8th October, 2023 (00:00 UTC) - Sunday, 8th October, 2023 (03:00 UTC)
WS 5 – Room B-2

Digital Divides & Inclusion
Gender Digital Divide
Skills Building for Basic and Advanced Technologies (Meaningful Access)

Digital Divides & Inclusion

Internet Society
Mauricia Cindy Abdol, ISOC Foundation, technical community, Africa - Mona Gaballa, ISOC, technical community, NA - Pranav Tiwari, ISOC Foundation, technical community, APAC - Nicolas Fiumarelli, ISOC Alumni, technical community, LAC - Veronica Piccolo, ISOC Alumni, technical community, EU - Athanase Bahizire, ISOC Ambassador, technical community, Africa


Saba Tiku - ITU Africa, Intergovernmental Organization Africa [email protected] Bo Han - Institute of Journalism and Communication, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Civil Society Asia-Pacific (APAC) [email protected] Kateryna Bovsunovksa - EE, Technical Community Europe [email protected] Temilade Adelakun - Google Sub-Saharan Africa, Technical Community, Africa (Nigeria) [email protected] Yug Desai - Doctoral candidate in the Department of International Relations at South Asian University, Civil Society, New Delhi (India) APAC [email protected] Zin Myo Htet - Myanmar APAC [email protected] Kamesh Shekar - The Dialogue , Civil Society, (India) APAC [email protected] Edgar Brutyan - Institute for Development of Freedom of Information, Georgia United States of America [email protected]

Onsite Moderator

Nicolas Fiumarelli

Online Moderator

Mauricia Abdol Tshilunda


Athanase Bahizire


9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
17. Partnerships for the Goals

Targets: The Internet has been recognized as a powerful enabler for the Sustainable Development Goals. The Internet Society works to grow and strengthen the Internet, directly contributing to SDG 9, Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure. In addition, increasing Internet access can actually contribute SDG 11, to reduce inequality. As ISOC's work is done in partnership with its community and other organizations, we also target SDG 17.


Interview, Presentation, Gathering... The session will take the format of presentations followed by focused discussions. All discussions must conclude with 1 actionable step/commitment per presenter.


The objective of the Internet Society’s 'Collaborative Leadership Exchange is to bring together all interested participants to network, relationship build, exchange ideas, discuss key local/regional Internet governance issues, and explore applicable solutions. The event will be focused on Internet Society’s projects on strengthening and growing the Internet, while integrating the inputs, requirements, and experiences of different stakeholder groups. This session will contribute to building communities of learning and fostering relationships that create a multiplier effect on that cascades throughout the IGF week of activities, and beyond. There will be around two rounds of discussions encompassing key topics and facilitating conversations.

The session will have a strong online component as we expect most of our IGF Youth Ambassadors to attend the event online. The online and onsite moderators will work together to ensure that input from both online and on-site participants is received. The online moderator will encourage remote participation during the entire session. The organizational team has experience in conducting this session online and onsite which will make the planning and integration of everyone's feedback smoother.