IGF 2023 WS #108 A Decade Later-Content creation, access to open information

Monday, 9th October, 2023 (23:45 UTC) - Tuesday, 10th October, 2023 (01:15 UTC)
WS 3 – Annex Hall 2

Avoiding Internet Fragmentation
Technical challenges of Internet fragmentation

Organizer 1: Shannon Tews, πŸ”’
Organizer 2: Jim Prendergast, πŸ”’
Organizer 3: Samantha Dickinson, πŸ”’

Speaker 1: Shannon Tews, Private Sector, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 2: LANTERI Paolo, Intergovernmental Organization, Intergovernmental Organization
Speaker 3: Konstantinos Komaitis, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 4: Stella Anne Ming Hui Teoh, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 5: Geoff Huston, Technical Community, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 6: Glenn Deen, Private Sector, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)


Shannon Tews, Private Sector, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)

Online Moderator

Jim Prendergast, Private Sector, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)


Samantha Dickinson, Technical Community, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)


Panel - 90 Min

Policy Question(s)

β€’ What innovative approaches and mechanisms can ensure a fair compensation model for content creators while facilitating the availability of information? β€’ How can the legal framework adapt to emerging technologies, ensuring a balanced and inclusive approach toward content creation, dissemination, and consumption? β€’ What strategies and policies should policymakers and regulators employ to support the sustained growth of digital content creation?

What will participants gain from attending this session? This workshop aims to foster a comprehensive understanding of the challenges and opportunities surrounding content creation, access to information, and open Internet by re-evaluating the past, envisioning the future, and engaging in constructive dialogue. We need to continue to work together to forge robust global policies and practices that support the continuation of a vibrant digital ecosystem while upholding the principles of inclusivity, innovation, and knowledge dissemination.



Ten years ago, during the 2013 IGF in Bali, a workshop titled "Content creation, access to information, open Internet" sparked insightful discussions on the evolving landscape of digital content. Today, as we reflect upon our past predictions and witness the profound impact of technology, it becomes evident that revisiting these discussions is more crucial than ever. This workshop aims to assess the state of current affairs, explore emerging challenges, and address policy questions to ensure widespread access to diverse knowledge in the digital age. This workshop will provide a platform for participants to reevaluate the policies and trends discussed a decade ago, assess the progress made, and identify the key areas that require attention for sustained growth in content creation and access to information. By examining the delicate balance between intellectual property rights and, exploring potential reforms to copyright laws, discussing regulatory measures, and identifying necessary technological standards, we will pave the way for a future of enhanced content delivery. Our speakers will include representatives from WIPO, APNIC, and NBCUniversal as well as an independent researcher and a youth participant. Agenda: 1. Moderator opens the panel by highlighting the significance of revisiting the workshop's themes and objectives. 2. Opening thoughts by Geoff Huston, Chief Scientist at APNIC, on The Evolution of Content Delivery in the Digital Age" 3. Paolo Lanteri from WIPO will discuss the crucial role of intellectual property rights and copyright in content creation and explore the emerging challenges faced by creators and the content industry in the constantly evolving digital environment 4. Full Panel Discussion: An independent researcher and a youth participant will join the previous speakers for a dialogue to address the policy ns and share diverse perspectives. 5. Q&A Session: Audience engagement 6. Summary and Closing Remarks

Expected Outcomes

With a panel made up of diverse interests and various stakeholders, we expect to have a spirited discussion among the panelists and with the audiences. Since this is a 10-year look back, we hope participants achieve a better understanding of the progress that has been made in the content delivery and user generate content arena. But we also hope there is an appreciation of some of the technical challenges that could pose a problem for future growth. We hope the discussions yield some thoughts and ideas on how the work of content creators can be protected and rewarded in the future while allowing consumers increased flexibility in their access and consumption of internet delivered content.

Hybrid Format: Zoom will enable both on-site and remote participants to communicate visually and audibly. To ensure fairness, we request that all on-site or remote attendees log in to allow us to manage the question queue impartially. In situations where it may be challenging to identify attendees in person, we will give priority to remote participants. Our on-site and remote moderators will work closely together to facilitate questions and comments from all participants. We will investigate incorporating a polling tool like Mentimeter to collect real-time feedback and pose questions to on-site and remote participants. We recognize remote participants face distinct obstacles and opportunities, including varying time zones, technological limitations, and communication styles. To ensure that all participants understand the content, we will encourage speakers to use clear and concise language, avoid technical jargon, and provide context for any information shared during the session.