IGF 2023 WS #274 A subtle balance: privacy and transparency in open knowledge


Human Rights & Freedoms
Non-discrimination in the Digital Space
Rights to Access and Information

Organizer 1: Max Fischer, Wikimedia Foundation
Organizer 2: Rohini Lakshané, 🔒
Organizer 3: Richard Anar, Centre of Social Innovation
Organizer 4: Nicky Deluggi, Wikimedia Foundation

Speaker 1: Audrey Tang, Government, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 2: Dhanaraj Thakur, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 3: Max Fischer, Technical Community, Asia-Pacific Group


Rohini Lakshané, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group

Online Moderator

Richard Anar, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)


Nicky Deluggi, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)


Panel - 60 Min

Policy Question(s)

- How can we create a more resilient open knowledge movement?
- What policies are needed to safeguard the rights and freedoms of free knowledge creators and what role can civil society members, organizations and private entities play in that regard?
- How can we foster dialogue to improve the impact of free knowledge platforms and protect their contributors more effectively in an increasingly aggressive environment?

What will participants gain from attending this session? - Learn about and share ideas on how one can increase the resilience of the open knowledge movement at time of increased challenges
- Gather insight into how the rights and freedoms of open knowledge creators can be infringed and how to improve policies to mitigate these risks.
- Gain insights about current trends and challenges from key regional contributors


This session explores the nuances between the openness movements’ emphasis on transparency, and the needs of privacy and security of individuals and groups at risk. At a time of increasing restrictions placed on information landscapes and declining internet freedom around the globe, in this session we shed light on the subtle balance open knowledge creators tread in an effort to contribute to digital public goods safely. From intimidation and harassment, to surveillance and censorship, the human rights and freedoms of open knowledge creators are at risk while the knowledge created by them and the principles of open knowledge are applied in a variety of domains from government data to social and artificial intelligence. By drawing in individuals from different parts of the movement, the session will look at some of the challenges participants and platforms face and foster a discussion on possible solutions.

Expected Outcomes

- The session will highlight the experiences and perspectives of varied stakeholders within the open knowledge movement.
- The discussion will help to identify key factors that affect the rights and freedoms of open knowledge creators
- Create awareness on the challenges of engaging with the free knowledge movement globally and within the Asia-Pacific region

Hybrid Format: - We will have an online moderator who will collate questions and co-host the session with us
- With the help of an online moderator and engaging tools such as Easyretro and Kahoot