IGF 2023 WS #336 Finding an appropriate regulatory framework for LAC


Human Rights & Freedoms
Technology in International Human Rights Law

Organizer 1: Javier Pallero, CELE

Speaker 1: Agustina Del Campo, Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Speaker 2: Raúl Echeberría, Private Sector, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Speaker 3: Joao Brant, Government, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Speaker 4: Carolina Botero, Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)


Javier Pallero, Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)

Online Moderator

Raúl Echeberría, Private Sector, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)


Raúl Echeberría, Private Sector, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)


Round Table - 90 Min

Policy Question(s)

A. What is the appropriate level of legal liability for third-party content and positive obligations that platforms should be required to comply with through regulation? This creates responsibility while also generating opportunities for new market entrants.
B. What role should different actors in the debate play, and what is the role of multistakeholderism, and through which means) during the negotiation and implementation of regulations?
C. How to include the development perspective in policy development. Is it possible to measure/analyze the impact of digital policies in regional development?

What will participants gain from attending this session? Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on the specific challenges of evaluating socio-economic contexts and proposing appropriate regulations for local and regional development. They will learn from the experience of different actors involved in the debate, including governments, international development agencies, the private sector, civil society, and academics.
Through facilitated conversation, both in-person and online, we will identify common concerns and explore avenues for improvement, with an eye towards engaging local and regional politics for a better regulatory environment. Ideally, we also aim to achieve a deeper level of understanding of the issues at play, which other people from different regions can build upon to reflect on their own particular challenges in this area.


The evolution of technology brings important challenges for society in terms of protecting and exercising human rights in new environments. Regulations adapted to this new era are needed to provide an appropriate environment that guarantees fundamental rights.
The current reality also brings opportunities for new economic dynamics and building new development models that are potentially more inclusive. This is key to achieving social, human, and economic development in one of the most unequal regions. Public policies are needed to provide an appropriate environment to achieve development objectives, including the sustainable development goals.
Due to cultural and political proximity, Europe is often a source of inspiration for regulations and public policies. However, the characteristics of Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) are very different. Therefore, there is no evidence that adopting European model policies in LAC will produce more beneficial results for our region.
The purpose of this workshop is to have a high-level, informed, and respectful discussion among representatives of different stakeholder groups in the forefront of current debates in LAC. The goal is to determine an appropriate regulatory model for our region that can act as an example of good practice for context-rich debates in several parts of the developing world.

Expected Outcomes

During this session, we aim to generate specific ideas surrounding regulatory models and their scalability and enforcement. These ideas should be forward-thinking and adaptable to the unique development context of the Latin American region. In order to achieve this, we will be encouraging open dialogue and engagement among all participants to ensure a diverse range of perspectives and insights are considered.

In addition to producing actionable ideas, we also hope to generate meaningful connections and discussions at the international level. By exchanging experiences and insights with other regional activists and stakeholders, we can work towards attaining a more balanced approach to the development and regulation of platforms and other key internet services.

Hybrid Format: The session includes three parts:

1. Invited speakers will provide a brief background on the regulatory landscape in Latin America, highlighting key challenges and opportunities for human rights and development.
2. Participants will share their thoughts and reflections in an open (but guided) conversation. Both in-person and remote attendees can participate, and facilitation will be provided as needed.
3. An overview of the key points discussed, along with open questions and ideas for future work based on group interaction, will be provided.

The in-person moderator will facilitate discussions among participants in the room. Remote participants can contribute through chat and "raise your hand" function. The in-person moderator will work with the online moderator who monitors the chat and facilitates virtual breakout groups.