IGF 2023 WS #499 Data for Good: innovation towards positive social Impact

Subtheme

Sustainability & Environment
Digital Technologies to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals

Organizer 1: Hartmut Glaser, 🔒NIC.br / CGI.br
Organizer 2: Luiza Mesquita, 🔒NIC.br
Organizer 3: Isadora Perez Peixoto, 🔒NIC.br / CGI.br
Organizer 4: Rafael Evangelista, 🔒cgi.br

Speaker 1: Marco Antonio Konopacki, Government, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Speaker 2: Anna Spinardi, Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Speaker 3: Lorrayne Porciuncula, Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Speaker 4: Rafael Evangelista, Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)

Moderator

Rafael Evangelista, Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)

Online Moderator

Isadora Perez Peixoto, Technical Community, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)

Rapporteur

Luiza Mesquita, Technical Community, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)

Format

Round Table - 90 Min

Policy Question(s)

• How data driven initiatives/companies could be implemented for social good and what are the main areas that could benefit from them?
• What are the main challenges in data use and what are the boundaries between privacy, responsible use and positive impacts?
• How a multistakeholder-led arena such as the IGF could leverage collaboration in this field towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals?

What will participants gain from attending this session? The proposal frames the speaking roles as diverse as possible, taking into account the IGF categories and reflecting the diversity of markets and peoples within the field. The discussion will explore how collaboration across sectors and borders can help leverage data for social and environmental impact, and how to ensure responsible data sharing and use while balancing innovation and privacy and security concerns. Additionally, the discussion on "Data for Good" in the context of privacy and data protection is critical to driving positive social and environmental impact globally. The multistakeholder process in the IGF can facilitate knowledge sharing and collaboration, inspire new initiatives, and accelerate progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. This session will explore how collaboration across sectors can leverage data for social and environmental impact and examine case studies from around the world.

Description:

In recent years, data has emerged as a powerful tool that can drive positive social and environmental impact across various sectors and regions. Data can provide valuable insights that can help address some of the world's most pressing challenges such as poverty, inequality, climate change, and disaster response.

However, while the ongoing discussion about the protection of privacy and data has been a topic of global discussion, with many countries passing laws and establishing national data protection authorities to safeguard people's rights, little attention has been given to data as a tool to bridge social divides. With the rapid evolution of digital technologies, especially data-hungry emerging technologies such as AI, there is a need to reconcile innovation with responsibility and ensure the empowerment and inclusion of all people.

To address these challenges, a multistakeholder process is needed, and the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) can provide the best space for advancing this dialogue. An agenda for leveraging data for social benefits and justice is more than necessary to solve this puzzle, as responsible innovation in the use of data is a necessary way forward to protect people in a data-hungry economy for the present and the future.

The discussion will bring together government officials, industry entrepreneurs, civil society, and technical community experts to explore how to simultaneously advance innovation and the protection of people's rights. The discussion will focus on the potential of "Data for Good" to drive positive social and environmental impact and address global challenges such as poverty, inequality, climate change, and disaster response. It will showcase successful examples of data for good initiatives from different sectors and regions, highlighting the potential of data to address societal challenges. The session will be separated in three main segments: opening, interventions from speakers (10 min each), and debate with the audience.

Expected Outcomes

• Increased awareness of the potential of data for social and environmental impact.
• Improved understanding of the challenges and opportunities of collaborating across sectors and borders to leverage data for social impact.
• Sharing of best practices and recommendations for successful collaborations between different sectors and stakeholders.
• Identifying potential areas for future collaboration across sectors to leverage data for social impact.
• Promoting responsible data sharing and use, building trust, and promoting transparency among different sectors and stakeholders.
• Inspiring new initiatives that can drive positive social and environmental impact globally.
• Accelerating progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Hybrid Format: In order to safeguard the hybrid model, the online moderator will take care of the flow within all the online tools involved with the session, as well as read, select and guarantee that the onsite moderator will be aware of questions and comments received by the remote audience (Zoom Chat and Q&A, Hashtags in social networks, among others). Moreover, a proper interaction between online and physical audience will be ensured by the onsite moderator and the organizing team. Other online tools, such as polls and similar may be implemented during the session. The team involved with this proposal intends to be present, onsite, in Kyoto, which will facilitate interactions and logistics. The rapporteur will make sure to capture all the highlights and critical information of the session so as to list key takeaways for the short report and consolidate a further final report to be delivered to the IGF Secretariat.