IGF 2023 WS #521 Multistakeholder platform regulation and the Global South


Organizer 1: Hartmut Glaser, 🔒NIC.br / CGI.br
Organizer 2: Marielza OLIVEIRA, 🔒
Organizer 3: Henrique Faulhaber, 🔒
Organizer 4: Juliano Cappi, 🔒NIC.br
Organizer 5: Oms Juliana, NIC.br
Organizer 6: Bruna Toso de Alcântara, 🔒

Speaker 1: Khadijah El-Usman, Civil Society, African Group
Speaker 2: Archit Lohani, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 3: Miriam Wimmer, Government, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Speaker 4: Marielza OLIVEIRA, Intergovernmental Organization, Intergovernmental Organization
Speaker 5: Felipe Neto, Private Sector, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)


Henrique Faulhaber, Private Sector, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)

Online Moderator

Juliano Cappi, Technical Community, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)


Oms Juliana, Technical Community, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)


Round Table - 90 Min

Policy Question(s)

1. How Global South countries can contribute to the debate over platform regulation?
2. How can the multistakeholder model contribute and bring solutions to the local debates of platform regulations? Which are the main challenges to be tackled by these countries?
3. How Global South contributions on platform regulation can foster the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Goals and provide inputs for ongoing Internet Governance processes, such as the GDC and WSIS+20 review?

What will participants gain from attending this session? Participants are expected to recognize the importance of a multistakeholder demand-driven approach to develop platform regulation frameworks in the Global South. It is also expected that they further their knowledge about the need for tailoring broadly accepted models, so that the Global South contributions are not exclusively considered from the point of view of its users, but also from the broad multistakeholder community involved with the development of the Internet in those countries. Finally, the session aims to link the raised contributions to a broader agenda encompassing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals and ongoing process, such as GDC and WSIS+20.


Digital platforms have gained significant traction within Internet Governance debates, particularly as they have become essential tools for global, large-scale public and private communications. Numerous initiatives, groups, and organizations are trying to cope with regulating digital platforms at various levels. However, a great part of the discussions revolves around the models followed by Europe and US, as they dispute the most appealing regulatory standards to companies, thus limiting their scope and global reach. Consequently, there is an urgent need to establish a demand-driven approach to regulation that considers different realities and facilitates meaningful outcomes. Hence, it is crucial to ensure the active participation of Global South in platform regulation debates and to rethink the multistakeholder model to address regulatory challenges within Internet Governance debates effectively.

In addition to the traditional narratives, it is important to incorporate the voices of Global South to discuss unique challenges, approaches, and actors since platforms encompass not only states and the private sector but all the variety of users that different platforms may have. It is essential to recall that some countries are reaching the stage of how to regulate, which requires that both states and companies be transparent and accountable to people. This accountability can be directed towards establishing a sustainable approach to platform regulation, enhancing trust, and aligning itself with ongoing processes, such as the Global Digital Compact and the WSIS+20, while building upon previous works, such as the UNESCO Guidelines for Regulating Digital Platforms and others.

This workshop aims to delve into the perceptions and exchange of best practices among Global South actors, emphasizing the value of the Internet Governance multistakeholder model for addressing platform regulation debates.

Expected Outcomes

The workshop builds upon the 2022 Addis Ababa IGF Messages regarding the relevance of recognizing and respecting the different institutional and cultural backgrounds of diverse countries and communities to boost trust in Internet Governance. Besides, since the session will expose accountability and transparency elements grounded on Global South views it is expected that it will emphasize the message that regulatory frameworks should include principles to help social media and other platforms fulfill due diligence obligations for managing content. Also, the workshop aims to set a line of discussion that pushes the debate over platform regulation away from mainstream narratives (United States and Europe).

Hybrid Format: 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 (Zoom, Menti etc.) 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.