IGF 2023 WS #574 I.G AT THE HEART OF THE LABELLING OF DIPLOMATIC INITIATIVES

Subtheme

Global Digital Governance & Cooperation
Cyber Diplomacy and Peace on the Internet

Organizer 1: Michel TCHONANG LINZE, 🔒CAPDA
Organizer 2: Christian Nzhie, 🔒

Speaker 1: Michel TCHONANG LINZE, Civil Society, African Group
Speaker 2: Serge Rodrigue ATSAME ENGAMA, Government, African Group
Speaker 3: Christian Nzhie, Civil Society, African Group

Moderator

Michel TCHONANG LINZE, Civil Society, African Group

Online Moderator

Christian Nzhie, Civil Society, African Group

Rapporteur

Michel TCHONANG LINZE, Civil Society, African Group

Format

Round Table - 90 Min

Policy Question(s)

Responsible governance to strengthen civic engagement, respect for ethical values, responsible use of the internet and social networks. Improving the e-reputation of diplomats through the promotion of local products online Global digital public goods, digitization, artificial intelligence - connecting the world by 2030

What will participants gain from attending this session? This workshop will help find solutions to a number of overlapping global challenges: the HIV-19 pandemic, the growing impact of climate change, as well as the global economic consequences of the war in Ukraine and internet governance. This action will advocate knowledge sharing for the implementation of technological solutions to help overcome a wide range of challenges by digital actors. Facilitate the sharing of views of diplomats on the digital journey.

Description:

According to joint studies by the World Bank and the World Trade Organisation, the African continent accounts for only 3% of world trade, while intra-African trade is around 17%. Nevertheless, since 2015, foreign direct investment in internet and ICT has more than doubled in Sub-Saharan Africa. Digital technology therefore appears to be an essential growth niche for the cradle of humanity to become an actor and producer of innovative endogenous solutions in the framework of the 4th industrial revolution. To achieve this, Africa in general and Central Africa in particular must produce and disseminate more knowledge in order to position itself effectively on the world stage. This requires investment choices that are more oriented towards education, research and foresight. It is therefore a question of capitalizing on the management of knowledge and know-how. These knowledge updating processes will make it possible to galvanize the economic diplomacy of our States in an era where intellectual property is becoming increasingly important. To this end, it seems wise to integrate it into our daily realities by consolidating an African digital identity in order to facilitate access to information, the transfer of skills and to preserve our cultural specificities via the regional Internet network.

Expected Outcomes

1. Statistics to measure the active participation of diplomats in sub-regional, regional and international IGFs 2. Encouraging innovation by identifying copyrights and patents awarded by OAPI to creators from the countries 3. Accompanying decision-making bodies in the development strategy of the digital economy and cybersecurity

Hybrid Format: Government officials, industry players and the general public are all involved in the process. Internet governance, diplomats and others who are involved in either the provision of public services or the preservation of law and order stability are also concerned. Internet governance, and in particular the protection of Internet governance, and in particular the protection of privacy and human rights, is an important issue for civil society activists and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). For universities and innovators around the world, Internet governance must ensure that the Internet remains open for development and innovation. The experience of COVID19 allows us to continue to improve the hybrid approach in order to facilitate the participation of a considerable layer of our populations.