IGF 2023 WS #72 Defence against the DarkWeb Arts: Youth Perspective

Tuesday, 10th October, 2023 (00:45 UTC) - Tuesday, 10th October, 2023 (01:45 UTC)
WS 1 – Annex Hall 1

Cybersecurity, Cybercrime & Online Safety
Cyberattacks, Cyberconflicts and International Security
New Technologies and Risks to Online Security

Organizer 1: Alina Ustinova, 🔒Center for Global IT Cooperation
Organizer 2: Maria Lipińska, University of Warsaw
Organizer 3: Andrey Aleinikov, Coordination Center for TLD .RU/.РФ

Speaker 1: Betelehem Samuel , Technical Community, African Group
Speaker 2: Izaan Khan, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 3: Pedro de Perdigão Lana, Technical Community, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Speaker 4: ABRAHAM SELBY, Technical Community, African Group
Speaker 5: Man Hei Connie Siu, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group


Alina Ustinova, Civil Society, Eastern European Group

Online Moderator

Maria Lipińska, Technical Community, Eastern European Group


Andrey Aleinikov, Private Sector, Eastern European Group


Birds of a Feather - 60 Min

Policy Question(s)

1. The forbidden fruit is always the sweetest: will a total ban help in the fight against the darknet, or should we focus on educational and explanatory activities? How should we regulate Darkweb? 2. What role can emerging technologies play in the fight against the DrakWeb? 3. Not so dark: what are the benefits of Darknet for ordinary users and are there any of them?

What will participants gain from attending this session? Workshop aims to provide different opinions on DarkWeb issue and also have a debate about it that can lead to finding a common solution to the problem. It is also set to make listeners understand what hides behind a scary name ‘dark’, how this part of the web appeared and how it can be regulated. Discussion should also provide useful insights about DarkWeb and how it affects our society in many unusual ways: from cyber- and usual crimes to journalists investigations. Also, as this is a youth perspective event, workshop will present new fresh views on the topic and introduce young professionals.


There are two sides to every coin, and the Internet is no exception. The dark side of the World Wide Web is full of forbidden content, and since the forbidden fruit is the sweetest, getting into the dark part of the Internet is tempting for many. It is though not only a breeding ground for hackers and data criminals but also a ‘free knowledge’ world as Darknet provides opportunities to be a pirate of the Internet sea. And has no 'content moderation' making it the absolute free speech part of the Web but with its own specificity. Still there is no regulation on this aspect of the Internet and no common approach toward how to fight this dark part of the Internet. However, many people use DarkWeb infrastructure to avoid censorship in their country or to get access to knowledge. On the other hand, many governments allow the use of DarkWeb browsers (meaning not blocking it) and do not pay a lot of attention to it. Moreover, some famous ClearNet sites have official pages in the DarkWeb. Why is the DarkWet becoming more tempestuous and how can we protect ourselves from the poisonous influence of this, in the truest sense of the word, ‘black hole’ of the Internet? Is it a cybercrime heaven or just another layer of the Web where our society can also find benefits? And can 'DarkWeb freedom' be too much for all of us? These questions will be addressed during this workshop.

Expected Outcomes

Workshop aims to provide an aftermath article where all the different opinions on the Darkweb are collected. Furthermore, organisers wish to make a collection of articles about this topic from all over the world (also, in different languages with English translation provided). Organisers are to encourage further discussion on the topic via the creation speakers community for follow-up events and hold a 'year later' workshop on the next IGF. Also, one of the aims is the development of new partnerships and collaborations among participants, including experts, practitioners, policymakers, and members of civil society organisations.

Hybrid Format: As session format is chosen Birds of a Feather, the workshop aims to build a free discussion with the audience. Onsite and online moderators will make sure that participants are treated equally by giving them opportunity to speak by turns. This means that on every question or remark from the onsite audience, there will be the same from the online one. Workshop will also be using such tools as Mentimeter and AhaSlides to make participants engage more in the discussion. Moreover, those tools are also great for asking opinions of both online and onsite audiences.