IGF 2023 WS #73 Interconnecting Global AI Governance Mechanisms


Avoiding Internet Fragmentation
Technical challenges of Internet fragmentation

Organizer 1: Bu Zhong, 🔒
Organizer 2: Xingdong FANG, 🔒Zhejiang University
Organizer 3: Xianhong Hu, UNESCO
Organizer 4: Wenxiang Zhang, Institute for International Governance on Cyberspace,Zhejing University
Organizer 5: zhu xiaobiao, Wuzhen Institute for Digital Civilization

Speaker 1: Bu Zhong, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 2: Xianhong Hu, Intergovernmental Organization, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 3: FATIMA ROUMATE, Private Sector, African Group


Bu Zhong, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group

Online Moderator

Xingdong FANG, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group


Xingdong FANG, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group


Round Table - 90 Min

Policy Question(s)

How can we do to achieve interconnection of global AI governance mechanisms?

What will participants gain from attending this session? Participants can gain a deeper understanding of the complex issues involved in AI governance and the importance of global cooperation and collaboration in this area. They can learn about the different AI governance mechanisms that exist around the world and how they interconnect with each other.

The workshop can provide insights into the challenges and opportunities presented by the increasing use of AI in society and how different governance mechanisms can address these challenges. Participants can also learn about the role of stakeholders, including governments, industry, and civil society, in shaping global AI governance mechanisms.

Additionally, the workshop can provide opportunities for networking and knowledge sharing among participants, including experts, policymakers, and practitioners from different fields. Participants can engage in discussions, share their experiences, and learn from others working in the field of AI governance.



The impact of ChatGPT on the global AI landscape has been significant, mobilizing industry, policy, and academia worldwide. With over 5 billion internet users, the rapid proliferation of AI applications like AIGC has brought about a new era of productivity, but also unprecedented risks and challenges. Despite achieving technological interconnection through the TCP/IP protocol, global network governance remains fragmented, lacking a robust and efficient global mechanism. The full-scale integration of AI technology into society has introduced a new challenge of technology and governance fragmentation. It is essential to ensure the global interconnection of AI technology and governance systems while preventing its misuse to ensure the survival and development of humanity.

Expected Outcomes

The objective of this workshop is to thoroughly examine the current status of AI governance and to explore a collective vision for global AI governance that can serve as a foundation for interconnection efforts. This may involve identifying common values and principles that can guide the development and implementation of AI governance mechanisms.

Moreover, the workshop aims to evaluate the communication channels between governments and other stakeholders and promote greater transparency and accountability in the development and deployment of AI. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss strategies for implementing the interconnection of global AI governance mechanisms.

Hybrid Format: Make use of video conferencing, chat rooms, and virtual whiteboards to connect onsite and online attendees. Ensure that the technology is user-friendly and reliable to avoid technical difficulties.
Prior to the workshop, communicate with attendees and speakers to ensure they are familiar with the technology and format of the session. This will ensure that everyone can participate fully and comfortably.
Have a skilled moderator who can guide the conversation and ensure that all participants have the opportunity to speak and share their ideas. The moderator should also ensure that all questions from both onsite and online participants are addressed.
Record the workshop and make it available online to participants who were not able to attend the session in real-time. This will allow them to watch the session at their convenience and benefit from the knowledge and experience shared during the workshop.