NRIs Collaborative Session on Data Protection

NRIs Collaborative Session: Data Protection on national and regional levels

Theme: Data Governance

Sub-theme: Algorithms/Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning; Cross-border data; Data Privacy; Human Rights.

Policy Questions: 

  • Are there concrete data protection policies in NRIs countries and regions?
  • What are the issues of relevance for your communities?
  • How can we develop internationally accepted standards on data protection?

Relevance to Theme and Internet Governance: Data protection is directly related to the human rights and protection of privacy of people. Related policies and laws are emerging in many countries, while we lack internationally accepted standards and policies.

Description: This session will focus on concrete case study examples of what are the data protection concerns for involved countries and regions, what has been done so far in regard to addressing these and providing solutions. All participants will focus on modes of digital cooperation for the safe and secure Internet. In particular, the session will address the quality of existing policies on national/regional levels, and the consequences these produce after been applied.

Format of the Session: Interactive roundtable discussion

Expected Outcomes:  The session aims to showcase concrete issues local communities have related to data protection, and will produce a set of concrete messages on what are the issues and how to potentially resolve them.

Discussion Facilitation: The moderator will follow the agreed set of policy and will allow for introductory, case study remarks by the NRIs speakers. This will be followed by engaging other present participants into developing an interactive discussion.

Online participation: A dedicated online moderator will be placed next to the onsite moderator. All participants will be using the online speaking queue to be treated equally in their requests for interventions. All input presentation will be made available at the IGF website and links will be shared via the online tool.


  1. Kenya IGF
  2. Sudan IGF
  3. Panama IGF
  4. Burkina Faso IGF
  5. South Korea IGF
  6. North Macedonia IGF 
  7. South Sudan IGF

Speakers: Speakers to be delegated through an open, bottom-up process by the NRIs multistakeholder organizing committees.

Connection to SDGs:

GOAL 10: Reduced Inequality

GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions

GOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal