[NRIs] Cooperating to protecting data at local levels

About this Session
This is a collaborative session organized in a bottom-up, consultative manner by several NRIs. The session is focused on the area of data governance, as explained further below.


Description of the Session
The world is spinning around many data protection frameworks. Europe came with General Data Protection Regulation. Africa developed Malabo Convention. In the Caribbean, discussions are ongoing about a regional data protection act. Asia has its own framework. Out of 193 member states, 137 have developed legislation to secure the protection of data and privacy[1].

And yet, data breaches are happening around the world and are on the rise. They take different and more sophisticated forms, from unlawful use of personal information without notice or consent, to fraud, inability to correct data, illegal data trade etc. Why do these challenges exist when the international, regional and national protection frameworks are in place?

Through the practices of multistakeholder communities gathered around national, regional and youth IGFs, this session will explore local realities related to the following aspects:

  • Do existing data protection frameworks provide effective protection?
  • Are we leaving the global south countries behind?
  • Is technology moving at a quicker pace than existing data protection regulations and frameworks? How can we ensure that regulations and existing frameworks keep up with the new trends especially with the emergence of IOT and AI ? 
  • Is regulation the only path toward data governance aligned with the rule of law and respect for human rights? What role does capacity development play?  
  • How do we build our digital identity safely? Where to with data localization needs?

Relation to SDGs

  • 9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • 16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Big data is already transforming our economies. And the demand for it is increasing which means that it is reasonable to expect that each and every aspect of our lives will be connected to digital to some extent. New sources of data - such as satellite data -, new technologies, and new analytical approaches, if applied responsibly, can enable more agile, efficient and evidence-based decision-making and can better measure progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a way that is both inclusive and fair. [2] It is of utmost importance to ensure data is protected and governed in a way that would enable protection of user’s rights but at the same time leave freedom for free ways of harnessing and using data for good causes.

Name(s), Organizational Affiliation(s), Stakeholder and Regional Group of Speaker(s)
The speakers are being delegated by the multistakeholder organizing committees of the NRIs.

Onsite Moderator
To be updated.

Online Moderator
To be updated.

Rapporteur 
To be updated.

Session Format
60 Min Round Table or U-shape

Session Interaction and Participation in a Hybrid Meeting
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 presentations will be made available at the IGF website and links will be shared via the online tool.



[1] https://unctad.org/page/data-protection-and-privacy-legislation-worldwide
[2] https://www.un.org/en/global-issues/big-data-for-sustainable-development