IGF 2017 WS #261 CyberBRICS: Building the Next Generation Internet, STEP by Step

Short Title: 
CyberBRICS: Building the Next Generation Internet

Proposer's Name: Mr. Luca Belli
Proposer's Organization: Center for Technology & Society at FGV
Co-Proposer's Name: Mr. Cristiana Gonzalez
Co-Proposer's Organization: Center for Technology & Society at FGV
Co-Organizers:
Luca Belli, civil society, Center for Technology & Society at FGV Alison Gillwald, civil society, Research ICT Africa CyberBRICS Project, Multistakeholder

Additional Speakers: 

Luigi Gambardella,  (CONFIRMED) President of ChinaEU a business-led International Association aimed at intensifying business cooperation and mutual investments in Internet, Telecom and Hi-tech between China and Europe.  Mr. Gambardella is also Founder of Broadband4Europe, serves as Chairman of the Digital Regulation Forum, as President of EUBrasil, the association for development of relations between Europe and Brazil; and as President of Puntoit, the Italian association for development of the digital economy. Sergio Suchodolski, (TBC) Director General of strategy and partnerships, New Development Bank

Agenda: 

The first part of the workshop (around 50 minutes) will be dedicated to an interactive roundtable during which the panellists will be asked to provide concise answers (i.e. less than 3-minute-long) to the questions asked by the moderator. Furthermore, panellists will have the possibility to reply to their peers' statements.

Subsequently, the panellists will engage in an open and interactive debate, during which the audience will play a key role asking questions, providing inputs and steering the discussion.

The attendees and the remote participants will be allowed to ask questions during the workshop, but their participation and inputs will be particularly encouraged during the second part of the session.

Session Format: Round Table - 90 Min

Proposer:
Country: Brazil
Stakeholder Group: Civil Society

Co-Proposer:
Country: Brazil
Stakeholder Group: Civil Society

Speaker: Luca Belli
Speaker: Benedicto Fonseca
Speaker: Alison Gillwald
Speaker: Elonnai Hickok

Content of the Session:
BRICS countries (i.e. Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) are experiencing unprecedented change due to large-scale deployment of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) and are intensifying efforts to become key players for the development of the future Internet. Increasingly recognized as a major scientific and economic bloc, BRICS seem determined not only to embrace ICTs but also to strengthen cooperation in order to shape the global technology field, as highlighted by the recent approval of a BRICS Science & Technology Enterprise Partnership (STEP).
The establishment of STEP shows that BRICS are not only promoting a new wave of technological development but also intensifying synergy regarding digital policies in order to drive the fourth industrial revolution, developing effective solutions for shared problems while transforming the economic, social and legal landscape.
The growth, direction and societal impacts of the next generation Internet will be much faster in the BRICS areas, where the majority of next generation Internet users will concentrate. As stressed by the Cisco Visual Networking Index: Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update 2016–2021, smartphone use, which will account for 48% of all Internet traffic by 2021, is increasingly driven by BRICS users. This observation tellingly exemplifies that future technology and ‘game changers’ are likely to be in large part be shaped by BRICS users, while future Internet policies are likely to be driven by such innovations, with effects worldwide.
Considering the existing technological and regulatory environments and the current policy trends, the panellists will identify what are the emerging issues, policy priorities and policy-discussion fora that are likely to shape or are already shaping the governance of the next generation Internet. Moreover, the panellist will analyse how cooperation in digital policy might be enhanced amongst BRICS.

Relevance of the Session:
BRICS are intensifying efforts to become key players for the development of the future Internet and innovation and policy put forward by BRICS countries is likely to have repercussions on a global scale. The identification of emerging policy priorities, cooperation mechanisms and technology game changers emerging from the BRICS area seem therefore essential to have a clear understanding of the trends that will shape and are already shaping the Internet governance ecosystem. 

Tag 1: BRICS
Tag 2: Emerging Issues
Tag 3: Enhanced cooperation

Interventions:
Alison Gillwald will share the results of Research ICT Africa’ survey on user perceptions of ‘trust’ issues, cybersecurity, censorship, surveillance and privacy awareness in South Africa and will identify policy priorities

Benedicto Fonseca Filho will analyse the international policy and cooperation strategy of the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with a focus on both intergovernmental and multistakeholder initiatives involving the BRICS, such as the STEP partnership

Elonnai Hickok, will analyse the causes that led to the current thriving startup ecosystem in India, while focusing on the challenges that Indian internet users are facing and putting forward suggestion to cope with such challenges

Tatiana Indina will analyse the current challenges and opportunities for startups in Russia, with particular regard to data localisation

Victor Zhang will discuss the connectivity policy priorities from a Chinese perspective with particular on Huawei public policy strategy

Diversity:
The panel is gender-balanced and includes speakers from all geographical zones and all stakeholder groups

Ms Alison Gillwald, civil society, Research ICT Africa, South Africa
Mr Benedicto Fonseca Filho, government, Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Brazil
Ms Elonnai Hickok, civil society, Center for Internet and Society India, India
Ms Tatiana Indina, private sector, Silicon Valley Innovation Center, Russia

Onsite Moderator: Luca Belli
Online Moderator: Cristiana Gonzalez
Rapporteur: Ilona Stadnik 

Online Participation:
The remote moderator will encourage remote participation through various social networking platforms in addition to the platform provided by the IGFSecretariat

Discussion facilitation:
The first part of the workshop (around 50 minutes) will be dedicated to an interactive roundtable during which the panellists will be asked to provide concise answers (i.e. less than 3-minute-long) to the questions asked by the moderator. Furthermore, panellists will have the possibility to reply to their peers' statements.

Subsequently, the panellists will engage in an open and interactive debate, during which the audience will play a key role asking questions, providing inputs and steering the discussion.

The attendees and the remote participants will be allowed to ask questions during the workshop, but their participation and inputs will be particularly encouraged during the second part of the session.

Conducted a Workshop in IGF before?: Yes
Link to Report: http://www.intgovforum.org/multilingual/index.php?q=filedepot_download/4098/263

Contact Information

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