IGF 2018 WS #227 BLOCKCHAIN FOR SOCIAL AND HUMANITARIAN APPLICATIONS

Format: 

Round Table - 90 Min

Organizer 1: Mónica María Trochez Arboleda, Nucleo TIC S.A.S.
Organizer 2: Lucena Claudio, Researcher, FCT Portugal, Professor, UEPB, Brazil
Organizer 3: Olga Kyryliuk, The Influencer Platform
Organizer 4: Citterio Alvarado Raitme Osvaldo, Isoc Chapther Venezuela

Speaker 1: Mónica María Trochez Arboleda, Private Sector, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Speaker 2: Garcia Van Hoogstraten Catherine , Technical Community, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 3: Walid Al-Saqaf, Technical Community, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 4: Satish Babu, Technical Community, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 5: Olga Cavalli, Government, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Speaker 6: Andrea Romaoli Garcia, Intergovernmental Organization, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Speaker 7: Sam Goundar, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 8: Glenn McKnight, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)

Relevance: 

Emerging technologies, including blockchain, are prepared to play an important role in the development of solutions to humanitarian challenges. The application of blockchain to solve these problems is increasing, but there is still a lot of work to be done; it is necessary to make known all that this technology can do to achieve the synergies that allow us to advance in the development of solutions that have a great impact for the benefit of humanity.

Session Content: 

Blockchain is considered one of the most important emerging technologies by MIT, it has emerged in recent years as a solution that will have a high social impact; due to its characteristics of distributed information, easy access and collaborative participation, experts consider that it can become a technological tool that eradicates social differences and helps the greatest number of people to get for financial services and donations; benefits that have attracted the attention of different non-profit organizations, states and private companies. Blockchain could help solve the problems of the most vulnerable people in the world: refugees; migrants; children, women and men victims of human trafficking. It would also speed up processes in favor of humanitarian activity such as the diversion of funds collected to mitigate the humanitarian crisis; the delivery of benefits, avoiding duplicity; Internet access, among others. Our Speakers will develop the following topics: - Cases of use of active projects developed with Blockchain technology. - Definition of criteria to define the relevance of the use of Blockchain technology in the development of a solution. - Viability and sustainability of the projects developed with Blockchain technology for social and humanitarian application. - Examples of synergies that have developed between governments, non-profit organizations and private companies to solve social and humanitarian problems with Blockchain technology. - Identification of social and humanistic problems that can be mitigated with the development of applications with Blockchain technology and there are no use cases so far. This workshop aims to provide a framework for that debate, establish the state of maturity of the tool and propose appropriate interpretations; besides identifying the challenges to face through a debate with the approach of multiple interested parties on the subject.

Interventions: 

The moderator begins the assignment by presenting and introducing the discussion. Then he gives the floor to the speakers who will present their point of view according to the sector they represent (academia, civil society, private sector, technical, government), they will have 5 minutes for their presentation; then the question and answer session opens, and finally the conclusion.

Diversity: 

Speakers are from all sectors and different parts of the world. This is a global issue and each stakeholder has a very unique way of approaching to it, so it is crucial because of it multi-stakeholder nature that a multi-stakeholder governance with relevant levels of diversity is achieved. Diversity is at the core of this proposal and their organizers, both in sector, region, gender and point of view.

Online Participation: 

Remote Participation bring necessary voices to our debate, so is part of our strategy. Remote participation will be promoted with the communication and outreach efforts of the workshop so in advanced people can schedule and have the information on how to engage. Online Moderator will engage with remote participants to in the moment coordinate with the main moderator to include the comments, questions and answers. We expect active and engaged remote participation and will do efforts to make that happen. To increase the exposure, both twitter, facebook and instagram platforms will be used, among dedicated email list, to facilitate coordination and communication, but the official participation will be channel through specific platforms. Moderator will try to equally distribute remote and local participation of the speakers and audience. We believe that queuing is the right approach as long as the comments remain in the same topic being discussed, and a correct moderation between topics so that more issues can be addressed and no single topic or speaker or group of speakers monopolize the debate. Understanding that language and cultural barrier, as well as infrastructure problems, have to be taken into account. Our online moderator has collaborated as a remote moderator in the net neutrality session in the IGF 8 Bali 2013, The south internet governance school 2017 and the CIBERSIG 2018.

Discussion Facilitation: 

We are planning to have a round table of at least 8 active speakers, of which at least they will present 5 topics for a later debate. The order will be: opening of the moderator - Presentation of the workshop - TEAM 1, Debate - Theme 2 ... [...] - Last open comment - Final remarks by the moderator. As mentioned before, remote participation and a particularly skilled moderator will ensure that the debate is as rich, diverse and balanced as possible. And an effort will be made before and after the workshop to ensure that people make the most of this experience.

Onsite Moderator: 

Claudio Lucena, Academy, Researcher FCT Portugal, Professor, UEPB Brazil

Online Moderator: 

Raitme Citterio, Technical, Consultant in capacity development in information technologies. Venezuela

Rapporteur: 

Olga Kyryliuk, Civil Society, The Influencer Platform ONG. Ukrania.

Agenda: 

The agenda of the Session Will develop as follows:

The moderator begins the assignment by presenting and introducing the discussion (2 minutes). Then he gives the floor to the speakers who will present their point of view according to the sector they represent (academia, civil society, private sector, technical, government), they will have 8 minutes for their presentation; then the question and answer session opens (20 minutes), and finally the conclusion (3 minutes).

Our Speakers will develop the following topics:

  • Cases of use of active projects developed with Blockchain technology.
  • Definition of criteria to define the relevance of the use of Blockchain technology in the development of a solution.
  • Viability and sustainability of the projects developed with Blockchain technology for social and humanitarian application.
  • Examples of synergies that have developed between governments, non-profit organizations and private companies to solve social and humanitarian problems with Blockchain technology.
  • Identification of social and humanistic problems that can be mitigated with the development of applications with Blockchain technology and there are no use cases so far.
Report: 

- Session Type (Workshop, Open Forum, etc.):  Workshop

- Title: IGF 2018 WS #227 Blockchain for Social and Humanitarian Applications

- Date & Time: 90 MIN

- Organizer(s):

Organizer 1: Mónica María Trochez Arboleda, Nucleo TIC S.A.S.

Organizer 2: Lucena Claudio, Researcher, FCT Portugal, Professor, UEPB, Brazil

Organizer 3: Olga Kyryliuk, The Influencer Platform

Organizer 4: Citterio Alvarado Raitme Osvaldo, Isoc Chapter Venezuela

- Chair/Moderator: Claudio Lucena, Academy, Researcher FCT Portugal, Professor, UEPB Brazil.

- On line Moderator: Raitme Citterio, Technical, Consultant in capacity development in information technologies. Venezuela

- Rapporteur/Notetaker:

Olga Kyryliuk, Civil Society, The Influencer Platform ONG. Ukrania.

- List of speakers and their institutional affiliations (Indicate male/female/ transgender male/ transgender female/gender variant/prefer not to answer):

1: Mónica María Trochez Arboleda, Private Sector, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
2: Garcia Van Hoogstraten Catherine , Technical Community, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
3: Walid Al-Saqaf, Technical Community, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
4: Satish Babu, Technical Community, Asia-Pacific Group
5: Olga Cavalli, Government, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
6: Andrea Romaoli Garcia, Intergovernmental Organization, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
7: Sam Goundar, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group
8: Glenn McKnight, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)

- Theme: Emerging Technologies

- Subtheme: Distributed ledger-Blockchain

- Please state no more than three (3) key messages of the discussion.

¿How blockchain technology can be applied to carry an innovative factor in the resolution of social and humanitarian problems?

What challenges must blockchain overcome by providing a comprehensive solution to a scenario of humanitarian problems?

Identify good practices of blockchain solutions in the care of humanitarian incidents and their added value for society.

- Please elaborate on the discussion held, specifically on areas of agreement and divergence.

We begin with the introduction of the moderator, the speakers begin their presentation exposing the applications of Blockchain in topics related to natural disasters, freedom of expression, population not unbanked, trafficking in persons, agriculture between Other. It will also present the state of application of Blockchain in Latin America and the increase of companies that use the technology and impact in the ONG´S and the third sector.  

- What ideas surfaced in the discussion with respect to how the IGF ecosystem might make progress on this issue? 

El ecosistema multisectorial del IGF es apropiado para impulsar soluciones con impacto social y humanitario, la idea es crear sinergia entre las partes interesadas para adoptar la tecnología. The multi-sectoral ecosystem of IGF is appropriate to promote solutions with social and humanitarian impact, the idea is to create synergy among the stakeholders to adopt the technology.

- Please estimate the total number of participants.

10

- Please estimate the total number of women and gender-variant individuals present.

60 % Mens

40 % Women

- To what extent did the session discuss gender issues, and if to any extent, what was the discussion? 

We will talk about Blockchain applications that help mitigate human trafficking that affects women and children in particular.

Session Time: 
Tuesday, 13 November, 2018 - 10:40 to 12:10
Room: 
Salle VII

Contact Information

United Nations
Secretariat of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

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