IGF 2019 OF #19 Human rights and digital platforms – contradiction in terms?


The open forum will focus the debate again on the unsolved question of how an effective framework can be established to ensure that human rights are protected and can safely be exercised in the online environment.

Given their role as primary guardians of human rights, what steps must states take? What regulation is necessary? What are the precise responsibilities of platform operators towards the human rights of their users, notably the right to privacy and personal data protection and the right to freedom of expression? How can they be made effectively accountable?

The open forum will debate whether these challenges can be comprehensively addressed by self-regulation and co-regulation, or whether more legislative steps at national or international level are required.

Digital platforms, civil society and tech community representatives will be invited to take an active part in this discussion and present arguments and counter-arguments about their preferred model of governing these issues.


Council of Europe


Moderator: Wolfgang Schulz, Professor, Hans-Bredow Institut for Media Research, Hamburg, Chair of the former Committee of Experts on Internet intermediaries (MSI-NET), Council of Europe

Malcolm Hutty, Chair of the Intermediary Liability Committee of EuroISPA (Association of European Internet Service Providers) tbc

Maria Luisa Stasi, Senior Legal Officer, Article 19 tbc

Katharina Zweig, Professor for Informatics, Kaiserslautern University tbc

Facebook / Twitter representative tbc

Online Moderator: 

Peter Kimpian, Council of Europe


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GOAL 10: Reduced Inequalities
GOAL 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions