IGF 2019 WS #169 Interactive Pathfinder Tool for Sustainable Data Governance

Organizer 1: Melanie Stilz, Konnektiv Development Agency
Organizer 2: Romy Hilbig, Berlin University of the Art | Weizenbaum Institute
Organizer 3: Stefan Ullrich, TU Berlin | Weizenbaum Institute
Organizer 4: Christopher Raetzsch, Aarhus Universitet

Speaker 1: Yuya Shibuya, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 2: Christopher Raetzsch, Intergovernmental Organization, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 3: Luana Lund, Government, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)

Policy Question(s): 

Data Governance exists worldwide in different variants, from top-down to bottom-up approaches. Conflicts of interest can arise in a global context that can only be resolved if there is a common framework with formulated guard rails on which all parties can agree without too much compromise. The tricky part is how to find these guard rails that serve in both directions: On the one hand, they must ensure individual sovereignty; on the other hand, they must ensure sustainability and possibly restrict individual decisions.
By identifying guard rails for policy recommendations, we will address the fundamental questions of bias and sustainability of these recommendations like: How can policy development in Data Governance be supported by technical tools? How can we identify and define differences and similarities in Data Governance across regions? In what ways can improved Data Governance influence the use and development of the Internet? With an interactive augmented reality knowledge tool developed by the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society, we want to help to formulate policy recommendations for sustainable Data Governance for a specific scenario but with an universal validity in mind.

Relevance to Theme: In a data driven entrepreneurial model, there are complex ethical, legal, economic, and technical dimensions to regard in order to formulate a policy or regulatory recommendation. Our workshops will help to identify and discuss dependencies between these dimensions and find criteria for exclusion or inclusion of specific technologies for a given scenario.

Relevance to Internet Governance: To tackle a problem such as Data Governance, you first have to grasp an abstract topic in a multi-facetted debate. Our interactive pathfinder tool for sustainable Data Governance is an augmented reality »knowledge tool« (Ullrich & Messerschmidt 2019) that helps identifying guard rails and constraints in various scenarios. These scenarios will be discussed by a diverse, multi-stakeholder and multi-disciplinary group of workshop participants. By using our interactive knowledge tool, the participants will shape policy recommendations transparent to remote participants who then can use smart polling systems to rate these recommendations. With that kind of feedback, the workshop participants can not only identify discourse hot spots but also address their hidden assumptions that were shaped by culture.


Round Table - Circle - 90 Min

Description: The Weizenbaum Institute developed a knowledge tool that allows us to explain abstract concepts like sustainable Data Governance in an interactive hands-on-workshop with the participants of the IGF both during the session and afterwards at our booth at the IGF village.
We are planning a 90 minutes session. The possible workshop schedule:
30 minutes: Introduction of the topic, the knowledge tool and the different data governance scenarios
30 minutes: Interactive modelling of future Data Governance scenarios with the participants
30 minutes: Reflective wrap-up phase with critical approach to feasibility and possible confluence of multicultural stakeholder views

Expected Outcomes: The interactive pathfinder for sustainable Data Governance will produce commonly shared guard rails for policy recommendations that in turn help to formulate concrete call for actions or policy recommendations in a specific case. The interactive augmented reality tool also visualises »trails of thought« (MEMEX, V. Bush 1946) that can be commented by remote participants and fellow colleagues. At the end of the workshop session, all recorded discourse interactions will be transferred to a website that can be explored by the interested public later on.
The workshop will also be a kickoff for cooperations between various international scientific, political and civil society organisations regarding sustainable Data Governance.

Onsite Moderator: 

Melanie Stilz, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)

Online Moderator: 

Romy Hilbig, Intergovernmental Organization, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)


Stefan Ullrich, Intergovernmental Organization, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)

Discussion Facilitation: 

Our augmented reality installation invites all participants to adjust possible constraints on Data Governance regarding sustainability in a low-threshold and inclusive way.

Online Participation: 

Usage of IGF Tool

Proposed Additional Tools: See above for furhter explanation. We will bring our interactive pathfinder knowledge tool.


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