IGF 2019 WS #334 Data Governance & Human Rights

Organizer 1: Natasha Tibinyane, ACTION Coalition
Organizer 2: Jennifer Ido, freelance consultant
Organizer 3: Frederico Links, ACTION Namibia Coalition
Organizer 4: Serge parfait Goma, Isoc Congo

Speaker 1: Htaike Aung Htaike, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 2: Lorena Jaume-Palasi, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 3: KOMI MOKPOKPO WOATEBA ELITCHA, Technical Community, African Group

Policy Question(s): 

➢ Which regional and international human rights instruments should be considered when developing data legislation? Which instruments are currently the main sources for data legislation?
➢ What are key human rights considerations when developing methodologies for data collection, usage and sharing?
➢ What should a human rights-centred approach in data governance look like for government, international and humanitarian organisations, business, civil society, and the media?
➢ What are some of the weaknesses and gaps in your context’s legal and policy framework in regard to data governance? What are some of the strengths and opportunities? What does it say about data protection, privacy and other fundamental rights?
➢ Policy development is time-consuming, while new technologies & devices are developed and launched at a very fast pace. How does one ensure that human rights remains a key factor in the development of ICTs by the private sector, while ensuring that governments stay abreast in terms of policy development?
➢ How important is collaboration, multistakeholderism and regional cooperation in the development of data legislation?
➢ What are the ethical and human rights considerations in the use of smart city technology, the use of big data and algorithmic decision-making, and immigration policies? How does the use of big data and ICTs by states & business pose threats to human & civil rights, as well as freedom of expression?
➢ What are some of the potential threats to data protection and privacy in the face of Artificial Intelligence?
➢ How can data analytics be used to assist people in a humanitarian or political crises while at the same time prevent abuse, and protect them from harm? What type of human rights violations can one expect in such situations? Are there certain rights people should be willing to forfeit in times of crises?
➢ What are stakeholders’ responsibilities in lessening the threats related to the growing value of data and the unequal power relations that come with it?

Relevance to Theme: The session will explore how a human rights centred data governance framework can be achieved, with a focus on multistakeholderism, accountability and policy development. The panel is multistakeholder and will provide insights from all groups.

Relevance to Internet Governance: The session is relevant to IG because it will provide stakeholders with key human rights issues to consider when developing data legislation and policy. The multistakeholder nature of the panel provides different perspectives, and the solutions or recommendations provided can contribute to policy development.


Panel - Auditorium - 90 Min

Description: The session will be a panel discussion featuring a moderator, five (5) panelists and a rapporteur.
The moderator will initiate the session by welcoming those in attendance, with a particular mention and short introduction of the panelists. He will also provide short introduction on the connection between data governance and human rights.
The moderator will ask panelists questions related to their field of expertise, and facilitate the discussion in a way that would allow for free thinking and expression, as well as provide key insights and recommendations on the theme. These can be used for policy development and advocacy strategies.
The discussion will be limited to the panelists and moderator for 45 minutes, after which the panel will open for engagement by everyone present, and online
The moderator will conclude the session with key observations.

Expected Outcomes: ➢ Enhanced understanding of human rights in relation to data governance.
➢ Enhanced understanding of the policy and legal framework in terms of data and human rights.
➢ Key recommendations on how to develop a human rights centred, legal and policy framework for data governance.
➢ Enhanced understanding of the responsibilities of stakeholders in regard to data governance and human rights.

Onsite Moderator: 

Frederico Links, Civil Society, African Group

Online Moderator: 

Gabriel Ramokotjo, Civil Society, African Group


Jennifer Ido, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)

Discussion Facilitation: 

The moderator will open the discussion in order for participants to engage on the theme and with panelists. The theme requires expert views that can influence policy development.

Online Participation: 

Remote participation will greatly increase engagement on the theme.

Proposed Additional Tools: Social media


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