IGF 2019 WS #336 Emerging technologies and IoT - too good to be true?

Organizer 1: Bolutife Oluyinka Adisa, Youth Observatory
Organizer 2: Joy Wathagi Ndungu, Digital Grassroots
Organizer 3: Luisa Verónica Arroyo Revatta, Access Now / Youth Observatory
Organizer 4: João Falcão, UFMG

Speaker 1: Lia Solis, Technical Community, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Speaker 2: Sandra Raub, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 3: Jeremy Rollison, Private Sector, Eastern European Group
Speaker 4: Gero Nagel, Private Sector, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)

Policy Question(s): 

How can we ensure responsibility of IoT manufacturers in ensuring security of end-user’s data?
How do we ensure gender/race- based biases are removed from algorithms that make up the IoT and AI technologies?
Which are good/innovative strategies to build a community defense to protect users from systems that collect/use data in harmful ways?
How can we as youth community join forces to raise awareness about this potential risk and create a community defense?

Relevance to Theme: The theme “Data Governance” relates directly to the proposed session, which aims to discuss the importance of proper acquisition, storage and ethical utilization of end-user‘s data.
In recent times, we have seen the high rate of adoption of devices that uses IOT technology to gather direct and personal data. Young people in particular, constitute a large percentage of users who are directly impacted by data-driven systems in their lives. The data gathered from IoT home devices is highly personal and cases of data breach or exploitation can have drastic effects on both individuals and society at large. Recently, we have also seen cases of algorithm biases e.g some self driving cars not being able to identify people of color as human pedestrians. There’s a pertinent need for the Internet Governance community to get involved in policy discussions that addresses these issues.

Relevance to Internet Governance: This session is relevant to Internet Governance because IoT and AI technologies are evidence of the growth and evolution of the Internet. It is therefore important that Internet Governance stakeholders discuss necessary policies and lines of action to mitigate the risk that comes with technology companies holding a large quantity of consumer data.
IOT technologies and AI technologies are a boom in developed countries, they catched the attention of youth (millenials and younger generations) that see these technologies as the key to having a better and easy life. In developing countries those technologies are arriving little by little. It is time to gather young people from all over the world, specialists, government authorities, company executives in one room to discuss about the proposed topic.
This session will be a unique opportunity for all the stakeholders and young people to learn from each other while developing the discussion and create a better community.


Break-out Group Discussions - Round Tables - 90 Min

Description: We will bring together youths, as well as other stakeholders to start a conversation around accountability of software/hardware companies in how the data resources are managed, advocacy for MANRS adoption and building a community defense to protect from systems that collect/use data in harmful ways.
This session would include a panel of diverse speakers who would share experiences on impacts of poor data protection on users and different ways we can mitigate recurring data breaches and build resilience as a youth community.
Panelists will talk about topics ranging from GDPR, MANRS, algorithm & data biases to youth awareness and advocacy.

Introduction(Here we are going to display on the screen tweets from our campaign where youths from around the world will share their experiences and concerns with IOT products): 5 min

Five presenters present in 5 minutes each : 25 minutes

Groups discussion: 30 minutes

Q&A (offline & online participants): 20 minutes

Launch IoT youth campaign: 5 minutes

Conclusion, outcomes and next steps: 5 minutes

Expected Outcomes: - Participants will join conversations and policy discussions on data governance in IoT powered technologies. Youth Fellows from ISOC Program will attend this session as part of their fellowship.
- A research paper will be produced based on outputs and recommendations from this workshop, capturing major views from various stakeholder groups represented.
- We would come up with critical policy outcomes from a diverse perspective of youths and participants from diverse backgrounds and regions.
- Participants will have greater awareness around data collection, sharing, uses, and its day to day impacts on people’s lives.
- Participants will learn about tools and resources that are relevant and adaptable to their context/communities to help them build defense against harmful data-driven practices in their regions.
-Participants are inspired and equipped to share what they learned and build with each other locally.

Onsite Moderator: 

Luisa Verónica Arroyo Revatta, Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)

Online Moderator: 

Joy Wathagi Ndungu, Civil Society, African Group


João Falcão, Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)

Discussion Facilitation: 

We would have small break out groups where participants can contribute their views in smaller groups and outcomes would be brought to the broader group for deliberation.
Participants get to shape the direction of thought in their smaller groups and as a rule, group coordinators ensure that everyone gets a chance to air their views within the specific timeframe.

Online Participation: 

We plan to have an active remote participation and encourage questions from online participants.


GOAL 10: Reduced Inequalities
GOAL 12: Responsible Production and Consumption