IGF 2019 WS #350 Digital Governance Goals - An identity-centric perspective

Organizer 1: Jutta Juliane Meier, Identity Valley
Organizer 2: Max Senges, Google
Organizer 3: Tonia Michaely, Identity Valley

Speaker 1: Catalin Voss, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 2: Joy Wathagi Ndungu, Civil Society, African Group
Speaker 3: Alfons Riek, Private Sector, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 4: Vint Cerf, Private Sector, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)

Policy Question(s): 

On the assumption that a viable and desirable digital governance of businesses and societies requires the introduction of digital identities for humans AND machines, we are looking to explore connected and emerging issues, therein addressing the following questions and challenges:
- Which competitive, developmental, ethical, legal and technical issues are raised through the identity-centric view?
- How will users/societies/businesses and policymakers benefit, not only from employing their own digital identity but from the machines being assigned an identity as well?
- What are threats and potential mitigations of this scenario?
- Who is responsible for the assignment and administration of both human and machine digital IDs? Which rights come hand in hand with these responsibilities?
- How can responsible digital governance be defined, measured and tied to regulatory frameworks?
- What are the implications for the creation of a first draft of responsible digital governance goals?

Relevance to Theme: Throughout our session, we want to shine light on the importance of data governance within the age of digital transformation. By changing our perspective from being product & service- as well as customer-centric to an identity-centric approach including human but also machine identities, we want to gain insights, exchange on different views and lay a foundation for the development of a framework for digital identity principles and multistakeholder governance. Naturally the identity framework represents one key anchor for all data governance solutions as it determines how data is related to human, device and organisational identities.

Relevance to Internet Governance: Our session will help to establish implications and all prerequisites for the creation of a first draft of “responsible digital identity principles in a multistakeholder governance framework”. Thereby the session aims to bootstrap a community of experts and organisations interested to cooperate and evolve identity as core element of internet governance.


Panel - Auditorium - 90 Min

Description: Moderated panel discussion:

● Setting the scene and goals of the panel session by Jutta Juliane Meier - "Identity Valley: changing perspectives" (ca. 15 mins)
● Overview of pre-work and introduction of participants (ca. 5 mins)
● Deliberation and concrete improvements part 1: digital identity principles (ca. 15 mins)
● Deliberation and concrete improvements part 2: digital identity governance framework (ca. 15 mins)
● Deliberation and concrete improvements part 3: Bringing it all together under the digital identity coalition umbrella (ca. 20 mins)
--> For each part: Hot seat - challenging panelists with questions, collected from audience and via online tool
● Next steps - how to cooperate and establish a coalition that can pursue the theme sustainably (Jutta Juliane Meier, Max Senges, David Edwards) (ca. 20 mins)

Expected Outcomes: - Prerequisites and specific requirements for the creation of a first draft of “responsible digital transformation and governance goals” based on an identity-centric perspective
- Specifically defined next steps towards “responsible digital identity principles and governance framework” incl. involved actors & activities, timeframe and planned outcomes
- Raised awareness through audience, social media channels and pre/post documentation around identity-centric perspective on digital transformation

Onsite Moderator: 

Jutta Juliane Meier, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)

Online Moderator: 

Tonia Michaely, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)


Tonia Michaely, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)

Discussion Facilitation: 

The audience will be encouraged to ask questions and/or bring in ideas in person as well as through digital engagement tools (e.g. Q&A apps), throwable microphones or live polling.

Online Participation: 

Our questions as well as the following discussions will be sparked by several inspiring hypotheses we will have prepared and also spread on the participation platform upfront our session. Depending on the functionality of the tool, it can be used to include remote participants in the Q&A and polling activities as well as to share the final content.

Proposed Additional Tools: Additionally, we will define a hashtag and make use of different social channels to include everybody in the discussion prior and during the event. Eventually, the achieved outcome will be shared to be challenged and build upon.


GOAL 4: Quality Education
GOAL 5: Gender Equality
GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
GOAL 10: Reduced Inequalities
GOAL 12: Responsible Production and Consumption
GOAL 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
GOAL 17: Partnerships for the Goals