IGF 2019 WS #94 Effective Local Governance: a framework for Data Governance

Organizer 1: Arnab Bose, O. P Jindal Global University
Organizer 2: Seema Sharma, Resilience Relations Services Private Limited
Organizer 3: Bose Styczynski Annika, O.P. Jindal Global University
Organizer 4: Arnab Bose, O. P. Jindal Global University

Speaker 1: Seema Sharma, Private Sector, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 2: Bose Styczynski Annika, Private Sector, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 3: Arnab Bose, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group

Policy Question(s): 

Are methods in effective local governance also methods for effective data governance? What does this paradigm look like? How will AI or DLT play a role in this? How will sustainable development goals be accounted for in this process? Is decentralisation possible in the context of data governance (not only national but sub-national too)?

Relevance to Theme: This workshop will focus on identifying best approaches to ensure the development of human-centric data governance frameworks at national, regional and international levels. It will take the narrative further to sub-national and local data governance paradigms. The workshop will showcase research done across several cities including Delhi NCR and Berlin Area. It will also showcase the work done in Delhi NCR to instil resilience in local communities using a combination of online and offline methods and also bring in a live case on data governance being tried in Delhi NCR including including some of the poorest neighbourhoods and/or with the poorest sections of the society.

Relevance to Internet Governance: The research being cited (attached) for this workshop narrates that there is a particular problem till recently which created a disconnect between global/national policy to local realities in India. While some of these disconnects have been addressed, many persist and may pose as a dangerous risk towards sustainable development of emerging economies including India. Additions to the research has pointed out that while the internet could have reduced the disconnect several interviews with local stakeholders in India and Germany has pointed that the internet, its present architecture, platforms, business models, and governance of the internet are increasing the disconnect. This workshop will also deliberate on the method used for creating the narrative and data collection which is the Gender, Age and Disabilities (GAD) lens of inclusion.


Debate - Auditorium - 60 Min

Description: The title of the workshop is: Effective Local Governance: a framework for Data Governance. The workshop will be formatted in a unique debate style format where initial discussant will propose the idea/motion of the debate that is 'effective local governance as a framework for data governance is a viable and suitable option'. Another discussant will oppose the idea; pointers will also be taken from the audience with a separation of those for or against the motion. Other speakers will also add to the debate taking sides; the lead/initial discussant will have a closing remark. The debate will have a moderator to track timeline and final say and give the opinion of the house.

Expected Outcomes: This workshop will evaluate if the proposed framework is suitable as a paradigm for data governance. Will deliberate on the usage of the Gender, Age and Disability lens to evaluate governance paradigms. This worksop would look into the role of AI/DLT/emerging technologies and its evolution in terms of Data Governance. The format of the workshop compels participants to create a narrative of there own, and also to understand the paradigms of Data Governance and corresponding notions of inclusion. The narrative becomes more compelling with the usage of the Gender Age and Disability lens, and the concepts of Local Governance. In other words this workshop seeks to create a narrative by which participants can start looking at the internet as a platform for intervention to improve the quality of life, and in this scheme of things data is a key ingredient. Participants attending the workshop both on line and on site will be able to appreciate the role of data, internet, AI/DLT, Local Governance, Inclusion, interconnected-ness, human centricity and sustainable development in one platform.

Onsite Moderator: 

Seema Sharma, Private Sector, Asia-Pacific Group

Online Moderator: 

Arnab Bose, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group


Arnab Bose, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group

Discussion Facilitation: 

This workshop is being organised by three University Professors, and also a course on the Governance of Artificial Intelligence and Distributed Ledger technologies. Course participants will be eagerly looking forward to taking part. One of the organiser is a German National. There will also be many online participants. Organiser will circulate the workshop information widely across several universities, agencies, and will also advertise across various channels using IGF networks.

Online Participation: 

Usage of IGF Tool

Proposed Additional Tools: Yes, we will use our social media and other online/offline channels to participate in the programme. We have several disability centric, women centric, age/youth centric organisations where the workshop organiser are a part of as a network- and these networks will be utilised.


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