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IGF 2017 Day 0 Events

Organization: Algorithm Watch
Title: Data donation: auditing socially relevant algorithms
Description:
Do we live in different worlds, when we search for political topics online? Germany had a general election in autumn 2017 and facts and figures about digital dissemination of knowledge – or disinformation- and potential manipulation mechanisms that may affect individuals therein are scarce. This is in contrast to those spheres in our well-established newspaper and magazine landscape. Algorithm Watch has set up the "Datenspende Bundestagswahl 2017” a project aiming to provide both for facts and figures – as well as for tools for anyone also wanting to produce their own analysis. Moreover, the harvested data is also public and can be analyzed by anyone. The project was funded by a consortium of German media authorities and is supported by SpiegelOnline as our media partner. (datenspende.algorithmwatch.org)

The project is a proof-of-concept showing that society is actually able to audit socially relevant algorithms by combining the efforts of individuals - both as data donors and data analysts. This principle might be transferrable to audit other social networks.
Organization: Asia Pacific School on Internet Governance (APSIG)
Title: Second Meeting of All Schools of Internet Governance (All SIG Meeting)
Description:
National and regional schools of Internet governance in Asia Pacific meet to
update on their activities and discuss on common issues. We also welcome
schools of Internet governance of other continents.
Organization: Association for Progressive Communications
Title: Human rights based cybersecurity strategy
Description:
APC and partners will host a full day pre-event at the Internet Governance Forum. Break out sessions, panel presentations and facilitated discussion will advance the development of shared, human rights based cybersecurity policy advocacy strategies.
Organization: Center for International Media Assistance & International Media Support (IMS)
Title: The battle for freedom of expression online: Where are the journalists?
Description:
Online surveillance, phishing, content blocking, and the right to be forgotten are all familiar territory for many journalists as they uncover corruption, report on human rights abuses, and other politically charged topics. Their rights to freedom of expression and privacy are challenged and repressed on a near-daily basis as the internet continues to shape and define the environment in which all media operate. But despite the profound implications of internet governance on the news media and the ability of journalists to exercise their rights, journalists and news media are largely absent from the world of internet governance.

The general absence of the media is problematic because some of the most-discussed issues at forums like IGF have direct effects on how journalists and news media outlets operate, including for example the “right to be forgotten”, intermediary liability, and internet shutdowns — all issues with potential negative impact on press freedom as well as ultimately, citizens’ right to access to information. In order to enhance the credibility and legitimacy of the multi-stakeholder Internet governance model, it is critical that media – in particular those from the Global South who are often disproportionately affected by efforts to limit free speech – get involved in internet governance.

At this roundtable we will define key priorities of the global media development community in getting more systematically involved in Internet governance. This includes collaboratively designing priorities and ensuring that journalists from the Global South are able to contextualise the impact of global internet governance discussions.

Journalists and the media sector need to be more involved in shaping the digital future of our global media ecosystem. This roundtable will address how to make the multistakeholder Internet governance model more robust by incorporating journalists and the media sector more broadly in the discussions. This includes both how to improve journalistic coverage of global Internet governance decisions, as well as make sure that the media are represented as active stakeholders in the governance processes at forums like IGF, IETF, ICANN, ITU, and IEEE. This panel will follow a consultative process being organized by CIMA, IMS, and GFMD throughout 2017 to define key priorities of the global media development community in getting more systematically involved in internet governance. Input at this roundtable will shape future interventions at Internet governance bodies to make sure that the policies and standards will foster vibrant and open media ecosystems.
Organization: Center For Law and Technology
Title: " Teaching Philsophy in Digital Age"
Description:
The researcher has present his syllabus made last year which he has teaching in the undergraduate level. However, this is first hand experience sharing of their experiences(among 100 students, 3 section and 144 hours of teaching) of the course. The subject name is "Philosophy and Logical Thoughts" while the readings from different chapter from various books; Thinking in a digital age, Thinking differently, The fourth digital revolution etc.

The researcher will share the experiences of syllabus making process and the student's perception while teaching and the relevance of Information Communication and Technology education in the teaching of Philosophy.
Organization: Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA)
Title: Reflections from the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa
Description:
We will share insights and learning and emerging from discussions from the September 2017 Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica) - an annual gathering which convenes multi-stakeholders from across the continent to discuss current trends impacting internet freedom. For the first time, we will have hosted the Forum outside of East Africa where we have a history of setting the agenda for suggesting actions towards overcoming the challenges and leveraging opportunities to advance internet freedom in Africa. This year, we aim to have a Southern Africa perspective following the hosting of the Forum in Johannesburg, South Africa. As such, we are co-hosting the Forum alongside the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), a long-time collaborator of CIPESA. The FIFAfrica will explore discussion on topics including litigation for digital rights, digital security, the economic impacts of internet shutdown, violence online, fake news and more from an African perspective.

Thus, we seek to share bite-sized highlights from FIFAfrica with the audience in Geneva to have a greater sense of the dynamics that internet users are facing in the continent. This will be coupled with dissemination of indepth reports on the State of Internet Freedom 2017 of various countries including South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, DR Congo and Tanzania.
Organization: Commercial Law Development Program
Title: Pre-Conference Seminar for CLDP Supported Participants
Description:
Orientation seminar/briefing on relevant issues and on the functions and activities of the IGF, designed specifically for participants being supported by the Commercial Law Development Program.
Organization: Coordination of the National Digital Strategy, The Presidency, Mexico
Title: Mexico: Identifying best practices on cybersecurity through cooperation
Description:
During this event, members of the multistakeholder community in Mexico will share the milestones, challenges and opportunities found during the creation of the National Strategy on Cybersecurity, a project built during 2017 through workshops, meetings, public consultations and taking into account contributions sent from several organizations of the local and international community. The project also takes into account the BPF on Cybersecurity outcomes.
Organization: De Natris Consult
Title: Strengthening cooperation within the context of the IGF: Creating a roadmap for 2018
Description:
Strengthening cooperation in cyber security and cyber crime issues within the context of the IGF has been discussed within the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) as a potential Best Practice Forum topic for 2017. From these discussions the option was posed by the MAG to first focus on the topic from several angles at the upcoming IGF in Geneva and to distil recommendations on potential ways forward for the MAG to discuss in 2018. This IGF Day 0 session follows up on this request and invites all concerned organisations to work together on formulating recommendations on the way forward on this topic.

In an ideal world organisations working on solutions involving awareness raising, standard setting, regulation, enforcement, mitigation, ICT product security, etc. inform, cooperate and coordinate (with) each other, thus strengthening each other’s aims, effect and resolve. Unfortunately actual cooperation is not something that comes naturally to organisations (within different silos). This has many reasons, e.g. (perceived) competition, disparate interests, different outlooks, etc. or they simply never meet.

Several organisations involved in the IGF over the past decade have posed the question whether it is possible to work within the IGF context on complex issues surrounding the Internet and its governance, by cooperating in an ongoing fashion towards mutually supported solutions. However, before commonalities and shared interests can be identified, time passes and work has to be put in by all involved. Foremost to build trust. The body of work leading up to this Day 0 session aims at giving this discussion a headstart in 2018.

First by looking at current successful cross-organisation cooperation. By focusing on the reasons why these collaborations are successful and determining which situation(s) and/or organisation(s)allowed for success, lessons can be learned. The results of research carried out, are presented at the session and to the world at large.

It leads up to the goal of this session: to do the groundwork towards joint initiatives to strengthen cooperation within the context of the IGF. Organisations from around the globe are invited to participate and fill in a questionnaire, the answers to which form the basis of the discussion during this session. Organisations are invited to share their views on e.g. cooperation, establishing common goals, interests and challenges, whether the IGF could be a place to continue this debate and if so, what topics need to be discussed, what topic justifies a well-supported pilot, etc. The starting point will be the recommendations participating organisations agreed upon unanimously in workshop #153 ‘Let’s break down silos in cyber security and cyber crime’ (2016), https://www.nligf.nl/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Report-workshop-153-Let27s-break-down-silos.pdf

This session strives to provide a conclusive roadmap on how to continue the topic of strengthened cooperation within the context of the IGF. Its outcomes are reported in the main session on enhanced cooperation at the IGF. The report, including the recommendations, is presented to the MAG in 2018.
Organization: Derechos Digitales
Title: Latin America in a Glimpse 2017: Gender, Politics and the Internet
Description:
On this event, women working in the intersection between gender politics and the internet will get together with other interested actors, from inside and outside the region, to discuss the main challenges that Latin America is facing regarding women rights in the internet. Issues like discrimination, gender violence online, online harrasment, social media's moderation policies, local legislations and how to create safe spaces on the internet will be adressed.

On this event we will also present the 4th edition of Latin America in a Glimpse report, focused on gender-related tech projects developed in the region during 2017.

This event is a partnership between Derechos Digitales and APC, with collaborations from different Latin American organizations.
Organization: E.I. Research
Title: Women and LGBTQI in the IGF
Description:
Reuniting the women and LGBTQI who participate in several of the IGF spaces (NRIs, intersessionals etc.) to exchange knowledge, network and create collaboration projects to strengthen the IGF.

Specific objectives:
-Create an official space in the agenda for the women and LGBTQI attending the multiple IGF spaces in the global IGF.
-Enable the exchange of knowledge, information and experiences about the nature of IGF and why it is important for gender issues.
-Networking space.
-Providing information about the activities, projects and investigations on gender issues in the multiple spaces of IGF.
Organization: ECPAT International
Title: Data analysis to enhance global action to identify child victims of sexual abuse and exploitation
Description:
Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) represents a significant global challenge for law enforcement and others. In recent years, increased national and international cooperation between law enforcement and across sectors has advanced efforts to identify children depicted in CSAM, and prevent further revictimisation.

However, gaps in resourcing and cooperation, and the absence of clear indicators to describe victimisation through CSAM may hamper efforts and leave too many children unidentified. These children deserve a digital future, and their online rights must be protected.

To address this, ECPAT International and INTERPOL are cooperating on the European Commission-funded project ‘International Child Sexual Exploitation Database (ICSE) Connectivity and Awareness Raising Enhancements – I-CARE’. An important outcome of I-CARE is a set of indicators called the Global Imperative Indicator (GII), produced through analysis of CSAM internationally registered in the ICSE Database at INTERPOL.

This pre-event is designed to present:
1. Present the findings and recommendations from the GII research project so far
2. Engage key stakeholders in discussion about the research
3. Present next steps for advocacy surrounding the GII
Organization: European Schoolnet - Insafe
Title: Generation Z: Are children conditioned to accept terms and conditions?
Description:
According to recent estimates, one in three internet users are children below the age of 18, with an increasing proportion living in the Global South. Members of the so-called “Generation Z” – born after the mid1990s – can spend up to nine hours a day sharing photos, consuming “content” and talking to friends online. The technical affordances of the internet have made it possible for digital platforms to collect and monetise large amounts of personal information from children. While young social media users will typically consider themselves as proficient, the Growing Up Digital report* published by the UK Children’s Commissioner in January 2017 found that children sign up for terms and conditions they do not understand.

(*http://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/sites/default/files/publications/Growing%20Up%20Digital%20Taskforce%20Report%20January%202017_0.pdf.)

In this IGF session, we will discuss in how far children and young people understand the Terms and Conditions they agree upon when being online, downloading an app or creating an account on social media platforms. Based on this, we will start from an analysis of existing regulations and tensions, looking at key issues at stake to see what can be done to ameliorate the current situation in order to more comprehensively address the need to involve multiple stakeholders when promoting and ensuring digital rights of young people in the more global context, as a precondition for a more inclusive and sustainable online environment.

More specifically, the following perspectives will be represented during this session:
• Young people: Outlining the day-to-day challenges when being online and participating in social networks and downloading new applications. Calling for the need to make Terms and Conditions more accessible (e.g. easy language, short and to the point, highlighting key information accordingly).
• Industry: Presenting improvements that have been done so far in order to make Terms and Conditions more user friendly. Sharing, awareness raising efforts that have been put in place to give further support to users e.g.
safety checks, while outlining what is planned for the future based on outcomes presented in the Growing Up Digital report.
• Legislators/regulators: Ensuring that consumer rights are protected and align with a more global set of data protection standards.
• Education / online safety stakeholders: Outlining the importance of supporting young people in the digital age, emphasising on the necessity of including the subject of digital citizenship respective online safety in the curriculum.

In terms of format, panelists will first lay down the core principles and expectations they have in regards to online platform/services Terms and Conditions. Subsequently, participants will break out in parallel groups in order to discuss a number of specific cases, focusing in particular on how social media platform can (and should) communicate on data collection practices and purposes in an intelligible and transparent manner. In terms of outcomes, this will help to more clearly delineate the various multiple stakeholder views and concerns at stake, while identifying and instigating opportunities and best practices solutions in trying to reconcile these often diverging perspectives.
Organization: GigaNet
Title: The 12th Annual Symposium of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network
Description:
GigaNet is an international association of academic researchers founded in 2006 to support multidisciplinary research on Internet governance. Its membership includes researchers from all over the world who are contributing to local, regional and international debates on Internet Governance. The theme of this year’s Symposium is "INTERNET GOVERNANCE IN A TIME OF GLOBAL REORDERING." Fifteen research papers on topics such as

* Trade agreements and Internet governance
* The role of sovereignty in cyberspace
* Governance by private actors
* ICANN and multistakeholder governance
* Cybersecurity and the Internet of Things

Will be presented.
Organization: Give1Project
Title: Internet Shutdowns in Gambia
Description:
Discussing about internet shutdowns in Gambia. This event will discuss about internet shutdown during elections citing The Gambia as an exampe
Organization: Global Internet Policy Observatory
Title: The GIPO Observatory Tool and what´s next for policy observatories
Description:
The Global Internet Policy Observatory and Observatory Tool were initiated in 2012 by the European Commission in an effort to overcome the fragmentation of information and to enable more informed policy making, especially for those who face difficulties with accessing the information. The GIPO Observatory Tool is available for usage since this year and the most recent example of its incorporation is EuroDig website.

This workshop is aimed to built on and further develop discussions initiated during previous GIPO´s and 2 previous IGF observatories´ workshops on the landscape of the mapping initiatives and observatories, as well as their sustainability in the future.

Participants: policy observatories, mapping initiatives, NRIs, civic societies
Organization: ICANN
Title: How Digital activists are shaping the evolution of the Internet: the voice of civil society in ICANN
Description:
This panel session will explore the role and voice in Internet Governance, particularly in ICANN, of civil society, spanning the non-profit and non-commercial sectors, academia and end-users.

ICANN's Mission and Core Values require the organisation to reflect the broad geographic and cultural diversity of the Internet at all levels of policy development, and that ICANN's decision-making and the bottom-up, multistakeholder policy development processes are for the benefit of the Internet community as a whole. Civil society plays a key, integral role in ICANN, right in the middle of initiating and negotiating policy, and making decisions jointly by consensus with all other stakeholder groups involved.
Civil society participants at ICANN have helped shape policies on a broad range of domain name topics, notably for improved transparency, privacy and freedom of expression. This was evident in the recent transition process for the stewardship of the IANA functions from the US Government to the global multi-stakeholder community, where it was resolved that the ICANN Bylaws be clarified to add a specific commitment to respect human rights.

Panel discussion

We believe civil society actors have played and important and influential role in ICANN, representing the interests of individuals, academics and non-commercial users. Panellists will introduce how civil society participates and contributes to ICANN, civil society's successes, and critically examine how the voice and knowledge of global civil society can be strengthened; what more can be done to further ICANN's mission and core values, particularly ensuring continued and expanded geographic and cultural diversity. There will be discussion about lessons civil society actors can learn from participation in ICANN to promote participation and contributions to other Internet governance processes.

Speakers envisaged:
- Matthew Shears, ICANN Board Member, formerly with the Center for Democracy and Technology
- Marianne Franklin, Professor of Global Media & Politics, Goldsmith College London; Chair of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet)
- Sarah Kiden, African Regional At-Large Organization (AFRALO)
- Satish Babu, Asian, Australasian and Pacific Islands Regional At-Large Organization (APRALO)
- Niels ten Oever, Article 19
- Farzaneh Badii, Chair NonCommercial Users Constituency (ICANN)
- Grace Mutung'u (KICTANet)
- Renata Aquino Ribeiro
- Jean-Jacques Sahel, ICANN VP in charge of civil society engagement
- Adam Peake, ICANN Civil Society Engagement coordinator



Organization: ICANN
Title: The DNS and Emerging Identifiers (including DOA)
Description:
This dynamic and participatory Roundtable will include a number of Experts brought to together to discuss emerging identifier technologies and how these may play a role in the evolution we see taking place in the Internet, not least in the proliferation of the Internet of Things (IOT).

The Session will give participants an opportunity to learn about how these systems work and discuss whether they’re relevant to the identifier System ICANN help coordinate. The Session will also include an overview of Digital Object Architecture (DOA) including the governance of its use, in contrast to that of the DNS.

The Session will be led by David Conrad (the CTO of ICANN) and, as noted, include experts in different Identifier Technologies.
Organization: ICANNWiki
Title: ICANNWiki Edit-a-thon
Description:
The ICANNWiki Edit-a-thon is an opportunity for experts in the field of Internet governance to come together and create accessible, creative commons content in their field of expertise or specific interests. This content will be published on ICANNWiki as is immediately available worldwide. There will be a specific focus on creating translated or localized content. Currently languages available include Arabic, Chinese, English, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swahili. We will also provide a platform for additional languages upon request.
Organization: IEEE
Title: Working Toward Universal Access: Educate, Engage and Empower
Description:
The potential for economic, civil and societal benefit that the internet can bring to communities around the world is indisputable. We can see the positive impact of the internet on world citizens when they gain online and mobile access to information, community and services, and more so when they are empowered by access to innovate as they work toward opportunities and solutions for themselves and their communities. But how to realize universal internet access to enable these benefits still remains a challenge. Addressing these challenges takes unprecedented transparent collaboration and coordination across stakeholders, disciplines, industry sectors and technical domains, and across geographic and political borders, cultures and economies.

This working session will bring together several global working groups working in the space of universal access—including those working on digital literacy, public access and community networks, innovative and alternative business models, finance and investment, evidenced-based research and digital equality so that IGF participants can learn about the work of these groups and the progress they are making. More importantly, participants will directly engage with and join the groups where they can contribute their ideas and help inform the work of these groups, pose questions and collaborate on answers. They can then take their findings, new information and concepts with them into their communities, work places, schools, etc., to help progress programs and initiatives; and they can use what they learned at the Day Zero event throughout their participation in the overall IGF program sessions.
Organization: IGF LAC SPACE
Title: IGF LAC SPACE
Description:
A meeting to gather LAC Community members before the IGF starts in order to know each other and share attendant's involvement in IGF sessions.
This will be the second edition of this meeting since we have a previous one during IGF 2016 in Guadalajara with an attendance of around 50 people.
https://igf2016.sched.com/event/8hs8/igf-lac-space
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaKfh7kuysw
Organization: IGFSA
Title: Annual General Assembly
Description:
The IGF Support Association (IGFSA) since its inception in 2014 has held it Annual General Assembly (AGM) on Day Zero as an IGF Pre-Event and would like to do so also in 2017. The AGM is the supreme decision making body of the Association and, among other things, approves its annual budget.
Organization: Interisle Consulting Group
Title: The Not Internet Governance Colloquium
Description:
The Not Internet Governance Colloquium will convene a roundtable discussion of the human social, economic, and political issues that have erupted into the modern Internet world among invited scholars of behavioral psychology, linguistics, sociology, education, history, ethnology, political science, and Internet technology and policy. The discussion will be a conversation among the participants in the presence of, but not engaged by, a small number of interested observers; in particular, it will not include position statements, presentations, or Q&A. Ideally those invited to participate in the discussion will be motivated to do so primarily by a genuine interest in the premise—that a broadly inter-disciplinary approach to what have traditionally been considered “Internet” governance issues may lead to novel and important insights—rather than the opportunity to opine sagely in front of a large audience.
Organization: International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Business Action to Support the Information Society (BASIS)
Title: Leveraging business expertise to foster an enabling environment for the digital economy
Description:
Private sector activity and investment in information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure, content and services is critically important to spreading meaningful access to ICT and leveraging technology for societal benefit. The private sector plays a pivotal role in deploying Internet related infrastructure and developing solutions and innovations that address the many areas of development articulated by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other needs raised by local communities.

Business in developed and developing countries contributes expertise and experience to support the digital economy in multiple ways through capacity building, education initiatives, promoting innovation, public-private research and development partnerships, or improving understanding about how ICT works in practice. However, in order to reap the benefits ICT and private sector activity has to offer, governments must create legal and regulatory frameworks conducive to increased investment and innovation.

The IGF 2017 side event ‘Leveraging business expertise to foster an enabling environment for the digital economy’ will convene business leaders and government representatives familiar and new to the IGF for an interactive discussion on the efforts needed to ensure and an enabling policy environment for the digital economy.

Businesses large and small will be invited to participate and share their expertise and experience on the social, technical, economic and governance factors that contribute to leveraging ICT for societal benefit in developed and developing countries. Through robust exchanges between diverse experts, participants will gain an understanding of the role business can play in policy-making efforts in collaboration with other relevant stakeholders, to ensure the benefits of ICT are wide spread and empowering for populations.

The event will be particularly insightful for IGF newcomers as discussion will draw on the 2017 IGF programme and help orientate business participants to areas of the agenda and intersessional work of key interest for business participants.

The ICC BASIS Secretariat team will organize this event and coordinate the participation of new and returning IGF business participants. ICC BASIS will also invite representatives from governments and other stakeholder groups and promote the event on social media.
Organization: International Secure Electronic Transactions Organisation - OISTE
Title: The challenges of Digital Identity Management in the era of Internet of Things (IoT)
Description:
The Internet of Things opens new challenges for persons, companies, organisations and governments. What solutions are being proposed to ensure that objects that interact with each other will not be maliciously manipulated? What are the conditions to create a secure ecosystem where objects identify and authentify each other? What is the role played by the individual consumer? At what point on the production and distribution chanel operate companies offering cybersecurity solutions? What is the role played by governments? What are the responsibilities of the state vis a vis their citizens' security concerns? Do we need some kind of regulation? Do we need agreed international technical standards and protocols to create a secure technical environment?
Organization: Internet Society
Title: Collaborative Leadership Exchange (CLX) on 'Shaping the Digital Future'
Description:
The ‘Collaborative Leadership Exchange (CLX) on Shaping the Digital Future’ is a one-day session designed to contribute to building and fostering communities of engagement and action, and create a multiplier effect on the multistakeholder participation theme throughout the IGF week, and beyond. All IGF participants are welcome to attend. The Collaborative Leadership Exchange builds on a successful model first launched at the 2012 Global INET and then replicated at IGF meetings in Bali (2013), Istanbul (2014), João Pessoa (2015), and Guadalajara (2016). The session will take the format of an unconference, with equal parts of peer-to-peer style learning and engagement, networking and relationship building, interactive discussions and promotion of increased collaboration across the Internet ecosystem. The session will be supported and attended by partners such as DotAsia, [email protected], IEEE, APC and others.
Organization: iRise Hub
Title: Founder
Description: Assessing Role of Internet in State-building Process: Help or Hinderance?
Organization: Medienstadt Leipzig e.V.
Title: Founding meeting of a Dynamic Coalition on Schools of Internet Governance
Description:
During the IGF in Guadalajara organisers of various Schools on Internet Governance (SIG) agreed to form a Dynamic Coalition on Internet Governance.

SIG enjoy the confidence of many Internet Governance institutions as the source for a high quality programmes about Internet Governance. So far the collaboration among the various SIGs is informal. SIG’s inspired each other and benefit from the lessons learned by others.

After ten years of experiences the informal collaboration should continue more focused by establishing a flexible structure which would allow more synergies among the SIGs. A Dynamic Coalition SIG seems like a feasible format in this regard.

The DC-SIG should serve as a platform to exchange experiences and good practices and to coordinate, where necessary, activities (inter alia, time tables and outreach activities). The DC-SIG should have a “Collaboration team” and a focal point for administrative matters. The Collaboration team should be composed by one representative from each regional / national SIG.

As a basis for this meeting we will set up a basic infrastructure (mailing list, web space) and a draft a work plan, mission statement and a proposal how to structure the DC.
Organization: Microsoft
Title: The Need for a Digital Geneva Convention in Times of Cyber(In)Security
Description:
Sophisticated cyber attacks, increasingly carried out by nation states or their proxies, are on the rise. While there has been significant discussion at the international level about appropriate norms of behavior in cyberspace, progress has been mixed. Microsoft and other private sector actors have called for a "Digital Geneva Convention" to help address these challenges.
This event is intended to explore the ideas underlying a "Digital Geneva Convention" in more detail, clarify the key concepts and bring in multi-stakeholder perspectives on how to move the debate on cybersecurity norms of behavior forward.
Organization: MISSIONS PUBLIQUES
Title: Towards a global citizens debate on the digital future: involving "day-to-day"citizens from all over the planet
Description:
The global discussion on the Internet and its future has reached a certain inertia after a decade of decision-shaping forums (IGF, WSIS, NetMundial, ICANN,…). New issues are emerging that modify the rules and potentially change the routines: fake news, propaganda, algorithm regulation, … In all these debates, difficulty to reach out to the public at large and yet there is a maturation of the public, concerned over massive surveillance, big data exploitation, privacy infringements, robotization of jobs… Citizens are ready to understand complex issues, to contribute to the vision for the future and to offer their prospective to stakeholders. So there is timeliness and urgency in reaching out to day to day citizens voices and to bring up their perspective from the bottom up.
The purpose of this event is an exploration of the interest to associate at large scale in a “collective intelligence” procedure day-to-day citizens from 100+ different countries. The proposed planetary debate will produce the results of an informed public opinion on the key choices at the root of our digital future : unicity, neutrality, regulation, capacity, access, security … without framing them a priori.
Organization: South School on Internet Governance - SSIG
Title: 10 years of Internet Governance from the SSIG perspective
Description:
After nine very successful editions of the South School on Internet Governance in nine different countries of the Americas and the Caribbean , the event aims to gather the community and shate with the more than 1900 fellows and the community the impact of the SSIG has in the Internet community so far and talk about strategic issues which will be covered by the SSIG in its tenth edition and forward.
Organization: TechWomen and ICT Strategies
Title: Day Zero: Creating a World of Inclusion in social and economic opportunities for Women from developing countries
Description:
Women’s economic empowerment is increasingly recognized as vital to improving individual and family lives, but also to contributing to the economic growth of countries – whatever their size. There is a Chinese proverb that “Women hold up half the sky”. While this a reality in terms of population distribution, it is not yet a reality in terms of social and economic opportunity. This Day Zero session will be focusing on building more awareness across a diverse geography about projects that are focused on economic empowerment of women and girls. Numerous projects are underway that are focused on STEM initiatives, and on creating digital skills for girls, as they progress through school. Yet, this is not a full solution, as many of the jobs that could be self-developed, or may be emerging from the digitization of all work require that women of all ages interested in meaningful and paid work, have digital skills, basic literacy, access to technology and the Online/Internet services are yet to be fully developed. While supporting building digital skills at all levels for girls and women, this Day Zero event is focused on the practical realities: Creating a path to employment for women, wherever they are in the world, and regardless of their level of digital skills so they can contribute to their own economic security, their families, their villages, and their countries economic and social development.

Drawing from experiences of Tech Nation’s TechWomen in Afghanistan, and organizations now working in Nigeria, South Africa, Pakistan, and joined by invited experts from the World Bank, UNCTAD, CSTD’s Gender Advisory Committee, Alliance for Affordable Internet, My Digital Bridges - Namibia and other successful women entrepreneurial initiatives are invited to a working roundtable. Each presenter will have a five-minute slot and are invited to provide a one to two-page summary of their initiatives. Outreach is underway to different and newcomers to the IGF as contributors, such as Goldman Sachs, Walmart, Starbucks. Mastercard Foundation and others who do not normally attend the IGF but have a strong interest in women empowerment.

After an initial round of 5-minute lightning talks, the group will be sub divided into small working groups to draft an shared agenda for action for 2018, to be presented again at Day Zero IGF2018.

So many of the countries that we are focused on are very “young” with more than 40+% under that age of 30 – the digitalized world is the world that they have to succeed in. Yet, we have to also recognize that "digitization" is affecting many jobs – those of health care givers, farmers, … these areas can be opportunities for women to gain skills and move into a work force, that was previously closed to them. But to make that step forward, in many countries, changes are essential in many areas: they need legal acknowledgement of their rights, they need education in literacy, in digital skills, and in encouragement to find their role in a working environment. And they need basic and affordable access to the online world, affordable devices

We are inviting a number of entities that are engaged in community action activities that lead to women employment – whether in agriculture, community service, healthcare, government services, tech world… to discuss what the critical success factors are to encourage catalyzing that as we focus on bringing the next 1.5 billion online are at least 50% women. The output of the Day Zero event will be taken back into the participating organizations at the national levels to help catalyze further engagement, and plans are to provide a report on Day Zero in 2018 from the activities that occur as a result of this interaction at 2017.
Organization: The Centre for Communication Governance at the National Law University Delhi
Title: Unpacking the Global Conference on CyberSpace 2017 - Charting a forward course
Description:
The fifth iteration of the Global Conference on CyberSpace, the GCCS 2017 is scheduled to take place on November 23 and 24 in New Delhi, India. As perhaps the largest global conference on cybersecurity, it attracts varied participation across stakeholder groups, and is expected to have substantial impact across its chosen theme areas (for this edition, they are growth, inclusion, security and diplomacy). However, while there tends to be significant momentum leading up to an event like the GCCS, this often dissipates after the event, and potential learnings, synergies and opportunities for impact might be lost.

To mitigate this, we hope to engage persons who are interested in the London process and the themes of GCCS 2017, and through this capture the substantive outcomes and potential future objectives of the GCCS. Following this, we hope to provide space for collaborative efforts to further the goals of the GCCS 2017.

This event is intended to be in the form of a half-day workshop, including a roundtable discussion with different stakeholders, who will bring unique perspectives to the discussion.
Organization: UNESCO
Title: Towards Meaningful Multistakeholder Mechanisms in Internet Governance
Description:
UNESCO takes this occasion to present a comprehensive study which was commissioned to achieve better understanding the ways in which multistakeholder participation mechanisms have evolved since the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) more than ten years ago. The session will welcome diverse actors and stakeholders that have been and remain involved in multistakeholder processes to compare and analyze their experiences as cited in the report. The session will aim to find some common ground to develop indicators and recommendations to support multistakeholder processes in the future, both at the IGF and beyond.

With support of ICANN and ISOC, UNESCO is launching this global comprehensive study on “The evolution of multistakeholder participation in Internet governance
” into the debates and good practices of “multi-stakeholderism”, with the output as a new edition within the UNESCO Internet Freedom series. Serving as an authoritative and influential knowledge resource for the range of stakeholders, the exercise will help raise awareness and promote multi-stakeholder practice in internet governance around the world.

The session will be an interactive discussion built on a brief introduction of the research at the beginning and short remarks from panellists. The majority of the time will be dedicated to the Q and A with the audience and participants.

In-Person Moderator: Guy Berger, UNESCO Director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development.

Potential Speakers

Ms Anri van der Spuy, the UNESCO commissioned author of the research
Prof Kyung Sin (KS) Park, Korea University Law Scho
Ms Jac SM Kee, APC
Ms. Grace Githaiga, KICTANet
Mr Benedicto Fonseca, Brazilian Ambassador for Internet issues
Ms. Constance Bommelaer de Leusse, Senior Director, Global Internet Policy at ISOC.
Mr. Nigel Hickson, ICANN
Mr Jovan Kurbalija, Geneva Internet Platform
Ms Hanane Boujemi, the HIVOS Foundation
Ms Julie Owono, Internet Sans Frontiers
Mr. Frank La Rue, Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information at UNESCO.

Organization: Youth for Rights (Y4R)
Title: Youth for Rights
Description:
Internet is an important and ubiquitous social, economic, political, cultural, educational, and communication platform for societies worldwide. Legal, political, and social issues are increasingly being decided in internet policy discussions. These discussions and policy decisions have a major impact on young people, and are often made without their involvement or consideration despite being the largest demographic of internet users.

The Youth for Rights is a initiative for young people to learn about the many digital rights issues impacting them. Attendees will participate in an 8 hours workshop, walking through policy, advocacy, movement building, and technological discussions led by trainers/experts from digital rights community. Participants will be able to learn and engage on issues of: open source technology and development, data protection and privacy, network discrimination and connectivity, digital security, diversity and digital inclusion, human rights, trade and business, and more.

The objectives and goal for the Youth for Rights is to:

- Improve young people’s understanding of internet policy impact on youth.
- Help develop practical advocacy skills for youth for engagement in digital rights and policy discussions.
- Provide a platform for young people to raise and discuss digital rights that affect them.
- To provide a greater sense and knowledge on digital rights issues to the youth.
- To enable the capacity and capability of younger generation on mapping the digital rights issues and solution in their respective communities.

 
 

Contact Information

United Nations

Secretariat of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

Villa La Bocage

Palais des Nations,
CH-1211 Geneva 10

Switzerland

+41 (0) 229 173 678


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