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IGF 2020 (all sessions)

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  1. TRUST
    IGF 2020 Lessons learned from the Pandemic: child rights and safety
    4 Nov 07:00 to 08:30 UTC
    Prior to the COVID-19 crisis, evidence on pattern of online offending, risks to children online, and on prevalence of different forms of online harm was already available however the circumstances created by this crisis seem to have exacerbated the vulnerability of children. The panel will analyze the takeaways of the crisis, how they are related to internet governance and also determine a way forward in relation to the online safety of children for future crisis management.


    • Baroness Beeban Kidron, Founder and Chair of 5Rights Foundation
    • Professor Amanda Third (PhD), University of  Western Sydney, Australia
    • Ms. Nina Pirk, representative of Nummer Gegen Kummer (German Kids and Youth Helpline).
    • Mr. Cathal Delaney, Head of Team, Analysis Project Twins, EC3, EUROPOL

    IGF 2020 Dynamic Coalition on Schools of Internet Governance
    4 Nov 08:10 to 09:40 UTC

    Intended as a round table of school organizers.

  3. TRUST
    IGF 2020 Internet in Crisis Management and Renewal
    4 Nov 10:30 to 12:00 UTC
    Internet is the lifeline of all communications during the pandemic, keeping the world connected. Is there any stress on Core Internet Values during the crisis? Would there be a greater realization on the significance of these values post-crisis?

  4. TRUST
    IGF 2020 Public Collaboration On Multi-Stakeholder Health Data Values
    4 Nov 16:00 to 17:30 UTC
    The session will include presentations on Block-Chain and Machine Learning for the Health Care sector; insights in to eHealth, and an open discussion on eHealth matters for the future.

     Ms Amali De Silva-Mitchell ; Mr Robert Guerra ; Mr Jorn Erbguth; Dr Galia Kondova; Dr Pramilla Senanayake; Mrs Lakmini Shah; Dr Katerina Sideri; Dr Bimalka Seneviratne; Mr Herman Ramos; Mr Yao Amevi Amessinou Sossou: Dr Champike Attanayake;  Mrs Janna Belote; Ms Marina Shentsova;

    IGF 2020 Community Networks at Times of Crises and Pandemics
    4 Nov 18:20 to 19:50 UTC
    The session will discuss the value of community networks to expand access and empower individuals and communities in times of emergencies, such as the covid19 pandemic. Participants will discuss concrete initiatives, present case studies and innovative approaches to foster meaningful connectivity, featured in the 2020 DC3 outcome report on “The Value of Internet Openness at Times of Crisis”.
    • Sonia Jorge, Alliance for Affordable Internet A4AI
    • Osama Manzar, DEF
    • Jane Coffin, ISOC
    • Rolf H. Weber, University of Zurich
    • Cynthia El Khoury, APC
    • Senka Hadzic, CyberBRICS / Research ICT Africa
    • Nicholas Echaniz, AlterMundi

    IGF 2020 Fostering a new key role of Youth in Internet Governance
    4 Nov 19:00 to 20:30 UTC
    The YCIG session is the space where young people can exchange experiences and points of view of Internet issues around the world. We will address key policy questions under the topic “Fostering a new key role of youth in Internet Governance”, recapping the reflections of last years’ Youth IGF Summit while considering which are the next steps and tools for youth to increase the representation of young people in key policy roles, BPF, DC and more spaces.

    1- Eileen Berenice Cejas, Argentina, YCIG/Youth Observatory (Civil Society)

    2- Emilia Zalewska, Poland, , LegalTech Polska (Civil Society)

    3 - Mohammad Atif, India, Youth SIG (Civil Society)

    4- Joao Pedro Martins, Portugal, Lusophone Youth IGF, (Civil Society)

    5- Lily Edinam Botsyoe, Ghana , Ghyrate Ghana (Private Sector) 

     6-Augusto Marturin, Argentina,  Youth IGF Argentina Technical Community (Technical)


  7. DATA
    IGF 2020 Future Unclear: data and bodies in the post-pandemic times
    5 Nov 08:40 to 10:10 UTC
    A conversation on bodies and data in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Bishakha Datta, Point of View, India (Moderator)

    Dr. Anja Kovacs, Internet Democracy Project, India (Speaker)

    Joana Varon, Coding Rights, Brazil (Speaker)

    Sadaf Khan, Media Matters for Democracy, Pakistan (Speaker)

  8. DATA
    IGF 2020 Inaugural meeting, Dynamic Coalition on Data and Trust
    5 Nov 10:50 to 12:20 UTC
    This interactive discussion is the inaugural meeting of the new Dynamic Coalition on Data and Trust. The speakers will briefly set the scene on the vision for the Dynamic Coalition, the linkages between data and trust within the domain name industry and online content environment. The discussions will be framed around the effectiveness of industry responses to the Covid-19 pandemic within the domain environment, web environment and social media.

    Giovanni Seppia, EURid

    Pablo Bello, WhatsApp

    Lisa-Maria Neudert, Oxford Internet Institute

    Antoan Shoratov, EURid Youth Committee

    Alberto Rabbachin, European Commission

    The meeting would have been held in round-table format, and the organisers will welcome floor points from all participants.  Graeme Bunton of Tucows and Polina Malaja of CENTR have indicated a willingness to provide interventions on the theme of industry responses to the Covid-19 pandemic.

    IGF 2020 Equitable access to digital content: lessons from COVID-19
    5 Nov 12:40 to 14:10 UTC
    The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted crucial questions around access to key digital resources and services at a time of crisis. This session takes stock of emergency responses of libraries, governments, publishers and other key stakeholders - and their impacts on digital inclusion and access to information and content. Looking at the current policy context and lessons learned during the pandemic, the session examines key policy questions and lessons for the ‘new normal’ and any future emergencies.
    • Nkem Osuigwe, African Library and Information Associations & Institutions (Nigeria)
    • Don Means, Libraries WhiteSpace Project and Gigabit Libraries Network (USA)
    • Mark Graham, The Internet Archive and The Wayback Machine (USA)
    • Theresa Hackett, Electronic Information for Libraries, Copyright and Libraries Programme Manager
    • Valensiya Dresvyannikova, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (Netherlands)

    IGF 2020 #Netgov and news media sustainability in the times of crisis
    5 Nov 13:40 to 15:10 UTC
    This session will constitute our annual meeting to update the DC-Sustainability members on important developments since we launched at IGF 2019. It will also provide space to present the outcome of our 2020 action plan, which we devised in December 2019 and January 2020.

    Tanja Maksic, BIRN Serbia

    Fiona Nzingo, RNW, Love Matters Kenya Social Media Director

    Ellery Biddle, Ranking Digital Rights 

    Olaf Steenfadt, Reporters Without Borders

    Michael J. Oghia and Mira Milosevic, Global Forum for Media Development

  11. TRUST
    IGF 2020 Platform Regulations: Towards A Common Vocabulary
    5 Nov 16:20 to 17:50 UTC
    This session will discuss the most relevant and contentious platforms governance issues such as AI, content moderation, effective remedies that need a convergent approach to be addressed effectively. It will present the first consolidated draft of the Glossary on Platform Law and Policy, a guide on key terms related to platform governance for policymakers, researchers and other stakeholders alike.

    Keynote speeches on Platform Governance and its new dimensions  

    Julie Owono, Oversight Board (Facebook) 
    Lofred Madzou, World Economic Forum  

    Presentations (5-minute long) by panellists followed by open discussion:  

    Richard Wingfield, Global Partners Digital 
    Rossana Ducato, University of Aberdeen and UC Louvain  
    Catalina Goanta, Maastricht University   
    Rolf H. Weber, University of Zurich  
    Chris Marsden, University of Sussex
    Giovanni De Gregorio, Milano Bicocca University
    Paddy Leerseen, University of Amsterdam

    Enguerrand Marique, UC Louvain & University of Radboud-Nijmegen 

    Yasmin Curzi, FGV

    Ivar Hartmann, FGV


  12. TRUST
    IGF 2020 Launch of DC Internet Standards, Security & Safety (DC-ISSS)
    6 Nov 09:10 to 10:40 UTC
    This session includes: an opening presentation on the DC-ISSS objectives; formal presentations; presentations on the working Groups: i) security by design; ii) education and skills; and iii) procurement models for driving the deployment of security standards; an interactive discussion.

    Jon Albert Fanzun, Swiss Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Rachel Azafrani, Microsoft

    Olaf Kolkman, Internet Society

    Ghislain de Salins, OECD

    Raymond Onuoha, Research teacher and consultant in digital policy

    Janice Richardson, Expert in Information literacy at Insight S.A.

    Yurii Kargapolov, Chair of ISOC IoT Special Interest Group

    Alejandro Pisanty, professor in chemistry at universidad NAcional Autonomico de Mexico


    IGF 2020 Accessibility - Closing the Gap
    6 Nov 11:30 to 13:00 UTC
    Closing the gap to improve accessibility for persons with disability is the key focus of the Dynamic Coalition on Accessibility and Disability (DCAD). This session brings together disability experts presenting their experiences of online meetings during COVID-19 as well as discussing intersessional activities and plans.
    • Paulina Lewandowska
    • Petra Rezar or Damjan Šebjan
    • Muhammad Shabbir Awan
    • Peter Crosbie
    • Judy Okite
    • Shadi Abou-Zahra
    • Judith Hellerstein
    • Gunela Astbrink

    IGF 2020 Sustainable Internet Governance & the Right to Development
    6 Nov 13:10 to 14:40 UTC
    This meeting continues groundbreaking work drawing links between environmental sustainability and human rights. Its focus is Article 4 of the Charter of Human Rights and Principles for the Internet in light of the urgent need to identify and rectify the adverse environmental impacts of internet technologies. This meeting will contribute to emerging action plans to ensure that environmental sustainability and the full realization of human rights are cornerstones of internet governance.

    Ms Minda Moreira, Co-Chair of the Internet Rights and Principles Coalition

    Ms Noha Ashraf Abdel Baky (Youth Coalition in Internet Governance) is Senior Data Storage Analyst at Dell EMC. She is also a Dell University Relations Committee Member and a Dell Social Media Ambassador. She has previously worked for multinational companies like Microsoft and Orange Business Services. Noha has participated in the Mozilla Open Leaders Program, and is a Fellow to the Middle East and Adjoining Countries School of Internet Governance (MEAC SIG). She was selected as an ISOC [email protected] Fellow in 2017, and after the Geneva IGF, she co-founded Digital Grassroots with other fellows, a youth-led initiative to promote digital citizenship. She has completed several ISOC online courses, and is currently part of the organization’s group of qualified moderators.

    Ms Hanane Boujemi (former co-Chair IRPC, former Manager the HIVOS IG-MENA Program), is executive director of Tech Policy Tank. She is an international expert in Internet Governance and has extensive experience in global Internet Governance processes at the UN level. She specialises in the economic and legal aspects of Internet Policy and Governance. Her work focuses on the policy and regulatory challenges deploying emerging technologies. . She peer reviews Chatham's House Cyber Policy Journal and She lectured on the subject at Clingendael Institute, University of Amsterdam, and University of Toronto. Ms Boujemi has a master's degree in international law and a master's degree in diplomacy with specialisation on Internet Governance and serves on various expert groups at OECD, African Union, European Commission, and the Innovation centre hosted at the UK parliament.

    Mr Ilias Iakovidis (PhD) is currently an Adviser at the European Commission, DG CONNECT working on Green digital transformation. The work involves a development of EU wide measures to improve the energy and material efficiency of the ICT sector, in particular datacentres, electronic communications and digital devices. Ilias is also working on maximising the positive contribution of digital solutions (networks, technologies and applications) to accelerate the transition to circular economy, and, to support the sustainability goals in sectors such as energy networks, manufacturing, transport, and agri-food. He is exploring with stakeholders development of consistent and  transparent methods to estimate the net impact of digital solutions on environment/climate. Before that, he was leading and managing eHealth and ICT for active and healthy ageing units and activities of the European Commission.

    Mr Rigobert Kenmogne (IRPC Steering Committee), is Cameroonian, Holder of a master’s in public and Private Administration obtained at the University of Yaoundé 2 in 2013. Web journalist, researcher in Digital Rights, and writer (Cameroon: the true face of governance), he was committed for nearly ten years in the development of digital and in defense of Digital Rights to provide a response to development and human rights in Cameroon and Africa. In 2017, he became a Digital Rights Program Officer for Francophone Africa at Paradigm Initiative, based in Nigeria, he is the regional expert on digital issues and evaluates digital public policies in 30 countries in Francophone Africa. One of its main objectives in the region is the promotion and leadership in ICT in Africa for future generations. Its role also includes the influence of actions related to violations of digital rights and Internet freedoms in French-speaking countries. With respect to the issues of Internet freedoms, he is an elected member of the Internet Rights and Principe Coalition Steering Committee since early 2019. At the local level, since 2016, he is one of the volunteer local leaders of Digital Access. He is also one of the local leaders of Internet Society.

    Ms Vesna Manojlovic (RIPE Network Coordination Centre), is the Senior Community Builder with a focus on measurement tools. She joined the RIPE NCC as a Trainer in 1999. In 2003, she took responsibility for developing and delivering advanced courses, such as RPSL, Routing Registry, DNSSEC and IPv6. In 2008, she lead efforts to establish IPv6 RIPEness as a measure of IPv6 deployment among LIRs. In 2011, she joined the Science Division as Manager of the Measurements Community Building team. Vesna also takes part in and gives presentations at many technical conferences and workshops.Vesna received a BS in Computer Science and Informatics from the School of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade. She has three children.

    Ms Raashi Saxena (Youth4DigitalSustainability Program) is a consultant for Gapminder Foundation and a Local Expert for studio intO, a fast-growing international research consultancy. As a member of the Scientific Committee with Missions Publiques, she currently works on rebuilding structures with citizens on matters pertaining to Internet Universality and Governance. Raashi has been a speaker at several international forums such as UN Internet Governance Forum, RightsCon, World Learning events, Campus Party and Communities & Technologies for her valuable contributions in the Internet Governance Space. Her capacity building & advocacy efforts in digital rights, gender rights and youth participation have strengthened the Internet freedom movement in several parts of India. Raashi is a dynamic community builder, currently serving as a Do School Fellow and Young Leader with Women Deliver. She has been an active member of the TED community. In 2019, Raashi was trained by Al Gore to become a certified Climate Reality Leader. Raashi was the Vice Curator of the Bangalore Chapter of the Global Shapers Community, a World Economic Forum initiative. As a Global Shaper, she serves as a steering committee member for the Shaping Fashion Project, a grassroots initiative across the globe to transform the fashion industry into a more sustainable one.

    IGF 2020 Net Neutrality at times of Covid19
    6 Nov 14:20 to 15:50 UTC
    The Covid19 pandemic has demonstrated that free and non-discriminatory Internet access is essential. This session will discuss the importance of the various facets of Internet openness at times of crisis. Panellists will discuss case studies, strategies and regulations explored in the DCNN annual report (developed in partnership with DC3)on "The Value of Internet Openness at Times of Crisis"
    • Luca Belli, FGV
    • Anriette Esterhuysen, MAG Chair
    • Nikhil Pawha, Medianama
    • Frode Sorensen, Norwegian Telecoms Regulator (Nkom)
    • Aurore Tual, French Telecoms Regulator (ARCEP)
    • KS Park, Korea University Law School/Open Net
    • Smriti Parsheera, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy in New Delhi
    • Apar Gupta, Internet Freedom Foundation
    • Anya Orlova, CyberBRICS
    • Andrey Shcherbovich, Higher School of Economics, Moscow
    • Alejandro Pisanty, Autonomous University Mexico

    IGF 2020 Lessons Learnt from Evidence-Based Research
    6 Nov 17:10 to 18:40 UTC
    This session aims to share insights on (1) digital skills, (2) health, (3) community networks, based on 120 case studies on ICT-based initiatives from 50 countries and to provide practical takeaways for practitioners.

    Christopher Yoo, University of Pennsylvania, USA Muge Haseki, University of Pennsylvania, USA Leon Gwaka, University of Pennsylvania, USA Leandro Navarro, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, SPAIN Claire Sibthorpe, UK Sarbani Banerjee Belur INDIA

    IGF 2020 The Criticality of the Internet for SIDS in a global crisis
    6 Nov 17:10 to 18:40 UTC
    How will Islands cope & survive in a world turned on its head by the social & economic effects of grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic? How can the Internet & related technologies help SIDS economies deal with and recover from the current challenges? More at:

    Session Chairs: Tracy Hackshaw - Trinidad & Tobago Internet Governance Forum (TTIGF) / Internet Society Trinidad & Tobago Chapter (ISOC-TT) & Maureen Hilyard - Chair, ICANN At Large Advisory Committee & Pacific Islands Chapter of the Internet Society (PICISOC) 

    Lead discussants

    • Pacific Islands (Cherie Lagakali, Chair PICISOC, Fiji;  Jackson Miake, Vanuatu; Dalsie Baniala, MAG member, Vanuatu; Maureen Hilyard, ALAC Chair, At-Large, ICANN, Cook Islands; Georgina Naigulevu, PICISOC and Fiji Disability Forum) 
    • Caribbean (June Parris, Barbados; Nigel Cassimire, Caribbean Telecommunications Union & Caribbean IGF convenor; Bevil Wooding, Director, Caribbean Affairs, ARIN; Carlton Samuels, Jamaica; Rhea Yaw Ching, Covela Foundation; Lance Hinds, Guyana)
    • AIMS (Karim Attoumani Mohamed, Comoros)


    Internet Society IGF Youth Ambassadors: Mauricia Abdol-Tshilunda; Ananda Gautam; Herman Ramos; Veronica Piccolo

    IGF Youth: Yao Amevi Amessinou Sossou