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  1. TRUST
    IGF 2020 OF #13 Trust Building in Cyberspace on Public Health Emergencies
    4 Nov 09:20 to 10:20 UTC
    Corresponding to the thematic track of "Trust" of IGF 2020, this Open Forum, under the theme of Trust Building in Cyberspace on Public Health Emergencies, invites representatives of governments, international organizations, enterprises, technical communities, and think tanks across the world to discuss the trust building in cyberspace against the backdrop of international public health emergencies.

    1. Address

    Ms. Qi Xiaoxia, Director General, Bureau of International Cooperation, Cyberspace Administration of China

    Prof. Werner Zorn, Father of the German Internet, Inductee of the Internet Hall of Fame

    2. Keynote Speech

    Session 1: The Impact of International Public Health Emergencies Represented by the COVID-19 on Global Cyberspace Governance and Trust Relationships

    Mr. Paul Wilson, Director General, Asia Pacific Network Information Center (APNIC)

    Prof. Zhou Xiaohua, Fellow of the American Statistical Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Peking University Chair Professor

    Prof. David Robertson, Vice Principal and Head of College of Science and Engineering, University of Edinburgh

    Prof. Dr. Dr. Ayad Al-Ani, Associated Member, Einstein Center Digital Future

    Session 2: The Role of Internet Technology Innovation in Responding to International Public Health Emergencies

    Prof. Kilnam Chon, Father of the Korean Internet, Inductee of the Internet Hall of Fame

    Ms. Li Qian, Executive Expert of Legal and Policy Research Department, Alibaba Group

    Mr. Koh King Kee, President of Centre for New Inclusive Asia

    Session 3: Methods and Paths for Building Trust Mechanism in Cyberspace against the Backdrop of International Public Health Emergencies

    Dr. Jiang Yang, Director of the Institute of International Governance, Chinese Academy of Cyberspace Studies

    Prof. Luca Belli, Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation, Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV)

    3. Discussion 

    Mr. Karim Alwadi, Research Fellow, Renmin University of China

    Mr. Oleg Abdurashitov, Head of CEO Office, Kaspersky


    IGF 2020 OF #14 Copyright and inclusion
    4 Nov 12:10 to 13:10 UTC
    WIPO is deeply involved in promoting the "Inclusion" of people with disabilities. Beyond helping countries to implement the Marrakesh Treaty, WIPO leads an ambitious set of initiatives under the Accessible Books Consortium (ABC), already changing the lives of thousands of people with a visual impairment around the world.

    Mr. Scott Labarre, World Blind Union - “The Marrakesh Treaty and its impact on inclusion”

    Ms. Monica Halil, WIPO - "the Accessible Books Consortium (ABC)"

    Ms. Aria Indrawati, Mitra Netra Foundation - “WIPO ABC Capacity building programs: the experience of Indonesia”

    Mr. Rafael Ferraz, WIPO - "SCCR Study on Access to Copyright Protected Works by Persons with Disabilities"

    Mr. Christian Vogler, Gallaudet University - “People with disabilities and access to content: challenges and solutions” 

    IGF 2020 OF #16 Internet Governance with and for the Citizens
    4 Nov 13:20 to 14:20 UTC
    Humanity deserves and asks for better governance. Both citizens and decision-makers are ready to experiment with new approaches. Decisions taken on behalf of 7+ billion human beings require to augment the traditional expertise with the vision and experience of ordinary citizens that will enrich, legitimize, and strengthen the decisions.

    Moderator: Antoine Vergne [email protected]

    Co-moderator: Benoit  VERHULST [email protected]





  4. DATA
    IGF 2020 OF #39 OECD – Policy responses from COVID19 and the digital economy
    4 Nov 17:10 to 18:10 UTC
    This Open Forum will report on the key messages from the OECD work on COVID-19 and the digital economy. It will also present some highlights from the upcoming OECD publication "Digital Economy Outlook 2020". Together with representatives of government, business, civil society and international organisations, it will foster a reflection on opportunities and challenges for the digital economy during and beyond COVID-19.
    • Ms Audrey Plonk, Head of Digital Economy Policy Division, OECD
    • Ms Carolina Botero, Representative of the Civil Society Information Society Advisory Council (CSISAC) to the OECD
    • Mr Bengt Molleryd, Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) and Chair of OECD’s working Party on Communication Infrastructure and Services Policy
    • Ms Carolyn Nguyen, Director of Technology Policy, Microsoft
    • Ms Golestan (Sally) Radwan, Minister Advisor for Artificial Intelligence, Ministry of Communications & Information Technology of Egypt
    • Mr Mark Uhrbach, Chief of Digital Economy Metrics at Statistics Canada and Chair of the OECD’s Working Party on Measurement and Analysis of the Digital Economy
    • Mr Yves Verhoeven, Deputy Director of Strategy at the National Cybersecurity Agency of France (ANSSI) and Chair of the OECD’s Working Party on Security in the Digital Economy

    IGF 2020 OF #31 Safe digital spaces, a dialogue on countering cyberviolence
    4 Nov 17:50 to 18:50 UTC
    • Chenai Chair, Web Foundation (Moderator)
    • Helene Molinier, Senior Manager for the Action Coalition on Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality at UN Women
    • Bhavna Jha, IT for Change
    • Marwa Azelmat, APC
    • Mariana Valente, InternetLab
    • Cindy Southworth, Facebook

  6. TRUST
    IGF 2020 OF #20 Attention economy and free expression?
    5 Nov 07:30 to 08:30 UTC
    Freedom of expression is increasingly shaped by technologies that rank speech for profit and alter the business model of news outlets away from reader trust and towards “clicks”. Based on the Committee of Ministers Declaration on the manipulative capabilities of algorithmic processes, the session will discuss how to protect freedom of expression and media freedom in the “attention economy”, where the dominant business models reward engagement and noise over deliberation and facts.

    Moderator: Patrick Penninckx, Head of Information Society Department, Council of Europe


    • Amy Brouillette, Research Director, Ranking Digital Rights (RDR)

    • Joe McNamee, Independent Consultant, Council of Europe Expert Committee on Freedom of Expression and Digital Technologies

    • Prof. Dr. Alexandra Borchardt, Media Adviser and Journalist, Journalism Professor, Universität der Künste, Berlin/ Head of Digital Journalism Fellowship, Hamburg Media School

    • Aurélien Maehl, Senior Public Policy Manager, Europe, DuckDuckGo

    IGF 2020 OF #21 Strengthening Implementation Capacities for AI Ethics
    5 Nov 08:40 to 09:40 UTC
    How can ethical principles for AI be implemented? How do we translate high-level principles into policies? What kind of human and institutional capacities are needed to govern AI? These are some of the questions that experts from national, regional and international organizations working on the governance of AI would be focusing on during the session.

    Moderator:  Sasha Rubel, UNESCO


    • Dafna Feinholz, UNESCO
    • Léonard Bouchet, European Broadcasting Union (EBU)
    • Jed Horner, International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
    • Jan Kleijssen, Council of Europe 
    • Nicolas Miailhe, The Future Society
    • Clara Neppel, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
    • Sophie Peresson, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) 
    • Karine Perset, OECD
    • Benjamin Prud’homme, Quebec Institute for Artificial Intelligence (MILA) 
    • Sally Radwan, Arab League Working Group on AI (Egypt)

  8. TRUST
    IGF 2020 OF #23 EU Delegation to the IGF & the Youth IGF
    5 Nov 09:50 to 10:50 UTC
    High Level UN IGF Open Forum Social media: @globalyouthigf The format of the Open Forum is intended to be a debate between the Youth IGF leaders and executives of the Information Society.  The discussion between the leaders and the young representatives is proposed to be focused this year on the engagement of the Youth IGF leaders during the COVID crisis and the role of the youth activism in digital in the scope of resolution of crisis situations.


    Dr. Sidi OULD SALEM, Minister of ICT and porte-parole of the government, Mauritania

    Ministre de l’enseignement supérieur, de la recherche scientifique et des technologies de l’information et de la communication Porte-parole du Gouvernement, République de Mauritanie

    ✓Bocar A.BA, CEO & Board Member, SAMENA, Telecommunications Council, UAE

    Ambassador Marina KALJURAND, MEP, Former Estonian Foreign Minister, Former Chair of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace, EU 

    Casper KLYNGE, Vice President of Microsoft, Former Diplomat, EU

    ✓Prof. Dr. Rolf WEBER, Professor of international business law, Zurich University

    Co-director of the Research Program on Financial Market Regulation, the Center for Information Technology, Society, and Law and the Blockchain Center

    Youth IGF Leaders: Bulgaria, Indonesia, Kenya, Philippines

    MODERATOR: Yuliya MORENETS, Youth IGF, Founder 

  9. TRUST
    IGF 2020 OF #18 Safety by Design - implementation and impact
    5 Nov 10:20 to 11:20 UTC

    Julie Inman Grant - eSafety Commissioner

    Industry representatives - Dieter Carstensen, Director, Head of Digital Child Safety, at LEGO and Stephen Collins, Senior Director, Public Policy International, at Snap Inc

    Tertiary sector - Professor Amanda Third is Professorial Research Fellow in Digital Social and Cultural Research in the Institute for Culture and Society and Co-Director of the Young and Resilient Research Centre at Western Sydney University whom eSafety has consulted as part of its SbD initiative and whom it has been working alongside in its international engagements.

    Youth representative - a pre-recorded video representing youth perspectives and illustration of eSafety's SbD Youth Vision Statement (provided in full in the background paper attached).

    IGF 2020 OF #6 African Union Open Forum
    5 Nov 12:30 to 13:30 UTC
    As this forum is organized by the highest continental body in Africa, stakeholders are encouraged to participate and share views on the way forward on IG issues in Africa.

    Moctar Yedaly, African Union;Adil Sulieman, African Union; Makane Faye, African IGF Secretariat; Mary Uduma, African IGF- MAG; Mactar Seck, UNECA; Sandro Bazzanella, PRIDA.

  11. TRUST
    IGF 2020 OF #24 Online Safety Technology: Towards a Global Market?
    5 Nov 12:30 to 13:30 UTC
    This session will: showcase work to define, consolidate and grow the Safety Tech market; explore the extent to which the challenges and opportunities we have identified in the UK reflect those of other countries; and, discuss how international collaboration may help to develop and grow the global market.


    • Kevin Cunnington, Digital Envoy for the UK 


    • Professor Mary Aiken, CyberPsychologist and INTERPOL advisor (Ireland)

    • Professor Simon Saunders, Director of Emerging and Online Technology, Ofcom (UK)

    • Ian Stevenson, Chair of UK Online Safety Tech Industry Association (UK)

    • Roni Gur, VP Marketing, L1ght (US and Israel)

    • Deepak Tewari, CEO, (Switzerland)

  12. TRUST
    IGF 2020 OF #25 Freedom Online Coalition Open Forum
    5 Nov 13:50 to 14:50 UTC
    This panel discussion will explore the challenges and opportunities faced by Freedom Online Coalition (FOC) Members in promoting human rights-based approaches to managing the growing malign threat of online disinformation.
    • Rauno Merisaari, Ambassador for Human Rights and Democracy, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Finland
    • Campbell Davis, Head of Digital Policy, Cyber Policy Department, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, United Kingdom
    • Akua Gyekye, Regional Lead for Strategic Response, Middle East and Africa, Facebook

  13. TRUST
    IGF 2020 OF #44 ICANN Open Forum - Technical Internet Governance
    5 Nov 16:30 to 17:30 UTC
    The Open Forum will address ICANN’s role in technical Internet governance and some of the threats that have emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic. The four panelists (ICANN’s CEO and President, the Chair of the ICANN Board and a Member of the ICANN Board and ICANN’s Chief Technology Officer) will make time to answer questions you might have.

    Maarten Botterman, ICANN Chairman of the Board of Directors

    Göran Marby, ICANN CEO and President

    Merike Käo, SSAC Liaison to the ICANN Board of Directors

    David Conrad, SVP and Chief Technology Officer



  14. DATA
    IGF 2020 OF #30 Human rights and the use of AI in the field of health
    5 Nov 17:40 to 18:40 UTC
    The area of health is considered an important field for use of AI, but has also stirred many human rights discussions. Medical data and online apps can support improved health outcomes. But they might also exacerbate inequalities and erode privacy. Such concerns became more visible amidst discussions around the use of online data to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. This session addresses discusses how AI can be best used in the area of health and how governments should respond to the challenges.

    Martha Stickings, European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

    Ritva Halila, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finland and member of Council of Europe Bioethics Committee

    Andreas Reis, World Health Organization (WHO)

    Oliver Smith, Koa Health

    Katarzyna Szymielewicz, Panoptykon Foundation, European Digital Rights (EDRi)

  15. TRUST
    IGF 2020 OF #34 Global Forum on Cyber Expertise (GFCE)
    5 Nov 19:20 to 20:20 UTC
    The Global Forum on Cyber Expertise (GFCE) - increasing trust through building capacity. This Open Forum will present the efforts of the GFCE and its constituent members as a global platform for the coordination of cyber capacity building.


    Ms. Joanna Kulesza, Assistant Professor of International Law and Internet Governance, University of Lodz (Moderator)

    Mr. Christopher Painter, President GFCE Foundation Board

    Ms. Carolin Weisser Harris, Lead International Operations, Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre (GCSCC)

    Mr. Enrico Calandro, Co-Director C3 Southern Africa & Chair GFCE Research Committee

    Ms. Racky Seye Samb, Head of Office, Ministry of Digital Economy and Telecommunications, Senegal

    Mr. Moctar Yedaly, Head of Information Society Division, African Union Commission

  16. TRUST
    IGF 2020 OF #27 Promoting Trust on the Internet through Osaka Track
    6 Nov 08:00 to 09:00 UTC
     The Internet space is the foundation of the digitalized activities in society and economy. In order to strengthen inclusive and sustainable development, it is critical to maintain the free, open and secure Internet space where the maximum benefits of innovation are realized. Therefore, Fostering “trust” in the Internet space is essential to promote “data free flow with trust”.

    ■Opening Remarks

    Mr.  Shintani Masayoshi, State Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications, the Government of Japan

    ■Keynote speaker

    Dr. Vint Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google


    - Prof. Jun Murai, Keio University

    - Mr. Lacina Koné, Director-General, Smart Africa

    - Ms. Rinalia Abdul Rahim, Senior Vice President, Strategy, Communications and Engagement, Internet Society

    - Dr. Rudolf Gridl, Head of Division VIA5, Internet Governance and International Digital Dialogue, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, the Government of Germany (the host country of IGF2019)

    - Ms. Timea SUTO, ICC Business Action to Support the Information Society (BASIS) 


  17. TRUST
    IGF 2020 OF #32 Trustworthy internet technologies against COVID-19
    6 Nov 08:00 to 09:00 UTC
    Technology has played a key role in the COVID-19 global health crisis outbreak and it will play an even more important role in supporting countries and citizens to overcome the crisis. This session will look at how effective technology-based measures have been in tackling the spread of the virus; how they have ensured the respect of laws and fundamental rights; and what lessons can be learned for the development of trustworthy internet technologies and their use for public policy purposes

    Gemma Carolillo - Deputy Head of Unit, Next-Generation Internet, DG CNECT

    Dirk-Willem van Gulik - Special advisor to NL government for COVID-19 tracing apps

    Dr. Huang Yen-Nun Director for Research Center for Information Technology Innovation (CITI),  Academia Sinica, Taiwan and Hong-Wei Jyan - Director General, Department of Cyber Security of Taiwan, responsible for the development of the apps on COVID-19 

    Jelena Malinina - Digital health, policy officer at  BEUC, the European consumer organisation

    IGF 2020 OF #33 WSIS Action Lines achieving the SDGs: WSIS Forum 2021 OCP
    6 Nov 09:10 to 10:10 UTC
    The WSIS Forum 2021 Open Consultation process (OCP) aims at ensuring a participatory and inclusive spirit of the Forum. This process actively engages multistakeholders in the preparatory process to ensure broad ownership and further improvements of the Forum. The Open Consultation Process will include a collection of inputs from regional and national WSIS related events and therefore work towards shaping the Themes and Format of WSIS Forum 2021. New open calls will be described and promoted.

    Opening Remarks:

    • Mr. Catalin Marinescu, Head of Strategic Planning Division, SPM, ITU
    • Mr. Joe Hironaka, Programme Specialist, UNESCO 
    • Ms. Scarlett Fondeur Gil, Economic Affairs Officer, UNCTAD
    • Ms. Minerva Novero-Belec, Policy Specialist, UNDP

    Moderators and Presenters:

    Ms. Gitanjali Sah, Strategy and Policy Coordinator, ITU, and Mr. Vladimir Stankovic, Program Officer, ITU

  19. TRUST
    IGF 2020 OF #40 Multitude of initiatives, single objective: stability
    6 Nov 10:20 to 11:20 UTC
    Over the recent years, various stakeholders launched initiatives on cybersecurity. Such rise of initiatives will inevitably influence the security and stability of cyberspace not necessarily by competing against one another, but forming a joint effort. This Open Forum will aim to be a platform to share information and develop common responses and find common denominators to build confidence among stakeholders, in order to contribute to the stability of cyberspace.

    H.E Ambassador Tadeusz Chomicki, ambassador for Cyber and Tech Affairs, Poland

    Ms Farlina Said, Analyst, Institute of Strategic and International Studies, Malaysia

    Mr Siim Alatalu, Director, EU Cybernet

    Mr Maarten Van Horenbeeck, Director, Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST)

    Mr Jérôme Nicolaï, FSociety Team, Apps 4 Digital Peace Competition 1st Place winner

  20. DATA
    IGF 2020 OF #28 Swiss Open Forum on Self-Determination in the Digital Space
    6 Nov 10:50 to 11:50 UTC
    During this session, members of the Swiss Digital Self-Determination network will present their work to enhance civic and economic participation in the digital space, based on the values of self-determination and will elaborate on concrete use cases to promote high-quality data spaces that allow reliable data exchange between all stakeholders. The session will also gather international inputs and views on this initiative, with a view of considering the development of an international network.

  21. DATA
    IGF 2020 OF #46 Beyond Personal Data: Literacy, Sovereignty and Rights
    6 Nov 12:00 to 13:00 UTC
    • Global convention for the implementation of Internet governance in order to promote global understanding and respect among countries. • Acknowledgment of everybody’s right (personal data) being held and kept by various operators in the world, as part of globally acceptable personal data protection. • Mutual benefits in digital economy ecosystem for both international and local participants.
    • Ministry of Communication and Information Technology of the Republic of Indonesia
    • Edmon Chung, DotAsia, CEO
    • Arthit Suriyawongkul, Thai Netizen Network, Trinity College Dublin

    IGF 2020 OF #12 EQUALS in Tech Awards 2020
    6 Nov 13:00 to 14:00 UTC
    This award will be presented in the following categories: Access, Skills, Leadership in Tech, Leadership in SMEs and Research

    Welcome Remarks
    Ms. Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Director, ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau

    Keynote Address

    Ms. Silvina Moschini, Founder of SheWorks! and TransparentBusiness first Unicorn women-led.  EQUALS in Tech Award Winner 2019


    Announcement of Winners


    • Access Category: Ensuring that women and girls have full access to digital technologies, devices and services. Presenter: Mr. Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA
    • Skills Category: Empowering women and girls to acquire skills to become both ICT users and creators in the digital world and STEM fields. Presenter: Mr. Houlin Zhao, Secretary General, ITU
    • Research Category: Sharing research to enable data-driven and evidence-based action in support of digital gender equality. Presenter: Dr. David Malone, Rector, UN University
    • Leadership in SMEs Category: Supporting women entrepreneurs and creators in technology. Presenter: Ms. Pamela Coke-Hamilton, Executive Director, ITC
    • Leadership in Tech Category: Promoting women in decision-making roles and leadership opportunities in the digital workforce. Presenter: Ms. Anita Bhatia, Deputy Executive Director, Resource Management, UN System Coordination, Sustainability and Partnerships, UN Women

  23. DATA
    IGF 2020 OF #49 Upholding Rights in the State-Business Nexus: C19 and beyond
    6 Nov 13:10 to 14:10 UTC
    This session will focus on strategies and practices to advance human rights when governments procure, license or form partnerships to make use of new digital technologies. In a context where contact tracing-apps are developed through public-private partnerships, States should take additional steps to protect against human rights abuses by business enterprises that receive substantial support and services from State agencies and where appropriate, require human rights due diligence.
    • Gary Davis, Global Director of Privacy & Law Enforcement Requests, Apple 
    • Stephanie Hankey, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Tactical Tech
    • Philip Dawson, Lead Public Policy, Element AI
    • John Howell, Director, Human Rights Scrutiny, Australian Human Rights Commission

  24. IGF 2020 OF #50 Technology and Governance – opportunities and risks for safety of children online
    6 Nov 14:10 to 15:10 UTC
    The session will focus on the key aspects around technology and governance that are shaping our ability to effectively respond to threats and harms faced by children online, such as: access to technology tools to protect children online, regulatory frameworks on digital platforms and their interplay with safety considerations, unequal capacities across the globe to prevent and respond to online threats and the role of international collaboration.
    • Baroness Beeban Kidron OBE, Founder and Chair of 5Rights Foundation
    • John Tanagho, Director of the Center to End Online Sexual Exploitation of Children, International Justice Mission
    • Signy Arnason, Associate Executive Director, Canadian Center for Child Protection
    • Emilio Puccio, Coordinator, European Parliament Intergroup on Children's Rights

  25. DATA
    IGF 2020 OF #29 Global Encryption Coalition
    6 Nov 17:10 to 18:10 UTC
    Session on the Global Encryption Coalition and the global encryption debate around the world - what's at stake and what we can do about it.

    Natalie Campbell, Director, Community Organizing and Public Advocacy, Internet Society

    Mishi Choudry, Legal Director and Founder of Software Freedom Law Center and Founder

    Michele Neylon, Owner & CEO, Blacknight Solutions

    Greg Nojeim, Senior Counsel and Director, Freedom, Security and Technology Project, Center for Democracy and Technology

    Ryan Polk, Senior Policy Advisor, Internet Society

    Courtney Radsch, PhD, Advocacy Director, Committee to Protect Journalists

    IGF 2020 OF #43 Fostering ICT to mitigate the aftermath of human tragedy
    6 Nov 18:20 to 19:20 UTC
    Report on the initiative by on fostering ICT to mitigate the aftermath of human tragedy.

    Jefferson de Oliveira Silva - Brazilian Network Information Center (

    Marcos Cesar de Oliveira Pinto, Director for Innovation and Entrepreneurship policies

  27. TRUST
    IGF 2020 OF #42 Personal Sovereignty: Digital Trust in the Algorithmic Age
    6 Nov 19:30 to 20:30 UTC
    This session will explore dimensions of the challenges and opportunities in identifying innovative approaches to promote and use technologies for sustainable development. It will address how the shared goal of sustainable development can be realized by harnessing technologies, while at the same time minimizing their disruptive and adverse effects.

    Mr. John Havens, IEEE

    Ms. Moira Patterson, IEEE

    Dr. Salma Abbasi, eWorldwide Group

  28. TRUST
    IGF 2020 OF #42 Personal Sovereignty: Digital Trust in the Algorithmic Age
    10 Nov 18:30 to 19:30 UTC
    This session will explore dimensions of the challenges and opportunities in identifying innovative approaches to promote and use technologies for sustainable development. It will address how the shared goal of sustainable development can be realized by harnessing technologies, while at the same time minimizing their disruptive and adverse effects.

    Mr. John Havens, IEEE

    Ms. Moira Patterson, IEEE

    Dr. Salma Abbasi, eWorldwide Group