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Monday, December 18 • 09:00 - 10:30
Data governance and policy: Developing a curriculum (WS186)

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Proposer's Name: Ms. Roxana Radu
Proposer's Organization: Geneva Internet Platform
Co-Proposer's Name: Ms. Tereza Horejsova
Co-Proposer's Organization: Geneva Internet Platform
Mr,Francois,GREY,Academia,University of Geneva

Session Format: Round Table - 90 Min

Country: Switzerland
Stakeholder Group: Civil Society

Country: Switzerland
Stakeholder Group: Civil Society


Alberto Pace, Head of Storage at CERN
Sophie Huber,
Director of the Center for continuing and distance education, UNIGE

Phillippa Biggs, Coordinator, Broadband Commission for Digital Development, ITU

Pierre Mirlesse, Vice president for Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Public Sector business in the EMEA region
Heather Leson,
Data Literacy Lead, Policy, Strategy and Knowledge, IFRC

Moderator: Katharina Hoene,
Research Associate Diplomacy and Global Governance, DiploFoundation

Online moderator: Roxana Radu, Programme Manager, Geneva Internet Platform and DiploFoundation

Content of the Session:
Data is at the core of modern society, from our digital footprint via e-mail and social media, through to big data analytics. Artificial intelligence further increases the power and relevance of data. Cross-border data flows are challenged by policy decisions, in a similar way as the movement of goods, services, and people across borders. Data appears in two major realms. First, data is a tool used to develop better policies on health, trade, migration, and climate, to name just few relevant areas. Second, data is a topic of diplomatic negotiations addressing privacy, security, digital trade, and other important issues.

Data governance and policy requires new skills and techniques. The demand for data policy experts is not being met by supply. While there are training and academic courses for data scientists, there are no courses for data policy specialists.

The workshop will discuss a curriculum that should be used for capacity development, training, and academic activities to improve policy-making. It will build, among others, on DiploFoundation’s experience in Internet governance capacity development and studies on digital capacity development. More specifically, the workshop will be a follow-up to discussions conducted in Geneva during 2017, including a workshop held during WSIS Forum 2017.

The session will focus on policy, legal, human rights, and economic skills and knowledge. The outputs from the discussion will form the basis for a Report on Curriculum for Data Governance and Policy which will be finalised in 2018. This curriculum will offer practical support for addressing the needs of specialists worldwide in the highly relevant field of data governance and policy. 

Relevance of the Session:
The session will deal primarily with data, a term that is tackled from several Internet governance angles, including privacy, security, infrastructure, and content policy - to name but a few.

With regards to the main theme, given that data is at the core of modern society and its digital future, dealing with data from different standpoints is crucial to ensure that it is used meaningfully as a tool, and addressed adequately in negotiations on the subject. Capacity development is an important starting point to dealing with data.

Tag 1: Data
Tag 2: Capacity Building
Tag 3: International Geneva

The session will tap into the expertise of the speakers, to tackle data from the technology, economic, and policy perspectives. The speakers will provide viewpoints to open the discussion (5-minute interventions), followed by a moderated discussion with participants. 

The session will aim to bring in a diversity of voices and viewpoints. In addition to the confirmed speakers listed above, the organisers will invite other speakers that will bring more diversity to the session (in terms of stakeholder group, region, gender). These include representatives from the African Union, the Swiss National Science Foundation, and academic institutions from different regions.

While the speakers will ensure a diversity of views at the start of the session, for the rest of the session, the moderator will make sure to engage as many participants as possible, thus ensuring that multiple policy perspectives (legal, human rights, economic, etc.) are shared during the discussions.

Onsite Moderator: Katharina Hoene
Online Moderator: Roxana Radu
Rapporteur: Barbara Rosen Jacobson

Online Participation:
Online participation will include monitoring and input of social media feeds by the online moderator. True participation will be ensured for online discussion participants through equal opportunity to intervene using strategies for instant communication between the panel moderator and online participant moderators, to overcome the frequent lag in online input, which can cause online input to be out of sync (too late) with the discussion. Online participants will speak to the room when possible, with a backup for text input with online moderator representation to the room when necessary and appropriate. Online participant input will be respected, i.e., it will not be summarised or edited by the online moderator, but presented on equal footing to onsite participation. Online participants will follow the same rules for timing and rotation of input.

Moderators for online participation are trained for this task, and well-versed in the topic.

Discussion facilitation:
The session will start with a 5-minute intervention from the speakers, followed by a moderated discussion with the participants (onsite and online). They will interact with the speakers on the subject and share their views, experiences, and suggestions.

Mics will be rotated among stakeholder queues to ensure equal opportunity for different stakeholder groups, as well as online and onsite participants.

Conducted a Workshop in IGF before?: Yes
Link to Report: http://www.intgovforum.org/multilingual/content/igf-2016-day-4-room-7-ws-149-finding-ways-to-build-confidence-in-stakeholder-legitimacy


The workshop will start with 5-min introductory remarks from the speakers on building a data governance curriculum. An experienced moderator will then open the floor for an interactive discussion with participants in situ and online. The workshop will enlist the key elements of a future data curriculum.

Session Organizers

Monday December 18, 2017 09:00 - 10:30 CET
Room XI - A United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)