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Tuesday, December 19 • 16:40 - 18:10
The Role of Internet Governance Content in Shaping our Digital Futures (WS168)

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Diversity in the Internet’s multistakeholder model: the role of Capacity Building and multilingual Internet Governance Content in promoting an Inclusive Internet

Proposer's Name: Ms. DALILA RAHMOUNI and Ms Olga Cavalli
Proposer's Organization: French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and South School on Internet Governance

Co-Proposer's Name: Mr. Dustin Phillips
Co-Proposer's Organization: ICANNWIKI

Co-Organizers:
Ms., Dalila RAHMOUNI, Government, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mr., Emmanuel ADJOVI, International Organization, International Organization of La Francophonie

Dustin Phillips - Civil Society – ICANNWiki

Adrián Carballo - Civil Society - CCAT LAT Centro de Capacitación para América Latina y el Caribe

Julio César Vega Gómez - Private Sector - Asociación de Internet MX

Session Format: Debate - 90 Min

Speakers
Speaker: Emmanuel ADJOVI
Speaker: Charly Berthet - French Digital Coucil

Speaker: Lucena Claudio
Speaker: Garcia Van Hoogstraten Caterine 
Speaker: Witaba Bonface
Speaker: Jennifer Chung

Session Format: Debate - 90 Min

Content of the Session:
In 1990, 75% of the Internet users lived in developed countries. Today, more than 66% of Internet users live in developing countries. In 2030, an overwhelming majority of users will access the Internet from Asia, Africa and Latin America.

With multistakeholder processes and a global set of actors, Internet governance (IG) is often viewed as an inclusive ecosystem. It’s true that the IG community has made progress in becoming more inclusive in recent years, but there is still a lot of work to be done to give everybody a voice in shaping their digital futures. This panel will examine this task through the lens of Internet governance content.

WSIS+10 Outcome Document recognizes that there is a digital divide among developed and developing countries, with a primary dimension being content accessibility.The approach to closing the digital divide must be multidimensional, looking beyond mere connectivity to understand the quality of access to linguistically relevant and localized content. The creation of high quality, multilingual Internet Governance content is one way to help developing countries and the Internet community at large understand the complexity of Internet services and addressing the challenges of regulations, cybersecurity and other technological developments that directly shape their everyday lives.

Promoting an inclusive Internet governance ecosystem is essential to the future of the globally connected Internet. If strides aren’t made toward closing the digital divide and people don’t have a voice in shaping the very resource that shapes their lives dramatically, there will be negative effects for the Internet as a whole.

The debate will be opened under these general ideas:
How inclusive is Internet governance?

How can the different stakeholders contribute to the Internet governance model?
What risks do we face if Internet governance fails to be a truly inclusive ecosystem?
What role does Internet governance content play?
How can we improve Internet governance content?
How can this content be created considering the multilingualism?
How can we go beyond multilingual content to localized content?
What are the challenges related with different scripts? Have IDNs helped?

Relevance of the Session:
In 1990, 75% of the Internet users lived in developed countries. Today, more than 66% of Internet users live in developing countries. In 2030, an overwhelming majority of users will access the Internet from Asia, Africa and Latin America.

The future of the Internet Governance depends on the capacity of the Internet community to be representative of the diversity of world in terms of stakeholders, culture, language, regional representation and gender inclusion.

Tag 1: Access and Diversity
Tag 2: Internet Governance and the role of the different stakeholders
Tag 3: Multilingualism and Local Content

 

 


Session Organizers
avatar for Olga Cavalli

Olga Cavalli

Academic Director, South School on Internet Governance
ISOC Board of Trustees Member President ISOC Argentina chapter Former MAG Member - Advisor Committee to the United Nations Secretary General - IGF GAC Vicechair - ICANN - Argentina Representative Academic Director SSIG - South School on Internet Governance Academic Director - Dom... Read More →


Tuesday December 19, 2017 16:40 - 18:10
Room IX - A United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)

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