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Sunday, December 17

09:00 CET

Generation Z: Are children conditioned to accept terms and conditions?

Organization: European Schoolnet - Insafe

Title: Generation Z: Are children conditioned to accept terms and conditions?


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.


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.


Sunday December 17, 2017 09:00 - 10:00 CET
Salle 13 Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG)

09:00 CET

10 years of Internet Governance from the SSIG perspective

Organization: South School on Internet Governance - SSIG

Title: SSIG book "Internet Governance in the Americas"


By the time of its 10th anniversary in 2018, the South School on Internet Governance will publish the book "Internet Governance in the Americas"

The book will be edited by Dr. Luca Belli from the Getulio Vargas Foundation and by Dr. Olga Cavalli, Academic Director of the South School on Internet Governance.

It will cover different issues of interst related with Internet Governance with a focus in the Americas, and based on the dialogues held in the SSIG during its ten years of history.

Authors of the book are prestigious experts from the region. Some of them will join us during this session, they are:

Agustin Garzon,   Argentina
Beatriz Lopez,   Brazil
Belisario Contreras,   Colombia
Benedicto Fonseca,   Brazil
Bruno Ramos,   Brazil
Carlos Alvarez,   Colombia
Caterine Garcia,   Peru / Netherlands
Christoph Steck,   España
Claudio Lopez,   Brazil
Claudio Lucena,   Brazil
Edison Lanza,   Uruguay
Eduardo Molina, Quiroga Argentina
Gonzalo Navarro,   Chile
Horacio Azzolin,   Argentina
Humberto Carrasco,    Chile 
Jorge Vega Iracelay,   Argentina
Julio Cesar Vega Gomez,   México
Lacier Dias,   Brazil
Larry Strickling,   USA
Marcos Salt,   Argentina
Margarita Valdés,   Chile
Maryleana Mendez,   Costa Rica
Oscar Messano,   Argentina
Oscar Robles,   Mexico
Thiago Tavares,   Brazil
Pablo Rodriguez, Puerto Rico
Vanda Scartezzini, Brazil
Vanessa Fusco,   Brazil
Luca Belli,   Brazil / Italy
Demi Getschko,   Brazil
Peter Knight,   Brazil
Danilo Doneda,   Brazil
Eduardo Magrani,   Brazil

This session will also invite the Internet community to be informed about the location of the SSIG 2018, the call for applications and other important announcements in this regard.

All SSIG fellows are welcome to join us in this session and share stories and experiences from the South School on Internet Governance.


Session Organizers
avatar for Olga Cavalli

Olga Cavalli

Academic Director, South School on Internet Governance
Olga Cavalli is an Internet leader whose work has been fundamental for enhancing participation of Latin America and the Caribbean in Internet Governance.She is the co-founder and the academic director of the South School on Internet Governance which has granted more than 3,500 fellowships... Read More →

Sunday December 17, 2017 09:00 - 10:30 CET
Salle 2 Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG)

09:00 CET

Founding meeting of a Dynamic Coalition on Schools of Internet Governance

Organization: Medienstadt Leipzig e.V.

Title: Founding meeting of a Dynamic Coalition on Schools of Internet Governance


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.


Sunday December 17, 2017 09:00 - 10:30 CET
Salle 6 Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG)

09:00 CET

ICANNWiki Edit-a-thon

Organization: ICANNWiki

Title: ICANNWiki Edit-a-thon


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.


Sunday December 17, 2017 09:00 - 10:30 CET
Salle 18 Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG)

09:00 CET

SIDS Preparatory Meeting for IGF 2018
Sunday December 17, 2017 09:00 - 11:00 CET
Salle 5 Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG)

09:00 CET


Organization: IGF LAC SPACE



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.


Sunday December 17, 2017 09:00 - 12:00 CET
Salle 14 Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG)

09:00 CET

Working Toward Universal Access: Educate, Engage and Empower

Organization: IEEE

Title: Working Toward Universal Access: Educate, Engage and Empower


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.


Sunday December 17, 2017 09:00 - 13:00 CET
Salle 21+22 Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG)

09:00 CET

Collaborative Leadership Exchange (CLX) on 'Shaping the Digital Future'

Organization: Internet Society

Title: Collaborative Leadership Exchange (CLX) on 'Shaping the Digital Future'


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, Youth@IGF, IEEE, APC and others.

NOTE: Pre-registration is required for this event as there is limited seating capacity available.

Interested persons can register for the event here: http://bit.ly/2gPomva


Session Organizers
avatar for Niel Harper

Niel Harper

Senior Manager, Next Generation Leaders Programmes, Internet Society
Niel Harper is the Senior Manager of the Next Generation Leaders Programmes at the Internet Society where he oversees a number of initiatives focused on developing the next generation of leaders who can address the complex issues at the intersection of technology, policy, and business... Read More →

Sunday December 17, 2017 09:00 - 14:00 CET
Salle 3 Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG)

09:00 CET

Human rights based cybersecurity strategy
A rights-based approach to cybersecurity: A pipe dream or a critical means to a secure and stable internet?
Pre-event to the 2017 Internet Governance Forum

Sunday, 17 December 2017
Centre International de Conférences Genève, Salle 4

Convened by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), Centre for Communications Governance at National Law University Delhi (CCG), Centre for Internet and Society (CIS), Derechos Digitales, Citizen Lab, Global Partners Digital (GPD), Internet Society (ISOC), UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), and Privacy International

Download APC's briefing document on cybersecurity and human rights


09:00-09:15 Registration and welcome: Deborah Brown (APC)

09:15-10:15 Framing: What do we mean by a rights-based approach to cybersecurity? Is such an approach a pipe-dream, or an essential means to a secure and trusted internet?

Panelists:  Chinmayi Arun (CCG), Kathy Brown (ISOC), Marietje Schaake (European Parliament), Francisco Vera Hott (Privacy International)

Moderator:  Peggy Hicks (OHCHR)

10:15-11:45 Year in review: Overview of current initiatives in cybersecurity and stability.

A panel will provide basic outlines of current initiatives including the following: Group of Governmental Experts (GGE); London process (GCCS); Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC); Microsoft’s “Geneva Convention”, among others. Panellists will be asked to reflect on the extent to which these initiatives are or are not, adopting a “rights-based” approach.

Panellists: Mehwish Ansari (ARTICLE 19), Madeline Carr (Cardiff University); Lea Kaspar (GPD),  Kaja Ciglic (Microsoft); Markus Kummer (IGF Best Practice Forum on Cybersecurity), and Chrystiane Roy (Government of Canada)

Moderator: Irene Poetranto (Citizen Lab)

11:45-12:15 Tea/coffee break

12:15-13:15 Deep dive on cybersecurity and human rights issues: What are the obvious risks and challenges? How do policy and norms impact on the human rights and security of people? What are the ‘not-so-obvious’ issues at stake? Who controls the mainstream cybersecurity narrative? Does this need to be challenged, and if so, how?

Panellists: Maarten van Horenbeeck (Technical community); Maryant Fernández (European Digital Rights Initiative); Maria Paz Canales (Derechos Digitales); Luis Fernando García (Red en Defensa de los Derechos Digitales)

Moderator: Lucie Krahulcova (AccessNow)

13:15-14:00 Closing remarks from event convenors outlining possible approaches towards consolidating a rights-based and inclusive approach to cybersecurity.

Speakers:  Sunil Abraham (Centre for Internet and Society) and Matthew Shears (GPD)

Moderator: Anriette Esterhuysen (APC)

Sunday December 17, 2017 09:00 - 14:00 CET
Salle 4 Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG)

09:00 CET

The 12th Annual Symposium of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet)

Organization: GigaNet

Title: The 12th Annual Symposium of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network


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."

Symposium Schedule

9:00 – 9:10  Welcome

Marianne Franklin, Giganet Steering Committee Chair, and Milton Mueller, Program Committee Chair

9:10 – 9:30 Digital Trade
Jeremy Malcolm: Contested Meanings of Inclusiveness, Accountability and Transparency in Trade Policymaking

9:35 – 10:20 The ICANN regime

Undra Baasanjav: International Domain Names (IDNs) and Language Rights
Aaron van Klyton, Soomaree and Arrieta Paredes: The multistakeholder model of Internet governance, ICANN, and the business sector: Practices of hegemonic power 

10:20 – 10:50 Coffee break 

10:50 – 11:35 The ICANN regime (continued)

Jan Aarte Scholte: Complex Hegemony: The IANA Transition in Global Internet Governance
Mark Datysgeld : Understanding the role of States in Global Internet Governance: ICANN as a case study

11:40 – 12:30 Governance of personal data

 René Mahieu, Hadi Asgahri and Michel van Eeten: MAPPED: Creating an evidence base for assessing the effectiveness of the right of access for transparency and user control
Amanda Nunes Lopes Espiñeira Lemos and Lahis Pasquali Kurtz: Sovereignty over personal data in Brazil 

12:30 – 2:00 Lunch 

Poster session:

  • Hans Klein: A Holistic Model of Internet Development and Governance
  • Rafael Prince and Nathalia Patrício: Net neutralities: no neutral definition
  • Brenden Kuerbis and Farzaneh Badiei: Mapping the cybersecurity institutional landscape
  • Raphael Beauregard-Lacroix: Who Owns the Addresses? The IPv4 Addresses Distribution Process, Its Actors and Their Legal Entitlements

2:00 – 2:45  Sovereignty in cyberspace

Stéphane Couture and Sophie Toupin: What Does the Concept of “Sovereignty” Mean in Digital, Network and Technological Sovereignty? 
Sara Solmone: Fulfilling freedom of expression online: The problem of access-based jurisdictional approach in Internet-related cases

2:50 – 4:00  Governance by private actors

Kseniia Ermoshina and Francesca Musiani: Standardizing by running code: The Signal protocol
Louise Marie Hurel and Luisa Lobato: Unpacking Cybernorms: Private companies as norms entrepreneurs
Natasha Tusikov: Internet Firms as Global Regulators

4:00 – 5:15 National regimes

Fabricio Solagna and Diego R. Canabarro: The participation of nongovernmental stakeholders in Internet governance in Brazil: An assessment of CGI.br’s elections 
Yik Chan Chin and Changfeng Chen: Internet Governance in China: Exploration of Power Relationship 
Gianluigi Negro: The Global Construction of the Chinese Internet, 1994 – 2014

5:10 – 6:00  GigaNet business meeting


Session Organizers
avatar for Milton Mueller

Milton Mueller

Professor, Georgia Tech
Milton Mueller is the O.G. of I.G. He directs the Internet Governance Project, a center for research and engagement on global Internet governance. Mueller's books Will the Internet Fragment? (Polity, 2017), Networks and States: The global politics of Internet governance (MIT Press... Read More →

Sunday December 17, 2017 09:00 - 18:00 CET
Salle 15 Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG)

10:00 CET

IGF Newcomers and Youth Track: Introductory Session

The Track aims to help participants attending the IGF annual meeting for the first time, to understanding the IGF processes and to foster the integration of all new-coming stakeholders into the IGF community. 

Its focus is to make the meeting participant's first IGF experience as productive and welcoming as possible. In addition, the Track will especially focus on engaging youth in the discussions that reflect their role in the IGF process.

Session Structure:

This session will include an introduction on the IGF processes from the IGF Secretariat and respective community members.

It will be followed by a substantive training on the nature of the Internet, its different layers and systems with identifying some of the major policy issues and actions delivered by CENTR, EuroISPA, RIPE NCC.

Sunday December 17, 2017 10:00 - 11:30 CET
Salle 13 Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG)

10:30 CET

The challenges of Digital Identity Management in the era of Internet of Things (IoT)

Organization: International Secure Electronic Transactions Organisation - OISTE

Title: The challenges of Digital Identity Management in the era of Internet of Things (IoT)


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?


Sunday December 17, 2017 10:30 - 11:30 CET
Salle 2 Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG)

10:30 CET

Second Meeting of All Schools of Internet Governance (All SIG Meeting)

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.

Sunday December 17, 2017 10:30 - 12:00 CET
Salle 18 Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG)

10:30 CET

The battle for freedom of expression online: Where are the journalists?

Organization: Center for International Media Assistance & International Media Support (IMS)

Title: The battle for freedom of expression online: Where are the journalists?


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.


Sunday December 17, 2017 10:30 - 12:00 CET
Salle 6 Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG)

11:00 CET

Good Governance is a Professional Standard, which builds Trust and Cybersecurity in the entire digital ecosystem
See attached pdf (under presentations) for session description.Presentations will be made available after the session.

Session Organizers
avatar for Moira de Roche

Moira de Roche

Chair, IFIP IP3
IFIP IP3 "Partnering for Trust in Digital" is campaigning for Trust in Digital, which incorporates the Duty of Care, and professionalizing Cyber Security. All this is part of our mission to create and maintain ICT as a global profession.

Sunday December 17, 2017 11:00 - 13:00 CET
Salle 5 Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG)

11:30 CET

Internet Shutdowns in Gambia

Organization: Give1Project

Title: Internet Shutdowns in Gambia


Discussing about internet shutdowns in Gambia. This event will discuss about internet shutdown during elections citing The Gambia as an exampe


Sunday December 17, 2017 11:30 - 13:00 CET
Salle 13 Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG)

11:30 CET

Leveraging business expertise to foster an enabling environment for the digital economy

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


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 and developing solutions to address the many areas of development articulated by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other needs raised by local communities.

Businesses in developed and developing countries contribute 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 have to offer, policy-makers must create legal and regulatory frameworks encourage investment and support innovation.

This event 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. Robust exchanges between diverse business and governmental experts with case examples will provide, participants with a greater understanding of the mutually reinforcing role businesses and governments can play in collaboration with other relevant stakeholders, to ensure the benefits of ICT are widespread and empowering for citizens.

Thus, panelists and participants are invited to share their experience, lessons learnt and challenges (to be) addressed when leading / collaborating on projects aimed to leverage ICT for sustainable development.

Ms Ellen Blackler (The Walt Disney Company, USA)

Mr Omar Mansoor Ansari (TechNation, Afghanistan)
Mr Bobby Bedi (Kaleidoscope Entertainment, India)
Ms Ankhi Das (Facebook, India)
Mr Hossam Elgamal (Information and Decision Support Centre, Egypt)
Mr Jivan Gjorgjinski (Macedonia)
Ms Dominique Lazanski (GSMA, UK)
Mr Juuso Moisander (Ministry of External Affairs, Finland)
Mr Robert L. Strayer (USA)

Ms Jennifer Chung (DotAsia, Hong Kong)
Mr Charles Bradley (GPD, UK)


Ms Carolyn Nguyen (Microsoft, USA)

Session Organizers
avatar for Timea Suto

Timea Suto

Knowledge Manager, ICC BASIS
Timea coordinates activities and input for ICC’s Business Action to Support the Information Society (BASIS). In this role she helps bring together experts that make up the global membership of the advocacy initiative. BASIS acts as the voice of business and facilitates business... Read More →

Sunday December 17, 2017 11:30 - 13:00 CET
Salle 2 Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG)

12:00 CET

The GIPO Observatory Tool and what´s next for policy observatories

Organization: Global Internet Policy Observatory

Title: The GIPO Observatory Tool and what´s next for policy observatories


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


Sunday December 17, 2017 12:00 - 13:30 CET
Salle 14 Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG)

12:00 CET

Towards a global citizens debate on the digital future: involving 'day-to-day'citizens from all over the planet

Organization: MISSIONS PUBLIQUES - Savoir Devenir

Title: Towards a global citizens debate on the digital future: involving "day-to-day"citizens from all over the planet


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 : Fragementation vs unicity, neutrality, regulation, capacity, access, security, literacy, harrassment … without framing them a priori.


Session Organizers

Antoine Vergne

Director of Strategic Partnerships, Missions Publiques
How to involve ordinary citizens into global internet governance?

Sunday December 17, 2017 12:00 - 13:30 CET
Salle 18 Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG)

12:00 CET

Pre-Conference Seminar for CLDP Supported Participants

Organization: Commercial Law Development Program

Title: Pre-Conference Seminar for CLDP Supported Participants


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.


Sunday December 17, 2017 12:00 - 15:00 CET
Salle 6 Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG)

13:00 CET

Data donation: auditing socially relevant algorithms

Organization: Algorithm Watch

Title: Data donation: auditing socially relevant algorithms


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.


Session Organizers
avatar for Lorena Jaume-Palasí

Lorena Jaume-Palasí

Executive Director, AlgorithmWatch

Sunday December 17, 2017 13:00 - 14:00 CET
Salle 21+22 Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG)

13:00 CET

Assessing Role of Internet in State-building Process: Help or Hinderance?

Organization: iRise Hub

Title: Founder

Description: Assessing Role of Internet in State-building Process: Help or Hinderance?


Sunday December 17, 2017 13:00 - 15:00 CET
Salle 2 Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG)

13:00 CET

Towards Meaningful Multistakeholder Mechanisms in Internet Governance

Organization: UNESCO

Title: Towards Meaningful Multistakeholder Mechanisms in Internet Governance


Topic summary

With support of ICANN and ISOC, UNESCO is launching the new publication “What if we all governed the Internet: Advancing multistakeholder participation in Internet governance” as the 11th edition within the UNESCO Internet Freedom series. It was commissioned to achieve better understanding the ways in which multi-stakeholder participation mechanisms have evolved since the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) more than ten years ago. Serving as an authoritative and influential knowledge resource for the range of stakeholders, the publication will help raise awareness and promote multi-stakeholder practice in internet governance around the world.

The session will welcome diverse actors and stakeholders that have been and remain involved in multi-stakeholder 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 multi-stakeholder processes in the future, both at the IGF and beyond.

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.

The session will also see the launching of the Portuguese and Spanish versions of UNESCO’s publication Keystones to foster inclusive Knowledge Societies with the participation of Brazilian Ambassador Benedicto Fonseca.


Joint  Moderators (5’): Mr. Guy Berger, UNESCO Director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development and Ms Xianhong Hu, UNESCO Internet Specialist


Welcome remarks:

5’’ Mr. Frank La Rue, UNESCO ADG for Communication and information

5’ Ms. Constance Bommelaer de Leusse, ISOC

5’ Mr. Chris Disspain, ICANN


Presentation (10’) Ms. Anri van der Spuy, the UNESCO commissioned author of the research



5’ Prof Kyung Sin (KS) Park, Korea University Law School

5’ Ms. Jac SM Kee, APC

5’ Mr. Benedicto Fonseca, Brazilian Ambassador for Internet issues

5’ Ms. Grace Githaiga, Kenya ICT Action Network


10’ Book Launch of Portuguese and Spanish versions of "Keystones to foster inclusive Knowledge Societies" by Mr Guy Berger and Mr Benedicto Fonseca


60’ Discussion


Rapporteur:  Ms. Xianhong Hu, UNESCO


Remote moderator: Mr Guilherme Canela, UNESCO


Notes and photos: Mr. Zhaocan Li, UNESCO


Session Organizers

Sunday December 17, 2017 13:00 - 15:00 CET
Salle 13 Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG)

13:00 CET

Youth for Rights

Organization: Youth for Rights (Y4R)

Title: Youth for Rights


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. 


Sunday December 17, 2017 13:00 - 18:00 CET
Salle 5 Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG)

13:30 CET

Reflections from the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa

Organization: Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA)

Title: Reflections from the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa


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.


Sunday December 17, 2017 13:30 - 15:00 CET
Salle 18 Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG)

13:30 CET

The Need for a Digital Geneva Convention in Times of Cyber(In)Security

Organization: Microsoft

Title: The Need for a Digital Geneva Convention in Times of Cyber(In)Security


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.


Sunday December 17, 2017 13:30 - 15:00 CET
Salle 14 Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG)

14:00 CET

Day Zero: Creating a World of Inclusion in social and economic opportunities for Women from developing countries

Organization: TechWomen and ICT Strategies

Title: Day Zero: Creating a World of Inclusion in social and economic opportunities for Women from developing countries


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. 


Sunday December 17, 2017 14:00 - 16:00 CET
Salle 21+22 Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG)

14:00 CET

Women and LGBTQI in the IGF

Organization: E.I. Research

Title: Women and LGBTQI in the IGF #IGFem #IGFLGBTQI


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.


Session Organizers
avatar for Angie Contreras

Angie Contreras

Youth Observatory /SIG Woman
ISOC Ambassador 2017 | Comunicadora y feminista | Activista digital, blogger en @MConstruyendo y el #BlogAngie | Directora de la revista @QuintaesenciaR| Chair SIG Women
avatar for Renata Aquino Ribeiro

Renata Aquino Ribeiro

Researcher, E.I.
MAG IGF CS. Full bio: http://bit.ly/renataineng

Sunday December 17, 2017 14:00 - 16:00 CET
Salle 3 Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG)

14:00 CET

Disruptive Digital Literacies in the Era of Data Governance: Addressing Generation 'Z', with and beyond Education? organized by Council of Europe in association with Savoir*Devenir




Pre-Event by the Council of Europe in association with Savoir*Devenir


CICG Geneva - Centre International de Conférences, Rue de Varembé 17, Geneva

17 December 2017, 14:00-17:00, Salle 4


This event examines the future of digital literacies and education with regard to data flows and their impact.  At the forefront are Artificial Intelligence, Learning Analytics and the Internet of Things which makes data governance of critical importance for many actors and sectors in society (labour, health, safety, etc.) as well as for the self-determination of future generations including ‘Milennials’ and the even younger ‘Generation Z’. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is setting the pace for the dynamic exercise and implementation of individual management of personal data, with the right to privacy, to data portability, etc.  

Data governance cannot put the burden only on individual responsibility, it should be shared with governments, institutions and structures. So how do we manage the disruption caused by data flows? What digital literacy do we want? What education do we need to prepare the next generation of learners, workers and citizens? What policies for policy-makers and public sector professionals? How can the private sector and civil society contribute, support and benefit?

Draft Agenda

Opening remarks by Divina Frau-Meigs, Professeur Sorbonne Nouvelle, Présidente Savoir*Devenir

Opening Statements by Frank La Rue, Assistant Director-General Communication and Information, UNESCO & Villano Qiriazi, Head of Education Policy Division, Council of Europe

Tour de table on insights, lessons learned and perspectives:


Moderated by Jasmina Byrne, Senior research, UNICEF Innocenti

Key questions to be addressed: How much control over data? What data portability? Critical Thinking vs Magic Thinking? What platform and media responsibility?

Open discussion with input from:

Carl Gahnberg, Global public Policy, ISOC
Pascale Serrier
, Commission nationale de l'informatique et des libertés, CNIL (TBC)
Jelena Mocevic
, European Heritage Days 

Respondent: Ruxa Pandea, No Hate Speech and Cooperation, Council of Europe


Moderated by Villano Qiriazi, Head of Education Policy Division, Council of Europe

Key questions to be addressed: How are young people prepared? Preparedness for e-citizenship?

Open discussion with input from:

Larry Magid, Founder Connect Safely and CBS
Elisabeth Milovidov,
Consultant and Coach on Digital Parenting
Janice Richardson, Senior consultant on children’s rights, education and awareness (Insight)
Stephen Wyber
, Policy and Research Officer, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)
Sophie Valais, Analyst, European Audiovisual Observatory

Respondent: Anca Sandescu, Human rights education and minority rights, trainer on hate speech related issues


Co-moderated by Janice Richardson, Senior consultant on children’s rights, education and awareness (Insight) & Elisabeth Milovidov, Consultant and Coach on Digital Parenting 

Key questions to be addressed: How are citizens skilled and how are these skills updated? What needs, values and competences should be included? How is their agency solicited? How is the capacity to interact/contribute? What level of citizen control/ownership is available to them? How can governments and private sector enable and be enabled?

Open discussion with input from:

Marilia Maciel, Digital Policy Senior Researcher, DiploFoundation
Mathieu Muselet
, Open Badge, la Ligue de l’enseignement    
Yves Mathieu, co-founder, Missions Publiques 

Respondent: Menno Ettema, No Hate Speech and Cooperation, Council of Europe 



Closing remarks: Divina Frau Meigs, Professeur, Sorbonne Nouvelle, President Savoir*Devenir.  

Session Organizers

Lee Hibbard

Internet governance coordinator, Council of Europe

Sunday December 17, 2017 14:00 - 17:00 CET
Salle 4 Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG)

15:00 CET

Teaching Philosophy in Digital Age

Organization: Center For Law and Technology

Title: " Teaching Philsophy in Digital Age"


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.


Sunday December 17, 2017 15:00 - 16:00 CET
Salle 6 Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG)

15:00 CET

How Digital activists are shaping the evolution of the Internet: the voice of civil society in ICANN

Organization: ICANN

Title: How Digital activists are shaping the evolution of the Internet: the voice of civil society in ICANN


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.

Roundtable Speakers (provisional):

- Lousewies van der Laan, ICANN Board (Chair of the session)
- Sarah Kiden, African Regional At-Large Organization (AFRALO)
- Alan Greenberg, Chair At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC)
- Satish Babu, Asian, Australasian and Pacific Islands Regional At-Large Organization (APRALO)
- Niels ten Oever, University of Amsterdam 
- Farzaneh Badii, Chair Non Commercial Stakeholders Group (NCSG) ICANN
- Ayden Férdeline, ICANN Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council and NCSG
- Joan Kerr, Chair Not For Profit Operational Concerns Constituency (NPOC) ICANN (TBC)
- Tatiana Tropina, ICANN Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council and NCSG
- Grace Mutung'u, Berkman Klein Center and KICTANet 

- Jean-Jacques Sahel, VP Stakeholder Engagement & Managing Director - Europe
- Adam Peake, ICANN Civil Society Engagement


Session Organizers

Adam Peake

Civil Society and Academic Engagement, ICANN

Sunday December 17, 2017 15:00 - 16:30 CET
Salle 2 Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG)

15:00 CET

World Economic Forum: An Open Dialogue for Collaboration in the Digital Economy and Society
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

As the digital ecosystem grows increasingly large and complex, there is a critical need to identify and align on the key factors shaping its evolution with the broader digital community. This session will seek to introduce the Forum’s platform approach and share opportunities for engaging with the work of the Forum in a variety of initiatives, seek input and feedback from the IGF community, and raise awareness on the importance of multi-stakeholder collaboration.

Key questions to be addressed include:

  • What are the key leverage points where collaboration is needed to strengthen the inclusion, trustworthiness and sustainability of the digital society?
  • How can the Forum work together with the IGF community more effectively to address shared priorities?
  • How can we accelerate the manner in which we discover and share key insights and learnings? 

Session Organizers
avatar for William Hoffman

William Hoffman

Project Lead, Platform Economy, AI, IoT and Trust, World Economic Forum
William Hoffman heads the World Economic Forum's initiatives on Data-Driven Development and the Global Agenda of the Information and Communications Technology sector. Comprised of a multi-stakeholder community of industry, civil society, governmental and academic leaders, this group works to collectively identify where ICT can positively impact some of the world's m... Read More →

Sunday December 17, 2017 15:00 - 16:30 CET
Salle 14 Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG)

15:00 CET

Latin America in a Glimpse 2017: Gender, Politics and the Internet

Organization: Derechos Digitales

Title: Latin America in a Glimpse 2017: Gender, Politics and the Internet


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.


Sunday December 17, 2017 15:00 - 18:00 CET
Salle 13 Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG)

15:00 CET

Unpacking the Global Conference on CyberSpace 2017 - Charting a forward course

Unpacking the Global Conference on CyberSpace 2017 - Charting a forward course


The fifth iteration of the Global Conference on CyberSpace, the GCCS 2017 took place on November 23 and 24 in New Delhi, India. As perhaps the largest global conference on cybersecurity, it attracted varied participation across stakeholder groups. 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. 

This pre-event hopes to engage persons who are interested in the London process and the themes of GCCS 2017, and through this capture the substantive outcomes of the Conference by unpacking the GCCS 2017 Chair's Statement. Following this, we hope to provide space for collaborative efforts to further the goals of the GCCS 2017.


15.00 - 15.15:

  • Welcome and outlining purpose of the session.

  • Brief outline of the London process and the GCCS.

15.15 - 16.15:

  • Panel Discussion: Unpacking the Chair’s Statement from GCCS 2017. Recap of the Conference and its outcomes.

    • Discussants:

      • Lea Kaspar, Global Partners Digital

      • Marilia Maciel, Diplo Foundation

      • Olaf Kolkman, ISOC

      • Chinmayi Arun, Centre for Communication Governance at National Law University Delhi

      • Moderator: Daniela Schnidrig, Global Partners Digital

  • Structure for the session:

    • Intro by moderator (5 minutes)

    • Discussants interventions and remarks (20 minutes)

    • Q&A (20 minutes)

    • Final remarks by discussants (10)

    • Summary by moderator (5 minutes)

  • Key questions: 

    • Reflections and analysis of conference and its outcomes.

    • Reflections on outcome document. How does the 2017 statement build on the 2015 statement?

    • Civil society engagement in the process

    • How to best balance free expression, openness and security ­- what is the Indian perspective?

    • Roles and responsibilities (paragraph 32 of GCCS 2015 Chair’s Statement) does this reflect the current state of play and the multistakeholder model?

    • What is the purpose, structure and future of the global knowledge sharing platform? How do we engage with it?


16.15 - 16.45 - Tea/coffee break

16.45 - 17.45:

  • Panel Discussion: Charting a forward course: Learnings from the GCCS 2017. Capturing lessons learned and how to build on them for the next Conference.
    • Discussants:

      • Lillian Nalwoga, CIPESA

      • Matthew Shears, Global Partners Digital

      • Kaja Ciglic, Microsoft

      • Deborah Brown, APC

      • Moderator: Smitha Prasad, Centre for Communication Governance at National Law University Delhi

  • Structure for the session:

    • Intro by moderator (5 minutes)

    • Discussants interventions and remarks (15 to 20 minutes)

    • Q&A (20 minutes)

    • Final remarks by discussants (10)

    • Summary by moderator (5 minutes)

  • Key questions:

    • How do we ensure meaningful participation of all participants in future iterations of the conference?

    • How do we maximize discourse so that the sessions are more open and facilitate discussion/questions?

    • How do we ensure that the outcomes are the product of stakeholder consultation ­- what can we learn from GCCS 2017?

    • How do we build on prior GCCSs to maximize inclusion and discussion?

    • How do we ensure continuity over the period between 2017 and 2019?

17.45 - 18.00

  • Moderators to sum-up panels.


Session Organizers
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Shuchita Thapar

Centre for Communication Governance

Sunday December 17, 2017 15:00 - 18:00 CET
Salle 18 Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG)

16:00 CET

Data analysis to enhance global action to identify child victims of sexual abuse and exploitation

Organization: ECPAT International

Title: Data analysis to enhance global action to identify child victims of sexual abuse and exploitation


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 analysis of CSAM data internationally registered in the ICSE Database at INTERPOL as a first step towards production of a set of indicators on CSAM, or the Global Imperative Indicator (GII). 

This pre-event is designed to: 
1. Present the study, including emerging themes and findings so far
2. Engage key stakeholders in discussion about the research
3. Discuss next steps for advocacy surrounding the GII 


Marie Laure - Head of Programme, Online Child Sexual Exploitation, ECPAT International
Amy Crocker - GII Project Manager, ECPAT International 
Hedwig de Jager - INTERPOL Crimes against Children Unit 


Session Organizers
avatar for Amy Crocker

Amy Crocker

Project Coordinator - GII Project, ECPAT International
My experience is in programme coordination, project management and capacity building to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse, including online. I have worked with law enforcement, civil society and the private sector in a number of multi-stakeholder settings around the world... Read More →

Sunday December 17, 2017 16:00 - 18:00 CET
Salle 21+22 Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG)

16:00 CET

Sunday December 17, 2017 16:00 - 18:00 CET
Salle 3 Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG)

16:00 CET

Strengthening cooperation within the context of the IGF: Creating a roadmap for 2018

Organization: De Natris Consult

Title: Strengthening cooperation within the context of the IGF: Creating a roadmap for 2018


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.


Sunday December 17, 2017 16:00 - 18:00 CET
Salle 6 Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG)

16:30 CET

Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace
"Building bridges over troubled waters"
The Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC) 

During this session, members of the GCSC will talk about the Commission, its recently issued "Call to Protect the Public Core of the Internet", and the future of norms in guiding responsible state and non-state behaviour in cyberspace.

GCSC Speakers include: 
  • Vinton Cerf, Chief Internet Evangelist, Google (US)
  • Abdul-Hakeem Ajijola, Steering Committee Member of the OIC-CERT (NG)
  • Anriette Esterhuysen, Director of global policy and strategy, APC (ZA)
  • Marina Kaljurand, GCSC Chair and former Foreign Minister of Estonia (EE)
  • Olaf Kolkman, Chief Internet Technology Officer, ISOC (NL)
  • Wolfgang Kleinwächter, Professor Emeritus, University of Aarhus, former ICANN Board Member (DE)
  • Christopher Painter, former US Cyber Coordinator (US)
  • Marietje Schaake, Member of the European Parliament (NL)
  • Bill Woodcock, executive director of Packet Clearing House (US)

Other speakers include:
  • Ambassador Thomas Fitschen, Director for the United Nations,International Cyber Policy and Counter-Terrorism, Federal Foreign Office of Germany (DE)
  • Katherine Getao, ICT Secretary, Ministry of Information,Communications and Technology, Kenya (KE)

: agenda, the GCSC Call to Protect the Public Core of the Internet, and the GCSC submission for the IGF-BPF Cybersecurity. 

The Commission brings together stakeholders from different communities to develop proposals for norms and policies to enhance the international security and stability of cyberspace. More information about the Commission and its members is available at https://cyberstability.org.

Session Organizers

Alexander Klimburg

Director, The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace

Sunday December 17, 2017 16:30 - 18:00 CET
Salle 14 Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG)

16:30 CET

The DNS and Emerging Identifiers (including DOA)

Organization: ICANN

Title: The DNS and Emerging Identifiers (including DOA)


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.


Sunday December 17, 2017 16:30 - 18:00 CET
Salle 2 Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG)

17:00 CET

Mexico: Identifying best practices on cybersecurity through cooperation

Organization: Coordination of the National Digital Strategy, The Presidency, Mexico

Title: Mexico: Identifying best practices on cybersecurity through cooperation


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.


Sunday December 17, 2017 17:00 - 18:00 CET
Salle 4 Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG)