Setting the Scene: Topic Insights and Debate Related to the Subthemes of the IGF 2014

2 September 2014 - A Main Session on Other in Istanbul, Turkey

Agenda

2 September, 11.00 - 12.30, Main Meeting Hall  

Goal: Launch the IGF with a panel that frames each of IGF2014's sub-themes by highlighting related topical issues as well as provide participants with tasters for how these sub-themes will be addressed during the rest of the IGF.

Duration: 1.5 hours with about half of this time dedicated to discussion.

Format: A moderated panel made up of speakers with expertise on the sub-themes complemented by organizers or panelists of other main sessions. Inputs will be kept short. The moderator will be assisted by people with roving mikes in the room.

The session will be opened by panelists giving a 5 minute input on topical and controversial issues relevant to the sub-themes (7x5 = 35 minutes)

Questions from floor and debate among speakers (35 minutes)

The session will also provide an overview of how the subthemes will be covered at IGF2014.

Topics to be covered:

Sub-themes for IGF 2014

a) POLICIES ENABLING ACCESS

Speaker: Rohan Samarajiva, LirneAsia, Sri Lanka

Rohan will provide a bird's eye view on progress and challenges in achieving affordable access for all. He will highlight controversial issues that came up in the last year, such as:

  • net neutrality
  • role of governments and regulators vs role of markets: are we getting the balance right so that the benefits get to those who need it most?
  • access for all: public access, access for the poorest of the poor, access for people with disability

Virat Bhatia will provide a review of how the topic will be discussed at the IGF 2014 at workshops and in the 'access' main session.

b) CONTENT CREATION, DISSEMINATION AND USE

Speaker: Stuart Hamilton, International Federation of Library Associations

Stuart will provide a lead in to some of the IG issues related to content creation and distribution such as copyright, digital rights, business models for local content creation and content in local languages, cross border issues, user generated content etc.He will also provide an overview of how the topic is being covered at IGF 2014.

c) THE INTERNET AS AN ENGINE FOR GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT

Speaker: Jacquelynn Ruff, Vice President – International Public Policy, Verizon

The speaker will highlight achievements, but also the ongoing exclusions. The internet has given rise to new business models, and new businesses, new ways of learning and trading. Are we maximizing potential of the internet as tool for creating a more just, equal, peaceful world? If not why not?

d) IGF & THE FUTURE OF THE INTERNET ECOSYSTEM

Speaker: Benedicto Fonseca Filho, Ministy of Foreign Affairs, Government of Brazil

The speaker will summarize the 'state' and 'status' of mulitstakeholder approaches to IG and reflect on its evolution, maturity, uptake, and legitimacy. The input should cover:

  • why MS? a short look back at the threads that contributed to the evolution of this approach, some of which goes back to internet development and management from its outset, and also the WSIS principles
  • the MS approach in IG at national level: challenges and achievements
  • the evolution of MS in the intergovernmental system: changes and challenges
  • the concept of a distributed, decentralized Internet governance ecosystem: what does it mean, does it make sense?
  • NETmundial as a MS decision-making process
  • challenges, contradictions, conflicts, exclusions what next?
  • what role the IGF should play

Subi Chaturvedi will give a short outline of what will be covered in the focus session that deals with this topic.

e) ENHANCING DIGITAL TRUST and f) INTERNET AND HUMAN RIGHTS

Speakers: Walid Al-Saqaf, Program Director Master of Global Journalism (MAGJ), Ãrebro University, Sweden and Joy Liddicoat, Human Rights Specialist, Association for Progressive Communications

Censorship and blocking of sites becoming common place. So has surveillance. The speakers will reflect on current trends, particularly since the mid-2013 revelations, and the Bali IGF in October 2013. What are the trends? Can the Internet be trusted? Who decides what is in the public interest?  Are measures by States to make the internet more 'safe and secure' achieving their intended results? What are the costs? What are the rights implications? What are the implications for an open and unfragmented internet?

The speakers will clarify what is meant by 'the Internet and human rights' and how this issue has evolved, particularly with regard to the right to privacy and the recent report of the High Commissioner for Human Right's report on the 'The Right to Privacy in the Digital Age'.

Joy Liddicoat will also outline how this topic will be covered at IGF2014.

g) EMERGING ISSUES: Network Neutrality and Best Practice Forums

Speaker: Markus Kummer

Markus will provide an overview of why network neutrality issue is so topical at this time and provide an overview of how it is being addressed at the IGF2014. He will also introduce a new innovation at IGF 2014: Best Practice Forums – a mechanism to crowd source best practices in Internet governance and policy-making from the IGF community.

h) CRITICAL INTERNET RESOURCES

Speaker: Marilia Maciel, Centre for Technology and Society, Fundação Getulio Vargas

A very brief overview of the NTIA announcement, its implications, its scope, what has happened since, and what challenges and opportunities it presents.

Susan Chalmers, one of the MAG members organising the IANA panel will provide an overview of what will be covered, and other workshops dealing with this issue at the IGF.

Chair:

Prof. Dr. Kerem Alkin, Rector, Nişantaşı University and Member of the Internet Improvement Board, Chairman of MOBILSIAD (NGO), Turkey 

Moderators:

Jeanette Hofmann, Director of the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, supported by Anriette Esterhuysen, Executive Director, APC

Panellists:

Rohan Samarajiva, LirneAsia, Sri Lanka

Benedicto Fonseca Filho, Ministy of Foreign Affairs, Government of Brazil

Stuart Hamilton, International Federation of Library Associations

Jacquelynn Ruff, Vice President – International Public Policy, Verizon

Marilia Maciel, Centre for Technology and Society, Fundação Getulio Vargas

Walid Al-Saqaf, Program Director Master of Global Journalism (MAGJ), Ãrebro University, Sweden

Joy Liddicoat, Human Rights Specialist, Association for Progressive Communications

Additional people to give input on the main sessions they are organising and how the relevant sub-themes are addressed at IGF2014:

Virat Bhatia (Access)

Subi Chaturvedi (Ecosystem)

Susan Chalmers (IANA transition)

Markus Kummer (NetNeutrality and Best Practice Forums)

Remote moderator:

Emilar Vushe, APC Africa Policy Coordinator, Zimbabwe (confirmed)

Feeder workshops:

 

Not entirely applicable as this takes place before most workshop, and relates to most workshops as the panel addressed all sub-themes.

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