One week to go until the deadline for IGF workshop proposals ends on 22 April 2020, midnightStiftung Digitale Chancen
Workshops for the 15th Internet Governance Forum can still be submitted until 22 April. The form is available at https://www.intgovforum.org/multilingual/content/igf-2020-workshop-proposal-form. The IGF will take place in Katowice, Poland from 2 to 6 November 2020. Currently, the responsible persons at the United Nations and the host, the Polish government, assume that the Forum will take place on site as planned. The Multistakeholder Advisory Group explicitly calls for workshop proposals to be submitted even though, due to travel restrictions, not all speakers* may currently be able to give their consent to participate on site; technical requirements for virtual participation will be in place.
In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of addressing the various aspects of Internet governance is now becoming increasingly clear. Deliberate misreporting and the manipulation of information regarding the origin and spread of the virus have just as negative an impact as the infringement of privacy through web conferences held at the kitchen table, the endangerment of children and young people through more time spent using digital connected devices, and the deepening of a digital divide between those who can compensate for a lack of personal exchange and restrictions in education through the use of digital media. The four tracks of the IGF 2020: Data, Environment, Inclusion and Trust will address all these issues.
IGF 2020 Call For Validation of Thematic TracksStiftung Digitale Chancen
Based on community input received earlier and discussion during the First IGF 2020 open consultations and face-to-face MAG meeting, the MAG agreed that the IGF 2020 programme should again be structured along main thematic tracks as in 2019 cycle. While the themes addressed at IGF 2019 in Berlin Data Governance; Digital Inclusion and Security, Safety, Stability, Resilience are still relevant two additional themes were identified - climate change and environmental sustainability and digital economy - as important issues that should be considered for the 2020 programme. A number of stakeholders felt that these topics are at the centre of current global discussions and political processes.
To facilitate continuity and accommodate the range of sub-themes and issues linked to the three tracks the MAG proposed simplifying the wording of the thematic tracks to:
- Data (adapted from 2019’s Data Governance)
- Inclusion (adapted from 2019’s Digital Inclusion)
- Trust (adapted from 2019’s Security, Safety, Stability, Resilience)
Simplifying the titles of the tracks, but still linking them clearly to the 2019 tracks will enable building on and deepening 2019 discussion as well as allowing for new subthemes and issues within each track to be addressed. Through this consultative process, the MAG wishes to validate the above-mentioned thematic tracks and get input on how to deal with the proposals for additional themes.
All stakeholders are invited to express feedback to this call by responding to the form provided at https://www.intgovforum.org/multilingual/content/igf-2020-call-for-validation-of-thematic-tracks.
Deadline for submission is Thursday 6 February 2020, 23:59 UTC.