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Published 15.04.20

One week to go until the deadline for IGF workshop proposals ends on 22 April 2020, midnight

Stiftung 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.