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Published 04.04.23

IGF 2023 Call for Session Proposals

Marlene Fasolt, SDC

The IGF is an annual global multistakeholder forum aimed at facilitating a dialogue on Internet governance. This year’s Internet Governance Forum will be held in a hybrid format in Kyoto, Japan from October 8-12, under the overarching theme "The Internet We Want - Empowering All People." Stakeholders are invited to submit proposals to organize various types of sessions, including workshops, open forums, lightning talks, networking sessions, and more. The deadline to submit session proposals has been extended until 24 May 2023 11:59pm UTC. The submitted session proposals must each address one of the following subthemes:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Emerging Tech
  • Universal Access
  • Data Governance
  • Rights and Freedom
  • Digital Cooperation
  • Economic Issues
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Media and Content
  • Technical and Operation Topics

It is important for children’s rights to play a significant role in this year’s programme. Especially the subthemes human rights and freedoms as well as cybersecurity, cybercrime and online safety, should include children’s rights considerations.

We are looking forward to the active involvement of the children's rights community in the programme design and the development of proposals, as was the case last year. When submitting workshop proposals, it is particularly important to ensure the diversity of everyone involved regarding regional origin, societal group, gender and age.

As this year’s IGF will take place in a hybrid format, meaningful opportunities for participation must be provided for all participants, whether online or on-site. In addition, at least one moderator and two speakers must participate on-site in Kyoto.

Please contact us at jcroll@digitale-chancen.de if you would like to submit a proposal and need support in approaching international partner organizations or selecting speakers. We are also happy to help with the wording of the information to be provided in the submission form.

Further information can be found here.