APNIC participated at the 2019 Internet Governance Forum (IGF 2019) in Berlin, Germany, from 25 to 29 November 2019.
IGF 2019 welcomed 3,679 participants from 161 economies around the world to participate in 200 sessions on the theme ‘One World. One Net. One Vision’ and sub-themes: Data Governance, Digital Inclusion, and Security, Safety, Stability and Resilience.
UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres and German Chancellor, Angela Merkel both spoke at the Opening Ceremony, and both supported the UN as the appropriate platform for reshaping global Internet governance to ensure a free, open, and decentralized Internet that is secure and stable, and can support development for all. They further reinforced the IGF as the most appropriate forum for advancing and evolving Internet governance norms and frameworks.
- Sylvia Cadena helped organize three sessions:
- Safety/Security Introductory session [Final Report]
- Safety/Security Concluding session [Final Report]
- Addressing terrorist and violent extremist content online (as an IGF Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) member)
- Sylvia also gave a brief report of the two Safety/Security sessions at the Closing Ceremony.
- Sylvia and Rajesh Chaaria, APNIC EC Secretary, are both members of the IGF MAG and participated in several MAG and related meetings during the forum.
- Pablo Hinojosa helped organize a session entitled, ‘Usual suspects: questioning the cybernorm-making boundaries‘ on a better understanding of cybernorms between the policy and technical communities. Read more about the evolution of this session, and the role the technical community can play in improving the efficiency of cybernorms.
- Pablo also spoke at the High Level Internet Governance Exchange Plenary on Data Governance: data use and data sovereignty.
- Duncan Macintosh participated as a panellist in the High Level Internet Governance Panel on Data Governance and Safety session and talked about technical community consultation on data rights and the impact on the cost of connectivity from uninformed regulation.
- Bhadrika Magan helped host a booth as a member of the Number Resource Organization’s Community Coordination Group (NRO CCG).
- During the IGF, Duncan was sponsored by the China Internet Development Foundation to attend a data security event in Brussels. The Brussels Privacy Hub, the Cyber and Data Security Lab, the China Internet Development Foundation and the Cybersecurity Association of China cohosted the ‘EU-China Symposium on Data Security and Personal Data Protection’ on 29 November. The symposium provided researchers, entrepreneurs and government officials from Europe and China an opportunity to discuss regulatory policy, industrial development and future cooperation. View full program for more information.
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