Event Wrap: IGF 2019

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Pablo Hinojosa speaking at the Data Governance: data use and data sovereignty session.

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.

APNIC activities:

  • 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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