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MAIN SESSION [clear filter]
Tuesday, December 6

10:00 CST

Assessing the Role of Internet Governance in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Session Organizers

Marilyn Cade

CEO, ICT Strategies
Security, Stability and Resiliency; engagement of SMEs and business groups from developing countries and regions; Internet Governance and implications for ICANN's continued stability. Business users interest in ICANN. Questions about ICANN's origins, and progress toward an international... Read More →

Tuesday December 6, 2016 10:00 - 13:00 CST
Main Session Room PALCCO, Guadalajara, Mexico
Wednesday, December 7

10:00 CST

Sustainable Development, Internet and Inclusive Growth

Wednesday December 7, 2016 10:00 - 13:30 CST
Main Session Room PALCCO, Guadalajara, Mexico

15:00 CST

National and Regional IGFs (NRIs)

Currently, there are than 79 national, regional, sub-regional and Youth IGFs (NRIs). They have emerged spontaneously, and are of an organic nature. The NRIs are independent in their work and share the same work principles as the global IGF, by being multistakeholder in their organization, bottom-up, open, inclusive and non-commercial.

This session will aim at making the IGF initiatives more visible and at illustrating the substantive differences that exist across countries and regions about the Internet governance related issues.

Session structure

The session will have two main parts:

The first one will illustrate the different perspectives and approaches on the similar, substantive, Internet governance (IG) broader issues. The topics for discussion are:

  • Access and Enhancing Opportunity for the Un-Connected and Under-Connected
  • Secure, Resilient and Trusted Internet from the NRIs Perspectives

Second segment will discuss the main challenges the NRIs are facing in their work, under the following frameworks:

  • Reliable and sustainable funding sources for the NRIs events
  • Challenges in how to create more awareness about Internet Governance and why  stakeholders  should be actively engaging

The session will allow many opportunities for the audience to engage with the representatives of the NRIs, and will aim to develop a discussion dialogue with everyone present in the room and online.

Wednesday December 7, 2016 15:00 - 18:00 CST
Main Session Room PALCCO, Guadalajara, Mexico
Thursday, December 8

10:00 CST

Human Rights: Broadening the Conversation


The IGF has been a critical platform to facilitate dialogue on human rights and their inter-linkages with internet policy and governance. It has played an important role in facilitating debates and policy development on internet and human rights issues in other policy processes such as the Human Rights Council.

While civil and political rights such as freedom of expression and the right to privacy remain high on the agenda, equal attention needs to be paid to the policy and governance implications of economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRs). ESCRs define the way we live, give us the rights to learn, to communicate, to earn a living. They give us a quality of life to make that life worth living. The need to open a dialogue on ESCRs and the internet is especially underscored through the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in 2015.

This main session aims to foreground a conversation on the interdependence, inalienability and indivisibility of rights. It will engage a discussion on the interconnection between civil and political rights, and economic, social and cultural rights. Through this, to facilitate a broader and deeper dialogue on Internet governance and policy to encompass the full range of human rights.


The session will be divided into 3 sections, sections 1 & 2 will be about 45 minutes, and the remaining time for the 3rd section.

The first section will delve into the area of civil and political rights, as both a stocktaking exercise as well as identifying emerging key issues.

The second section will examine economic, social and cultural rights, the extent of which it has been taken up in internet governance policy discussions, and the urgency of examining this, in particular through the lens of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The third section will look at the interconnections between civil and political rights, and economic, social and cultural rights, and the importance of making these connections to forefront the indivisibility of human rights as a framework.

In the first two section, discussants will be invited to provide a key insight into the questions raised by the moderators, and the floor will be open for on-site and remote participants to raise further questions or comment on the inputs. We encourage you to participate actively and please come forward to take the mic for brief 1-2 minute interventions on the points raised.

The final section will be a moderated conversation that will invite discussants to examine the interlinkages, as well as provide some responses to the questions/comments raised by participants.

The session will close with one sentence brief input by each discussant on ways forward, as well as a substantive synthesis by Frank La Rue, UNESCO (former Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression)


1. Civil and political rights

  • Ana Neves, Director, Department for Information Society, Science & Technology Foundation I.P., Ministry of Science, Technology & HE, Portugal (Government)

  • Hernán E. Vales, Human Rights Officer, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (Intergovernmental) 
  • Anita Gurumurthy, IT for Change, India (civil society)

  • Rebecca McKinnon, Ranking Digital Rights, global (civil society)

  • Luis Fernando García, R3D, Mexico (civil society)

  • Paz Peña O., Gender, human rights and internet policy advocate (civil society)

  • Will Hudson, Google (private sector)
  • Facebook (private sector) - TBC

2. Economic Social and Cultural Rights

  • Juan Fernández, Senior Advisor in the Ministry of Informatics and Communications, Cuba (Government)

  • Representative from the Mexican delegration (Government) – TBC

  • Patrick Penninckx, Head of Information Society Department, Council of Europe (Intergovernmental)

  • Sally Wentworth, ISOC (technical)
  • Sally Burch, Asociación Latinoamericana de Información (ALAI), JustNet Coalition, Ecuador (civil society)

  • Nanjira Sambuli, Digital Equality Advocacy Manager, World Wide Web Foundation (civil society)

  • Stuart Hamilton, IFLA (civil society)

  • Burcu Kilic, Public Citizen, USA (civil society)

  • Carolyn Nguyen, Microsoft (private sector)

3. Interconnection


  • David Souter, ictDA (academic, private sector), substantive input.

  • All discussants will be invited to participate in this conversation. To encourage dialogue, inputs are reminded to be brief.

  • The floor will be opened for remote and on-site inputs into this conversation, limited to 1-2 minutes each.

Closing remarks

  • Frank La Rue, UNESCO (intergovernmental) will provide a brief closing synthesis on the discussions

  • All discussants will be invited to provide a one sentence input on what the IG community should be doing to affirm the indivisibility, inalienabiity and interdependence of the broad range of human rights from their stakeholder group perspective.



  • Anja Kovacs, Internet Democracy Project, India

  • Paulina Gutiérrez, Article 19, Mexico



Session organisers:

Jac sm Kee, APC (Malaysia)

Ginger Paque, DiploFoundation (USA)

Wanawit Ahkuputra, Electronic Transactions Development Agency (Thailand)


Session Organizers
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Jac sm Kee

Women's Rights Programme Manager, APC, APC (Association for Progressive Communications)
Gender, Sexuality, Access, Internet Governance, Ending online gender-based violence, Sexual surveillance and big data, Freedom of expression & gendered hate speech

Thursday December 8, 2016 10:00 - 13:00 CST
Main Session Room PALCCO, Guadalajara, Mexico

15:00 CST

IGF Dynamic Coalitions (DCs)

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IGF 2016 Dynamic Coalitions Main Session

Thursday 8 December 2016 - 15.00, 90 minutes, Interview Format



IGF Dynamic Coalitions held a main session for the first time in Brazil last year. Building on that successful experiment, the issue-specific DCs agreed to come together again at IGF 2016 to demonstrate the value of their work and engage with meeting participants face-to-face. The community of DCs is growing and interest to take part in the main session was strong. Up from 8 DCs last year, 12 will speak in the main session and cover a broad gamut of Internet governance themes: Accessibility and Disability, Blockchain Technologies, Child Online Safety, Community Connectivity, Core Internet Values, Gender and Internet Governance, Innovative Approaches to Connecting the Unconnected, Internet and Climate Change, Internet of Things, Net Neutrality, Public Access in Libraries, Internet Rights and Principles.

Each of the 12  coalitions will make brief interventions in the session. These will be prompted by a moderator who, acting as an ‘agent provocateur’, will ask questions to challenge DCs and stimulate a defense or explanation of the major points covered in their work. A discussion with participants will follow.

DCs will bring into this session substantive output papers, available online as background reading for IGF participants. Even before the meeting, the IGF community will be invited to give their feedback on the papers through online issue surveys. The initial results from the surveys will inform the moderator’s questions to intervening DCs.



I. Introduction on DCs and their Role within the IGF [~5 mins]

Markus Kummer, ICANN Board Member


II. Statement from Host Country Chair [~3 mins]

Victor Lagunes, CIO, Office of the President of Mexico


III. A Note on DC Surveys [~3 mins]

Jeremy Malcolm, Senior Global Policy Analyst, Electronic Frontier Foundation


IV. Q&A between Moderator and DC Speakers [~3-4 mins for 12 DCs, 45 mins total]

          - DC on Accessibility and Disability (DCAD)

          - DC on Blockchain Technologies (DC-Blockchain)

          - DC on Child Online Safety (DC-COS)

          - DC on Community Connectivity (DC3)

          - DC on Core Internet Values (DC-CIV)

          - DC on Gender and Internet Governance (DCGIG)

          - DC on Innovative Approaches to Connecting the Unconnected (DC-Connecting the  


          - DC on Internet and Climate Change (DCICC)

          - DC on the Internet of Things (DC-IoT)

          - DC on Network Neutrality (DCNN)

          - DC on Public Access in Libraries (DC-PAL)

          -Internet Rights and Principles Coalition (IRPC)

IV. Interaction with Participants In-Room and Online [~35 mins]


Policy Questions:

Policy questions will be wide-ranging and relate to the work of each of the 12 DCs represented in the main session. The issues will be as diverse and topical as gender and the Internet, child safety online, accessibility in public spaces, Internet and the environment and emerging discussions surrounding blockchain technologies and the Internet of Things.

Specific questions will be identified by each DC.


Chair(s) and/or Moderator(s):

Host Country Chair: Victor Lagunes, CIO, Office of the President of Mexico

Moderator: Tatiana Tropina, Senior Researcher, Max Planck Institute

Remote Moderator: Arsène Tungali



  • Andrea Saks (DCAD)

  • Carla Reyes (DC-Blockchain)

  • John Carr (DC-COS)

  • Luca Belli, Nicolás Echániz, Ritu Srivastava (DC3)

  • Olivier Crépin-Leblond (DC-CIV)

  • Bishakha Datta (DCGIG)

  • Christopher Yoo (DC-Connecting the Unconnected)

  • Preetam Maloor (DCICC)

  • Maarten Botterman (DC-IoT)

  • Luca Belli (DCNN)

  • Stuart Hamilton (DC-PAL)

  • Hanane Boujemi (IRPC)


Plan for in-room participant engagement/interaction

The participants will be informed at the outset that questions and open discussion will take place after all DCs have intervened.

Participants will be encouraged to put themselves in a ‘questions queue’ while interventions are in process, by indicating this to a designated person in the room. This person will be on standby  to write them into the queue. After DCs have spoken, the moderator will call on the participants in the queue to ask their questions from the floor. A room assistant will go to them with a handheld mike.

Participants will have also had the chance to familiarize themselves with the issues raised by DCs through the “issue surveys” available at the DCs’ shared IGF Village booth and online before the meeting. The major points or propositions from DCs’ work will be contained in the surveys.


Remote moderator/Plan for online interaction:

A designated remote moderator will queue questions from online participants during the interventions and feed them into the discussion segment.


Connections with other sessions:

DCs have individual 90-minute sessions in the programme that will help shape their interventions in this main session. All of the intervening DCs will host their own IGF 2016 sessions, the majority of which will take place before the main session.


Desired results/objectives:

This session will be an opportunity for DCs to raise the profiles of new or under-the-radar issues, particularly ones that are not often discussed in the IGF context, such as accessibility for persons with disabilities and climate change. Participants should be inspired to take these issues back into their own communities for discussion.

Feedback in this session will also be valuable in helping each DC determine the future course of its work. Participants may confirm, question or challenge any of the conclusions and assertions put forward by DCs, as well as introduce new ideas that could be formative for their deliberations. At the same time, DCs will have the chance to illustrate why engagement in their work is important. Greater membership in DCs and their wider exposure to the IGF community is a secondary key objective of the session.

Thursday December 8, 2016 15:00 - 16:30 CST
Main Session Room PALCCO, Guadalajara, Mexico

16:30 CST

Trade Agreements and the Internet

IGF was established as a global multi-stakeholder forum to address Internet-related public policy issues. But an increasing number of such issues—including domain name dispute resolution and access to registrant data, the use of encryption standards and source code disclosure mandates, and cross-borders information flows—are now also being dealt with in trade fora such as the WTO and in trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Trade in Services Agreement (TISA), Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).

There is a need to ensure that discussions on trade policy are not isolated from broader multi-stakeholder discussions of those same topics. In particular, because national trade ministries and trade negotiators do not always perceive these as being Internet governance issues, but view them simply as trade issues.

The session will be to open multi-stakeholder discussion, between trade officials, experts and Internet stakeholders. Participants will include government officials, former trade negotiators, prominent trade experts, industry representatives and civil society representatives.


Civil society

  • Burcu Kilic (Public Citizen) - Turkey

  • Jeremy Malcolm (EFF) - Australia

Technical community

  • David Snead (Internet Infrastructure Coalition) – USA

Private sector

  • Joseph Alhadeff - Oracle - USA

Government, Academia and independent

  • Juan Antonio Dorantes Sánchez (Trade expert) - (Mexico)

  • Marcela Paiva Véliz (Trade expert) - (Chile)

Floor moderators

  • Maryant Fernandez - EDRI - USA
  • Olusegun Olugubile - MAG - Gov. Nigeria
  • Patricia Vargas - Syracuse University - USA

Main Moderator

  • Emily Taylor - UK

Organizers - MAG members

  • Renata Aquino Ribeiro, civil society, raquino@gmail.com

  • Omar Mansoor Ansari, private sector

  • Wanawit Akhputra, government, Thailand

Remote moderator

  • Ayden Férdeline (NCUC) – UK
  • Haoran Huang (Youth@IGF)- China
  • Lawrence Olawale Roberts - Nigeria
  • Koliwe Majama (Media Institute of Southern Africa) - Zimbabwe


  • Maria Beebe - Techwomen - Afghanistan

See all the participants biographies at http://bit.ly/tradebios

Session Organizers

Thursday December 8, 2016 16:30 - 18:00 CST
Main Session Room PALCCO, Guadalajara, Mexico
Friday, December 9

10:00 CST

IGF Best Practice Forums (BPFs) and Policy Options for Connecting the Next Billion(s)
This session will present the outputs of the 2016 IGF stakeholder-driven Best Practice Forums (BPFs) on IXPs, IPv6, Gender and Access, and Cybersecurity, as well as showcase the outcomes of the Phase II of the IGF Policy Options for Connecting the Next Billion(s).

The session will highlight that these community activities have resulted in tangible resources from which policymakers can draw when addressing Internet policy issues. The session will also seek community suggestions and input as to how these outputs could be taken forward into other relevant Internet governance fora and how IGF community intersessional work could be enhanced looking ahead to 2017 and beyond. The discussion will also address how to improve IGF outputs in light of the recommendations of the CSTD WG on IGF Improvements.


  • Introduce the Session/Overview of IGF BPFs and CENB Community Work (10 mins)(Constance Bommelaer, ISOC)
  • Presentation of BPF work/outputs (approx. 7 minutes each- lightning talk presentations by BPF coordinator(s) -  promo talk for the output document & focus on 2 questions: what is in the output? for why is it useful?) (28 mins total)
  • Presentation of CENB Phase II work/outputs (25 minutes)
  • Audience Q/A w/ BPF and CENB representatives led by co-moderators + Conclusions/Way forward for BPFs and CENB - looking ahead to 2017 (30 minutes)

 Chair(s) and/or Moderator(s):

Chair: Constance Bommelaer, ISOC

Co- Moderator: Helani Galpaya (LIRNEasia)

Co-Moderator: Alison Gillwald (Research ICT Africa)

Honorary Host Country Co-Chair: Juan Carlos Hernandez, Federal Telecommunications Institute, Mexico


(Final list of speakers subject to change)

CENB Phase II:

Frank Larue, UNESCO

Alex Wong, WEF

Representative from NRIs

Christopher Yoo, University of Pennsylvania


2016 IGF BPF Cybersecurity - Markus Kummer, Maarten Van Horenbeeck, Fastly, FIRST

2016 IGF BPF Gender and Access - Jac Sm Kee, Renata Aquino Ribeiro

2016 IGF BPF IPv6 - Izumi Okutani, Sumon A. Sabir


Connections with other sessions:

  • Substantive BPF 90 minute sessions will be held prior to the main session and these outcomes will be reported out.

Desired results/output? And possible next steps for the work?

  • Commitments from other IG processes/stakeholders/organizations/NRIs to take on IGF outputs, continue work, etc.

  • Suggestions on how to improve IGF outputs

  • Practical recommendations for IGF 2017

Session Organizers

Friday December 9, 2016 10:00 - 11:30 CST
Main Session Room PALCCO, Guadalajara, Mexico

11:30 CST

Shaping the Future of Internet Governance

This main session is designed to provoke a conversation between different generations about the state of art of the Internet Ecosystem, proposing a future agenda for this environment. Newcomers and younger generations will be in contact with historical Internet actors debating Internet Governance challenges and nurturing an exchange of experiences and different ideas on various issues before the Internet community.

The session proposes to engage the participants in a debate/roundtable dialogue, exploring the different generational perspectives of pioneers and youngsters. One young leader and one pioneer from each continent will join the session.

Such a dialogue will focus on the following issues:

  • Relevant lessons learned by pioneers in their historic involvement with Internet governance at-large;
  • The challenges, obstacles and possibilities from the youth perspective for meaningful engagement, participation and impact in IG events and related initiatives;
  • Modes of documenting the historic record to better inform technical and policy decisions in the future;
  • Desirable modalities of capacity development for the empowerment of future generations to join Internet governance discussions and policy-making processes on an equal footing with senior stakeholders;
  • Possible synergies between different generations in order to enable an inclusive Internet as a means for sustainable growth and development around the world.

Session Organizers
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Liesyl Franz (INVITED)

senior policy advisor, U.S. Department of State
Ms. Liesyl Franz is senior policy advisor in the Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues at the U.S. Department of State.  There, she is a senior member of the team coordinating international engagement and policy, particularly working on cyber issues with the European region... Read More →
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Ephraim Percy Kenyanito

Ephraim Percy Kenyanito is a Legal Researcher/ Policy Analyst working on the connection between African ICT & Media Law, Human Rights, Intellectual Property Rights and International Development.
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Marcel Leonardi

Senior Counsel, Public Policy, Google
Senior Counsel, Public Policy, at Google Brazil.Law Professor at FGV/SP. CIPP/E and CIPP/US, International Association of Privacy Professionals. Legal Committee Chairman at the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB Brazil). Member of the Board of Directors at Câmara-e.net and at Palavra... Read More →
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Nathalia Sautchuk Patricio

Technical Advisor, NIC.br
I'm a computer engineer. I am a Technical Advisor to CGI.br and professor in some universities. My interests are: network neutrality, Education and ICT, Social and Digital Inclusion.
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Flavio Rech Wagner

Technical Consultant, CGI.br
Professor for Computer Science and Engineering at the UFRGS (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul), in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

Friday December 9, 2016 11:30 - 13:00 CST
Main Session Room PALCCO, Guadalajara, Mexico

15:00 CST