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OPEN FORUM [clear filter]
Tuesday, December 6

09:00 CST

The Open Forum of the global multistakeholder policy network Internet & Jurisdiction will report on the outcomes of the first Global Internet and Jurisdiction Conference (November 14-16, 2016). The Conference will gather, for the first time, more than 200 senior representatives of governments, Internet platforms, technical operators, civil society, academia and international organizations to discuss the future of jurisdiction on the cross-border Internet and avenues for operational multistakeholder cooperation to ensure due process across borders and legal interoperability. Developing legal mechanisms that are as transnational as the Internet itself is crucial to ensure the inclusive and sustainable growth of the Internet and preserve its cross-border nature. The Open Forum will be an opportunity for members the high level Advisory Group of the Global Internet and Jurisdiction Conference to present outcomes and to engage participants at the IGF into the Internet & Jurisdiction process.

Name of Speaker(s)

Internet & Jurisdiction will invite the members of the Global Internet and Jurisdiction Conference’s international Advisory Group from six different stakeholder groups to speak at the Open Forum : ANNE CARBLANC — Head, Digital Economy Policy Division, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development BENEDICTO FONSECA FILHO — Director, Scientific and Technological Affairs, Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs CARLOS AFFONSO PEREIRA DE SOUZA — Director, Institute for Technology and Society Rio CHINMAYI ARUN — Executive Director, Centre for Communications Governance, National Law University Delhi DAVID KAYE — Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, United Nations EILEEN DONAHOE — Director of Global Affairs, Human Rights Watch FIONA ALEXANDER — Associate Administrator NTIA, U.S. Department of Commerce GEORGE SADOWSKY — Board Member, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers GULSHAN RAI — National Cybersecurity Coordinator, Indian Prime Minister’s Office JOHN FRANK — Vice President, EU Government Affairs, Microsoft MADAN OBEROI — Director of Cyber Innovation and Outreach Directorate, Interpol MATT PERRAULT — Head of Policy Development, Facebook MEGAN RICHARDS — Principal Advisor, DG Connect, European Commission NII QUAYNOR — Chairman, Ghana National Information Technology Agency PATRICK PENNINCKX — Head of Department, Information Society, Council of Europe SALLY SHIPMAN WENTWORTH — Vice President Global Policy Development, Internet Society SUNIL ABRAHAM — Executive Director, Centre for Internet and Society India VINT CERF — Chief Internet Evangelist, Google

Session Organizers
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Paul Fehlinger

Deputy Executive Director, Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network
Paul Fehlinger is the Co-Founder and Deputy Executive Director of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network. The multistakeholder organization engages over 200 key entities around the world from governments, the world’s largest Internet companies, civil society, and international... Read More →

Tuesday December 6, 2016 09:00 - 10:00 CST
Workshop Room 9 PALCCO, Guadalajara, Mexico

10:45 CST

ISOC Open Forum congregates IGF community that shares the common goal of an open and trusted Internet. The Internet is one of the most important tools of our time, but we can’t take its future for granted.  There are many challenges and forces of change impacting the Internet today.  And the direction in which they evolve in the next will have a profound impact on users globally. At the Internet Society Open Forum, we will host a participatory and interactive session about the Internet’s future. Earlier this year, we embarked on a project gather community input and look into the forces of change impacting the Internet in the next 7 years.   We received over 1,100 responses from some 134 countries around the world. Many believe we are in a time of great uncertainty regarding the future of the Internet — an inflection point.  The evolution an intersection of issues such as the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, the future role of government, the evolution of cybersecurity, privacy, and rights, emerging business models, and the future of access are presenting both opportunity and risk. At this session, and consistent with the theme of the IGF, we would like your participation to discuss and debate key questions being raised by our community about the future of access and Internet opportunities in 7 years time, including:
  •  Even if we achieve a world where everyone has Internet access, will all segments of society have an equal opportunity to meaningfully participate in and benefit from the Internet?  
  • Will countries that are ahead in Internet technology, infrastructure, and innovation simply accelerate their lead in the future or will developing regions equalize the gap?
  •  Will differences in connection technology, quality, and level of Internet openness lead to fundamentally different Internet experiences and levels of opportunity in the future?
  • What do various stakeholders need to do now in order to accelerate more equal opportunities to benefit from the Internet of the future?

Participate in the Internet Society Open Forum and make yourself heard!  In addition to expanding everyones thinking on access, the input from the session will be used to help create different scenarios for the future of the Internet, as part of our collaborative project with the community. 

Moderator: Sebastian Bellagamba, Regional Bureau Director for Latin America and Caribbean

Name of Speaker(s)

Sally Wentworth, Vice President of Global Policy Development
Raúl Echeberría, Vice President of Global Engagement
Karen Rose, Senior Director of Strategy & Analysis

Session Organizers
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Raquel Gatto

Regional Policy Advisor, Internet Society

Tuesday December 6, 2016 10:45 - 11:45 CST
Workshop Room 8 PALCCO, Guadalajara, Mexico

10:45 CST

The National Digital Strategy is an action plan developed by the Federal Executive Government, directly by the Executive Office of the President, created on November 25, 2013, with the purpose of adopting and developing the Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) in Mexico. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto therefore created the Coordination of the National Digital Strategy for leading and coordinating the enforcement of the National Digital Strategy by all areas of the federal government and promoting the use and implementation of new technologies for the citizen’s benefit. The National Digital Strategy forms a core part of the National Development Plan.

Name of Speaker(s)

Victor Lagunes, Yolanda Martínez

Session Organizers

Tuesday December 6, 2016 10:45 - 11:45 CST
Workshop Room 3 PALCCO, Guadalajara, Mexico

10:45 CST

IGF Guadalajara 2016
Open Forum Germany
Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 10.45, WS 5, PALCCO

Germany supports the Multistakeholder approach to Internet Governance. The German government has supported this concept at the 2016 summit meetings of the G 7 (May in Japan) and G 20 (September in China), at the WSIS 10+ and the OECD Ministerial Meeting (June 2016 in Cancun). Germany chairs the G 20 in 2017 and will host a G 20 ministerial meeting on the digital economy. A German diplomat chairs the 2016/2017 Group of Government Experts on Information and Communication Technology in the Field of International Security. Likewise, it was a German-Brazilian initiative which led to the renewed adoption of a UN resolution on the Right to Privacy in the Digital Age in the 3rd Committee in November 2016.    
The German national IGF (IGF-D) takes place since 2008. In February 2016, a new Multistakeholder Steering Committee was established to professionalize the IGF-D. The Steering Committee has 26 members. It includes four representatives each from government, national parliament, business sector, technical and academic community as well as civil society, plus two representatives from a youth stakeholder group. The Steering Committee prepares the annual IGF-D but is also a platform for discussion of Internet Governance issues in Germany. 
There is a number of non-governmental initiatives which were initiated or promoted by the German Internet Governance community, and which have contributed to the global Multistakeholder discussion on Internet Governance. A Multistakeholder joint paper on the IANA stewardship transition was co-authored by German experts and played a significant role in discussions at ICANN. Germany hosted EuroDIG in 2013. Since 2008, the European Summer School on Internet Governance (EURO-SSIG) takes place in Germany. Just recently experts drafted a "Charter for Fundamental Rights in the Digital Age" and sent it to the European Parliament to launch a discussion.
The Open Forum Germany will give an overview about the various activities of German stakeholders in their respective fields of expertise and competence and present best practices. There will be an opportunity for interactive discussion. 
Introduction & Moderation:
Prof. Wolfgang Kleinwächter, Member of the Steering Committee
The German IGF and its Multistakeholder Steering Committee Lorena Jaume-Palasì, Secretary of the Steering Committee
Business Community:
Prof. Michael Rotert, Chair of Eco
Thomas Grob, Deutsche Telekom
Technical Community:
Jörg Schweiger, CEO of DENIC
Academic Community:
Prof. Jeanette Hofmann, Humboldt Institut Internet & Society
Civil Society:
Matthias Spielkamp, iRights
Isabel Skierka, Digital Society Institute
Sandra Hoferichter, EURODIG
Constanze Bürger, Federal Ministry of the Interior, Peter Stentzler, Federal Foreign Office

Session Organizers

Tuesday December 6, 2016 10:45 - 11:45 CST
Workshop Room 5 PALCCO, Guadalajara, Mexico

10:45 CST


 Dialogue between decision makers and the young: Youth IGF[1] – EU Delegation

Organised by TaC – Together against Cybercrime International & EU DELEGATION to the IGF

Key foreword: Pilar DEL CASTILLO, MEP and Megan RICHARDS, European Commission

Moderators:    Lee HIBBARD, Council of Europe and Sabrina ABUALHAIGA, Youth IGF France

Key questions: Stuart HAMILTON, IFLA and Lee HIBBARD, Council of Europe

Message from:  Lambert 
van NISTELROOIJ, MEP, EU Parliament
Closing remarks:  
Julie WARD, MEP, EU Parliament

Speakers: among other young people, Youth IGF Ambassadors from: Bangladesh, Chad, Czech Republic, France, Haiti, Liberia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia, Uruguay

Remote Moderator:  Marilia MACIEL, DiploFoundation

The main goal of the Open Forum is to make it possible for the IGF community to understand what the young of today are happy with in the world of ICTs, what they feel needs to be improved and what they suggest should be done in the field of the Information Society.

These ideas will allow constructive proposals to be made for better inclusive and sustainable growth in today’s world and the inclusion of the young form an economic and social perspective.


The purpose of this Open Forum is to allow the voice of young people to be heard by Information Society leaders on issues related to internet governance and to help young people to take an active part in decision-making processes. 

 [1]The Youth IGF is a global movement that operates as a multi-stakeholder platform. It allows the young to discuss and take a lead in the field of Internet governance-related issues in the format of local, national or regional debates. The Youth IGF is based on the principles of the UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and their full respect. The Youth IGF aims to give teenagers and young people from around the world the opportunity to participate as equal stakeholders in the process of building the Information Society.

Session Organizers
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Yuliya Morenets

TaC-­‐Together against Cybercrime International
Today, Yuliya leads non-profit organisation TaC-Together against Cybercrime International, which works on the empowerment of users in the field of safe and responsible Internet, child online protection and the Internet Governance issues.Yuliya is an expert belonging to a number of... Read More →

Tuesday December 6, 2016 10:45 - 11:45 CST
Workshop Room 10 PALCCO, Guadalajara, Mexico

12:00 CST

IEEE has been organizing local conversations to connect technologists, policy makers, industry, civil society and others engaged in technology and industry domains globally to advance solutions for the Internet-related challenges we face today. The Open Forum will share insights from conversations for use by stakeholders to enable inclusive and sustainable growth. It will focus on issues of Internet access and affordability for social inclusion and economic growth, and privacy and security. While economic growth and societal good have resulted from the Internet, the benefit to humanity yet to be realized is even greater. In addition to opportunities in new services, improved productivity, real-time decision-making and new business models, the drive toward universal connectivity, the rise of IoT and the adaptation of ICTs in new industries, are bringing to the forefront a complex set of issues.

Name of Speaker(s)

Ning Kong, Director of International Dept, China Internet Network Information Center; Limor Shmerling Magazanik, Director of The Israeli Law, Information and Technology Authority ; Juan Gonzalez, Senior Strategist Office of the Chief Technology Office Cyber Security and Communications US DHS; Osama Manzar, Founder and Director Digital Empowerment Foundation; Min Jiang, Associate Professor of Communication, UNC Charlotte; Affiliate Researcher at the Center for Global Communication Studies, University of Pennsylvania; Oleg Logvinov, CEO IoTecha

Session Organizers
avatar for Karen McCabe

Karen McCabe

Senior Director Technology Policy, IEEE-SA
Senior Director of Technology Policy and International Affairs, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Leading efforts in the IEEE Internet Initiative, including the focal area of advancing solutions to connect the unconnected. For more information, please see: http://internetinitiative.ieee.org... Read More →

Tuesday December 6, 2016 12:00 - 13:00 CST
Workshop Room 8 PALCCO, Guadalajara, Mexico

12:30 CST


Session Title: Outcome of G7 Ise-Shima Summit and Ministerial Meetings

In April and May 2016, Japan, as the G7 Presidency, organized the Ise-Shima Summit, ICT Ministers’ Meeting and Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. These meetings dealt with Internet governance, and produced outcome documents.

G7 leaders, with those documents, committed to “promote a multi-stakeholder approach to Internet governance which includes full and active participation by governments, the private sector, civil society, the technical community, and international organizations” and “collaborate to maximize the potential of the digitally connected world, and to address global challenges, bridge digital divides, realize inclusive development, and to achieve progress on the 2030 Agenda”. These commitments are consistent with the main theme of the IGF2016.

In this program, Japan and other G7 governments will report the G7 outcomes to the global multi-stakeholders beyond the G7, and they will discuss the role of multi-stakeholders for achieving the goals listed on the outcomes together.


  • Mr. Shigeki SUZUKI: Vice-Minister for Policy Coordination, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan.
  • Mr. Stefan Schnorr: Director-General for Digital and Innovation Policy, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany.                                                                       
  • Ms. Megan Richards: Principal Advisor to Director-General of DG CONNECT at the European Commission                                                                                                               
  • Ms. Kathryn Brown: President and CEO, the Internet Society     
  • Dr. Makoto YOKOZAWA: Vice Chair, Japan Committee on Internet Economy Industry Forum, Sub-Committee on Information and Telecommunication Policy, Japanese Business Federation,Keidanren,JAPAN                            

Moderator                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mr. Masaaki SAKAMAKI: Executive, Docomo CS Co.Ltd, JAPAN



1. Opening (12:30-12:45)    

(1)Opening Remarks and Brief Introductions of all panelists by the moderator

(2)Keynote speech of Mr. Shigeki SUZUKI "The Outcomes and Further Work of G7 ICT Ministers' Meeting in Takamatsu, Kagawa"


2. Panel Discussion (12:45-13:20)

(1) 1st round: Viewpoint of the Government

(2) 2nd round: Importance of Multi-stakeholder approach


3. Wrap-up and Closing (13:20-13:30) 

 A comment of each participant






Session Organizers
avatar for Rika Tsunoda

Rika Tsunoda

Assistant Director, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications

Tuesday December 6, 2016 12:30 - 13:30 CST
Workshop Room 4 PALCCO, Guadalajara, Mexico
Wednesday, December 7

09:00 CST

Internet policy and governance is attracting increasing interest, but it is an extremely complex area. Thanks to the use of advanced IT technologies, the Global Internet Policy Observatory (GIPO) provides a practical and automated tool to navigate through the maze of issues and documents related to Internet policy and governance. 
GIPO is a tool to help stakeholders, in particular those with limited resources, to understand and engage in these issues, and is an effective and efficient tool to build capacity and increase inclusiveness in discussions. 
GIPO performs real-time monitoring, analysis and information-sharing functions and represents a useful and practical contribution of the European Commission to capacity building for the global community.

The meeting will predominantly focus on the growth, reach and ownership of the Observatory, initially established as a tool to share information about internet governance topics to a broad base of stakeholders.

Name of Speaker(s)

European Commission's representative

Session Organizers

Wednesday December 7, 2016 09:00 - 10:00 CST
Workshop Room 9 PALCCO, Guadalajara, Mexico

09:00 CST


Safe access to the internet is beneficial to childrens development, unfortunately- the internet has its darker sides. Child helplines play a pivotal role in identifying and reporting child (online) sexual exploitation and abuse. The breadth of contacts, of which sexual exploitation can be a part, provide evidence and context. Above all, children and young people can seek the advice, counselling and referral needed in these difficult circumstances

Under the CHI LEAP initiative, CHI committed to identify the capacity building needs of child helplines in 17 target countries selected by UNICEF,  and to determine their needs to strengthen their response to reports of online child sexual abuse and exploitation.

The open forum will show the results so far of this initiave and discuss the role of Child helplines in supporting children in their digital world. 

We will have remote participation from members of Child Helpline International who will share their direct experiences with us.  We'll hear from National Runaway Safeline in Chicago and from Crisis Text Line in New York.

Name of Speaker(s)

Sheila Donovan (Child Helpline International)

John Carr

Clara Sommarin (UNICEF)

Gordon Vance (National Runaway Safeline)

Elana Jacobs (Crisis Text Line)

Session Organizers
avatar for Sheila Donovan

Sheila Donovan

Executive Director, Child Helpline International
Child Helpline International is one of the world's largest collective impact organisations, with 180 independent members in 140 countries. We are a network entity that supports our child helpline members with best practices in helpline operations, from governance to training counsellors... Read More →

Wednesday December 7, 2016 09:00 - 10:00 CST
Workshop Room 7 PALCCO, Guadalajara, Mexico

10:45 CST

The session will look at how the copyright system can enhance inclusiveness and participation of people with disabilities in cultural and social life on the Internet. Accessibility of content is a pre-condition for education of people with disabilities in our knowledge societies. In this respect, the international community adopted the Marrakesh Visually Impaired Treaty in June 2013. WIPO is engaged in activities in this area, such as has the Accessible Books Consortium (ABC), so that once the Marrakesh Treaty comes into force there should be a tremendous increase in the production and distribution of accessible books worldwide. In addition Member States have started discussions on the broader challenge of facilitating access to works for all persons with disabilities, other than those already covered by the Marrakesh Treaty. These activities have a clear humanitarian and social development dimension and a direct link to the sub-theme “Access and Diversity”.

Name of Speaker(s)

Mr. Scott LaBarre, World Blind Union; Mr. Stuart Hamilton, IFLA; Mr. Manuel Guerra, Government of Mexico; Mr. Nicolas Suzor, QUT Law School; Ms. Michele Woods, WIPO.

Session Organizers
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Paolo Lanteri

Legal Officer, World Intellectual Property Organization
Mr. Lanteri is a lawyer, specialized in IP law, and a member of both the Spanish and the Italian Bar Association. He works in the Copyright Law Division of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO); he is part of the restricted team of lawyers dealing with all the copyright... Read More →

Wednesday December 7, 2016 10:45 - 11:45 CST
Workshop Room 1 PALCCO, Guadalajara, Mexico

12:00 CST

The Freedom Online Coalition is a group of 30 countries, from all regions of the world, committed to coordinating efforts with each other and with other stakeholders to advance Internet freedom. At this IGF Open Forum, Coalition members will give updates on the work of the coalition since IGF João Pessoa, including the Freedom Online Conference in San Jose, Costa Rica, October 17th and 18th, the progress of the three FOC working groups, key issues of concern to Internet freedom, and the Digital Defenders Partnership. 

We will also use this Open Forum to invite the IGF community to engage in a discussion on the future direction of the FOC, in light of the internal strategic review that its members conducted in 2016 to mark the Coalition’s five-year anniversary. This Open Forum will be a platform for all interested members of the IGF community to participate; members of all stakeholder groups are encouraged to attend.

Name of Speaker(s)

Costa Rica, Netherlands, Sweden, U.K., non-governmental working group participants, HIVOS representative

Session Organizers

Seth Bouvier

U.S. State Department, Department of State

Wednesday December 7, 2016 12:00 - 13:00 CST
Workshop Room 8 PALCCO, Guadalajara, Mexico

12:30 CST

Access Now is a global human rights organization that defends and extends the digital rights of users at risk around the world. Our Open Forum Session will showcase some of our global operations in internet governance, highlighting our work in the issues of: net neutrality, privacy, digital security, and connectivity, all using a human rights framework by design.

The session will illustrate Access Now's successful work in collaborating with diverse stakeholders around the world, helping develop inclusive practices and mechanisms for many internet governance issues. For example, with our Access Now Grants program, we help provide necessary funding for grassroots IG organizations whose work positively impacts the SDGs. Much of our work is focused on SDG GOAL 9, helping promote inclusive and sustainable connectivity and fostering innovation through net neutrality.

Our included background paper details the specific work and structure of our Open Forum Session.

Name of Speaker(s)

Brett Solomon (Executive Director), Deji Olukotun (Senior Global Advocacy Manager), Peter Micek (Global Policy and Legal Counsel), Estelle Masse (Policy Analyst, Europe), Javier Pallero (Policy Analyst, Latin America), Ephraim Kenyanito (Policy Analyst, Sub-Saharan Africa, and IGF MAG Member), Drew Mitnick (Policy Counsel, USA), Daniel Bedoya Arroyo (Incident Response Manager), Nick Dagostino (Strategic Engagement Manager).


Session Organizers
avatar for Nick Dagostino

Nick Dagostino

RightsCon Director, Access Now
Nick directs RightsCon, the world's leading event on human rights in the digital age. He's passionate about bringing people together to tackle the great issues at the intersection of technology, politics, rights, and societal change. Prior to joining Access Now, Nick was with the... Read More →

Wednesday December 7, 2016 12:30 - 13:30 CST
Workshop Room 10 PALCCO, Guadalajara, Mexico

15:00 CST

The ICANN Open Forum aims to update participants on progress ICANN has made in key areas of its work since last year’s IGF in João Pessoa. 

This is one of the most well attended and interactive sessions at IGF meetings, where participants get the opportunity to engage in an open dialogue with ICANN’s leadership and exchange views on various issues. In particular, the session will provide updates and seek feedback on key projects and processes such as the implementation of the IANA Stewardship Transition, the on-going work on Accountability, ICANN’s strategic planning, and ICANN’s global stakeholder engagement efforts. 

The Open Forum is also an opportunity for ICANN to expand beyond its regular community and reach out to new audience to help them become more acquainted with ICANN related work. 


• Steve Crocker, Chairman of the ICANN Board
• Göran Marby, President and CEO
• Other staff / community to be invited 


• Chris Disspain, ICANN Board Director

Session Organizers
avatar for Baher Esmat

Baher Esmat

Vice President, Global Stakeholder Engagement, Middle East, ICANN
Baher Esmat is a leading voice on Internet policy and regulatory issues in the Middle East. In his role as ICANN Regional Vice President, he is part of the advance guard of Internet proponents for a free, open and affordable Internet within the Arab world. A keen facilitator of collaboration... Read More →

Wednesday December 7, 2016 15:00 - 16:00 CST
Workshop Room 9 PALCCO, Guadalajara, Mexico

15:00 CST


Impact of e-commerce in the development of vertical markets

E-commerce adoption is relevant for the development of vertical markets.
This open forum proposed by the AMIPCI the Mexican Internet Association and INFOTEC México will explore the impact of e-commerce in vertical markets sharing comcrete experiences and information about some experiences and aiming to exchange ideas and different perspectives with members of the global community present at the IGF.
Open Forum has also the support of CCAT-LAT, Centro de Capacitación en Alta Tecnología para América Latina y el Caribe, which is an ITU Training Excellency Center 

Name of Speaker(s)

Julio César Vega Gómez Director AMIPCI
Cintya Martínez President AMIPCI
Sergio Carrera DIrector INFOTEC
Dr. Raúl Rendón, Director General de Innovación, Servicios y Comercio Interior

Name of Remote Moderator(s)

Adrián Carballo - CCAT-LAT

Session Organizers
avatar for Olga Cavalli

Olga Cavalli

Academic Director, South School on Internet Governance
Olga Cavalli is an Internet leader whose work has been fundamental for enhancing participation of Latin America and the Caribbean in Internet Governance.She is the co-founder and the academic director of the South School on Internet Governance which has granted more than 3,500 fellowships... Read More →

Wednesday December 7, 2016 15:00 - 16:00 CST
Workshop Room 4 PALCCO, Guadalajara, Mexico

16:00 CST


WSIS Action Lines supporting the implementation of the SDGs - WSIS Forum: Information and Knowledge Societies for SDGs

This session will provide a platform for multistakeholder discussion and interaction on the WSIS Action Lines supporting the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. While providing a platform for discussing the implementation of WSIS Action Lines, this Open Forum will also offer stakeholders the opportunity to share and showcase real case studies from the ground while highlighting the WSIS Prize winners. 

The vital role of ICTs as a catalyst for development is specifically recognized in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. ICTs are identified as targets in the SDG goals for education, gender equality, infrastructure, and in the implementation goal as a cross cutting tool to be utilized for the achievement of all SDGs. The effective implementation of the WSIS Action Lines can help accelerate the achievement of the SDGs. To that end, the WSIS-SDGs Matrix, developed by the UN Action Line Facilitators, clearly shows the linkage between each Action Line and the 17 SDGs and provides rationale for each. 

WSIS Forum 2017 is scheduled to be held from the 12-16 of June in Geneva, Switzerland. The overall theme of the Forum is Information and Knowledge Societies for SDGs. The outcomes of this open session will feed in to the WSIS Forum 2017 Open Consultation Process.

Welcome remarks will be delivered by Ms Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Chief of Strategic Planning and Membership Department, ITU, setting the tone of the session, while the panelists will be invited to share their views on the WSIS implementation process, followed by the open discussion.

During this session the new Regional WSIS Stocktaking Report: ICT Projects and WSIS Action Lines Related Activities in Americas Region (2014-2016) will be launched.

Welcome remarks:

Ms. Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Chief of Strategic Planning and Membership Department, ITU


H.E. Mr. Janis Karklins, 
Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Latvia to the UN in Geneva, Former President of the WSIS Prep. Committee for the Tunis Phase of WSIS 
Mr. Cedric Wachholz, Programme Specialist, Communication and Information Sector (CI), UNESCO
Ms. Cécile Barayre, Economic Affairs Officer, ICT Analysis Section, Division on Technology and Logistics, UNCTAD
Mr. Alejandro Patiño, ICT specialist, Division of production, productivity and management, ECLAC
Ms. Karen McCabe, Senior Director, Technology Policy and International Affairs, IEEE 
Ms. Constance Bommelaer, Senior Director, Global Internet Policy, ISOC 

WSIS Prizes 2016 Awardees
from the Americas Region: 
Ms. Carla Valverde Barahona, Director a.i. of Evolution and Telecommunications Market, Ministry of Science, Technology and Telecommunications, Costa Rica
Mr. Víctor Manuel Martínez Vanegas, Director of International Policy, General Coordination of International Affairs, Federal Telecommunications Institute, Mexico
Ms. Christina Cardenas, General Coordinator of @prende.mx, Ministry of Public Education, Mexico
Dr. Margaret Bernard, Senior Lecturer in Computer Science, Deputy Dean, Faculty of Science and Technology, The University of the West Indies, Trinidad


Mr. Vladimir Stankovic, ICT Policy Analyst, World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), ITU

Session Organizers
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Vladimir Stankovic

Policy Analyst, World Summit on the Information Society WSIS, International Telecommunication Union
An ICT Policy Analyst at the International Telecommunication Union ITU, working in the Strategy and Planning Division on WSIS-related activities, with 15 years of progressive international experience working for governments and international organizations in Geneva, Belgrade and New... Read More →

Wednesday December 7, 2016 16:00 - 17:00 CST
Workshop Room 4 PALCCO, Guadalajara, Mexico

17:00 CST

The GIP is an initiative of the Swiss authorities operated by Diplo. It runs GIP Digital Watch, which encompasses briefings, newsletters, and an observatory. As part of the initiative, GIP hubs have started operating worldwide, as platforms to discuss local and global aspects of IG.

The session provides an update on the initiative, as well as showcases the experience of local hubs and how they contribute to creating synergies among different layers of governance and to strengthening collaboration among stakeholders from the developed and developing world.

The initiative of translating the Geneva Digital Watch Newsletter in different languages fosters multilingual and multicultural IG discussions and contributes to the achievement of SDGs.

The session is relevant to the theme of this IGF, as the local hubs strengthen inclusivity and create interplay between digital policy discussions in Geneva and in other places worldwide and contribute to overcome policy silos.

Name of Speaker(s)

Tereza Horejsova, Thomas Schneider, Luca Belli, Shita Laksmi, Hanane Boujemi, Concettina Cassa, Constance Bommelaer

Session Organizers
avatar for Tereza Horejsova

Tereza Horejsova

Director Project Development, Diplo US

Wednesday December 7, 2016 17:00 - 18:00 CST
Workshop Room 10 PALCCO, Guadalajara, Mexico

17:00 CST

Cultural diversity is a defining characteristic of humanity, which is a common heritage of mankind and creates a rich and varied world. It should be cherished and preserved for the benefit of all people. As a crucial vehicle for spreading excellent cultures, the Internet largely expands human civilization.
The rapid development of information and communication technologies offers unprecedented conditions for enhanced interaction among cultures. However, cultural diversity is challenged on the Internet by homogenization of mainstream cultures and fewer voices of ethnic minorities.
This Forum intends to invite speakers, including officials from Chinese cyberspace authorities, representatives from developing countries, Internet businesses, culture and media companies, and experts, scholars from think tanks. It aims at providing a platform for sharing experience in protecting, inheriting and spreading excellent cultures in digital forms.

Name of Speaker(s)

Delegate from Tencent

Session Organizers

Wednesday December 7, 2016 17:00 - 18:00 CST
Workshop Room 8 PALCCO, Guadalajara, Mexico

17:00 CST

The African IGF main theme is: Inclusive development and the Digital transformation of Africa, which is in line with the 2016 IGF main theme. The African IGF will build upon the African Union Agenda 2063 towards creating a more inclusive continent, which is in line with the Sustainable Development Goals. The African IGF 2016 will discuss the SDGs and other elements addressed by IGF 2016 process such as connecting the next billion, cybersecurity, inclusion and empowerment of women and youth, use of ICT as essential cross-cutting tool to advance implementation of Agenda 2063 and the SDGs.

Name of Speaker(s)

Ms. Towela Nyrenda, Mr. Olusegun Olugbile, Mr. Mactar Seck, Ms Cecilia Mamelodi, Ms. Emilar Vushe, Mr. Cisse Kane.

Session Organizers
avatar for Makane Faye

Makane Faye

AfIGF Secretary, African Internet Governance Forum
African IGF Open Forum (OF6) on 20 December 2017 from 17H20 – 18H20 in Room XXIII E. To discuss implementation of the African IGF Charter To facilitate exchange of good practices between African sub-regional IGFs (Central Africa, North Africa, and West Africa), on their processes... Read More →

Wednesday December 7, 2016 17:00 - 18:00 CST
Workshop Room 4 PALCCO, Guadalajara, Mexico

17:00 CST

The Cybersecurity Program of the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (CICTE) has been building the cybersecurity capabilities of the members of the Organization of American States (OAS), to prevent and respond to cyber incidents for over a decade, and has built a reputation of trust and competence among member states for the execution of relevant and effective capacity building initiatives both nationally and regionally. The Program’s efforts are geared toward three specific objectives:

1. Increasing access to knowledge and information on cyber threats and risks;
2. Enhancing the technical and policy capacity of governments and critical infrastructure operators to detect cyber threats, respond to cyber incidents, and combat both;
3. Promoting more robust, effective and timely information-sharing, cooperation and coordination among cybersecurity stakeholders at the national, regional and international level.

The CICTE Cybersecurity Program endeavors to help member states strengthen incident response capacities and improve policy frameworks, knowledge regarding cybersecurity issue, and international and regional cooperation, with the aim of helping member state l networks and critical infrastructure achieve security and resilience. 

This open forum will focus on presenting the work of the OAS Cyber Security Program and Its accomplishments 2015-2016 and resources developed that are publicly available.

Name of Speaker(s)

Belisario Contreras, Program Manager, Cyber Security Program OAS-CICTE

Session Organizers
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Belisario Contreras

Manager, Cybersecurity Program, Organization of American States (OAS)

Wednesday December 7, 2016 17:00 - 18:00 CST
Workshop Room 1 PALCCO, Guadalajara, Mexico
Thursday, December 8

09:00 CST



The development community is united in the belief that connecting the unconnected, and enabling the universal deployment and uses of broadband services and applications, are vital for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Providing affordable and inclusive Internet access is both a major challenge - and top priority - for many governments, industry leaders, for Internet users and international organizations. Key considerations include on one hand: overcoming network infrastructure challenges; reviewing financing models; creating an enabling policy and regulatory environment; ensuring effective demand for connectivity and services; and monitoring the impact of connectivity on social and economic growth and environmental sustainability. On the other hand, a decade of research shows that the ‘digital dividends’ (World development report 2016) remain unharnessed, if challenges relating to women and men’ skills, the content in local language and policies are not addressed with a holistic approach to broadband deployment.

The UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, established by ITU and UNESCO, has been working diligently to showcase and document the power of ICT and broadband-based technologies for sustainable development, and giving guidance to key stakeholders on addressing the various challenges involved.  Closer multistakeholder collaboration has also been identified as a key factor for ICTs to achieve its potential as a significant enabler, but for this to happen, the Commission has called for greater investment and more effective partnerships across different sectors, a stronger collaboration between existing initiatives and for investing also substantially in the enabling environment.

This Open Forum, convened by ITU and UNESCO, will bring together a number of key global stakeholders involved in connectivity initiatives to identify challenges and opportunities in their implementation, as well as identify synergies and areas for greater collaboration.

Moderator: Ms. Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Chief, Strategic Planning and Membership, ITU

Opening remarks:  Mr. Frank La Rue, Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, UNESCO


  • Mr. Indrajit Banerjee, Director, Knowledge Societies Division, UNESCO
  • Mr. Manu Bhardwaj, Senior Advisor on Technology and Internet Policy, Global Connect Initiative (GCI), US Department of State
  • Mr. Alex Wong, Head, Global Challenge Partnerships, WEF
  • Mr. Paul Mitchell, Senior Director, Tech Policy, Microsoft
  • Mr. Jose Ayala, Head of Government and Industry relations for Latin America, Ericsson

Session Organizers
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Despoina Sareidaki

International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
ICT Policy Analyst specializing in the area of Cybersecurity and Internet Policy

Thursday December 8, 2016 09:00 - 10:00 CST
Workshop Room 8 PALCCO, Guadalajara, Mexico

09:00 CST

Internet observatories and maps have proliferated in recent years. They range in form and focus. However, they all share a common goal: provide and share timely and accurate information and knowledge for different stakeholders on - a fundamental pillar of “Inclusive and Sustainable Growth”. At the IGF 2015, 15 project leaders started a conversation on challenges and opportunities for cooperation vis-à-vis capacity-building and education as well as policy-making within the IG ecosystem at large. Interoperability and multilingualism were identified as priority goals. The open forum at the IGF 2016 aims at furthering that dialogue with the IGF community, with a focus on the assessment of the “information seeking environment" available today and on how to better serve information seeking needs of different users. Through break-out groups, the session will seek to understand the journey and needs inherent to using and sharing information on Internet Governance from a community perspective.

Name of Speaker(s)

Carolin Weisser (Cybersecurity Capacity Portal), Cristina Monti (GIPO), Tereza Horejsova (DiploFoundation / GIP Digital Watch),Diego R. Canabarro (The Brazilian Internet Observatory), Arne Hintz (Mapping Global Media Policy), Stefaan G. Verhulst (GovLab NYU)

Session Organizers
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Diego Rafael Canabarro

Expert Advisor, CGI.br
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Thursday December 8, 2016 09:00 - 10:00 CST
Workshop Room 2 PALCCO, Guadalajara, Mexico

10:45 CST

The aim of this forum is to highlight the importance of encouraging the development of multi-stakeholder collaboration at the national, regional and international levels to discuss the diffusion of (ICTs) which are considered as cross-cutting enablers of development and are therefore critical to the achievement of the sustainable development goals (SDGs). The forum will also discuss the challenges that faces the expansion and diffusion of ICTs and building Information Societies at different levels. This will include (but not excluded to): connectivity challenges, building information and communication network infrastructure and applications, making use of innovative technologies for the well-being communities and people. 

Name of Speaker(s)

Tarek Shawki, Secretary General of Presidential Specialized Councils in Egypt

Session Organizers

Thursday December 8, 2016 10:45 - 11:45 CST
Workshop Room 1 PALCCO, Guadalajara, Mexico

10:45 CST

OF2: BCS: Identity Governance

This is a chaired discussion on Identity Governance is a follow-on from workshops at EuroDIG and UK-IGF earlier in 2016. This builds on work that has been taking place over the last 6 years. This journey has already resulted in some surprising answers and changes in direction….

Fundamental finding from last year:
People do not understand Cyber Identity (identity assurance and identity management on the Internet) Too many systems are designed by white English men in lab coats for white men in lab coats, they can sometimes be exclusive of those who do not have English as a language or have physical or mental challenges. Digital by default is a nice idea but how do you support every type of person in a global community?

Key issues for this year:

How do you prevent digital exclusion through proper governance of identity on the Internet, where countries are going “digital by default” and developing countries are coming online?

To look at the governance of identity on the Internet and its impacts on security, privacy and anonymity. Is anonymity really possible or desirable and how does anonymity relate to trust and privacy?

To look at the use of identity in commercialisation of the Internet with particular regard to legal frameworks and inclusivity of identity systems.

There are a number of other questions that are relevant and we aim to address as many of these as possible:

  • How do you ensure that identity on the Internet is properly governed to address the sometimes conflicting goals of; inclusion, privacy and national security requirements?
  • How do you ensure that identity management and access control systems are designed to be all inclusive and not just designed for white males in lab coats?
  • How do you ensure identity management systems do not foster exclusion of groups or minorities by ensuring they cover all languages, and support those with physical and mental challenges?
  • Should users self-govern their identities on the Internet or should governments or commercial organisations be involved in identity governance?
  • Should any organisation or body have the right to dictate what personal information can be collected, stored and data-mined and what level of assurance is required in online identity?
  • How will freedom of expression be affected by introduction of a generalised system of real-name user identity or enforced assured identity
  • Whether legislative controls could ever effectively govern identity on the Internet?
  • How to protect the naïve from themselves so they do not damage their privacy or become a victim of identity theft?
  • How do you balance anonymity & security and how much do security & privacy overlap?
  • What is anonymity and is it possible or desirable on the Internet?
  • The reasons to promote or suppress 'anonymity' in the Internet and its relationship to trust
  • How freedom of expression would be affected by introduction of a generalised system of real-name user identity or enforced assured identity
  • Whether legislative controls could ever effectively govern identity on the Internet?
  • Whether commercial frameworks can be used to govern identity on the Internet?
  • Should people use identity attributes as currency on the Internet? How valuable is your identity?
  • How to protect the naïve from themselves so they do not damage their privacy or become a victim of identity theft, and
  • Preventing digital exclusion through proper governance of identity where countries are going “digital by default” and developing countries are coming online

Session Organizers
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Andy Smith

Member SCoE, BCS
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, is committed to making IT good for society. We use the power of our network to bring about positive, tangible change. We champion the global IT profession and the interests of individuals, engaged in that profession, for the benefit of all.

Thursday December 8, 2016 10:45 - 11:45 CST
Workshop Room 6 PALCCO, Guadalajara, Mexico

12:30 CST


Session co-hosted with Alliance for Affordable Internet, Global Connect, ICANN, IEEE, ISOC, ITU, People Centered Internet, UNESCO, and the World Bank

The Internet has become a pervasive and fundamental part of daily life. Its impact on both economic development and solving problems in areas such as health, education, basic financial services and agriculture is well documented. Still, some 4 billion people – more than 55% of the world’s population – do not use the internet. With the recognition of the Internet as a critical enabler of social and economic development, many governments, companies, international organizations, MDBs, and members of civil society are now working to extend internet access and use. Yet while this increased attention is overall positive, there is a high risk of duplication, lack of coordination, and fatigue for the very countries these efforts are trying to help. The result could be interventions that are unscaleable, unsustainable, and have marginal impact. Global and regional leaders driving these efforts have an urgent opportunity and responsibility to ensure that “this time around” real, significant, and sustainable outcomes are produced. How can we improve coordination and collaboration 1) on priority global topics and 2) at the country implementation level? 

IGF participants are invited to discuss with practitioners and thought leaders on a variety of coordination and collaboration topics.

Introduced and Moderated By
-Alex Wong, World Economic Forum

Welcome Remarks
-Doreen Bogdan-Martin, ITU

Data Gathering, Monitoring, and Evaluation
-Michael Kende, Senior Fellow, Internet Society
-Christopher Yoo, University of Pennsylvania
-Sarah Wynn-Williams, Facebook

Mobilizing Local Communities/Local Content
-Raul Echeberria , Internet Society
-Indrajit Banerjee, UNESCO
-Karen McCabe, IEEE

Sustainable and Scaleable Country Partnerships
-Manu Bhardwaj, Global Connect
-Sonia Jorge, Alliance for Affordable Internet

Closing Remarks:
-Vint Cerf, People Centered Internet

Session Organizers
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Alex Wong

Head, Global Challenge Partnerships and Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum
Alex heads the World Economic Forum’s activities related to the development of the Global Challenge Partnerships, a new institutional focus by the Forum to accelerate progress on the world’s most pressing global challenges that require new or expanded models of public-private... Read More →

Thursday December 8, 2016 12:30 - 13:30 CST
Workshop Room 3 PALCCO, Guadalajara, Mexico

15:00 CST

The OECD Ministerial Meeting on the Digital Economy: Innovation, Growth and Social Prosperity, gathered in Cancún, Mexico, from 21-23 June 2016, Ministers, the business community, civil society, labour and the Internet technical community to discuss how to seize the benefits of the digital economy while at the same time better navigating the potential trade-offs. 

The meeting covered four main themes: Internet Openness and Innovation; Building Global Connectivity; Trust in the Digital Economy; and Jobs and Skills in the Digital Economy. Discussions were organised through eight panels.

With the objective of adopting a holistic and whole-of-society approach for the Digital Economy, a Ministerial Declaration was adopted in June 23, 2016, in Cancun. This Open Forum will report on the process and outcomes of this meeting and invite representatives of all stakeholder groups to comment on the highlights of the discussions, sharing with the IGF audience their vision for the way forward.

Speakers from all stakeholder groups will be part of the panel: governments, civil society (CSIAC), business (BIAC), technical community (ITAC) and organised labour (TUAC).

Moderator: Anne Carblanc (Head of the Digital Economy Policy Division, OECD). 

Panel Members:

  • Raul Eduardo Rendón Montemayor (Mexico)
  • Clarissa Estol (Argentina)
  • Anders Hektor (Sweden)
  • Nevine Tewfik (Egypt)
  • Joe Alhadeff (BIAC)
  • Marc Rotenberg (CSIAC)
  • Tarek Kamel (ITAC)
  • Anna Byhovskaya (TUAC)

Background documents:

Ministerial Declaration  on the Digital Economy ("Cancún Declaration")

OECD Secretariat's Summary

Further reading of all discussion papers and background documents for each Ministerial session (Ministerial website).


Session Organizers
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Lorrayne Porciuncula

Internet Economist / Policy Analyst, OECD
Lorrayne Porciuncula is an Economist/ Policy Analyst at the Digital Economy and Policy Division (CDEP) of the Directorate Science, Technology and Innovation in the OECD. Lorrayne works on the OECD-IDB Broadband Policy Toolkit for Latin America and the Caribbean that aims to situate... Read More →

Thursday December 8, 2016 15:00 - 16:00 CST
Workshop Room 8 PALCCO, Guadalajara, Mexico

17:00 CST


UNESCO Open Forum session:

Putting Internet Universality at the heart of the SDGs

This session will provide participants with an introduction to UNESCO's Internet Universality approach and ROAM principles (standing for a Rights-based, Open, Accessible, Multistakeholder-shaped Internet) and link them directly to this year's IGF theme of “enabling inclusive and sustainable growth.” Building on this basis, four key topics will be covered: 

1)      Internet governance and the Sustainable Development Goals

With the ongoing technological transformations and after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in 2015, it is clear that an open and collaborative Internet will be a critical component in achieving sustainable development. Building on the 2015 IGF, UNESCO, UNDP Regional Office for LAC and GFMD propose an open debate on the connections between the Internet Governance agenda and the 2030 development agenda.

Introduction : Frank La Rue, ADG/CI


  • Anriette Esterhuysen, APC

2)      Internet Indicators Project

In 2013, Member States called at UNESCO's General Conference for a comprehensive and consultative multi-stakeholder study on Internet-related issues within UNESCO's fields of competence. This study is online at http://www.unesco.org/new/en/internetstudy and was formally endorsed by the Member States during the 38th UNESCO General Conference in November 2015.  The study promotes the “Internet Universality” concept, an Internet based on human rights, and the principles of openness, accessibility and multi-stakeholder participation, the primary framework, which will be used in this project.

UNESCO will outline and propose for discussion an initial set of Internet indicators assessing democracy, human rights and sustainable and inclusive development dimensions, while using the concept of Internet Universality (see above) as the guiding framework. 

Introduction: Guy Berger, Director, Freedom of Expression and Media Development Division (FEM) or Guilherme Canela De Souza Godoi, Programme Specialist, Montevideo Regional Office, UNESCO


  • Anri van der Spuy
  • UNDP Regional Office for LAC

3)      Balancing transparency and privacy

Balancing freedom of expression and privacy remains an important debate at the IGF in recent years. UNESCO takes this debate further to shed light on the intersections between specific aspects of freedom of information, as included in freedom of expression, and transparency. We will share highlights of the new edition of UNESCO’s Internet Freedom Series publication, relating transparency issues to privacy protection in the digital age.  Come and learn more about the tension between the public’s need to access and use public information, and privacy and personal data protection, particularly in the context of ongoing trend of ever spreading applications of big data, open data, IoT, smart cities, etc.

Introduction: Guy Berger, Director, Freedom of Expression and Media Development Division (FEM)

4)      Universal access: Multilingualism and empowering peoples with disabilities

Universal access to the Internet requires that all people, including with disabilities, can access the Internet in the language they speak, in order to enable an “inclusive and sustainable growth” of the Internet. For this, Internet users need to create and access content and have software tools in their own languages. UNESCO will briefly present multilingualism on the Internet facts, including from its work with EURid, and share information on the new UNESCO Atlas of Languages in Danger project.

Introduction: Indrajit Banerjee, Director, Knowledge Societies Division (KSD), UNESCO


  • Giovanni Seppia, External Relations Manager, EURid

Chairperson: Frank La Rue, Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, UNESCO

Rapporteur: Xianhong Hu, Programme Specialist, FEM, UNESCO

Online moderator: Cédric Wachholz, Programme Specialist, KSD, UNESCO

Session Organizers
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Xianhong Hu

Ms Xianhong Hu, joined UNESCO in the Communication and Information Sector since 2006. Her main responsibilities are in the areas of freedom of expression online and offline, Internet privacy, media development and Internet governance and she has followed the process of the World... Read More →

Thursday December 8, 2016 17:00 - 18:00 CST
Workshop Room 6 PALCCO, Guadalajara, Mexico
Friday, December 9

09:00 CST

Aims to inform stakeholders of the work of the Commonwealth within the Internet Governance Forum under the banner Commonwealth Internet Governance Forum, follow up on the discussions of the CIGF held at the IGF 2015, particularly on encouraging greater engagement by Commonwealth stakeholders in internet governance, share national/regional best practices pertaining to the potential role of Internet Governance in inclusive and sustainable Growth and inform stakeholders of the upcoming activities that lend to broadbasing Internet Governance.

Name of Speaker(s)

Shola taylor, Secretary-General, CTO

Session Organizers

Friday December 9, 2016 09:00 - 10:00 CST
Workshop Room 6 PALCCO, Guadalajara, Mexico

10:15 CST


Session Description:

This ITU-UN Women Open Forum panel discussion focuses on the global gender digital divide and highlights EQUALS: The Global Partnership for Gender Equality in the Digital Age which aims to create “an unstoppable global movement where women and girls are equal participants in the digital technology revolution”. EQUALS is committed to closing the gender digital divide by bringing global stakeholders to a centralized platform for coordinated action including data and information sharing.

EQUALS was announced at the annual meeting of the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development on September 18 in New York with high level support from the ITU Secretary General and UN Women’s Executive Director. EQUALS launched a social media and communications campaign that has received tremendous feedback from prominent leaders, high level representatives and professionals.

Several Consultations amongst partners have taken place virtually since then, with the first physical meeting and coalition discussions took place at ITU Telecom World 2016 on November 16 in Bangkok to discuss the priorities and action steps. The priority areas identified by partners will be the focus of the partnership and will allow EQUALS to set measurable targets that support the achievement of commitments made by partners. The formal launch of EQUALS is planned to take place at the 2017 WEF Davos meeting.

Areas of action:

Providing a shared platform, the partnership is committed to leveraging on and optimally utilizing the strengths, talents and reach of the partners to focus on three key thematic areas: access, skills, and leadership. Without access, no participation is even possible. After access comes the need to educate women and girls about the numerous opportunities of the digital age and develop in them proper skills leading to a real and positive impact on their lives, families and societies. And by encouraging female leadership, EQUALS ensures longevity and mentorship, enabling this movement to grow and evolve organically.


Moderator: ITU, Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Chief of the Strategic and Planning Mem - Moderator

Opening remarks:  Lara Blanco, Deputy Director for UN Women Americas & Caribbean Regional Office, UN WOMEN


Microsoft, Paul Mitchell  – Private Sector
GSMA, Claire Sibthorpe– Private Sector
Mexico, Yolanda Martínez Mancilla - Government
Web Foundation (Alliance for Affordable Internet), Nanjira Sambuli – Civil Society
IGF Secretariat, TBA – Civil Society
UNCTAD, Cecile Barayre – International Organization

Session Organizers
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Despoina Sareidaki

International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
ICT Policy Analyst specializing in the area of Cybersecurity and Internet Policy

Friday December 9, 2016 10:15 - 11:15 CST
Workshop Room 6 PALCCO, Guadalajara, Mexico

10:45 CST

La Universidad de las Ciencias Informáticas ha constituido ejemplo de inclusión para la mujer posibilitando el acceso a la formación en una carrera tecnológica con miles de egresadas hasta 2015. Ha promovido la igualdad de acceso a las oportunidades sin distinción de edad, raza o procedencia. Muestra la capacidad innovadora de la mujer cubana y su integración en la sociedad con un aporte significativo en el proceso de informatización. Asegura el dominio de las TIC´s para su aplicación en diversos sectores del desarrollo socioeconómico del país, con alcance nacional, donde laboran al graduarse como Ingenieras. Conjuga la formación y la investigación, con la extensión universitaria y el desarrollo de software como parte del novedoso modelo de formación. Desarrolla las capacidades de crear soluciones informáticas para problemas sociales de su entorno y asumen la dirección tecnológica de procesos y proyectos de envergadura como muestra del empoderamiento y la participación.

Name of Speaker(s)

Delly Lien González Hernández

Session Organizers

Friday December 9, 2016 10:45 - 11:45 CST
Workshop Room 10 PALCCO, Guadalajara, Mexico

12:30 CST

Indonesia Open Forum: Social Media and Democracy

Social media has been an inseparable aspect of daily life and successfully connected citizen of the world through various emerging applications. It also transforms how people interract, exchange ideas, and share information into a way that has never been possible before. It provides powerful platform to engage people to join in a discourse, and even a collective action. For Indonesia, the largest moderate Muslim democracy in the world with 132,7 million internet users, and surely many other countries in the world, the emergence of social media serves as groundbreaking and essential tools for strengthening participatory of political and civil engagement. The innovation of online civil engagement can also break barriers hindering the underrepresented in the process of democracy, such as female and youth. It has also aid the effort government around the world in doing public service in a more transparent and accountable manner as well as serves as an effective media to nurture tolerance and respect for diversity. As social media provides convenience to our life, it also comes with its own challenges. Nations often confronted by paradoxes of social media as a tool to facilitate democratic development, yet by the same time used as a medium to incite hartred. The immense flood of information and the rise of disinformation in online sphere also pose a challenge for the citizen in making an informed decision for their civic participation. The session will discussed the role of social media in strengthening civic engagement around the world and therefore aim to seize the opportunities and manage the challenges that permeates in the rise of social media, particularly in promoting and sustaining democratic governance of a nation.

Name of Speaker(s): 
Dirgayuza Setiawan (Author and ISOC Fellow) 
Hamza Ben Mehrez (Policy Analyst Lead, IG MENA) 
Mariam Barata (Deputy Director General of ICT Application, MCIT Indonesia) 
Tereza Horejsova (Project Development Director, DiploFoundation) 

Moderator: Shita Laksmi (IGF Multistakeholder Advisory Group/Hivos)
Remote Moderator: Donny BU (ICT Watch)
Rapporteur: Rizki Ameliah (Ministry of CIT, Indonesia)

Join us and get Indonesian coffee for free! 

Session Organizers
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Donny B.U.

Researcher, Indonesia
Donny B.U. is the co-founder of ICT Watch (ictwatch.id), an Indonesian Civil Society Organisation (CSO) whose goal is to lay the foundations for the safe and responsible use of the internet through its national campaign initiative Internet Sehat (Healthy Internet). In 2012, he was... Read More →
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Sindy Nur Fitri

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Indonesia

Friday December 9, 2016 12:30 - 13:30 CST
Workshop Room 7 PALCCO, Guadalajara, Mexico

12:30 CST

The collaborative work using internet is a challenge for Cuban education. This experience, to encourage the use of the global network, in line with the principles of the Cuban educational system, is a task that has been carried out since 2011 with the collaborative project “Juntando Aulas”, which has spread for promoting environmental education, not only to our classrooms, but on a collaborative way with students from other countries such as Colombia, Costa Rica, who work together on this issue and with the help of a guide they investigate, communicate and merge their experiences in an exchange with actions with promise to change behavior at the school and the community for the purpose of caring for the environment thanks to the access of Cuban students from their schools to the Internet.

Name of Remote Moderator(s)

Isabel Gutiérrez Pérez

Session Organizers

Friday December 9, 2016 12:30 - 13:30 CST
Workshop Room 1 PALCCO, Guadalajara, Mexico