Befitting the broader ownership of this year’s meeting, its overall theme is Civil Society’s Role in Internet Governance. The detailed session agenda may be viewed by clicking the “Agenda” tab above.
- To raise the level of shared understanding about related groups, initiatives and issues and their political contexts.
- To broaden and diversify participation in the initiatives that participants are undertaking individually or in smaller networks in the areas of Internet governance and Internet and human rights.
- To amplify the voice of global civil society at upcoming multilateral Internet governance and Internet rights meetings.
- To strengthen involvement from civil society from the Global South in particular in global Internet governance and Internet rights debates and to dissolve North-South divides.
- To produce tangible shared civil society outputs addressing pressing current issues that can be used in advocacy at important upcoming Internet governance and Internet rights events.
- To develop an inclusive and sustainable civil society network for Internet governance and Internet rights issues.
Registrations are now closed.
Welcome and introductions
Priorities and tactics for civil society at IGF 2016
IG and democracy – people’s participation and movements
Internet governance was initially mostly about Internet’s technical governance, with issues related to ICANN and ITU central to it. But as Internet and its associated digital technologies are today universally recognised as a potent social phenomenon, transforming almost all sectors of the society, IG needs to shift more towards social, economic and cultural policies. This requires a corresponding shift in the actors that are the focus of IG. Technical actors led governance is no longer appropriate (which, in any case, under the garb of technocracy, is often corporate led governance). We need to put people, and therefore democracy, at the centre of IG. This group will explore how this can be achieved, and how people’s participation and peoples/ social movements can be made central to civil society IG discourses.
Shadow regulation and multi-stakeholder process criteria
Shadow Regulation is EFF’s name for voluntary agreements between companies (sometimes described as codes, principles, standards, or guidelines) to regulate your use of the Internet, often without your knowledge. Users aren’t consulted during their development, don’t know how they are being applied, and typically have little or no means of recourse when they are used to shut down our speech online. Jeremy Malcolm will explain how this concept ties in with the multi-stakeholder model, and Emma Llanso will give some case studies.
Trade and the Internet
A short presentation by Burcu Kilic about the four trade-related sessions at the IGF will be followed by a concise summary by Jeremy Malcolm of what policy issues are at stake and where (including trade agreements and the WTO). This will lead into a discussion about what substantive recommendations on Internet policy issues discussed in the context of trade would we want to send from the IGF led by Maryant Fernandez. We will then move into discussion of what we should do collectively to push for more openness and transparency in trade negotiations led by Marília Maciel. Finally we will consider whether there should be a dynamic coalition on Internet and trade and/or on trade transparency/openness, and close with open discussion and questions.
African regional session
What topics and bodies is CS covering, and what not – strategies for 2016-2018
Civil society engagement and collaborations on Internet issues has become more efficient and coordinated over the years. The challenges are still, but also moving and changing. Where do we need to be and how can we organize to ensure we are ready for the coming years? We’ll do a mapping of ‘what are relevant fora’, ‘who is where’ and ‘who will work on what’. Let’s shape our future agenda, tactics and strategies together.
Regional Engagement in Internet Governance – The role of LAC and developing countries
Domain Name Policy Matters: Advancing noncommercial values at ICANN
In this session we want to challenge the impression that focusing on domain name policies as a critical Internet-related topic is not exciting or important for civil society activists. It is important, it is often interesting and rewarding. We want to bring your attention to the impact we make as noncommercial users and civil society activists in the noncommercial users constituency at ICANN. Focusing on domain name related issues is not only about some of the often complicated and specific subjects of new gTLDs, WHOIS and many other ICANN acronyms, it is also an opportunity to practice what we have always preached: multistakeholder governance. We will discuss what we have done with regards to human rights, freedom of expression, privacy at ICANN, how we help evolve ICANN’s multistakeholder process and governance, why we need your help and expertise and how and why you should join us.
Open time for questions, discussion, and policy slam
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