[Governance] On this week! pre-IGF online discussions - register now

Anriette Esterhuysen anriette at apc.org
Mon Oct 19 00:52:47 EDT 2020

Apologies for cross posting.



    This week's pre-IGF online discussions

*IGF strategy and strengthening in 2020: A series of pre-IGF online
discussions convened by the IGF MAG chair and the MAG Working Group on
IGF Strategy and Strengthening during September and October 2020*

The IGF's mandate was renewed for a further 10 years by the UN General
Assembly in December ‎‎2015. The current year, 2020, marks the midway
point of this extended mandate. In addition, the ‎recently released UN
Secretary-General's Roadmap for Digital Cooperation and its support for
a ‎strengthened and expanded IGF (the IGF+) presents the opportunity for
‎deeper engagement on the IGF's achievements and challenges and for
exploring approaches for ‎addressing emerging Internet policy issues.‎

To reflect on the IGF's achievement of its mandate and contribute ‎to
the discussion on the architecture for digital cooperation, the IGF MAG
chair, in ‎collaboration with the IGF MAG Working Group on IGF
Strengthening and Strategy, is convening ‎a series of online discussions
during September and October 2020. ‎


*1. Frameworks for addressing emerging Internet issues in the context of
cooperation in ‎policy design* - Tuesday 20 October 2020 13:00-15:00 UTC
- Register at https://intgovforum.zoom.us/j/98663242064

2. *Perspectives on IGF outcomes and outputs: Representation, legitimacy
and follow-up in multistakeholder policy processes* - Wednesday 21
October 2020, 13:00-15:00 UTC- Register at

For next week's discussions and recordings of previous discussions visit


*Frameworks for addressing emerging Internet issues in the context of
cooperation in ‎policy design* - Tuesday 20 October 2020 13:00-15:00 UTC
- Register at https://intgovforum.zoom.us/j/98663242064

Overview of topic


Discussion on frameworks for addressing emerging Internet issues.
Several ‎organisations and academic institutions are currently
developing such frameworks ‎which can have an important impact on how
policy is designed.‎

Why is this important? While we have all accepted that the Internet is
an essential ‎part of our societies,  it is hard to provide a single
definition of what it is. The ‎Internet is not 'one' thing and it is not
a monolith. At the same time, in the absence ‎of a definition, it is
often hard to analyze its evolution, explain which ‎developments are
healthy and which are not, and understand how some ‎approaches could be
problematic. On top of that, there is also the tangible danger ‎that the
Internet with a capital "I" might simply disappear from the discourse,
‎subsumed by higher level concepts, such Digital economy, Digital
transformation, ‎etc..‎

One promising way to address these issues is to look at some of the
properties that ‎characterize the Internet. These properties should not
be seen in isolation but in ‎conjunction with the benefits they
generate. This will allow us to better understand ‎their relationship to
the Internet's successful evolution. There are several efforts ‎that
follow this approach, for instance the work by the MIT team (W. Lehr, D.
‎Clark et al "Wither the Public Internet"), "The Idealised Internet vs.
Internet ‎Realities" by the New America's Cybersecurity Initiative.
Finally, the Internet ‎Society work on "Internet Invariants: What Really
Matters" and now its further ‎development in the "Critical Properties of
the Internet Way of Networking ‎‎(IWN)".‎

The goal of this discussion is to: a. solicit feedback on the properties
that are ‎identified by these frameworks and b. to work with the IGF
<https://www.intgovforum.org/multilingual/lexicon/8#IGF> community to
identify ‎use cases and case studies that could use such a framework as
a guide.‎

Discussion leads


Leslie Daigle,Leslie Daigle, Global Technical Officer, Global Cyber Alliance

Justin Sherman, Justin Sherman is a fellow at the Atlantic Council's
Cyber Statecraft Initiative

David Clark, technical director of the MIT Internet Policy Research
Initiative at CSAIL

Konstantinos Komaitis, Senior Director, Policy Development and Strategy

Andrei Robachevsky, Senior Director, Technology Programmes

Laura DeNardis, Professor and Interim Dean of the School of
Communication at American University in Washington, DC
<https://www.intgovforum.org/multilingual/lexicon/8#DC> (moderator)




MAG <https://www.intgovforum.org/multilingual/lexicon/8#MAG> Chair and
the Internet Society ‎

Background reading

Daigle: https://www.thinkingcat.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/2019-InvariantsUpdated.pdf

Clark: https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5325/jinfopoli.9.2019.0001#metadata_info_tab_contents 

Robert Morgus and Justin
Sherman: https://www.newamerica.org/cybersecurity-initiative/reports/idealized-internet-vs-internet-realities/ 

 Konstantinos Komaitis and Andrei Robachevsky (Internet
Society): https://www.internetsociety.org/issues/internet-way-of-networking/internet-impact-assessment-toolkit/ 


*2. Perspectives on IGF outcomes and outputs: Representation, legitimacy
and follow-up in multistakeholder policy processes* - Wednesday 21
October 2020, 13:00-15:00 UTC - Register at

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing
information about joining the meeting.


Overview of topic


This session will consider how the IGF can evolve towards more focused
policy ‎discussions which lead to outcomes that can be then be
considered by decision-‎making bodies. ‎

It will also consider the challenge of how to frame the IGF outputs when
not all ‎stakeholders or views are represented in the sessions that
produce them. Equally, ‎BPFs and DCs can only be said to represent the
views of those who participate ‎‎(and generally have specific interests
for doing so). That's not to say that any ‎policy recommendations that
come out of such sessions or processes are invalid. ‎But it can be used
to question their value and legitimacy. This session will discuss ‎the
challenges the IGF faces in producing multiple outcomes and policy
‎suggestions, from multiple sources, without any single way of having a
‎community-wide endorsement of the outputs.‎

Discussion leads


Moderator: Dr. William Drake, University of Zurich

Speakers: Flavio Wagner, Brazilian Internet Steering Committee, CGI.br
and member of the IGF WG

Anriette Esterhuysen, MAG chair

Wai Min Kwok, UNDESA

Timea Suto, ICC-Basis and member of the IGF MAG (tbc)

Paul Charlton, Senior Policy Advisor, International Telecommunications
and Internet Policy Directorate, Innovation, Science and Economic
Development Canada (ISED) and member of the IGF MAG

Fiona Alexander, Distinguished Policy Strategist, School of
International Service, American University in Washington, DC

Raul Echeberria, member of the IGF WG-strategy

Markus Kummer, co-coordinator, IGF Dynamic Coalitions and past IGF MAG
chair and IGF Executive Secretary



MAG chair and IGF MAG-WG strategy

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