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Tuesday, September 2 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
Setting the Scene:Topical Insight and Debate Related to the Subthemes of IGF 2014

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 Goal: Launch the IGF with a panel that frames each of IGF2014's sub-themes by highlighting related topical issues as well as provide participants with tasters for how these sub-themes will be addressed during the rest of the IGF.

Duration: 1.5 hours with about half of this time dedicated to discussion.

Format: A moderated panel made up of speakers with expertise on the sub-themes complemented by organizers or panelists of other main sessions. Inputs will be kept short. The moderator will be assisted by people with roving mikes in the room.

The session will be opened by panelists giving a 5 minute input on topical and controversial issues relevant to the sub-themes (7x5 = 35 minutes)

Questions from floor and debate among speakers (35 minutes)

The session will also provide an overview of how the subthemes will be covered at IGF2014.

Topics to be covered:

Sub-themes for IGF 2014


Speaker: Rohan Samarajiva, LirneAsia, Sri Lanka

Rohan will provide a bird's eye view on progress and challenges in achieving affordable access for all. He will highlight controversial issues that came up in the last year, such as:

  • net neutrality
  • role of governments and regulators vs role of markets: are we getting the balance right so that the benefits get to those who need it most?
  • access for all: public access, access for the poorest of the poor, access for people with disability

Virat Bhatia will provide a review of how the topic will be discussed at the IGF 2014 at workshops and in the 'access' main session.


Speaker: Stuart Hamilton, International Federation of Library Associations

Stuart will provide a lead in to some of the IG issues related to content creation and distribution such as copyright, digital rights, business models for local content creation and content in local languages, cross border issues, user generated content etc.He will also provide an overview of how the topic is being covered at IGF 2014.


Speaker: Jacquelynn Ruff, Vice President – International Public Policy, Verizon

The speaker will highlight achievements, but also the ongoing exclusions. The internet has given rise to new business models, and new businesses, new ways of learning and trading. Are we maximizing potential of the internet as tool for creating a more just, equal, peaceful world? If not why not?


Speaker: Benedicto Fonseca Filho, Ministy of Foreign Affairs, Government of Brazil

The speaker will summarize the 'state' and 'status' of mulitstakeholder approaches to IG and reflect on its evolution, maturity, uptake, and legitimacy. The input should cover:

  • why MS? a short look back at the threads that contributed to the evolution of this approach, some of which goes back to internet development and management from its outset, and also the WSIS principles
  • the MS approach in IG at national level: challenges and achievements
  • the evolution of MS in the intergovernmental system: changes and challenges
  • the concept of a distributed, decentralized Internet governance ecosystem: what does it mean, does it make sense?
  • NETmundial as a MS decision-making process
  • challenges, contradictions, conflicts, exclusions what next?
  • what role the IGF should play

Subi Chaturvedi will give a short outline of what will be covered in the focus session that deals with this topic.


Speakers: Walid Al-Saqaf, Program Director Master of Global Journalism (MAGJ), Ãrebro University, Sweden and Joy Liddicoat, Human Rights Specialist, Association for Progressive Communications

Censorship and blocking of sites becoming common place. So has surveillance. The speakers will reflect on current trends, particularly since the mid-2013 revelations, and the Bali IGF in October 2013. What are the trends? Can the Internet be trusted? Who decides what is in the public interest?  Are measures by States to make the internet more 'safe and secure' achieving their intended results? What are the costs? What are the rights implications? What are the implications for an open and unfragmented internet?

The speakers will clarify what is meant by 'the Internet and human rights' and how this issue has evolved, particularly with regard to the right to privacy and the recent report of the High Commissioner for Human Right's report on the 'The Right to Privacy in the Digital Age'.

Joy Liddicoat will also outline how this topic will be covered at IGF2014.

g) EMERGING ISSUES: Network Neutrality and Best Practice Forums

Speaker: Markus Kummer

Markus will provide an overview of why network neutrality issue is so topical at this time and provide an overview of how it is being addressed at the IGF2014. He will also introduce a new innovation at IGF 2014: Best Practice Forums – a mechanism to crowd source best practices in Internet governance and policy-making from the IGF community.


Speaker: Marilia Maciel, Centre for Technology and Society, Fundação Getulio Vargas

A very brief overview of the NTIA announcement, its implications, its scope, what has happened since, and what challenges and opportunities it presents.

Susan Chalmers, one of the MAG members organising the IANA panel will provide an overview of what will be covered, and other workshops dealing with this issue at the IGF.


Prof. Dr. Kerem Alkin, Rector, Nişantaşı University and Member of the Internet Improvement Board, Chairman of MOBILSIAD (NGO), Turkey 


Jeanette Hofmann, Director of the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, supported by Anriette Esterhuysen, Executive Director, APC


Rohan Samarajiva, LirneAsia, Sri Lanka

Benedicto Fonseca Filho, Ministy of Foreign Affairs, Government of Brazil

Stuart Hamilton, International Federation of Library Associations

Jacquelynn Ruff, Vice President – International Public Policy, Verizon

Marilia Maciel, Centre for Technology and Society, Fundação Getulio Vargas

Walid Al-Saqaf, Program Director Master of Global Journalism (MAGJ), Ãrebro University, Sweden

Joy Liddicoat, Human Rights Specialist, Association for Progressive Communications

Additional people to give input on the main sessions they are organising and how the relevant sub-themes are addressed at IGF2014:

Virat Bhatia (Access)

Subi Chaturvedi (Ecosystem)

Susan Chalmers (IANA transition)

Markus Kummer (NetNeutrality and Best Practice Forums)

Remote moderator:

Emilar Vushe, APC Africa Policy Coordinator, Zimbabwe (confirmed)

Feeder workshops:

Not entirely applicable as this takes place before most workshop, and relates to most workshops as the panel addressed all sub-themes.


Jeanette Hofmann

Director of the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society

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Walid Al-Saqaf

Senior Lecturer in Journalism and Media Technology, Södertörn University
Walid Al-Saqaf is a senior lecturer in journalism and media technology at Södertörn University in Stockholm where he specialises in data journalism, Internet and blockchain research.  Within the blockchain domain, he has written about its social impact and is the vice president... Read More →

Susan Chalmers

Principal, Chalmers & Associates
Susan Chalmers is a MAG member and the Principal of Chalmers & Associates, a small consulting firm providing research, analysis and strategic advice on Internet policy issues. Since May 2013, Susan has worked with members of the Internet community to develop www.friendsoftheigf.org... Read More →

Subi Chaturvedi

Assistant Professor, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi University
Currently an assistant professor of journalism at the Lady Shri Ram College for Women (LSR), Delhi University, Subi Chaturvedi is also an active research scholar at the Indian Institute of technology (IIT-D). She is widely published on New Media Technology, its social shaping and... Read More →

Benedicto Fonseca Filho

Ambassador Benedicto Fonseca Filho is Director of the Department of Scientific and Technological Affairs of the Ministry of External Relations, Itamaraty of Brazil. A trained diplomat by profession, since he was appointed Ambassador in 2010 he has participated in several international... Read More →
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Stuart Hamilton

Deputy Secretary General, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)
Libraries. Copyright. Local content. Re-use. Sharing. Caring. Media and Information Literacy. The post-2015 development framework and ICTs. Cross-border information transfer and the outdated systems stopping it. Libraries.

Markus Kummer

Senior Vice President, Internet Society
Markus Kummer is Senior Vice President of the Internet Society.   He has extensive experience with Internet policy at the global, regional, and national levels. Before joining the Internet Society in February 2011, he was the Executive Coordinator of the Secretariat supporting the... Read More →

Joy Liddicoat

Human Rights Specialist, Internet and Human Rights, Association for Progressive Communications (APC)
Formerly a New Zealand Human Rights Commissioner, Joy Liddicoat has joined APC as project coordinator for the new Connect Your Rights! Internet Rights are Human Rights campaign. Joy’s work in human rights began in earnest in 2001 when she attended the World Conference on Racism... Read More →
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Marilia Maciel

Digital Policy senior researcher, DiploFoundation
Ms Marília Maciel is a Digital Policy Senior Researcher at DiploFoundation. She previously was a researcher and coordinator of the Center for Technology and Society of the Getulio Vargas Foundation (CTS/FGV) in Rio de Janeiro. She serves as a councilor at ICANN´s Generic Names Supporting... Read More →

Jacquelynn Ruff

Vice President International Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Verizon Communications
Jacquelynn (Jackie) Ruff is Vice President – International Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs for Verizon Communications.  In addition to being a leading communications provider in the U.S., Verizon provides voice, data, and Internet services to customers in more than 150 countries... Read More →

Rohan Samarajiva

Founding Chair, LIRNEasia
Rohan Samarajiva is founding Chair of LIRNEasia, an ICT policy and regulation think tank active across emerging economies in South and South East Asia, and the Pacific.  He was its CEO until 2012.  He serves on the Boards of Communication Policy Research south, Research ICT Africa... Read More →

Remote Moderators

Emilar Vushe

APC Africa Policy Coordinator, Zimbabwe 

Tuesday September 2, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm
Main Meeting Hall (Rumeli Ground Floor / Room A1 + A2)

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