The Fifteenth Annual Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is hosted online by the United Nations under the overarching theme Internet for human resilience and solidarity. Dr Anja Kovacs from the Internet Democracy Project is invited to speak on the session ‘IGF 2020 Future Unclear: data and bodies in the post-pandemic times’ organised under the Dynamic Coalition on Gender and Internet Governance (DC GIG) hosted by Point of View.

Internet governance plays a key role in shaping the evolution and use of the internet. Without women and queer and trans persons at the table, this evolution will not be one that is inclusive or even evolution in the true sense of the word.

The DC GIG session is one of the key spaces at the Internet Governance Forum where gender is given priority, not just as something to increase diversity, but as something which is integral to technology development and to building an internet which protects the rights of the people at all times. In the understandable frenzy around the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important that we do not sideline the right to privacy and other digital rights. For this, we need to discuss how the pandemic has changed internet governance and internet governance conversations on data policies, surveillance, facial recognition and other emerging issues.

About the session

A conversation on bodies and data in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Time: Thursday, 5 November 2020 — 08:40 to 10:10 UTC

Room: Room 1


Bishakha Datta — Point of View, India

Debarati Das — Point of View, India


Bishakha Datta, Point of View, India (Moderator)

Dr. Anja Kovacs, Internet Democracy Project, India (Speaker)

Joana Varon, Coding Rights, Brazil (Speaker)

Sadaf Khan, Media Matters for Democracy, Pakistan (Speaker)

Onsite Moderator:

Bishakha Datta, Point of View

Online Moderator:

Bishakha Datta, Point of View


Debarati Das, Point of View

SDGs: GOAL 5: Gender Equality

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