The Forum focused on how digital frontier technologies bring benefits to our economies and societies. Their transformative impact is critical to the future sustainability of our world and to the achievements of the sustainable development goals (SDGs). However, with these great benefits come a growing number of concerns and challenges. Increasingly we are faced with cyber-attacks, data and privacy breaches, and proliferation of hate speech and censorship. These and other emerging challenges threaten to undermine the beneficial impact of the Internet.
Dr Anja Kovacs presented a session at the fourteenth meeting of the United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF). The Dynamic Coalition on Gender and Internet Governance on the body as data in the age of datafication.
The session looked at data as an extension of the body, rather than as a resource that is simply out there, and are now investigating what applying that perspective means for different policy questions. Dr Anja Kovacs also outlined why it is essential to put bodies back into our discussions on data governance.