Nov 2019 25 – 29

The fourteenth IGF was hosted by the Government of Germany under the overarching theme: “One World. One Net. One Vision.” The Forum brought together more than 2,000 participants from different stakeholder groups and some of the most prominent individuals in the global Internet governance discussion.

Following extensive, broad-based, and multi-stakeholder discussion on the thematic direction for IGF activities in 2019, the IGF Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) had identified three priority themes for a focused and cohesive programme for the year 2019; (1) Data Governance; (2) Digital Inclusion; and (3) Security, Safety, Stability & Resilience.

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.