Global digital governance – can technical solutions respond to policy questions? – PL 01 2019

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Working title: Global digital governance – can technical solutions respond to policy questions?

Proposals assigned to this session: ID 93, 140, 142, 148, 159, 162, 171, Paris call – list of all proposals as pdf

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Session teaser

Can we find technical solutions for political issues? And what political action is needed to be able to embrace new technical solutions to be sustainable, supportive of human dignity and contributing to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals? This, and more, will be discussed by a multistakeholder panel, with participation of all in the room.

Session description

In recent years a number of high-level political initiatives have contributed to the further evolution of the Internet Governance Ecosystem and its political framework. Examples are the „London Process” with its Global Cybersecurity Conference, the Global Commission on Stability in Cyberspace, the Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace, the UN High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation and industry led initiatives as the Tech Accord (Microsoft), the Charter of Trust (Siemens) and the Contract for the Web (W3C).

All of those initiatives are supporting the multistakeholder approach and have developed new forms of interaction among governments, business, civil society and the technical community. However, with latest developments in fields like artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, cloud computing and blockchain, there is a growing need to go beyond the traditional multistakeholder cooperation and to deepen the interaction among law makers and code makers.

Can we find technical solutions for political issues? And what political action is needed to be able to embrace new technical solutions to be sustainable, supportive of human dignity and contributing to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals? Do we need new forms of policy development and decision making if it comes to issues like cybersecurity and lethal autonomous weapon system, like digital trade and sustainable digital development as well as the protection of freedom of expression and privacy in the digital age? And how can new intergovernmental projects as the Global Compact, the G20 Osaka Fast Track or the two new cybersecurity groups under the 1st Committee of the UN General Assembly contribute to a secure, free, open and stable Internet?

The panel of esteemed thought and action leaders in the field is invited to leapfrog to the future in 2030, and add their description of that future including a statement of what, most importantly, needed to happen in 2020 to make this possible.

Based on this, the panel will engage which each other with the aim to end up with a top three recommendations for action in the coming year, to help ensure we are moving towards a future we want.


Following the "lightning talk" by Jonathan and Jaya, a panel of 4 people from different stakeholder groups will be invited by the two co-moderators to lead in a discussion, to which all participants in the room are invited to contribute. By putting the perspective on 2030, and "looking back from the future" to what needs to be done today to work towards the best possible future tomorrow, this session will be of interest to policy makers and all that are to contribute to making a future we want happen!

Panelists (all confirmed):

  • Mattia Fantinati (State Secretary for Public Administration, Italy): government perspective;
  • Anriette Esterhuysen (former CEO of APC, Member of GCSC): civil society perspective;
  • Bill Woodcock Woodcock (executive director of Packet Clearing House, Member of GCSC): technical community perspective;
  • Jaya Baloo (Chief Information Security Officer KNP): business perspective.

The session will be moderated by Emily Taylor (Oxford Information Labs) and Maarten Botterman (GNKS). Jonathan Cave will join as resource to the panel. Moderators will invite interaction with other EuroDIG participants in the room, including Audience Voting. The questions that will be posed to the panel are:

 I.	Is this a digital future you would want to live in?  If not what would you change?;
II. What policy, market or tech interventions need to happen now to make this future scenario happen?;
III. What do you see as the main risks or challenges that might prevent realisation of this ideal digital future?;
IV. What do you see as priorities for action, and what positive hope keeps you going as you think about our shared digital future?

Further reading

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Focal Point

  • Maarten Botterman / GNKS Consult, ICANN Board

Organising Team (Org Team) List them here as they sign up.

  • Andrea Beccalli, ICANN
  • Ayden Férdeline, Technology Policy Fellow, Mozilla
  • Kristina Olausson, ETNO - European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association
  • Arnold van Rhijn, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy of the Netherlands
  • Marjolijn Bonthuis, Deputy director ECP, information society platform & coordinator NLIGF
  • Wout de Natris, De Natris Consult
  • Adam Peake, ICANN
  • Emily Taylor, Oxford Information Labs and Chatham House

Key Participants

  • Mattia Fantinati, Under Secretary of State for Public Administration, Italy (government)
    Mattia Fantinati is currently an MP and Under Secretary of State for Public Administration. He previously served as MP and was the Chair of both the Industry, Commerce, Energy, Research and Tourism Committee and the Committee of Inquiry on counterfeiting, commercial piracy and abusive trade. He is a management engineer and an entrepreneur who attended Masters at Bocconi School of Management, Manchester Metropolitan University and London School of Economics. As a lawmaker, he promoted a law nullifying public funding for companies which relocate productions to non-UE countries, and a fiscal agreement implying a debt-credit swap between companies and the State.
  • Anriette Esterhuysen, Director of global policy and strategy , Association for Progressive Communications, South Africa (civil society)
    Anriette Esterhuysen is a human rights defender and computer networking pioneer from South Africa. She has pioneered the use of Internet and Communications Technologies (ICTs) to promote social justice in South Africa and throughout the world, focusing on affordable internet access. She has been the Executive Director of the Association for Progressive Communications since 2000 until April 2017, when she became APC's Director of Policy and Strategy. She was one of five finalists for IT Personality of the Year in South Africa in 2012. She was inducted to the Internet Hall of Fame in 2013 as a "Global Connector". In 2015, she was the winner of the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Pioneer Awards.
  • Bill Woodcock, Executive director of Packet Clearing House, USA (technical community)
    Bill Woodcock is the executive director of Packet Clearing House, the international non-governmental organization that builds and supports critical Internet infrastructure, including Internet exchange points and the core of the domain name system. Since entering the Internet industry in 1985, Bill has helped establish nearly three hundred Internet exchange points. In 1989, Bill developed the anycast routing technique that now protects the domain name system. In 2007, Bill was one of the two international liaisons deployed by NSP-Sec to the Estonian CERT during the Russian cyber-attack. And in 2011, Bill authored the first survey of Internet interconnection agreements. Bill serves on the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace and the Commission on Caribbean Communications Resilience. He's on the board of directors of the M3AA Foundation, and was on the board of the American Registry for Internet Numbers for fifteen years. Now, Bill’s work focuses principally on the security and economic stability of critical Internet infrastructure.

In addition,

  • Jaya Baloo will join the panel for the business community perspective, and
  • Jonathan Cave for the academic community.


  • Maarten Botterman, GNKS Consult, Director on the ICANN Board, Chairman IGF DC IoT
    Maarten Botterman is Director of GNKS Consult, an independent policy analysis and consultancy think tank, and has been a leader in the use of Internet and related technologies in support of society for more than 25 years. Next to working as an independent policy analyst, he is Director at the ICANN Board, Chairman of the IGF Dynamic Coalition of the Internet of Things, Board Member of the Institute for Accountability in the Digital Age, and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the NLnet Foundation. He is also former Chairman of the Board of the Public Interest Registry, Director Information Society Policy in the European office of RAND Corporation, Scientific Officer at the European Commission DG CNECT (formerly INFSO, XIII), and Senior Advisor in the Dutch Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management.
  • Emily Taylor, CEO of Oxford Information Labs, Associate Fellow at Chatham House International Security
    Emily Taylor is an associate fellow with the International Security Department and is editor of the Journal of Cyber Policy. She is CEO of Oxford Information Labs. She is the author of several research papers, and is a frequent panellist and moderator and conferences and events around the world. Previous roles have included chair of ICANN WHOIS Review Team, Internet Governance Forum Multistakeholder Advisory Group, Global Commission on Internet Governance research network, and director of Legal and Policy for Nominet. She has written for the Guardian, Wired, Ars Technica, the New Statesman and Slate, and has appeared on the BBC Now Show and the BBC Radio 4 ‘Long View’.

Remote Moderator

Trained remote moderators will be assigned on the spot by the EuroDIG secretariat to each session.


  • Stefania Grottola, Geneva Internet Platform

Reporters will be assigned by the EuroDIG secretariat in cooperation with the Geneva Internet Platform. The Reporter takes notes during the session and formulates 3 (max. 5) bullet points at the end of each session that:

  • are summarised on a slide and presented to the audience at the end of each session
  • relate to the particular session and to European Internet governance policy
  • are forward looking and propose goals and activities that can be initiated after EuroDIG (recommendations)
  • are in (rough) consensus with the audience

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