Based on community input received during the open mic session in Berlin, the IGF 2019 Taking Stock Process and Call for Issues that went out in December 2019, and discussion during the First IGF 2020 open consultations and face-to-face MAG meeting, the MAG agreed that the IGF 2020 programme should again be structured along main thematic tracks as in 2019 cycle. Input received indicated that the Berlin themes of Data Governance; Digital Inclusion and Security, Safety, Stability, Resilience were still relevant. Two additional themes were identified – climate change and environmental sustainability and digital economy - as important issues that should be considered for the 2020 programme. A number of stakeholders felt that these topics are at the centre of current global discussions and political processes.
1. Proposed thematic tracks for 2020
To facilitate continuity and accommodate the range of sub-themes and issues linked to the three tracks the MAG proposed simplifying the wording of the thematic tracks to: Data (adapted from 2019’s Data Governance); Inclusion (adapted from 2019’s Digital Inclusion); and Trust (adapted from 2019’s Security, Safety, Stability, Resilience).
Simplifying the titles of the tracks, but still linking them clearly to the 2019 tracks will enable building on and deepening 2019 discussion as well as allowing for new subthemes and issues within each track to be addressed. To accommodate the additional suggested themes (environmental sustainability/climate change and digital economy) the MAG proposes integrating them into the three main tracks, or adding an additional track.
The MAG, therefore, proposes the following thematic structure for the 2020 IGF:
- Track one: Data
- Track two: Inclusion
- Track three: Trust
To accommodate the initially suggested additional themes (environmental sustainability/climate change and digital economy), the MAG is currently considering two options:
Option one: Integrate them into the three main tracks, e.g. the impact of the massive use of energy by servers storing and processing massive amounts of data could be a subtheme of the Data track and the impact of changes in the job market and conditions of employment in the “gig” economy could be a subtheme of the Inclusion track.
Option two: Create an additional track with the title “Sustainability” and then address environmental sustainability/climate change and/or digital economy as part of this additional track.
2. Call for validation of thematic tracks and further input
Through this consultative process, the MAG wishes to validate the above-mentioned thematic tracks and get input on how to deal with the proposals for additional themes. Specifically, the MAG would appreciate hearing:
- What issues, subthemes and/or policy questions or solutions should be addressed within each of these three thematic tracks?
- What you believe are the most important issues, subthemes and/or policy questions or solutions related to environmental sustainability/climate change and digital economy?
All stakeholders are invited to express feedback to this call by responding to the form further below.
Deadline for submission is Thursday 6 February 2020, 23:59 UTC.