IGF 2018 WS #242
Public Sector and Common Goods: Exploring Shared Governance?

Organizer 1: Sebastien Shulz, Paris Est University
Organizer 2: Florence Piron, Laval Université, Canada
Organizer 3: Guerry Guerry, DINSIC

Speaker 1: Sebastien Shulz, Civil Society, Eastern European Group
Speaker 2: Florence Piron, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 3: Guerry Guerry, Government, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)

Online Moderator

Birds of a Feather - 90 Min


An open discussion between Florence Piron (Information and Communication researcher at Laval University, specialist of Open Access), Matti Schneider (author of the books "Building digital Commons") and Sébastien Shulz (sociologist, studying the articulation between the public sector and the civil society for taking care of common services and common goods).


We kept the number of speakers limited to let speakers from other background step in, if possible.

Some digital goods (content, software, etc.) are common goods. Some of these common goods are taken care of by the civil society (companies, associations, citizens, etc.) and some other are provided by the public sector. Do we see situations where the public sector and the civil society join forces to take care of a digital commons together?

The onsite moderator will first introduce the general topic, then say a few words on each participant. She will then explain that the session is also live online and that participants to the onsite session can raise questions at any time, if this is okay with the speakers. She will then start the discussion among speakers and keep a balanced timing amont them and interactions with the onsite and online audience.

This session aims at exploring shared governance models between the public sector and the civil society for Internet goods.

Online Participation

We will share a framapad.org link, an IRC channel and a Twitter/Mastodon hashtag. The online moderator will monitor these channel and report questions and reactions live. The framapad notes will then be used as a draft for a collaborative report of the session.