IGF 2018 WS #434
Let’s globalize good privacy standards!

Organizer 1: Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)

Speaker 1: Cathleen Berger, Private Sector, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 2: Wafa Ben-Hassine, Civil Society, African Group
Speaker 3: Florence Poznanski, Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)


Panel - 90 Min


Introduction by the Moderator

Part 1. State of privacy debate in the Global South

Wafa Ben Hassine (Tunisia) is the MENA policy counsel at Access Now. In 2017, her organization led a successful campaign, which highlighted privacy insufficiencies of Tunisia's proposed law on biometric national ID card.

Florence Poznanski (France) leads Internet Sans Frontières in Brazil. She will give us updates on the privacy debate in this part of the world.

Cathleen Berger (US) leads strategic engagement at the Mozilla Foundation. Her organization publishes the Internet Health report, which helps professionals and the general public better understand the implications that developments in Articial Intelligence, and Internet of Things, have on our privacy.

Part 2. Possible inspirations/solutions?

Wojciech Wiewiórowski (Poland), Assistant supervisor at the EU Data protection Supervisor. He will explain if and how the GDPR will foster change in practices in teh rest of the world.

Rebecca Mackinnon (US) is the director of the Ranking Digital rights project (RDR) : every year, the project publishes an index that ranks company on their disclosure on privacy and online freedom of expression disclosures. Thanks to the project, several companies have been able to enhance their practices. We will explore how the RDR project serves to advance privacy protection worldwide.

Tope Ogundipe (Nigeria) is Paradigm Initiative's Director of programs. Thanks to her organization, the Nigerian Parliament passed the first Digital rights Bill of Africa.


The proposed panel is mostly composed of female speakers, from various countries and regions of the world:

Tunisia, Nigeria, France, US, Poland.

The moderator is Cameroonian.

The revelation of the Cambridge Analytica scandal have highlighted the exploitation of the lack of privacy protection in some parts of the globe. The world learnt with surprise that before being deployed in the United Kingdom and the United States, the firm first tested its products in the Caribbean, and in Africa, two regions where privacy of Internet users is insufficiently protected.

While the information society includes a growing number of citizens and states, the existence of these no-man's land of privacy could be the cause of inequalities between users: those who would have access to an Internet where their privacy is in principle and by default protected, and those left behind, whose privacy would be at the mercy of private companies more or less attentive to the protection of personal data of their users.

In addition, the increasing reliance on machine learning and artificial intelligence requires a greater attention on personal data protection.

The entry into force on 25 May 2018 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), adopted by the European Union, and transposed by the Member States, gives arguments and hope to the defenders of an Internet where the privacy of all, without discrimination, would be protected.

However, the regulation currently applies only within the European Union, and to the data of European citizens, and of those living in the EU.

Is it possible to give a more international resonance to this legislation, which is considered the most advanced to date? What other means are available to better protect online privacy in the rest of the world?

During this panel, bringing together online privacy professionals, we will first provide an overview of privacy protection in the EU, Latin America, Africa (North and South). We will then explore existing initiatives and projects to advance the protection of privacy in the world.

The moderator will set the stage by providing a context to the panel and will make sure all the different perspectives are represented throughout the discussions. The panel is structured around two main points: overview of privacy debates and challenges in the Global South, Possible solutions and inspirations. After each round of answers, the moderator will open the floor for comments and questions from the audience (onsite and remote) and sum up the viewpoints received. Conclusions will be presented by the moderator.

The issue of data protection is increasingly becoming a central Internet governance issue: recent revelations hav shown the implications that data protection issues for political and economic issues. The Internet Governance Forum is the place where actors gather to discuss, and build multistakeholder partnerships to build an Internet society that is empowering and profitable to all, Governments, citizens, private sector.

While privacy was discussed at several occasions during previous IGFs, the entry into force of the GDPR gives an occasion to observe a strong privacy protection being applied, and the possible implications it can have for the rest of the world.

Online Participation

Remote participation will be facilitated by the remote moderator who will frequently communicate with the remote moderator throughout the session to ensure remote participants’ views/questions are reflected. The workshop will be promoted in advance and during the IGF on Internet Sans Frontières’ website and via social media, through the hashtag #IGFglobalizeprivacy