IGF 2023 Day 0 Event #79 A Global Compact for Digital Justice: Southern perspectives

Sunday, 8th October, 2023 (07:00 UTC) - Sunday, 8th October, 2023 (09:00 UTC)
Room C-2

IT for Change, member organization of the Global Digital Justice Forum
Nandini Chami, IT for Change and Global Digital Justice Forum Luca Belli, Dynamic Coalition on Platform Responsibility Marianne Franklin, Dynamic Coalition on Internet Rights and Principles This IGF pre-event is proposed by the Global Digital Justice Forum, the Dynamic Coalition on Platform Responsibility and the Dynamic Coalition on Internet Rights and Principles. The Global Digital Justice Forum is a multi-sectoral group of development organizations, digital rights networks, trade unions, feminist groups, corporate watchdogs, and communication rights campaigners working towards centering a digital justice vision in the multilateral system, straddling digital governance debates, SDGs review, and transversal intersections of digital policy with traditional debates in trade and development. Its members include: Campaign of Campaigns, Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN), Equidad, ETC Group, Global Policy Forum, Groupe de Recherche Pour Une Stratégie Économique Alternative (GRESEA), IT for Change, Just Net Coalition (JNC), Latin American Information Agency (ALAI), Oxfam International, Public Services International (PSI), Social Watch, The Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO), Third World Network, Transnational Institute (TNI). The Dynamic Coalition on Platform Responsibility aims at fostering a cooperative multistakeholder effort in order elaborate concrete and interoperable solutions to protect platform-users’ human rights. The Internet Rights and Principles Dynamic Coalition (IRP Coalition) is an open network of individuals and organisations based at the UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF) committed to making human rights and principles work for the online environment.


The 180 minute pre-event will be structured as a roundtable with three free-wheeling conversation rounds with briefing inputs and open discussion from the floor (of 60 minutes each) on the following: - Principles for a just and equitable digital compact for the majority world - Platform accountability for a trustworthy, open and free Internet of tomorrow - Development visions in the data and AI epoch More details about the format are indicated in the next question. The event will be interactive in order to maximise participant inputs through a vibrant multistakeholder dialogue, but it will also have speakers from different stakeholder constituencies and regional groups, to make input presentations – on site and online. An indicative list of speakers is provided below. Co-organizers will follow up and arrive at the details of offline/online participation closer to the dates of the IGF. Civil society: Anita Gurumurthy, IT for Change, Asia-Pacific Sean O’Siochru, Just Net Coalition, Europe Alison Gillwald, Research ICT Africa Karla Velasco Ramos, Association for Progressive Communications, Latin America Mariana Valente, InternetLab, Latin America Academia Dennis Redeker, Post-doc Researcher, University of Bremen and member, Digital Constitutionalism Network Nagla Rizk, Access to Knowledge for Development Center, American University of Cairo Claudia Padovani, University of Padova Dorothea Kleine, Director of the Institute for Global Sustainable Development UN organizations Amandeep Singh Gill, UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Technology Torbjorn Fredrikkson, UNCTAD Ana Cristina Ruelas, UNESCO Private sector Chris Sharrock, Vice President, Microsoft Cindy Southworth, Meta Technical community Ansgar Koene, AI ethics expert, IEEE Safiya Noble, DAIR Institute Nadine Moawad, Mozilla Fellow in the Tech and Society Fellowship program Trade Union Kate Lappin, Gender lead, PSI - Asia Pacific Anna Tuvera, ITUC, Asia-Pacific

Onsite Moderator

Nandini Chami, IT for Change and Global Digital Justice Forum; Luca Belli, Dynamic Coalition on Platform Responsibility; Marianne Franklin, Dynamic Coalition on Internet Rights and Principles

Online Moderator

Deepti Bharthur, IT for Change


Amay Korjan, IT for Change and Global Digital Justice Forum


5. Gender Equality
8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
17. Partnerships for the Goals

Targets: The pre-event will discuss how to center the vision of digital justice for the majority world in the global Digital Compact, with a specific focus on the sustainable development agenda. It will touch upon the following SDG targets: - reducing the gender digital divide and building pathways to a gender just digital economy (Target 5.5) - addressing the uneven geographies of development, reducing inequality between and within countries (Target 10.2) - promoting universal access to the Internet, inclusive public digital innovation and robust pathways to creation of public digital infrastructure for domestic industrialization (Target 9b and 9c) - ensuring a future of decent work for all with foundational labour guarantees in the digital economy (Target 8.5) - mapping pathways for development cooperation to support digital capabilities development and intersections of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism with Global Digital Compact, WSIS +20 (Target 17.6)


Gathering – a workshop with 4 rounds and with hybrid participation modalities


Using a workshop format divided into 4 clear rounds of 40 minutes each, this event intends to build a robust multistakeholder dialogue on how to centre Southern/majority world perspectives into the Global Digital Compact. The session flow is as follows Introduction to session objectives by the 3 moderators from Global Digital Justice Forum (20 minutes) 4 rounds of 40 minutes each Round 1. Principles for a just and equitable digital compact for the majority world Round 2. Platform accountability for a trustworthy, open and free Internet of tomorrow Round 3. Sustainable development visions in the data and AI epoch Round 4. Synthesis of Rounds 1 to 3 and what it means for action commitments in the Global Digital Compact and WSIS + 20 Format for Round 1 to 3 (40 minutes each) First half - Each round will begin with 4 input presentations of 5 minutes each to set the stage and catalyse discussion. Care will be taken to ensure stakeholder diversity and geographic diversity in the inputs in each round. Second half - The remaining 20 minutes will be used to collect inputs from the participants using an interactive slido/online survey tool to fill out suggestions/reflections on critical questions. Format for Round 4 (40 minutes) 6 speakers comment taking 5-6 minutes each on what the debates and responses from the online survey tool are suggesting for the way forward in terms of furthering the digital justice agenda in the Global Digital Compact and WSIS + 20 processes.

The speakers will include on site and online interventions. The assigning of a separate online moderator and the use of the slido/online survey tool for participant interactions will enable the dynamic and seamless participation of even online participants and enable them to enjoy a complete experience of the discussions. The final round of discussion that includes the high points of the report back from the survey/slido will ensure that a dipstick view of the pulse of the room is immediately perceptible to all participants.