IGF 2023 Networking Session #78 Governing Tech for Peace: a Multistakeholder Approach

Sunday, 8th October, 2023 (09:00 UTC) - Sunday, 8th October, 2023 (10:00 UTC)
Room B-2

Global Digital Governance & Cooperation
Cyber Diplomacy and Peace on the Internet
Digital Ethics Education
Governing Digital Economy
Regulatory Sandboxes for Technological Innovations

Michele Giovanardi, EUI School of Transnational Governance – Global PeaceTech Hub
Andrea Calderaro, European University Institute and Cardiff University Teona Nesovic, EUI School of Transnational Governance
Lucia Bosoer, EUI School of Transnational Governance – Chair on Artificial Intelligence and Democracy


Marielza Oliveira, Director for Digital Inclusion, Policies and Transformation at UNESCO
Juan Carlos Sainz-Borgo, Dean of the University for Peace (tbc)
Francesca Bosco, Senior Advisor at the CyberPeace Institute
Andrea Renda, Director of Research at CEPS and Adjunct Professor of Digital Policy at the EUI School of Transnational Governance
Mark Nelson, Director of the Stanford Peace Innovation Lab
Evelyne Tauchnitz, Senior Researcher at the Institute of Social Ethics ISE (University of Lucerne)
Stefaan Verhulst, Co-Founder of the Gov-Lab (NYU) and Co-Founder of the Data Tank

Onsite Moderator

Andrea Calderaro

Online Moderator

Michele Giovanardi


Teona Nesovic


16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
17. Partnerships for the Goals

Targets: This networking session takes place within the framework of the Global PeaceTech Hub initiative of the EUI School of Transnational Governance, which promotes research and policy dialogue on the use and governance of technology for peace and sustainable development. With the networking session, we will discuss the key elements of this multistakeholder challenge where active cooperation between private sector technology companies, academia, peacebuilders, and governments is needed (17.16, 17.17). Through this session and network we are also addressing, among others, issues related to reducing different forms of online violence, including hate speech and gender-based violence (16.1, 16. 2); rethinking migration and refugee management and financial aid through the use of digital identities and blockchain technology (16.4, 16.5, 16.9); promoting the responsible use of data and AI towards transparency, accountability and citizen participation in peace and democratic processes (16.6, 16.7, 16.8, 16.10).


Roundtable discussion with Q&A and audience interaction.

Duration (minutes)

Come and be part of an engaging networking session focused on the multistakeholder challenge of utilizing and governing technology to promote peace and sustainable development. The session is organized by the Global PeaceTech Hub, a platform that serves as a catalyst for collaboration and knowledge exchange among academics, practitioners, and stakeholders from the public and private sectors. The hub is committed to fostering and accelerating policy reflection on the use and regulation of technology to enhance peace and cooperation at the transnational level. By bridging the gap between theory and practice, the Global PeaceTech Hub aims to facilitate the translation of theoretical insights into concrete policy proposals and projects.

This networking session recognises the importance of collaboration between transnational and global network actors, including the public and private sectors, governments, the peacebuilding community, technology companies and academia, to unlock the full potential of the responsible use of technology for peace and sustainable development.  We invite you to join us and contribute your insights and experiences, providing us with your valuable take on this pressing matter. By leveraging the diverse perspectives and experiences of attendees, we can generate innovative ideas and concrete solutions to address the challenges at hand.

Join us for this transformative session and contribute to the global dialogue on regulating and utilizing technology for peace and sustainable development. Together, we can pave the way for a future where technology becomes a powerful force for positive change in the world!