IGF 2023 Open Forum #146 Disrupt Harm: Accountability for a Safer Internet

Tuesday, 10th October, 2023 (04:30 UTC) - Tuesday, 10th October, 2023 (05:30 UTC)
WS 7 – Room K

Cyberattacks, Cyberconflicts and International Security
New Technologies and Risks to Online Security
Online Hate Speech and Rights of Vulnerable People

Panel - 60 Min


Ending technology-facilitated gender-based violence (TF GBV) requires building bridges across governments, multilateral organizations, private companies, women’s organizations, and digital rights communities. We must collectively work to foster authentic partnerships, rights-based regulation, and human-centered technology grounded in survivor-centered approaches and feminist principles in order to collectively prevent the amplification and normalization of misogyny, build systems of accountability and work toward a safer internet for all. Our panel conversation will explore the possibility of future regulatory frameworks grounded in findings from seminal landscaping research of existing TF GBV regulation globally. We will hear from the only current intergovernmental regulatory body, feminist digital rights activities and community leaders, as well as hear from leading multilateral organizations bringing this work together.

In this hybrid session, we will take all opportunities to engage with online and on-site participants. Utilizing a discussion question app allows online and on-site participants to not only equally ask discussion questions, but also allows participants to vote for their favorite questions which ensures that the prioritization of questions is participant-led. Additionally, we will be utilizing online polls to collect online and on-site feedback and sentiment about topics discussed. Post the event we will incorporate the live feedback collected during the session into the roll out of our newly released regulatory framework.


UNFPA United Nations Population Fund
Alexandra Robinson, UNFPA, Global; Stephanie Mikkelson, UNFPA, Global; Sujata Tuladhar, UNFPA, Asia Pacific Region


Julie Inman Grant, eSafety Commissioner, Australia;
Karla Velasco Ramos, Association of Progressive Communication, Global;
Juan Carlos Lara, Derechos Digitales, Latin America;
Sherri Kraham Talabany, SEED Foundation, Iraq;

Onsite Moderator

Alexandra Robinson, UNFPA, Global

Online Moderator

Stephanie Mikkelson, UNFPA, Global


Sujata Tuladhar, UNFPA, Asia Pacific Region


5. Gender Equality
9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
10. Reduced Inequalities
17. Partnerships for the Goals

Targets: The use of technology and online spaces should serve as a tool for accelerating the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women instead of a tool of subjugation, the perpetration of violence and silencing of women in all their diversity. Ending technology-facilitated gender-based violence (TF GBV) directly increases gender equality.