IGF 2023 Open Forum #46 IGF to GDC- An Equitable Framework for Developing Countries

Thursday, 12th October, 2023 (00:45 UTC) - Thursday, 12th October, 2023 (02:15 UTC)
WS 10 – Room I

Cyber Diplomacy and Peace on the Internet
Governing Digital Economy
Role of IGF

Panel - 90 Min


While the IGF remains a valuable forum for fostering dialogue, sharing best practices, and raising awareness about internet governance issues, using a multistakeholder approach, power imbalances exist. There are power imbalances among the participating stakeholders which can undermine the inclusivity and effectiveness of the discussions. Developing countries and marginalized communities may have limited resources and representation compared to governments and powerful corporations, which can lead to unequal decision-making processes. The IGF has provided a useful framework for global discussions around internet governance. The session will present and discuss multiple challenges being faced by developing countries within the current global operational framework, offering a unique Caribbean perspective. Topics that will be discussed include the challenges with the monetisation of local content and the impact of the digital economy; OTTs and the impact on investment in regional telecom industry; content regulation, community standards and AI; and the evolving cybersecurity threat landscape of developing countries.

1. Interaction between onsite and online speakers and attendees will be facilitated via an online moderator that will flag questions, comments and other actions of online participants to the onsite moderator 2. A co-moderator role will be created, one online and one on site. The discussion will be framed by both co-moderators. 3. The determination of additional online tools / platforms needed will be made after an assessment of the tools that are being provided by UN IGF (cloud based video conferencing platform that allows interaction discussions and messages)


Caribbean Telecommunications Union
Nia Nanan, Caribbean Telecommunications Union, Caribbean Region Rodney Taylor, Caribbean Telecommunications Union, Caribbean Region Nigel Cassimire, Caribbean Telecommunications Union, Caribbean Region Gary Kalloo, Caribbean Telecommunications Union, Caribbean Region Bevil Wooding, CaribNOG, Caribbean Region Michelle Marius, ICT Pulse, Caribbean Region



  1. Mr. Tracy Hackshaw, Director, Trinidad and Tobago Multistakeholder Advisory Group  

  1. Mr. Quintin Chou-Lambert, Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Technology  

  1. Ms. Olga Cavalli, Co-founder/Director South School on Internet Governance SSIG 

  1. Mr. Rodney Taylor, Secretary-General, Caribbean Telecommunications Union 

  1. Ms. Sorina Teleanu, Director of Knowledge, DiploFoundation 



  1. Mr. Otis Osbourne, Actg. HOD, Dept. of Information Technology at University of the Commonwealth Caribbean (UCC) 

  1. Mr. Shernon Osepa, Internet Governance and Cybersecurity Policy Advisor 

Onsite Moderator

Jewel Forde

Online Moderator

Michelle Marius


Nia Nanan


8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
10. Reduced Inequalities

Targets: This open forum aims to share specific experiences on the challenges previously mentioned and advance the discussions on issues of global inequality in the new digital global economy. These discussions will be contextualised within the UN Sustainable Development Goals 8, 9, and 10, and help developing countries formulate specific proposals and recommendations for the Global Digital Compact (GDC), as they prepare for the Future of the World Summit.

Key Takeaways (* deadline 2 hours after session)

The GDC is an opportunity for SIDS to get involved and shape what the process should look like for these countries. It allows the opportunity to present a unified voice for SIDS extricated from the dominance of the Global North and larger developed countries. The GDC presents a space to pool internet governance issues and to address gaps in other processes, capacity and fragmented governance.

Call to Action (* deadline 2 hours after session)

CTU commits to draft a correspondence after consultation with SIDS to present to the UNIGF MAG Chair to present to the Leadership Panel. This will outline improvements, gaps, needs and mitigation strategies that SIDS advocate to be included in the IGF processes.