[IGFmaglist] Main Session on Multidisciplinary Policy-Making

Ben Wallis (CELA) bewallis at microsoft.com
Thu Oct 17 18:38:55 EDT 2019

Dear MAG colleagues

María Paz and I are writing to share with you the finalized details of the Main Session on Multidisciplinary Frameworks for Policy-Making in the Digital Age.

You can see the full details and speaker line-up below. As well as a diverse range of speakers to provide both conceptual and practical input to the discussion, we are very happy that Fabrizio Hochschild Drummond, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on the 75th Anniversary Commemoration has agreed to moderate the panel.

We have uploaded the description and pre-report to the IGF website (https://www.intgovforum.org/multilingual/content/multidisciplinary-frameworks-for-policy-making-in-the-digital-age) and are liaising with the Secretariat to get editing rights to upload the agenda and names of the speakers in the interactive schedule. Of course, you can already visit the interactive schedule page to bookmark the session for your own personalized schedule at https://igf2019.sched.com/event/SU41/multidisciplinary-framework-for-policy-making-in-the-digital-age. 😊

Ben and María Paz

Multidisciplinary frameworks for policy-making in the digital age.
Thursday 28 November, 14:15 – 16:15

There are many different approaches to Internet governance but, as we heard from the UN Secretary-General at IGF 2018, there is an interest in finding ways to go beyond working in silos and to create policy-making approaches that are truly multidisciplinary and involve a full range of perspectives and actors.

Multidisciplinary approaches can be understood to be multistakeholder by nature, but it also means involving multiple sectors of the economy, considering multiple elements of an issue (e.g. social, economic, political) and involving actors, disciplines and expertise that have not traditionally been engaged in Internet Governance discussions. In June 2019, the UN’s High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation recommended a multi-stakeholder “systems” approach for cooperation and regulation that is adaptive, agile, inclusive and fit for purpose for the fast-changing digital age.

The main focus of the session will be to address the challenge of how to foster policy-making approaches that can enable multidisciplinary engagement in Internet Governance issues and can cover a wide range of substantive topics. And it will further explore how to build systems that cover the life-long period of policy-making from its design, implementation and evaluation.

Fabrizio Hochschild Drummond, Special Adviser on the Preparations for the Commemoration of the Seventy-Fifth Anniversary of the United Nations

14:15 - 15:00 Part 1 – the What and the Why (45 mins)
The first part will provide for a discussion of conceptual frameworks for enabling multidisciplinary policy-making that integrates a broad variety of relevant perspectives and actors. The speakers will give their views on what multidisciplinary policy-making is, why it is important to Internet governance and what benefits it can bring. This also attempt to provide insight on the underlying conditions for creating and continuously support this environment, such as the processes required, the organisations, actors and people that should be involved in the policy-making process, and how to foster a sustainable engagement of different actors in the process.

Part 1 Policy Questions:

  *   What should a truly multidisciplinary policy-making process look like?
  *   What should be the perspectives, and which stakeholders and disciplines need to be considered, to enable policy-making approaches that are truly multidisciplinary for Internet Governance?
  *   What are the underlying structural conditions that facilitate truly multidisciplinary policy-making process?


  *   Molly Lesher, Senior Policy Analyst, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) (Intergovernmental Organization)

  *   Sophie Peresson, Director of the Innovation for All team, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) [Private Sector]

·       Sheetal Kumar, Program Officer, Global Partners Digital (GPD) [Civil society]

15:00 - 16:15 Part 2 – the How (75 mins)
Part 2 will ask speakers to talk about how multidisciplinary policy-making happens in practice, by providing concrete examples or case studies to demonstrate innovative ways of approaching this issue. It will include discussing the mechanisms that could be put in place to achieve multidisciplinary policy-making, as well as the barriers that exist to putting in place more multidisciplinary and integrated policy frameworks, and how stakeholders can work together to address them. Speakers are encouraged to share any relevant lessons for future iteration of these types of processes.

Part 2 Policy Questions:

  *   What ideas and examples can we look to in order to help policy-makers?
  *   What are examples of attempts to build multidisciplinary policy-making processes for public policy already being developed on Internet Governance across the globe? What we can learn from them? What worked well? What needs improvement?
  *   Indeed, beyond public policy, companies are looking at how to integrate perspectives from other stakeholders into their policies and, in some cases, include external stakeholders in their decision-making or advice, or where they collaborate with public bodies to develop regulation or governance approaches. What lessons from private sector policy-making can be used?


  *   Kenneth Adu-Amanfoh, Executive Director, Africa Cybersecurity and Digital Rights Organisation, (ACDRO) [Civil society]

  *   Olaf Kolkman, Chief Internet Technology Officer, Internet Society (ISOC) [Technical community]

  *   Name TBC, Colombian Communications Regulation Commission (CRC) [Government]

  *   Lisa Dyer, Director of Policy, Partnership on AI to Benefit People and Society [Multiple stakeholder group involvement]
  *   Zoe Darme, Manager, Global Affairs and Governance, Facebook [Private sector]

Ben Wallis
Regulatory Policy Analyst
Microsoft Corporation
Connectivity and Internet Governance
bewallis at microsoft.com<mailto:bewallis at microsoft.com>
T:  [+1] 425-706-9254
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