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Friday, November 29 • 11:10 - 13:00
Data Governance Concluding Session

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The Concluding Session will be an opportunity for participants to reconvene and provide insights on the Data Governance theme, following a full week of vibrant IGF discussions on various aspects of the topic.

As with the Day 1 Introductory Session, there will be discussion both in plenary and in break-out sessions looking at the different sub-themes. For each of the six sub-themes (as shown in this graphic - https://www.intgovforum.org/multilingual/filedepot_download/8432/1674), we hope to come away with a menu or road map of suggestions raised by the community during the week for how to address the various policy questions identified. In particular, it provides an opportunity for organisers or rapporteurs to share insights from the various sessions that have taken place throughout the week. This could include both areas of consensus and any solutions, initiatives or best practices raised, as well as any policy issues, questions that require further research, discussion or action.


11:10 – 11:15 Welcome and Introductions

11:15 – 11:55 Sub-thematic breakout sessions

11:55 – 12:55 Reports back from breakout sessions and plenary discussion

11:15 – 11:20 Conclusion


The Data Governance track will provide for discussions on the fundamental challenge of ensuring the benefits of the data revolution to contribute to inclusive economic development while protecting the rights of people. 

The global nature of the Internet and the transfer of digital information across borders brings an international dimension to discussions around data. The generation, collection, storage, transfer and processing of data (including personally identifiable data) have enabled new social, cultural, and economic opportunities than ever previously imagined. At the same time, the massive collection, transfer  and processing of data (in particular through the application of algorithms/AI/machine learning) by public as well as private entities pose challenges around privacy, freedom of expression and the exercise of other human rights.

The Data Governance track will contribute to identifying best approaches to ensure the development of human-centric data governance frameworks at national, regional and international levels. It will enable an exchange of views on how to support and operationalize the exercise of human rights and the empowerment of individuals in their digital identity in current uses and development of data-driven technologies. And it will consider how to create the conditions needed to facilitate data-driven innovation, to ensure competition, and to foster trust in the development of services and new technologies, including through the use of inclusive data and the fulfillment of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Session Organizers

Ben Wallis

Regulatory Policy Analyst, Microsoft

Friday November 29, 2019 11:10 - 13:00 CET
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