Anita Gurumurthy participated as a panelist at the Main Session on Future of Digital Governance organized during the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2023 in Kyoto, Japan on 11 October 2023.
Topics related to digital governance are front and center on the international agenda. Over the next few years, several international processes will consider and make decisions with potential implications on digital governance. These processes include the Summit for the Future, including the development of a Global Digital Compact and Code of Conduct on Information Integrity on Digital Platforms, the 20-year Overall Review of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS+20), and the extension of the mandate of the IGF.
In this environment, what does the future of digital governance look like? This main session at IGF 2023 explored the interconnections between processes like the Global Digital Compact, WSIS+20 review, IGF, and many others. Throughout the discussion, the panel aimed to discuss avenues for promoting more convergence and coherence among ongoing processes, strengthening synergies, avoiding duplications, and ensuring the expertise and experience of the multistakeholder community are being fully utilized.
Besides Anita, Jordan Carter, Internet Governance and Policy Director at AuDA; Renata Mielli, Coordinator of the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee; Jun Murai, Dean of the Graduate School of Media and Governance and Professor at the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, Keio University; Lise Fuhr, Member of the IGF Leadership Panel; and Timea Suto, Global Digital Policy Lead, ICC, took part in the discussion. The panel was moderated by Ana Cristina Amoroso das Neves, Chair, Commission on Science and Technology for Development; and Avri Doria, ICANN Board Member.