Focus Area 3

Coming next – outlook on new technologies and can existing governance bodies cope with them?

Rapporteur: Marco Lotti, Geneva Internet Platform

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 1 The interconnected nature of the internet and the need for resilience favours a multistakeholder approach when discussing the problems and when identifying solutions regarding the internet. However, the current escalating geopolitical tensions are challenging multistakeholderism. There is a need to take a fresh look at the multistakeholder approach, especially by including the voices of youth, who are still underrepresented in internet governance debates.

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 After agreeing on global principles and values to guide AI development (such as trust, transparency, and human-centred AI), there is a need to let regions and countries adapt these principles to their own realities through concrete documents (e.g. toolboxes) targeted at policymakers and other actors. In this process, cross-regional dialogue is needed to ensure harmonisation. Potential risks related to AI need to be examined holistically, and humans need to be in command.

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 1 Digital identity solutions need to be measured not only by their usefulness and functionality but, more importantly, by how they respect and reflect fundamental human rights and common responsibilities. Any digital identity solution needs to be technology-agnostic to ensure greater global interoperability and foster greater user adoption.

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 There is more involved than just the internet as a global communication network. The current expansion of space activities pushes the development of new communication technologies beyond our planet. For these new technologies, new standards and protocols are needed. To ensure that these protocols remain open, a multistakeholder approach is needed.

Source: https://comment.eurodig.org/eurodig-2022-messages/focus-area-3/