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Council of Europe at the 2021 Internet Governance Forum


The Council of Europe will participate in the debates of the 16th United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF) will be hosted by the Polish government in a hybrid format in Katowice from 6 to 10 December, focusing its contribution in particular on the new challenges for the protection of human rights online, including the use of artificial intelligence (AI).

Organized under the theme “Internet United”, IGF 2021 brings together policymakers, representatives from businesses, universities and non-governmental organizations from around the world to discuss the opportunities and challenges of the Internet and public policies to deal with it.

In addition to participating in general discussions, the Council of Europe delegation will organize three open forums related to its most recent work on internet governance, artificial intelligence and the protection of fundamental human rights in the environment. in line.

  • 7 December (5.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. CET) Open Forum on the impact of digital technologies on freedom of expression and the Council of Europe’s normative work in this field, including a draft recommendation to be considered by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in the near future. Other issues on the agenda are the transparency of regulatory measures and the impact of the policies of major digital platforms on vulnerable groups.
  • December 9 (4:50 p.m. to 5:50 p.m. CET) – Open forum to present the online platform Globalpolicy.ai, dedicated to cooperation between intergovernmental organizations with complementary mandates on AI, co-organized with the European Commission, the Agence des fundamental rights of the EU and the United States nations. The platform aims to help policymakers and the public navigate the international landscape of AI governance and equip them with the tools, data and best practices needed to develop AI policies.
  • December 10 (9:30 am to 10:30 am CET) – Open forum on the regulation of emerging technologies in a post-pandemic context, co-organized with UNESCO. The forum will examine the efforts of governments and other actors to stop the Covid-19 pandemic, pushing for the use of new emerging technologies, such as mobile apps, to store and deliver health-related data on diseases. The use of these hastily developed digital tools has often led to human rights restrictions and data protection breaches, raising questions about their future regulation.

Council of Europe at IGF 2021