#Road2IGF: Data, Sovereignty, Democracy and a Global South Perspective

Date: 25.11.2019

Location: Berlin

On November 25, the Global Innovation Gathering (GIG) and the United Nations Association of Germany hosted the warm up event #Road2IGF: Data, Sovereignty, Democracy and an African Perspective in the context of the Internet Governance Forum that took place in Berlin November 25th-29th, 2019.

How do we ensure people and democracies are informed and empowered through data driven systems such as AI rather than exploited and undermined? What infrastructures and data protection policies do we need? These questions were explored at the #Road2IGF event with four political analysts and civil society representatives.

The event included a keynote from Nanjala Nyabola on digital identity, a presentation of research findings from Sreekanth Mukku on the effects of data protection laws on national AI strategies in India and Germany as well as a panel discussion outlining projects and initiatives working for data sovereignty in the global south including Linda Bonyo, and Kudzai Mubaiwa. Together these experts shed light on questions concerning digital development, data and internet regulation and they debated how to ensure individual data sovereignty and how to ensure the use of data for development and public good.

18:00 Welcome by Miriam Mona Müller, Board UNA Germany and Geraldine de Bastion, Global Innovation Gathering e.V. & Konnektiv
18:05 Keynote on Digital Identitiy, Nanjala Nyabola
18:25 Short presentation of research findings from Sreekanth Mukku, Konnektiv on the effects of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in developing countries
18:35 Panel discussion with Linda Bonyo, Kudzai Mubaiwa, Nanjala Nyabola and Sreekanth Mukku
Moderator: Lorena Jaume-Palasí, The Ethical Tech Society
19:30 Networking

By hosting this event we aimed to support the participation and amplify the positions of civil society representatives from the global south at this year’s IGF. Konnektiv supports the work of the Global Innovation Gathering. Both organizations are partners and share the mission to make development cooperation more open and innovative.