Angela Merkel and António Guterres open IGF 2019

Produced by Rachael, Darius, Elisa and Avik. The opening ceremony of IGF 2019 in Berlin saw Angela Merkel and António Guterres welcome guests to the conference. From dancers, a piano player, and jokes by both leaders includin Merkel speaking briefly in English, a positive atmosphere began the event in style. Continue reading Angela Merkel and António Guterres open IGF 2019

Cutting through the unknowns of AI

By Warda Imran, Veronica Sirianni Amid the farmer’s strike in Berlin which held multiple vessels of public transport hostage, the United Nations’ convened the second day of its Internet Governance Forum (IGF). To define internet governance has been harrowing; it involves philosophy, ethics, and morals. However, Sasha Rubel of UNESCO, was easily able to condense it in two words: “Collective Intelligence.” Simple yet elegant. Rubel … Continue reading Cutting through the unknowns of AI

2019: The Beginning of the Era of the Deepfake?

How Digital Manipulation can be a Threat to Democracy and Human Rights By Peggy Whitfield In early November, the prestigious English dictionary, Collins, named “deepfake” as one of its new words of the year for 2019; it’s certainly one of the buzzwords of the IGF conference in Berlin. But what exactly are deepfakes and what potential do they have to impact society and democracy? NATO … Continue reading 2019: The Beginning of the Era of the Deepfake?

EU Commission to focus on Artificial Intelligence

By Warda Imran The incoming newly-elected European Commission will focus on Artificial Intelligence, and aim to develop a new policy initiative on AI within the first 100 days in office, the European Delegation to the UN announced on Tuesday. Katarzyna Gogol, a member of the European Delegation to the UN responsible for digital and communication topics, announced that the newly elected members of the European … Continue reading EU Commission to focus on Artificial Intelligence

IGF panel defends legitimacy to discuss climate change

By Rachael Davies Disagreements sprung up on whether climate change is a suitable topic for a conference on internet governance, during a panel discussion on ‘Internet Futures and the Climate Crisis’. Max Senges, Lead for Research Partnerships and Internet Governance for Google in Berlin, voiced his concerns on whether the Internet Governance Forum 2019 is the best forum for such discussions. He posed the question … Continue reading IGF panel defends legitimacy to discuss climate change

United Nations want more diversity in digital debate

By Rachael Davies Speaking on a panel on Internet Governance and Digital Cooperation at the annual IGF conference, Fabrizio Hochschild, Under-Secretary-General of the UN, put out a stern warning against the internet becoming too divided. “A fractured internet is a serious threat to the open, free, and safe internet that was envisioned by its Founding Fathers”, Hochschild said.  The high-ranking official drew a line between … Continue reading United Nations want more diversity in digital debate