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

Artificial Intelligence is a reflection of society

A critical view on discussions at IGF 2019 By Avik Majumdar The three core principles guiding emerging technologies should be responsible artificial intelligence (AI), obedience to human centric laws and mechanisms that tie the technologies together with human need – a consensus within the Internet governance community. With these core principles in mind, the second day of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Berlin brought … Continue reading Artificial Intelligence is a reflection of society

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