Panel: Internet Governance Forum, Berlin

During the 14th IGF in Berlin, I was invited to join a panel on “Unpacking Digital Trade”. And while my knowledge on trade negotiations is pretty limited, it was certainly interesting, and both surprisingly valuable and surprisingly shocking, to learn how many of the established channels for multistakeholder engagement are yet again pushed aside to move government-dominated conversations into archaic, difficult to reach fora (WTO et.al.) — and also how many of the lessons learned throughout my professional life were helpful in this context, too.

You can watch the recording on Youtube (my intervention starts around 54min).

In addition, I very much enjoyed seeing so many of my Mozilla colleagues in action and demanding better of the internet in the IGF village at our booth.

Blog: How to end the global governance gridlock?

It’s generally accepted that democracy is in crisis worldwide, and that spaces for civic participation are shrinking. Meanwhile, the so-called “techlash” is polarising debates around how governments around the world should govern the internet and social media.

For years, I’ve heard people talk about fostering dialogue between diverse stakeholder groups and the importance of soliciting input from a wider range of voices. And yet, when it comes to developing comprehensive policies nearly everyone reverts back to engaging the networks and processes they know (and are comfortable with) instead of experimenting with new models for deliberation and decision-making.

Here’s a checklist to do better and increase impact.

Full piece on Medium.

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