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[WebDebate #43] IGF+: What’s next?

03 November 2020


Event description

Internet governance is about the rules, policies, standards, and practices that determine how cyberspace is governed. It goes beyond technical and infrastructural considerations, and addresses the legal, economic, developmental, sociocultural, and human rights implications of cyberspace. Formed in 2006, the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is a multistakeholder forum for discussing these issues. 

Multistakeholderism – the participation of all relevant stakeholders – is really the core value and a core practice of the IGF. 

Discussions on IGF reform are almost as old as the forum itself. This year, the UN Secretary-General’s Road Map on Digital Cooperation included a number of recommendations for the adaptation and reform of the IGF, known as IGF+. The suggestions build on the future avenues for the IGF, and are outlined in the report of the High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation

Together with our expert speakers, we will shine a light on some of the key question regarding the future of the IGF:

  • What are the key areas of the IGF reform?
  • Do suggestions relating to IGF+ put us on the right track?
  • In an ideal world, what would the future of Internet governance look like?

Join us on Tuesday, 3rd November, at 13:00 UTC (08:00 EST | 14:00 CET | 21:00 CST). 


Andrea CalderaroDr Andrea Calderaro is the director of the Centre for Digital Technology and Global Politics and a senior lecturer/associate professor in International Relations at the Department of Politics and International Relations at Cardiff University. His research centres on transnational governance of the cyber domain, with a particular focus on cybersecurity, cyber capacity building, cyber diplomacy, and the role of the EU in the global Internet policy debate. He has conducted research and supported cyber capacity building initiatives in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Central America, and EU institutions. He is a member of the Global Forum of Cyber Expertise’s (GFCE) Research Committee and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) Cybersecurity Multistakeholder Advisory Board. He served as a member of the Advisory Board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) Internet Universality Program, the Global Internet Policy Observatory’s (GIPO) Advisory Group (EC), and the EU Cyber Capacity Building Task Force (EC/EUISS). His research has been published in Policy and Internet, the Third World Quarterly, the International Journal of E-Politics, and Open Democracy.

Olga CavalliDr Olga Cavalli is a member of the Internet Society’s (ISOC) Board of Trustees. In 2009, she co-founded the South School on Internet Governance, and in 2017 she co-founded the Argentina School on Internet Governance. She is the academic director of both schools. Between 2007–2014, she was part of the IGF Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG). She was Argentina’s representative at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in 2005 (Tunis), a member of the National Commission on Cybercrime that defined the Argentina Cybercrime Law, and a member of the commission that created the National Digital Agenda. Her education includes a PhD in Business Direction, an MBA, and a Master degree in Telecommunications Regulation, and Electronic and Electrical Engineering.   

William DrakeDr William J Drake is an international fellow and lecturer at the Department of Communication and Media Research, University of Zurich. Previously, he has been the president of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility; a senior associate and the director of the Project on the Information Revolution and World Politics at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; the founding associate director of the Communication, Culture and Technology Program at Georgetown University; an assistant professor of Communication at the University of California, San Diego; and an adjunct professor at the School of Advanced International Studies and the Georgetown School of Business. He has served in various leadership/community representation roles in Internet governance institutions and initiatives, including the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the IGF, and the UN Working Group on Internet Governance. His recent books include the edited volumes of The Working Group on Internet Governance: 10th Anniversary Reflections (2016) and Internet Governance: The NETmundial Roadmap (2014). He holds a PhD in Political Science from Columbia University. You can find more information on his personal website at

Matthias C KettemannDr Matthias C. Kettemann, LL.M. (Harvard), is a senior researcher at the Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI), and the head of its research programme on rule-making in online spaces. He is a visiting professor for International Law at the University of Jena, a privatdozent at the University of Frankfurt, a lecturer at the University of Graz, the project lead at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) in Berlin, the research programme leader for Platform and Content Governance at the Sustainable Computing Lab at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, and an associated researcher at Germany’s Research Center for Social Cohesion. His most recent books include The Normative Order of the Internet. A Theory of Rule and Regulation Online (OUP, 2020), Navigating Normative Orders. Interdisciplinary Perspectives (editor, Campus, 2020), and, co-authored with W Benedek, Freedom of Expression and the Internet (2nd ed., Strasbourg, 2020).



  • Dr Katharina Höne, Director of Research, DiploFoundation

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