We, the Internet session

November 24: 4:35 – 5:00 PM

In 2020, citizens all over the world gathered in more than 70 countries to discuss the future of Internet. In Canada, this unprecedented global dialogue was held on October 23 and 24 and engaged citizens from all walks of life and from coast to coast to coast in one of the most pressing and significant issues of our time. What trails of our personal data do we leave in cyberspace? What about misinformation and disinformation? What/who controls and shapes AI?

These are some of the questions participants were asked to debate on. Launched at the IGF 2018, “We the Internet”, is a global participatory consultation created to deliver first-class qualitative and quantitative data to support bold, legitimate decision-making over the future of the Internet. This is your chance to hear what Canadians had to say!

Michel Lambert, equalit.ie
Deirdre Collings, SecDev Foundation

Michel has lead an international solidarity organization active on human rights, including the right of access to a free and open Internet for 13 years. He launched civil society Internet portal projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in the Middle East in addition to supporting the establishment of two digital security schools. Also active on Internet governance issues, Michel is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for progressive communications and is a founding member of the Canadian Internet Governance Forum.

Deirdre Collings

Deirdre Collings is the co-founder and Executive Director of The SecDev Foundation, an Ottawa-based think-do tank dedicated to building a better world through digital opportunity, safety and citizenship.  Much of the Foundation’s work supports at-risk populations in the Middle East and North Africa, SouthEast Asia and Eurasia through dedicated local field teams.

Previously, Deirdre worked for two decades with the United Nations, NGOs and the University of Cambridge  on, and in, countries affected by war and instability, including  post-genocide Rwanda. As a MacArthur Doctoral Fellow at the University of Cambridge, she undertook research on collective identity and conflict transformation, while living and teaching  for a year in a refugee camp in Lebanon. She is the author of Peace for Lebanon? From War to Reconstruction,  OECD’s Policy Paper on Armed Violence ReductionShifting Fire:  Information Effects in Counterinsurgency and Stability Operations,  Bullets and Blogs: New Media and the War Fighter, and numerous other UN policy papers and documents.