Internet Governance Forum 2022 Call for Workshop Proposals

19 April 2022

Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2022 will be organised in a hybrid format allowing for equitable online and onsite participation. In this context, all stakeholders are invited to submit proposals for workshops at the 17th Annual Meeting of the IGF 2022 through the workshop application e-form. The deadline is 3 June 2022, 23:59 UTC.

Proposers are invited to make submissions under the following themes:‎

  1. Connecting All People and Safeguarding Human Rights
  2. Avoiding Internet Fragmentation
  3. Governing Data and Protecting Privacy
  4. Enabling Safety, Security and Accountability
  5. Addressing Advanced Technologies, including AI

It is important that the organisers of the proposed workshops prepare their proposals clearly aligned to one of the themes described above. However, it is even more important that the description of the sessions show a specific and completely focused approach to the chosen theme, considering that for this year, this characteristic will be considered as one of the main evaluation criteria when choosing the proposals that will be included in the Internet Governance Forum ">IGF 2022 programme.

Policy questions
The short narrative descriptions on each should be used as guidance. In ‎addition, proposals should include policy questions formulated by the proposer. Policy ‎questions bring together different disciplines or areas of policy research. A ‎policy question should encourage dialogue, debate and discussion among different ‎ stakeholders and disciplines, be worded in an objective way to allow for different ‎answers/views/proposals/solutions to emerge and not presuppose the outcome.‎

Criteria for Workshop Evaluations

The five major criteria in the evaluation process will centre around:

  • Proposed Topic – its relevance to Internet Governance and proper alignment with one of the 5 themes
  • Workshop Content – including its clear focus on one of the 5 selected themes
  • Policy Question(s) – including whether they relate closely to the proposed topic
  • Hybrid Organisation Strategy – whether the proposal lays out an effective strategy for hybrid and interactive engagement and takes the hybrid nature of the meeting into account in all planning aspects
  • Diversity – along different vectors of diversity, as described below

Proposers are strongly advised to pay attention to diversity of perspective, supported ‎by experience, gender, region, stakeholder group, and inclusion of youth, persons with disabilities and ‎persons from other under-represented or marginalised groups, within their organising ‎teams as well as listed speakers, as these will be reviewed against the key diversity ‎measure. Proposers should list a minimum of three provisionally confirmed ‎speakers and limit their number of speakers to no more than five wherever ‎possible. While the latter is not a disqualifying criterion, excessive numbers of speakers ‎will result in lower support for the proposal. Proposers should provide the name of ‎moderators/facilitators who will guide the discussions between the speakers and the on-‎site and online discussions (please see the guidelines for more information).‎