APrIGF 2022 Session Proposal Submission Form
Part 1 - Lead Organizer
Contact Person
Ms. Pavitra Ramanujam
Organization / Affiliation (Please state "Individual" if appropriate) *
Association for Progressive Communications (APC)
Asia Digital Rights Lead
Economy of Residence
Primary Stakeholder Group
Civil Society
List Your Organizing Partners (if any)
Gayatri Khandhadai
Head of Technology and Human Rights
Business and Human Rights Resource Centre
Part 2 - Session Proposal
Session Title
Empowering New Voices in Internet Governance Spaces
Session Format
Interactive Panel
Where do you plan to organize your session?
Onsite at the venue (with online moderator for questions and comments from remote participants)
Specific Issues for Discussion
The field of internet governance can often be challenging for new entrants - it is a complex, diverse, multi-stakeholder, multi-issue system with various policies, processes and agendas, both competing and complementary. Young digital rights advocates and others who are interested in engaging in this system sometimes have difficulty in finding an entry point for discussions and for advocating for their issues of interest. A crucial part of this process is understanding the different stakeholders in the internet governance space and knowing the right approaches and strategies to engage with them effectively.

This session will provide an opportunity for an open, informal discussion that will inform the audience of perspectives on how to engage with different stakeholders, such as the private sector, technical community and the government. Inputs and questions from audience members on their experiences and the kinds of approaches they and other new entrants can adopt will be encouraged, so that the needs of new entrants to efficiently engage with internet governance processes is captured.

Through audience interaction, speakers will shed light on some of the challenges that new entrants might encounter when approaching each stakeholder, and ways to navigate these challenges. The speakers will also address what can be done by the internet governance community and various stakeholders to enable better participation by newer voices. The session will include perspectives from a new entrant into internet governance and digital rights on the challenges they are facing and the kinds of support they need to participate in internet governance processes successfully.
Describe the Relevance of Your Session to APrIGF
This session relates directly to the ‘Inclusion’ track, which is part of this year’s sub-themes. The session aims to explore ways to ensure that internet governance spaces are more inclusive and made more accessible for new entrants. It is an attempt to demystify a crucial part of internet governance processes, the multi-stakeholder model and stakeholder engagement, to ensure that there is more robust cross-disciplinary interaction across the region and there are more diverse and newer voices in internet governance spaces.

The session also addresses the ‘Trust’ track. This track speaks to the responsibilities of governments, industry, civil society, and other stakeholders to maintain trust in Internet governance. Ensuring that internet governance processes and spaces are open and inclusive for all, and enabling participation of newer entrants, especially those representing public voices and advocating for rights-respecting internet governance, is key to ensuring that the internet remains a trusted space.

Finally, the session directly addresses the overarching theme of this year’s APrIGF, People at the Centre: Envisioning a community-led Internet that is inclusive, sustainable and trusted, by advocating for more diverse, newer voices representing the larger internet community to be a more effective part of internet governance processes. This will ensure that the larger community and everyday internet users are better represented in decision-making around internet governance issues and that internet governance policies and processes are rights-respecting.

The reflections from this session will be captured, and can also be shared with the APrIGF’s multi-stakeholder group for consideration in planning for next year’s event.
Methodology / Agenda (Please add rows by clicking "+" on the right)
Time frame (e.g. 5 minutes, 20 minutes, should add up to 60 minutes) Description
5 minutes Introduction to session and speakers
15 minutes Brief remarks from speakers: (i) perspectives on engaging with private sector, technical community and government on internet governance issues and how new entrants can be better supported; (ii) perspective from a new entrant on challenges faced and support needed
35 minutes Audience interaction and reflections on their experiences with different stakeholder engagement, and what they need to engage and advocate in internet governance spaces
5 minutes Concluding remarks from speakers
Moderators & Speakers Info (Please complete where possible)
  • Moderator (Primary)

    • Name: Pavitra Ramanujam
    • Organization: Association for Progressive Communications
    • Designation: Asia Digital Rights Lead
    • Gender: Female
    • Economy / Country of Residence: India
    • Stakeholder Group: Civil Society
    • Expected Presence: In-person
    • Status of Confirmation: Confirmed
  • Moderator (Facilitator)

    • Stakeholder Group: Academia
    • Expected Presence: In-person
    • Status of Confirmation: Proposed
  • Speaker 1

    • Name: Kelly Koh
    • Organization: Sinar Project
    • Designation: Programme Officer
    • Gender: Female
    • Economy / Country of Residence: Malaysia
    • Stakeholder Group: Civil Society
    • Expected Presence: In-person
    • Status of Confirmation: Confirmed
  • Speaker 2

    • Name: Gayatri Khandhadai
    • Organization: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
    • Designation: Head - Tech & Human Rights
    • Gender: Female
    • Economy / Country of Residence: Mauritius
    • Stakeholder Group: Civil Society
    • Expected Presence: In-person
    • Status of Confirmation: Confirmed
  • Speaker 3

    • Name: Satish Babu
    • Organization: APSIG
    • Designation: Chair
    • Gender: Male
    • Economy / Country of Residence: India
    • Stakeholder Group: Technical Community
    • Expected Presence: In-person
    • Status of Confirmation: Confirmed
  • Speaker 4

    • Name: Waqas Hassan
    • Organization: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority
    • Designation: Assistant Director
    • Gender: Male
    • Economy / Country of Residence: Pakistan
    • Stakeholder Group: Government
    • Expected Presence: In-person
    • Status of Confirmation: Invited
Please explain the rationale for choosing each of the above contributors to the session.
Kelly Koh is a programme officer at Sinar Project, a civic tech organisation in Malaysia working on making important data and information public and more accessible using open technology and open data. Kelly is also a member of APC’s Southeast Asia Digital Rights Collaborative, a capacity and movement building initiative for new entrants into digital rights. She will share her experiences of participating in digital rights and internet governance spaces, the challenges faced by new entrants and the kinds of support that they need to effectively engage in these spaces.

Gayatri Khandhadai heads the Technology & Human Rights programme at the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre. She is an international human rights lawyer who has been engaging in internet governance processes and spaces for many years, and an active member of the APrIGF. In her current role, Gayatri focuses primarily on advocating with technology companies and the private sector on adopting a rights-based approach in their policies and practices. Gayatri will share her experiences on advocating with the private sector, the challenges involved in this engagement and how new entrants should understand and approach this important stakeholder.

Satish Babu is the current Chair of the Asia Pacific School of Internet Governance and an active member of the APrIGF. He is also Chair of the Asian, Australasian and Pacific Islands Regional At-Large Organization (APRALO) under ICANN. As a long-time member of the technical community and in his position as Chair of the Asia Pacific School of Internet Governance, Satish will be able to share his unique perspective on how new entrants can engage with the technical processes and spaces related to internet governance. He will also share his experiences on some of the outcomes from APSIG that have benefited those newly engaging in internet governance.

Waqas Hassan is the Assistant Director (International Liaison & Training) at the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, with regulatory experience of over 14 years that includes international coordination, stakeholder engagement, ICT development analysis, ICT indicators review, Internet Governance, mobile money and civil society engagement. He will share his perspectives on how new entrants can engage with governments better on issues related to digital rights.
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