Covid-19 and The Future of Internet Governance

ISOC UK England Online Discussion
Friday 29 May 2020
15:30 – 17:00 BST / 16:30 – 18:00 CET (90min)

The outbreak of Covid-19 in early 2020 has profoundly changed our societies and the way we work and connect to each other. It has called for rapid adaptation in a short period of time from governments, societies and private sector alike. While uncertainty remains over what the so-called “new normal” might look like, the Internet continues to operate as an important backbone to this future. Back in 2005 the WGIG defined Internet governance as the “development and application by Governments, the private sector and civil society, in their respective roles, of shared principles, norms, rules, decision-making procedures, and programmes that shape the evolution and use of the Internet”.

Now, 15 years later, the roles and responsibilities of these different sectors as well as principles and norms have developed and changed in significant ways. The global pandemic has exposed important dynamics such as increased content moderation in a context of misinformation, supply chain adjustment, traffic management, and the need for new policy and advocacy strategies. This panel will gather experts to reflect discuss the possible futures for Internet governance in a context of global pandemic.


  • Louise Marie Hurel – ISOC UK England and LSE


  • Prof. Robin Mansell – London School of Economics (LSE)
  • Fabrizio Hochschild – UN USG Digital Cooperation
  • William Drake – University of Zurich
  • Joyce Hakmeh – Chatham House
  • Chris Buckridge – RIPE NCC


  1. Introductions (Louise Marie Hurel)
  2. Setting the scene: Exploring the different dimensions of the impacts of Covid-19 on the governance of the Internet
  3. Looking ahead: How can we work towards a more inclusive and human rights enhancing Internet governance in a post-pandemic world?
  4. Follow up short questions from Moderator to each speaker
  5. Q&A with participants

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