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Internet Governance Forum (IGF): Digital identity for gender equality and data justice

6 December, 2021 at 2:00 PM 3:30 PM UTC+1

Internet Governance Forum (IGF): Digital identity for gender equality and data justice 2

Join us at the IGF – Internet Governance Forum 2021 session “Digital identity for gender equality and data justice – collection of practices for policy making and practice” on 6 December 2021, 2PM – 4:30PM UTC+1. This session is organized by MyData Global, leading with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

The session will discuss the interconnections between digital identity, data protection, data justice and gender equality. It will look at the good and bad practices in the policy making and practical implementation of the digital identity regimes, and identify a set of principles that support the technological progress and digital services, at the same time moving forward the issue of gender equality. The goal is to share the lessons learned and knowledge of the different stakeholders, incl. the representatives of Global South and strategize with the key stakeholders on ways forward.

The session will examine the examples of the policy developments and practical implementation of the digital identity regimes in the countries with special attention to those where the need for progress in the area of digital services, human rights, and gender equality is the greatest.

One of the key discussion points will be the gender bias in technology development and policy making, as well as empowerment of girls and women for example through access to digital ID.

The audience will be invited to take an active part in the discussion and help identify the answers to the following questions: How to boost technological development to enable gender equality and how to boost gender equality to enable human-centred systems? How to empower people to demand better solutions, and make their privacy rights actionable without threatening the development of technologies? How to ensure the right to privacy in times of economic growth? What are the good practices? What are the practices that should absolutely be avoided?

The session will identify the good practices and draft the principles for the digital ID solutions that support gender equality. The session will feed in to the discussion on “Economic and social inclusion and human rights”.

Register here (IGF website) to access this session and other IGF events.

Organizer: MyData Global, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

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