Stockholm Internet Forum 2021

Mobilising for Digital Resilience – a free, open, and secure internet in the shifting landscapes of the pandemic

Programme Pre-SIF21 Friday 7 May and Monday 10 May

Monday 10 May

13:00-13:30 CEST (UTC +2)Stage – Warm-up – SIF21 Studio
13:30-13:40 CEST (UTC +2)



Stage – Opening remarks – open session

Carin Jämtin, Sida´s Director General
13:40-13:45 CEST (UTC +2)Stage – Keynote – open session

Per Olsson Fridh, Minister for International Development Cooperation of Sweden
13:45-14:45 CEST (UTC +2) Stage – Opening panel – open session

Building Resilience – Why we need
to talk about tech


A multifaceted panel opens SIF21 by discussing the role of the internet and technology in building resilience as the world faces a pandemic.

Panelists :
Irene Khan, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of freedom of opinion and expression,
Per Olsson Fridh, Minister for International Development Cooperation,
Helani Galpaya, Chief Executive Officer, LIRNEasia
Joan Carling, Global Director, Indigenous Peoples Rights International
14:45-15:15 CEST (UTC +2)Stage – De-brief SIF21 Studio

Tuesday 11 May

10:00-10:15 CEST (UTC +2)Stage – SIF21 Studio
10:15-11:15 CEST (UTC +2)StageOpen session

Towards Universal Connectivity

This session will highlight the importance of providing open and secure internet connectivity that is accessible to all students

3.7 billion people were offline during the pandemic, meaning that families and individuals with good connectivity were able to continue to work and learn, and those without were left further behind. This session will highlight the challenges that have been brought to the forefront as a result of the pandemic and the need for good connectivity. It will also highlight some of the solutions and work underway to address this.

Format: Panel discussion
Organised by International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and UNICEF in collaboration with Sida
10:30-11:30 CEST (UTC +2)The Disinformation Industry – how can the State respond? 
 
States need to tackle online propaganda to protect democracy, while respecting freedom of expression. Researchers and State representatives discuss how

Format: Panel discussion
Organised by Sida
10:30-11:30 CEST (UTC +2)Holistic Security for (Digital) Emergencies

Sustainable and embodied preparedness based on the Holistic Security Manual and the Integrated Security Manual.

Organised by Digital Defenders Partnership
11:30-11:45 CEST (UTC +2)Stage – SIF21 Studio
11:45-13:15 CEST (UTC +2)Climate Defenders & Digital Civic Space: Challenges/Threats

Climate defenders and CSO actors face threats and challenges in the digital environment, which are they and what’s the way forward?

Format: Workshop
Organised by Mandate of the United Nations Special Rapporteur (UNSR) on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association, Association for Progressive Communications (APC), and International Center for Not-For-Profit Law (ICNL) in collaboration with Sida
11:55-12:55 CEST (UTC +2)Development aid, security cooperation, and the global right to privacy

Potential threats to and opportunities for people’s rights and privacy

Format: Panel discussion
Organised by Privacy International in collaboration with Sida
11:55-12:55 CEST (UTC +2)Meaningful Access: Quality of Digital Access post Covid-19

In this session partners discuss the realities of meaningful connectivity to address the quality of access gaps around the globe

Format: Panel discussion
Organised by Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) and Web Foundation in collaboration with Sida
13:05-14:05 CEST (UTC +2)Civil Society Engagement for Digital Cooperation

This session will cover the process leading up to the UN Roadmap for Digital Cooperation and discuss its implementation since 2011

Format: Panel discussion
Organised by The Civil Society Coalition on Digital Cooperation in collaboration with Sida
13:15-14:15 CEST (UTC +2)What does ´Good ID´ look like?

This session invites participants from government, aid agencies, academia and civil society to describe what they think ‘Good ID’ looks like

Format: Panel discussion / One-to-many
Organised by Caribou Digital in collaboration with Sida
13:05-14:05 CEST (UTC +2)Combatting Disinformation

IDEA, Meedan and WITNESS will introduce key learnings and insights from civil society to confronting disinformation in global contexts

Format: Panel discussion / Group session
Organised by IDEA, Meedan, and WITNESS in collaboration with Sida
14:15-15:00 CEST (UTC +2)Stage – Open plenum session

26 years after Beijing: Women human rights defenders online

Policy recognition of online gender-based violence against WHRDs – and increased attacks in the pandemic and a shrinking democratic space

During the last years, concerns about WHRDs exposure to gender-based violence in the online space have gained wide policy recognition. This session builds on demands to protect WHRDs, towards the Generation Equality Forum in Paris following up on the Beijing Platform for Action. Given the increase in online attacks against WHRDs, exacerbated by the shift to virtual platforms during the pandemic and in an era of shrinking democratic space, state and non-state actors must take further action.

Format: Panel discussion
Organised by The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) in collaboration with Sida
15:10-15:30 CEST (UTC +2)Stage – Live Yoga
16:15-17:15 CEST (UTC +2)Stage – Open session

The role of digitalization in building resilient societies

This session will highlight successful examples and lessons learned from digital innovations and responses to the Covid-19 pandemic

Every country is grappling with how best to respond to, and recover from, the Covid-19 pandemic. Some countries were better prepared than others. This session will explore how digital transformation has been pivotal during the pandemic and how some of those successful strategies are helping to plan to build back better, more resilient societies in the longer term. 

Format: Public broadcast /Panel discussion
Organised by Digital Impact Alliance in collaboration with Sida
16:15-17:15 CEST (UTC +2)Back to basics – human rights centric platform governance

How to establish human rights centric platform governance where users come first

Format: Panel discussion
Organised by Access Now in collaboration with Sida
16:15-17:15 CEST (UTC +2)A UN Cyber Programme of Action (PoA)?

Shaping responsible state behaviour in cyberspace

Format: Group session
Organised by: Global Partners Digital in collaboration with Sida
17:15-17:30 CEST (UTC +2)Stage – SIF21 Studio

wednesday 12 May

10:00-10:05 CEST (UTC +2)Stage – SIF21 Studio
10:05-10:30 CEST (UTC +2)Stage – Keynote

Voices from Myanmar – Stories from Internet Shutdowns
10:30-11:00 CEST (UTC +2)Stage – Open session

Creating Impact through Innovation
Discuss how Sehat Kahani and Coliba, supported by the GSMA, UKAid and DFAT, have driven digital innovation to scale with positive impact

Join Max Cuvellier, Head of GSMA Mobile for Development, Dr. Iffat Zafar, Co-Founder of Sehat Kahani and Genesis Ehimegbe/ Yaya Kone, Co-Founder of Coliba. mcuvellier@gsma.com
Sehat Kahani, in Pakistan, is building an all-female health provider network delivering quality solutions with tele-health. Coliba use mobile technology to ensure environmental sustainability by increasing Cote d’Ivoire’s recycling rate to 92% by 2030.
Supported by UKAid and DFAT, these companies are contributing a positive impact to lives.

Format: Public Broadcast
Organised by GSMA, and their FCDO/DFAT-funded grantees Sehat Kahani and Coliba, in collaboration with Sida
10:30-11:30 CEST (UTC +2)#KeepItOn: governments weaponizing internet shutdowns

What are the pressing threats of internet shutdowns and how do they impact on fundamental human rights?

Format: Panel discussion
Organised by Access Now in collaboration with Sida
10:30-11:30 CEST (UTC +2)Building Trust and advancing human rights online

This session discusses the lessons learned and challenges encountered in building trust and promoting Internet Universality and human rights online

Format: Panel discussion
Organised by UNESCO in collaboration with Sida
10:30-11:30 CEST (UTC+2)Re:assembling Emotional Labor: On the Politics of Care

This session will address emotions and labor in the context of political imprisonment, and we will re:work our experiences as partners of two of the Istanbul 10

Format: Workshop
Organised by Magdalena Freudenschuss and Laressa Dickey
11:00-11:20 CEST (UTC +2)Stage – Live Yoga
11:45-12:45 CEST (UTC +2)Covid-19: Counting the cost on digital rights in Africa

This session will focus on findings by digital rights networks and researchers on the impact of Covid-19 on digital rights in Africa

Format: Panel discussion
Organised by Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and the Centre for Human Rights of the University of Pretoria in collaboration with Sida
11:45-13:00 CEST (UTC +2)Human Rights-Centered Internet Governance in the 2020s  

This session brings together global representatives to discuss themes of disinformation, digital inclusion and artificial intelligence

Format: Panel discussion
Organised by the Freedom Online Coalition in collaboration with Sida
12:00-13:00 CEST (UTC +2) Glitter Networking for Feminist Internet People

Bring out the glitter and laughters, and join our event to meet and connect to humans interested in the creation of a feminist internet

Organised by Team CommUNITY in collaboration with Sida
12:00-13:00 CEST (UTC+2)Safe Conversations – Communication Strategies for Discretion

This workshop provides easy-to-use communication methods for owning and controlling your information in a safe and secure way.

Format: Workshop
Organised by Security Trainer and Human Rights Lawyer
13:00-14:00 CEST (UTC +2)Considering Covid – A Guide to Collaboration

This session will share successful tactics and approaches for cultivating resiliency through connection during the Covid-19 pandemic

Format: Workshop
Organised by IFEX in collaboration with Sida
13:00-14:00 CEST (UTC +2)Encryption for a free, open, and secure internet

More important and yet more threatened than ever

Format: Group discussion
Organised by The Global Encryption Coalition in collaboration with Sida.
13:15-13:45 CEST (UTC +2)Stage Open session

Artificial Intelligence: for what, and for whom?

This session will discuss the potential for AI to help societies, in particular the world’s most vulnerable groups to tackle climate change

The Covid-19 pandemic seems to have accelerated automation and digitization in many parts of the world. This session will discuss the potential for artificial intelligence to help societies, and especially the world’s most vulnerable groups, to tackle climate change. The discussion will centre on exploring the distributional and social equity aspects of these technologies.

Format: Public broadcast
Organised by CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture (Colombia) and Stockholm Resilience Centre (Stockholm University) in collaboration with Sida
13:55-14:00 CEST (UTC +2)Stage – SIF21 – Studio
14:00-14:15 CEST (UTC +2)Stage – Keynote – Open session

Ann Linde, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden
14:15-15:15 CEST (UTC +2)Building the Norms that Fit Our Needs

How can governments, civil society, and the tech sector ensure that global norms protect freedoms online?

Format: Panel
Organised by: The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) in collaboration with Sida
14:15-15:15 CEST (UTC +2)Tech exchange for safe feminist infrastructure online

Feminist safety trainers are building new tech infrastructure and dreaming and designing new ways of digital organising during the pandemic

Format: Workshop / Group session
Organised by The Association for Progressive Communications Women’s Rights Programme (APC WRP)
in collaboration with Sida
14:15-15:15 CEST (UTC +2)What it takes to protect people today and tomorrow

Global lessons and challenges to advocate for data protection

Format: Workshop
Organised by Privacy International in collaboration with Sida
15:45-16:30 CEST (UTC +2)Closing session

 Resilience and Regeneration

This participatory closing session is facilitated by
Jac sm Kee, for all to share insights from SIF21, with #SIF21 visuals by
Walid al Saqaf
16:30-16:45 CEST (UTC +2)Stage – SIF21 Studio