Online / 24-26 October 2022

public consultation

LACIGF15 opens public consultation to the Latin American and Caribbean Internet Governance community to identify priority issues for the region.

The consultation will be open until August 28th and will define the themes of the LACIGF15 program, to be held online between October 24 and 26


The 15th edition of the Latin American and Caribbean Internet Governance Forum (LACIGF15) will be held from October 24th to 26th, 2022. The event, which serves as preparation for the Global Internet Governance Forum (IGF), this year will have an online format.

The LACIGF15 agenda will be built around the themes identified by the United Nations Secretary-General in the Global Digital Compact. A public consultation will be held to identify four priorities for the Latin American and Caribbean Internet Governance community to be addressed during the event.

Those interested in contributing to the construction of the agenda can answer the consultation until the end of August 28th, 2022. The results will be systematized by the LACIGF15 Program Committee.

About the Global Digital Compact

For the UN Secretary-General, digital cooperation will be crucial if digital technologies are to focus on the common good and ensure that the potential harms of the digital realm do not risk overshadowing its benefits. Digital governance, he notes, has not kept pace with the inherently informal and decentralized nature of the internet, which is dominated by commercial interests. There is an urgent need to address the ethical, social and regulatory issues related to current and future technologies to ensure that they contribute to the common good, the economic development, environmental and gender justice, the strengthening of the exercise of human rights and social justice.

To this end, it proposes that the UN, governments, businesses and civil society work together to agree on a “Global Digital Compact” that can be presented at the Summit of the Future, aimed at outlining shared principles for an open, free and secure digital future for all.

This year’s Global IGF will discuss “A Resilient Internet for a Shared Sustainable and Common Future”, with a focus on the themes suggested for the Compact. It is essential that the Internet Governance community in Latin America and the Caribbean contribute, from their needs, realities and priorities, to build the vision of the digital future we want.



Time (UTC) Topic
14:15 - 14:·30
14:30 - 16:00

Update on National and Regional Internet Initiatives and the Youth IGF

18:00 - 19:30

The role of technology in situations of tension in democratic regimes: How can internet governance contribute to the deployment of technology with a fundamental rights approach?

The recent pandemic and political and social upheavals in the region have highlight the role that technology and information (communicated and disseminated over the internet) can play in confronting a crisis. At the same time, recent experience shows how digital technologies can accentuate the risks of control and exclusion through mass, normalized surveillance under the pretext of a crisis.

This LACIGF session seeks to contribute to an understanding of the current challenges related to how a fundamental rights approach can be promoted in the deployment of technologies in crisis situations, as opposed to the idea that guarantees should be suspended in these scenarios, showing the contribution that can be made from an Internet governance perspective to ensure the legality, necessity, and proportionality of the technological deployments that are adopted to help mitigate crisis scenarios. During the session, different points of view and examples will be shared regarding:

  • The type of deployments that have been developed in the region as a result of the different crises that have been experienced, including the health crisis in the context of the pandemic, crises motivated by political disruption processes, institutional crises focused on social demands, and economic crises derived from political and social instability;
  • What the various stakeholders can contribute for the development of technological responses that are more in line with the exercise of fundamental rights; and
  • Transparency and accountability mechanisms for the different stakeholders in relation to the different processes for digital technology development and utilization.

Format: Multistakeholder panel where the various actors can each share their perspective

20:00 - 21:30

Opportunities for the integration of the regional digital economy

The global economy is currently a digitized economy. The development of the Latin American and Caribbean digital ecosystem involves significant local and national challenges, such as the deployment of connectivity networks and the expansion of access, but also challenges that require a transnational perspective because of the very nature the Internet, which transcends geographical barriers.

The region offers great opportunities for the digital economy to grow, supported on the deployment of more and better networks and on transnational agreements that promote integration and trade. This growth, however, is currently hindered by different barriers.

These barriers may be of logistic, bureaucratic, due to lack of legal and regulatory harmonization, or the result of a lack of infrastructure. In many cases, regulatory regimes have not been adapted to the advances of new technologies. Dialogue through supranational forums and with the participation of public and private actors, the technical community, civil society, and academia is essential to better understand in which direction we should advance and how we should move forward.

Today, multiple commercial negotiation and regional integration processes can be identified where clauses related to the digital economy are discussed and sometimes included. In both the Mercosur and the Pacific Alliance, progress has been made towards agreements on digital policy issues. In addition, certain countries such as Mexico and Chile have entered into digital agreements that transcend Latin America (USMCA and DEPA, respectively). At the same time, these issues are being discussed on global scenarios.


  • Moderator - Alejandro Patiño - CEPAL
  • Francisco Molina - Secretaría de Economía - México
  • Eduardo Chomali - CAF
  • Sissi De la Peña - ALAI
  • Ariel Graizer - LAC-IX 
  • Kemly Camacho - Sula Batsu  - Costa Rica 
  • Fernando López Gutiérrez -  ASIET 


Time (UTC) Topic
14:30 - 16:·00

Effective collaboration models for internet governance: the case of shared resources

This session will present different cases, projects, and collaboration models of a multistakeholder nature that have been developed in relation to the management of shared Internet resources. The panel will explore the main characteristics identified in effective regional collaboration cases.

The governance of shared Internet resources allows analyzing how the multistakeholder model takes on a specific format for a variety of cases and problems.

Format: Multistakeholder panel

18:00 - 19:30

Universal access and inclusion at the social, economic, and human rights level: How can we arrive at a positive diagnosis to define common lines of work for the various stakeholders?

Considering the obstacles, barriers, and disadvantages that access and inclusion represent for the different sectors and which have increased globally due to the pandemic, stakeholders must agree on common lines of work to reverse their negative effects.

To do so, each stakeholder, in their own role, will present their status with respect to these issues, and mention the diagnosis they have reached and how, together, they can create specific lines of work, with incentives and concrete instruments to attain them and promote access and inclusion, reaching a consensus based on the trust that exists between them.

This consensus will serve as an input for explaining this aspect to the IGF, specifying its goal of reaching everyone and reducing any existing rifts and divides.



  • Nathalia Foditsch, Senior Policy and Regulatory Specialist, Alliance for an Affordable Internet (A4ia)
  • Virginia Pardo, Director of the Information Society Area of ​​the Agency for Electronic Government, Information Society and Knowledge (Agesic)
  • Carlos Martínez Cagnazzo, LACNIC Technology Manager
  • Matías Dodel, Catholic University of Uruguay
  • Raúl Echeberría, Executive Director of the Latin American Internet Association (ALAI)
  • Claudia Valdivia, President of Internet for All
20:00 - 21:30

The future of LACIGF

21:30 - 21:45

Closing remarks


Registration for the 15th edition of the Latin American and the Caribbean Internet Governance Forum is now open. All those who want to participate in LACIGF15 must complete and submit the form below. The forum will be held online between October 25 and 26, and will include four open sessions. In addition, on October 24 we will hold “Day Zero”, with activities of Youth LACIGF and national and regional internet governance initiatives (NRIs).


All times are -3 UTC (Uruguay time).


DAY 0 
Monday – October 24

(-3 UTC)

10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Youth Track Global
A robust digital transformation: looking into cybersecurity and digital rights.  

Cybersecurity is a broad term that comprises the protection of critical information infrastructure, as well as elements that are considered critical information infrastructures, such as information networks of small and medium-sized enterprises, or personal computers. Cybersecurity consists of a process involving the entire society, the Internet offers unprecedented opportunities for enforcing human rights and plays an increasingly important role in our everyday life. This session see cybersecurity from a human-centric perspective. Freedom of expression, free flow of information, and the right to privacy are under attack in the era of cyber surveillance. From a human-centric perspective, such rights should be understood as a critical part of cybersecurity. Human rights protections need to be effectively addressed in the digital sphere and gain their place in the cybersecurity agendas in a way that can lead to democratic accountability mechanisms.

Panelists: Wout de Natris, Joao Moreno
Moderators: Nicolás Fiumarelli, Umut Pajaro Velásquez and Phio Ti Lim

Keynote:Raquel Gatto

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

LACIGF Youth Initiatives in Latin America

  • Youth IGF Brazil: Marcelo de Oliveira
  • Youth IGF Colombia: Laura Ramos and Benjamin Chong
  • Youth IGF Nicaragua: Cristina Morales Angulo
  • IGF Venezuela and Help Networks: David Aragort
  • IGF Panama: Abdias Zambrano
  • Dominican Republic Internet Ambassadors: Federica Tortorella
  • IGF Argentina and Vituagora: Augusto Mathurin

3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

NRIs: Internet governance in Latin America and the Caribbean: progress, challenges, perspectives and experiences

Tuesday –  October 25

(-3 UTC)

10:00 to 10:45 a.m.


  • Virginia Pardo, AGESIC
  • Christian O’Flaherty, ISOC
  • Valeria Betancourt, APC
  • Raúl Echeberría, ALAI

  • Moderator: Alejandra Erramuspe

+ Keynote

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Session 1:
Towards meaningful connectivity for all: challenges, lessons and proposals from Latin America and the Caribbean

While the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated the relevance of the internet for exercising fundamental rights, especially in extraordinary and emergency situations, it also exposed the persistent inequalities behind internet access figures in Latin America and the Caribbean. This session seeks to discuss challenges and progress in terms of connectivity in the region, as well as to develop proposals from the region under the Global Digital Compact framework, whose issues include the promotion of connection for all.

3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Session 2:
Protecting human rights in digital environments in Latin America and the Caribbean

In addition to being a right in and of itself, the internet enables the exercise of a set of rights. As States increasingly move towards the digitalization of essential services, internet access becomes key for the rights to education, protest, health, work and many others. On the other hand, censorship, surveillance, online violence—especially towards historically excluded groups—and the lack of relevant content in local languages, for example, make it difficult to exercise those rights. This session seeks to reflect on the progress in and challenges to the protection of human rights in digital environments in Latin America and the Caribbean. It will also attempt to map regional proposals on the subject for the Global Digital Compact.

Wednesday – October 26

(-3 UTC)

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Session 3:
Myths and realities around data protection in Latin America and the Caribbean

Countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have made significant progress in the area of data protection in recent years. In the world's most unequal region, data protection frameworks are a key tool for promoting individual autonomy, while also representing an opportunity for economic development in the digital economy. However, the consolidation of regulatory frameworks is accompanied by implementation challenges not only institutionally, but also technically, along with seeking appropriate balance with other fundamental rights. This sessions aims to explore recent achievements in the region in the area of data protection; to identify good practices aligned with the context of the Global South; and to map the persistent challenges, seeking to make contributions to Global Digital Compact debates on the subject.

3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Session 4:
Who oversees the Internet? Responsibility for misleading content: reflections from Latin America and the Caribbean

Countries in Latin America and the Caribbean are increasingly affected by online disinformation: electoral or democratic decision processes have been affected by fake news that takes over public debate, often distancing it from key discussions of public interest. Sometimes promoted by government or economic authorities, or by organized hate groups, disinformation has also been used as a mechanism to discredit certain voices or speech,
which currently represents one of the main concerns in regulating the internet. The session will address the problems stemming from the fight against misleading online content and behavior, exploring attempts by—and the limitations of—public and private initiatives to control disinformation in the region. Participants will seek to reach consensus to contribute to the Global Digital Compact process.

5:00 to 5:30 p.m.


  • Jamila Venturini, Derechos Digitales
  • Ignacio Estrada, LACNIC