Dialogue on Digital Responsibility


It is time to establish a more deliberate course for digital development, to help unlock the full potential of digital technologies to benefit society.

The Internet Commission’s accountability model for digital organisations maps the unintended negative consequences of digitalisation. With this in mind, our Dialogue on Digital Responsibility is bringing leaders from government, civil society and industry together to propose a new digital agenda, guided by the ambitions and vision of the UN Global Goals.

Together with the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in Brussels, the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the Institute of International and European Affairs in Dublin, the Internet Commission is convening “Sherpa meetings” in October and December 2018 leading to a first Digital Responsibility Summit in April 2019 in Dublin.


Part 1 – towards a new digital deal

CEPS hosted the first discussion in Brussels in October 2018. Around 20 participants will consider the opportunities and challenges in digital development and how a new path might be created, guided by the UN Global Goals. Attendees include representatives of the European Commission, European Parliament the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, the Centre for Information Policy Leadership and leading scholars from LSE and UCL. Businesses represented include Arm, Google, Match Group, Microsoft, Mozilla and Telefónica.

Based on this discussion, the Internet Commission prepared this short policy briefing as input to a second meeting which took place at LSE in December. Representatives of leading businesses including Arm, BBC, BT, Daily Motion, Deloitte, Dentsu Aegis, Match Group, Oracle, Siemens, Sky, Telefónica and Thoughtworks joined UK and global policy makers and NGO to build a 2030 agenda for action on digital responsibility.

The time is ripe for digital technology companies – both the platforms that create services and the networks that deliver those services – to seek an alliance with government to develop a 21st century approach to public accountability in the digital marketplace
— Former FCC Chair Tom Wheeler

Part 2 – H1, 2019: Digital Responsibility Summit

Hosted by IIEA in Dublin, the 2019 Digital Responsibility Summit will be an opportunity for leaders in public policy, academia and industry to review the evidence of progress in tackling the unintended negative consequences of digitalisation. It will bring together senior national and international policymakers, business executives and civil society stakeholders, and connect to an influential global audience online.

In 2019 the Internet Commission will publish a first independent analysis as a benchmark of digital responsibility. This summit will mark the start of a new digital agenda: leaders in technology and politics will set out their roadmap for a wave of positive digitalisation and the Internet Commission will launch its reporting framework for the year ahead.

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