Listed below are the six major themes for the WAYIGF 2019 programme.
Infrastructure and technical issues (IPv6, telecommunication infrastructure, IoT, Blockchain, AI)
Security and Regulation (cybersecurity, cybercrime, child safety online, critical information infrastructure). The growing concerns on issues like fake news, hate speech and harassment, online violence and terrorism, organized cybercrimes, data breaches, etc result in a decrease of trust as well as a wave of state regulations to mitigate the cybersecurity risks. what kind of policies and governance model shall be adopted to tackle these issues and achieve a safer Internet? What should be the key considerations for states when creating these regulations? How shall we maintain legal interoperability of laws and extraterritorial data protection on the Internet? Should the Internet be regulated by the states solely and what is the impact of these existing regulations on the Internet? How should the balance be drawn between state interference on Internet infrastructure and a free and open Internet? On the other hand, there is a call for the co-existence of diversity for a peaceful collaboration towards a safer Internet. How can the West African youth community participate more actively in the international cybersecurity discussions and encourage more co-operative measures? What should digital ethics be for businesses? How should we take into account the concept of public goods and the commons vs. data ownership and privatization of knowledge? To enhance trust and security, how can we enhance the capacity building effort and how do we bridge the gap between technical and non-technical understanding of securing the Internet?
Privacy and data protection online (Human rights online and the media freedom of expression). Human rights shall be respected and applied universally to physical and internet space in the areas of access and development, freedom of expression, right to assembly and privacy as well as on the right to education, health, culture and to a broad range of other rights. Issues such as online censorship, Internet shutdown, gender-based violence and inequality, privacy invasion are often observed in Asian countries. What are some best practices on these issues and likely impact on freedom of expression? What is the GDPR impact in Asia to the growing data collection and analysis in the digital economy and IoT businesses? What is the importance of encryption with regards to the rights of online users? In addition to policies and tools, how can we make people more aware of their rights and privacy standards? This sub-theme may also include other issues such as deliberative democracy in the internet age, direct democracy in the digital era, wiki democracy, data democracy and AI democracy, etc.
Digitalization (digital policy, access, digital skills, Internet literacy, e-Governance, future of jobs, social media)
Digital economy and innovation (e-commerce, e-banking, digital currency, gig economy, digital economy). What are the impacts of the massive growth of online platform and e-commerce to the traditional businesses especially in the West African countries? What is the cost of the digital economy and security issues?
Legal aspects (jurisdiction, copyright, intellectual property). How shall we address the legal issues including consumer protection, intellectual property rights, data protection, and social responsibilities of Internet industry? How can we empower underserved communities and regions in this digital boom?