Rocío de la Fuente

Latin American and Caribbean Top Level Domains (LACTLD), Argentina

I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from the University of San Andrés (Buenos Aires, Argentina). While doing my undergraduate studies, I completed an exchange semester at the University of Guelph-Humber (Toronto, Canada).
In 2018, I obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Internet Governance offered by the University of San Andrés. In June 2022, I will have completed the courses required to obtain my Master’s Degree in International Relations at the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (Barcelona, Spain).
I was part of the Youth IGF Argentina Committee during 2019 and 2020. Also, I have been selected ICANN Fellow at ICANN66 and ICANN71.


Fellow Report:

Report on the 16th edition of EuroSSIG

The sixteenth edition of EuroSSIG offered a multidisciplinary, up-to-date and insightful program to understand the main challenges and debates that have shaped Internet governance since its origins. Although the Summer School participants exhibited diverse backgrounds and distinctive experiences, the sessions and various activities organized over the course of a week provided us a comprehensive analytical framework for approaching the multiplicity of issues that make up Internet governance today. Each of the topics examined and the perspectives reviewed reflected the complex interdependence that has resulted from the evolution of the Internet and its cross-border impact at the political, economic, social and technological levels.

The program covered technical and policy issues, discussions around security and human rights, perspectives of private actors related to the development of the digital economy, and current and future challenges for global Internet governance. The sessions featured a variety of formats that brought dynamism to the course through presentations, panel discussions, break-out sessions, exercises in public commentary and consensus building. The diversity of backgrounds among participants and faculty allowed for a thorough exploration of the different topics on the program, encouraging discussions both inside and outside the classroom. The monastery provided the ideal venue for conducting the sessions, reflecting on key discussions and facilitating exchanges among the Summer School participants. The social activities organized throughout the week also enhanced the learning experience and fostered discussions between fellows and professors while allowing us to discover the local heritage and flavors of Meissen. In sum, each of the academic, social and logistical components of the EuroSSIG led to a one-of-a-kind program that empowers learning and reflection on the key issues shaping today’s Internet governance agenda.

The multistakeholder practicum we conducted around the Global Digital Compact was one of the most outstanding and relevant activities of the week. The program sessions provided an introduction and the appropriate framework for the fellows to work on and elaborate our comments for the key areas raised in the UN Secretary-General’s Common Agenda. Each of the participants had the opportunity to select the issue area they wished to focus on and form small groups to develop core principles as well as the key commitments that stakeholders need to make in order to achieve them. The working groups not only had to address the topic assigned to them, but also had the opportunity to review and comment on the inputs made by the other groups. The multistakeholder practicum concluded with a session aimed at building consensus on the final inputs to be submitted to the process proposed by the UN Secretary-General for the Global Digital Compact. With the guidance of the faculty, the fellows participated in a thorough review and debate in order to agree on the final text that would be submitted for each of the topics addressed. The broad range of backgrounds among the participants meant that each brought their expertise and perspectives to a hands-on activity within the framework of a process that is timely and relevant to the future of Internet governance.

The topics reviewed and the discussions held throughout the week demonstrated that cyberspace has become an increasingly political space with significant social and economic implications. The risks associated with Internet fragmentation, the challenges posed by artificial intelligence, DNS threats, the evolution and regulation of the digital economy are just some of the issues that illustrate the complex interdependence that cyberspace has given rise to. Faced with this challenging panorama, it is important to adopt a series of key approaches such as smart regulation that provides guarantees for stakeholders (of all sizes and types) and enables evolution while preserving the public core of the Internet; ethical guidelines that incorporate a human rights perspective; and the multistakeholder model as the framework that has contributed to the advancement of a free, open and interoperable Internet. The sixteenth edition of EuroSSIG has certainly opened up the discussion of these ideas and inspired reflection and the search for common solutions to the challenges posed by Internet governance today.