Panel Subject: Future of Work and the New Economy

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This page is for coordination among the panel team to openly discuss the topics that will be covered under the subject of the "Future of Work and the New Economy." The page includes the relevant survey results, Panel Guidelines and a section for the panel team to discuss in the comments.

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Survey Results

The following topics were surveyed under this subject and the table provides the performance of each:

# Question Important (3) Neutral (2) Not Important (1) Weighted Average Responses
1.3 Will the lack of security and trust on the Internet hinder innovation, economic gains and jobs? 54 13 9 2.59 76
1.1 How can the Internet, be used to address the issues of employment -- especially in hight impact areas like agriculture, refugees, and youth? 46 21 11 2.45 78
1.5 How can we ensure that the Internet helps improve the livelihoods of all? 42 21 15 2.35 78
1.6 How to Balance innovation in emerging concerns such as smart cars or cryptocurrency with proper regulation so it is safe and secure while also fulfills the promise of technology? 40 24 13 2.35 77
1.2 How to structure Internet programs/investments to better connect rural & urban populations? How to accelerate deployment and adoption of new tech to improve supply chain? 38 25 14 2.31 77
1.4 Will domestic policies & int'l agreements mitigate effect of Artificial Intelligence on work? 31 31 16 2.19 78


Panel teams should use this process to discuss the panel and get as close as possible to consensus on the following items by April 11.

  • Identify a concrete subject for the panel based upon discussion and rough consensus. The subject and process must take into account the IGF-USA Principles, and the survey response topics that the subject is based upon.
  • Panel teams should also consult the Topics Suggested under Other during the survey, especially comments that relates directly to a topic that performed well on the survey.
  • Assign team leader(s) and a representative to interface with the steering committee and provide ongoing up to date information to secretariat.


Team Lead(s)

  • Rob Winterton
  • Jonathan Zuck

Update on First Call - (By April 25)

The structure of the panel was agreed upon:

Six panelists for three scenarios. One moderator. One panelist pro and one panelist con for each scenario and four "independents" (one a rotating basis). Setting of each scenario (pro/con) should be brief to permit for maximum participation of panelists and audience

Scenario 1: [TO BE ADDED]

Scenario 2: [TO BE ADDED]

Scenario 3: [TO BE ADDED]

Assumption is 75 minutes for the Panel (=25 minutes per scenario)


Draft Panel Description - (By May 2)



15 months ago
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Artificial intelligence is central to this discussion. Also, the gig economy continues to grow; future estimates state that a sizable portion of workers will be gig workers. These two trends are changing employment contracts and forcing governments to think in a new way about work. Workers will need new skills and workforce training will need to keep pace. Finally, I think the tools that workers will use to do their work will change and present new cyber security risks for employers.

Anonymous user #1

15 months ago
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I agree. Training and new tech will be important, but I think the really interesting topic will be business models. The thing that has everyone concerned is employment -- especially in high impact areas like agriculture, refugees, and youth -- where internet hasn't been used very effectively so far and where there's not a clear solution. I'd like to see if we could discuss how new tech and new business models could help us address sustainable employment at scale.

Anonymous user #2

15 months ago
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That was Andrew btw with the last comment
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