(No.154) Internet & Jurisdiction: What frameworks for cross-border online communities and services?
This workshop addresses the growing tension between the technically cross-border nature of the Internet and a traditional legal and regulatory framework that bases jurisdiction on the physical boundaries of national territories. Conflicts of jurisdiction regarding personal data, freedom of expression, consumer protection, intellectual property and security are proliferating. But the development of a patchwork of uncoordinated national regulations could threaten the universality of the Internet as a global network. The workshop’s main purpose is to raise awareness and understanding of this problem and to explore how this common concern of governments, private companies and civil society actors can be addressed collaboratively. On the basis of an input paper, the workshop will facilitate discussion on the following topics: • the jurisdictional challenges faced by cross-border online services and their communities (30 min) • the dangers for all actors (including governments) and the Internet as a whole if this issue remains unaddressed (30 min) • how to foster cooperation and identify possible concepts and frameworks (1 h) The open dialogue will serve as a contribution to the main session “Taking stock and the way forward” and other sessions as specified in Question 3a. Moreover, it will examine the next steps of the Internet & Jurisdiction project and will introduce the audience to the planned Internet & Jurisdiction conference in spring 2013 to explore the possible involvement of IGF participants therein.
Bertrand de LA CHAPELLE, Director, Internet & Jurisdiction project, International Diplomatic Academy, Paris. The Internet & Jurisdiction Project addresses the tension between the technically cross-border Internet and a jurisdictional system based on national geographic boundaries. It actively engages more than 50 participants from governments (from Europe, North America, Latin America, Africa, Asia-Pacific), private sector (ISPs, content providers, social media platforms, cloud services), technical community (including the Internet infrastructure), civil society (NGOs, academia and advocacy groups) and international organizations.
Neither the Internet & Jurisdiction Project, nor the International Diplomatic Academy have organized or co-organized workshops in previous IGFs. But Bertrand de LA CHAPELLE has in his previous function (see links to reports below). Rio de Janeiro : Multi-stakeholder Policy Development (http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/rio_reports/WS_27_Short_Report.pdf) Hyderabad : National multi-stakeholder processes and their relation to the IGF (http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/2008-igf-hyderabad/event-reports/72-works...)
Marilia MACIEL, Center for Technology and Society of the Getulio Vargas Foundation, Brazil (confirmed), Constance BOMMELAER, ISOC (confirmed), Brian CUTE, Public Interest Registry (confirmed), Patrick RYAN, Google (confirmed), Lee HIBBARD, Council of Europe (confirmed), Fiona ALEXANDER, NTIA (tbc)