Will Cyberspace fragment along national jurisdictions?

4 September 2014 - A Workshop on Other in Istanbul, Turkey

Agenda

IGF 2014 sub theme that this workshop fall under

Enhancing Digital Trust

Description

The transnational Internet is instrumental in helping people exercise their universal human rights, irrespective of where they are located. However, there is a growing tension between the cross-border nature of the Internet and the territorial conception of national sovereignty. Concerns are legitimately rising about a “fragmentation” of cyberspace along national jurisdictions.

The session will address the following issues:
- What is actually meant by “fragmentation of cyberspace”?
- Do we really observe trends towards fragmentation?
- Is this voluntary or an unintended consequence of unrelated decisions?
- What would be the long-term impacts on the ecology of cyberspace?

If we collectively believe that cyberspace fragmentation would be detrimental to the benefits the Internet has brought to mankind, new collaborative multi-stakeholder frameworks are needed to diffuse tensions and enable the coexistence of different laws and norms in shared online spaces.

Launched in 2012, the Internet & Jurisdiction Project is a multi-stakeholder effort to develop a due process framework to deal with transborder tensions around online content.

The roundtable discussion is intended to frame the broader debate and solicit feedback. It will also update IGF participants about the progress of the global multi-stakeholder dialogue process facilitated by the Internet & Jurisdiction Project and engage them in the way forward.

Name(s) and stakeholder and organizational affiliation(s) of institutional co-organizer(s)

Bertrand de La Chapelle
Civil Society
Internet & Jurisdiction Project

Paul Fehlinger
Civil Society
Internet & Jurisdiction Project

Has the proposer, or any of the co-organizers, organized an IGF workshop before?

yes

The link to the workshop report

http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/2013/scripts/wks2013/report_view.php?xpsltipq_je=81

Type of session

Roundtable

Duration of proposed session

90 Minutes

Subject matter #tags that describe the workshop

#jurisdiction #fragmentation #cooperation #framework #DueProcess

Names and affiliations (stakeholder group, organization) of speakers the proposer is planning to invite

Name: Benedicto Fonesca Filho,
Stakeholder group: State
Organization: Ministry of External Relations, Brazil
Contacted: Yes
Confirmed: YES

Name: Vint Cerf
Stakeholder group: Private sector
Organization: Google
Contacted: Yes
Confirmed: Yes

Name: Ankhi Das
Stakeholder group: Private sector
Organization: Facebook India
Contacted: Yes
Confirmed: Yes

Name: Joana Varon Ferraz
Stakeholder group: Civil Society
Organization: Independent Researcher, Brazil
Contacted: Yes
Confirmed: Yes

Name: Norbert Riedel
Stakeholder group: Government
Organization: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Germany
Contacted: Yes
Confirmed: Yes

Name: Kathy Brown
Stakeholder group: Technical community
Organization: Internet Society
Contacted: Yes
Confirmed: Yes

Name: Elvana Thaci
Stakeholder group: Intergovernmental Organization
Organization: Council of Europe
Contacted: Yes
Confirmed: Yes

Name: Guy Berger
Stakeholder group: Intergovernmental Organization
Organization: UNESCO
Contacted: Yes
Confirmed: Yes

Name: Michael Niebel
Stakeholder group: Intergovernmental Organization
Organization: European Commission
Contacted: Yes
Confirmed: Yes

Name of Moderator(s)

Bertrand de La Chapelle, Internet & Jurisdiction Project

Name of Remote Moderator(s)

Paul Fehlinger, Internet & Jurisdiction Project

Description of how the proposer plan to facilitate discussion amongst speakers, audience members and remote participants

All speakers will sit around a large round table so that part of the audience can sit at the same table to better interact during the workshop. After a brief introduction, the session will take the form of a moderated discussion between the panelists and the audience. Special attention will be devoted to enable a vivid remote debate that feeds directly into the discussion onsite.

Description of the proposer's plans for remote participation

We will encourage all 70+ entities that participate actively in the Internet & Jurisdiction Project’s global multi-stakeholder dialogue process who can not be at the IGF to join the discussion remotely.

Background paper

background paper

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