A Dialogue on Zero-Rating and Network Neutrality

12 November 2015 - A Main Session on Other in João Pessoa, Brazil

Agenda

1.Session Title

A Dialogue on Zero-Rating and Network Neutrality

2.Length

Two hours

3.Brief Description/Objective

The objective of this session is to provide the global Internet community, and policymakers in particular, with an informed and balanced dialogue on the complex Internet policy issue of “zero-rating” (ZR).

The purpose of the session is to help others in their respective countries in their own analyses of ZR. The session will promote access to expert insight and multistakeholder community discussion. We encourage remote and in-person participation, and aim for complete diversity across stakeholder groups and perspectives. As a main session, translation will be available in the official UN languages.

There are many different viewpoints on ZR, with some stakeholders being completely against the practice, to others being fully supportive. In the open discussion leading up to this session, it has become apparent that some stakeholder approaches to ZR are more nuanced and varied than “for or against.” The session will consider the full spectrum of views.

In the case where ZR is advanced as a means to drive Internet access and narrow the digital divide, this session will also explore alternative approaches, such as the use of community networks.

4.Agenda

NB: In order to hear the broadest possible collection of views, and to accommodate diversity, all interventions should adhere to the following time limits, which will be enforced by moderators.

Expert speakers  3 minutes / remarks + time (90 seconds) to respond to questions

Readouts  2 minutes / readout

Floor interventions90 seconds / intervention 

14:00-14:20 –Welcome, Introduction, and Readouts

  • Welcome by Host Country Chair, Nivaldo Cleto, President, Association of Brazil’s Registration Authorities (AARB); Counselor, Brazilian Internet Steering Committee (CGI.br);

  • Introduction by lead moderator, Dr. Robert Pepper, Vice President, Global Technology Policy, Cisco, US;

  • Readouts from related sessions:

    • Workshop No. 156: Zero-rating and neutrality policies in developing countries, by Paz Peña, Director of Advocacy, Derechos Digitales, Chile.

    • Access / PROTESTE event on Zero-Rating, by Josh Levy, Advocacy Director, Access Now, US.

    • Dynamic Coalition on Network Neutrality (DCNN), by Luca Belli, DCNN co-organizer, Researcher, Center for Technology & Society at FGV, Italy/Brazil.

    • Workshop No. 21: SIDS Roundtable: The "Free Internet" – Bane or Boon?, by Rhea Yaw Ching, Head, Caribbean and Latin American Chapter, Service Research and Innovation Institute (SRII), Trinidad and Tobago.

    • Workshop No. 79: Zero-Rating, Open Internet, and Freedom of Expression, by Antonio Preto, AGCOM Commissioner, Italy.

 

14:20 - 14:40 –Looking at the Research on Zero-Rating

  • Dr. Silvia Elaluf-Calderwood, Research Fellow, Oxford Brookes University, Peru/UK.

  • Helani Galpaya, CEO, LIRNEasia, Sri Lanka.

  • Dhanaraj Thakur, Research Manager, Alliance for Affordable Internet, Jamaica/US.

 

Discussion with Floor and Expert speakers

 

14:40 - 15:05 – Different Types of Zero-Rating and Alternatives

  • Kevin Martin, Vice President, Mobile and Global Access Policy, Facebook, US.

  • Jochai Ben-Avie, Senior Global Policy Manager, Mozilla, US.

  • Steve Song, Founder, Village Telco, South Africa/Canada.

  • Bob Frankston, IEEE Fellow, Association for Computing Machinery, US.

Discussion with Floor and Expert speakers

 

15:05 - 15:15 – National Approaches to Zero-Rating

  • Dušan Caf, Chairman, Electronic Communications Council, Republic of Slovenia.

  • Igor Vilas Boas de Freitas, Commissioner, ANATEL, Brazil.

  • Eduardo Bertoni, Director, Center for Studies on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information, Palermo University School of Law, Argentina.

 

15:15 - 15:45 – Harms and Benefits of Zero-Rating

  • Pranesh Prakash, Policy Director, Centre for Internet & Society, India.

  • Dr. Anja Kovacs, Director, Internet Democracy Project, India.

  • Belinda Exelby, Director, Institutional Relations, GSM Association, UK.

  • Christopher Yoo, John H. Chestnut Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer & Information Science, University of Pennsylvania, USA.

 

Discussion with Floor and Expert speakers

 

15:45 - 16:00 – Summary and Conclusion

  • Any final reflections from experts, and a conclusion by lead moderator.

  • Closing by  Mr. Cleto.

 

5.Policy Questions

Questions covered during this main session will follow the agenda above: What does the research on Zero-Rating say? What different types of Zero Rating exist? What types of alternatives to Zero Rating help spread Internet access? What are different national approaches to Zero Rating? What are the harms and benefits of Zero Rating?

During the open organizational process for this session, we solicited policy questions on zero rating from the community. Those attending the session may wish to review these questions here (via Google documents): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kiJ34r0WD1pvksjq4xmQ1aVjwOiEGl9QHI_-JINi404/edit.

 

6.MAG Co-organisers

  1. Susan Chalmers, Principal, Chalmers & Associates, US/New Zealand.

  2. Ginger Paque, Director, Internet Governance Programmes, DiploFoundation, US/Venezuela.

  3. Ephraim Percy Kenyanito, Policy Fellow, Access Now, East Africa.

 

7.Host Country Chair

Mr. Nivaldo Cleto, President, Association of Brazil’s Registration Authorities (AARB); Counselor, Brazilian Internet Steering Committee (CGI.br).

 

8. Moderators

  1. Lead moderator: Robert Pepper, Vice President, Global Technology Policy, Cisco, US.

  2. Remote moderator: Ginger Paque, Director, Internet Governance Programmes, DiploFoundation, US/Venezuela.

  3. Floor and readout moderators:

    1. Carolina Rossini, Vice President, International Policy, Public Knowledge, Brazil/US;

    2. Vladimir Radunovic, Director, E-diplomacy and Cybersecurity Programmes, DiploFoundation, Serbia.

  4. Timekeeper: Michael Oghia, ISOC Ambassador, Turkey.

 

9.Expert speakers

  1. Jochai Ben-Avie, Senior Global Policy Manager, Mozilla, US.

  2. Eduardo Bertoni, Director, Center for Studies on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information, Palermo University School of Law, Argentina.

  3. Igor Vilas Boas de Freitas, Commissioner, ANATEL, Brazil.

  4. Dušan Caf, Chairman, Electronic Communications Council, Republic of Slovenia.

  5. Dr. Silvia Elaluf-Calderwood, Research Fellow, Oxford Brookes University, Peru/UK.

  6. Belinda Exelby, Director, Institutional Relations, GSM Association, UK.

  7. Bob Frankston, IEEE Fellow, Association for Computing Machinery, US.

  8. Helani Galpaya, CEO, LIRNEasia, Sri Lanka.

  9. Dr. Anja Kovacs, Director, Internet Democracy Project, India.

  10. Kevin Martin, Vice President, Mobile and Global Access Policy, Facebook, US.

  11. Pranesh Prakash, Policy Director, Centre for Internet & Society, India.

  12. Steve Song, Founder, Village Telco, South Africa/Canada.

  13. Dhanaraj Thakur, Research Manager, Alliance for Affordable Internet, Jamaica/US.

  14. Christopher Yoo, John H. Chestnut Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer & Information Science, University of Pennsylvania, USA.

 

10.Plan for online interaction

This session will include a remote expert speaker, who will present to speak from a remote hub.

Both in-person and remote interventions will be carefully coordinated to maximize the diversity of views. Online participants will participate on equal footing with in-person attendees. Floor moderators will collect questions and consult with the remote moderator to ensure that remote questions are considered, as the moderators select speakers to ensure stakeholder balance. Remote participant questions will be read into the session in English or Spanish by the remote moderator to avoid ”transaction cost”' (time and possible connection difficulties).

 

11.“Feeder” workshops and/or connections with other sessions

We have identified the following workshops and other sessions as relevant. Each will provide a 1-2 minute readout or preview from their session.

  1. Workshop No. 156: Zero-rating and neutrality policies in developing countries

  2. Workshop No. 79: Zero-rating, Open Internet, and Freedom of Expression

  3. Workshop No. 21: SIDS Roundtable: “Free Internet” – Bane or Boon?

  4. Dynamic Coalition Session:Dynamic Coalition on Net Neutrality

  5. Access/PROTESTE event on Zero-Rating

 

12. Desired results/output

The desired result is to provide the global Internet community with a well-rounded and insightful dialogue on the Internet policy issue of zero-rating. The discussion is an output in and of itself, from which policymakers around the world should benefit. In accordance with the IGF reporting requirement, a rapporteur will produce a neutral report of the session, which will not draw conclusions on the topic but rather summarize the main points discussed.

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