Emerging Issues

6 November 2012 - A Main Session on Other in Baku, Azerbaijan

Agenda

Article one of the WSIS Declaration of Principles states: “We, the representatives of the peoples of the world, assembled in Geneva from 10-12 December 2003 for the first phase of the World Summit on the Information Society, declare our common desire and commitment to build a people-centred, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society, where everyone can create, access, utilize and share information and knowledge, enabling individuals, communities and peoples to achieve their full potential in promoting their sustainable development and improving their quality of life, premised on the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations and respecting fully and upholding the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”

This represented a consensus at the highest level in 2003, yet today we see a growing emphasis on technical measures to address concerns about the online market for counterfeit goods and digital copyright infringement, as well as ever-stronger demands to enlist Internet intermediaries as the instrument of law enforcement. These trends are emerging in States of all political persuasions, and are paralleled by longer-standing efforts to limit or control free speech in the political and social realms. All stakeholders have responsibility to ensure that everyone has the right to create, access, use and share information and knowledge in the digital realm. This session should look at the impacts of all topics on the free flow of information in a crosscutting way while engaging participants on the various dimensions of the issues.

Each question will be addressed in approximately 30-45 minute blocks. The session will leave 30-45 minutes at the end to assess what has been learned and how to best move forward.

Question 1: To what extent do Internet based services offer new and radically different opportunities to help families, social groups, communities and broader structures in society organize and re-organize themselves when challenged by natural disaster or strife? Dialogue around this question is expected to embrace a wide range of issues including, inter alia, discussion of:

Internet and traditional media for disaster recovery and management

Internet Governance for Disaster Reduction and Response – Best practice and possible collaboration frameworks

Question 2: What are the implications of the use of new technical and political instruments on the free flow of information, access to information, and with respect for human rights? Dialogue around this question is expected to embrace a wide range of issues including, inter alia, discussion of:

Access to content, new models, common challenges for old and new media

Low cost mobile access to the Internet ?Technical measures and use of intermediaries as instruments of law enforcement and intermediary safe harbors

Question 3: What are acceptable and proportionate measures that offer Intellectual Property protection, yet allow for and respect individual users’ freedom to express themselves, to access and share content/culture, and to innovate and create? Dialogue around this question is expected to embrace a wide range of issues including, inter alia, discussion of:

?Measures to protect intellectual property in balance with incentives for creativity and innovation

Access to content, new models, common challenges and hybrid television

Legislative issues

Creativity and human rights

Innovation on the Internet

The networked individual and expanded power of freedom

Question 4: In what ways are new opportunities and challenges being created as the new Internet services and traditional media (such as broadcast TV and radio) are accessed through the ‘same screen’? Dialogue around this question is expected to embrace a wide range of issues including, inter alia, discussion of:

Access to content, new models, common challenges and hybrid television

User generated content: reliability and responsibility

Low cost mobile access to the internet

Chair

Mr. Philip Verveer, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Department of State, USA

Moderators

Thomas Spiller, Vice President, Global Public Policy, Europe, Middle East and Africa, The Walt Disney Company, WEOG (confirmed)

Ana Neves, Director of the Information Society Department at the Science and Technology Foundation, Ministry of Education and Science in Portugal, WEOG (confirmed)

Izumi Aizu , Senior Research Fellow and Professor, Institute for InfoSocionomics, Tama University, Asia (confirmed)

Panelists

Question 1: The role of Internet for Disaster reduction

Mr. Ko Fujii, Google Japan (confirmed)

Mr. Valens Riyadi, AirPuthi Foundation/APJII, Indonesia, Technical Community, Asia (confirmed)

Ambassador Daniel Stauffacher, ICT4Peace, Switzerland, [Civil Society, TBC] WEOG

Question 2 and 3 - Free flow o Information, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights, Balance with Intellectual Property rights

Mr. David Drummond, Chief Legal Officer, Google [Business, Confirmed] WEOG

Mr. Scott Seitz, CEO of dot.gay , Business, WEOG (Confirmed)

Mr. Frank La Rue, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, Guatemala, Government, GRULAC (Confirmed)

Ms. Sabine Verheyen, Member of European Parliament, Germany, government, WEOG (confirmed)

Ambassador Daniel Stauffacher, ICT4Peace, Switzerland, [Civil Society, TBC] WEOG

Remote moderator

Valeria Betancourt, Association of Progressive Communications, NGO, GRULAC [TBC]

Feeder workshops

#92 The role of Internet-based services for the Disaster Communications

#146 Intellectual property rights and the freedom to share: are the
two compatible?
#138 Internet and human rights: shared values for sound policies.

#169 Internet Policy Infrastructure for Sustainable Internet Development: Lessons from Attempts at IP Enforcement

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