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The second Global Internet and Jurisdiction Conference, organized by the multistakeholder policy network Internet & Jurisdiction, will take place in Ottawa-Gatineau, Canada on February 26-28, 2018.

Global Internet and Jurisdiction- 2018 Conference

Outcomes of the 2016 Conference

The first Global Internet and Jurisdiction Conference of the multistakeholder policy network Internet & Jurisdiction was held on November 14-16, 2016 in Paris, France. It took place at the ministerial Conference Center provided by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and brought together over 200 stakeholders from more than 40 countries. For the first time on a global level, senior representatives from governments, businesses, technical operators, civil society, academia, and international organizations specifically addressed the future of jurisdiction on the cross-border Internet. The conference was institutionally supported by the OECD, the European Commission, UNESCO, the Council of Europe, the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and ICANN.

The Global Internet and Jurisdiction Conference firmly placed the topic of jurisdiction on the Internet governance agenda, as recommended in the 2014 NETmundial Roadmap for the Future Evolution of Internet Governance Ecosystem. It fostered trust across stakeholder groups and bridged the policy sectors of legal cooperation, digital economy, human rights, and cybersecurity. Over the course of three days, participants collaboratively framed issues of common concern, exchanged on existing efforts to address them, and discussed related operational challenges. As an outcome, stakeholders identified concrete areas for cooperation to help the development of shared policy standards and frameworks for legal interoperability and due process across borders.


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Comments from the 2016 GIJC

  • If nothing is done, many who met [at the Global Internet and Jurisdiction Conference] in Paris worried, the open internet could be a thing of the past within a decade or two. What is needed, they said, is more international co-operation—but not of the old kind.

    The Economist November 21, 2016
  • The Internet is borderless, but laws are not—that creates a need for more transnational cooperation. Bottom line, the stakes are high. The question isn't should we do something about procedural interoperability, but can we afford not to.

    Douglas Frantz Deputy Secretary-General for the OECD
  • I am concerned about the future. What kind of Internet do we want? The one that boasts competition and productivity, that is creative and allows freedom of expression and innovation? We come together because we want to be a part of building that.

    Nnenna Nwakanma African Regional Coordinator, World Wide Web Foundation
  • These difficult issues challenge the very foundation of our Westphalian global order; how they are addressed will shape our digital future. We need to work step by step toward solutions—a rush to answers might take us in wrong directions with great negative consequences.

    Carl Bildt Former Swedish Prime Minister
  • We believe that Internet & Jurisdiction's work is absolutely essential. Far too often, we get stuck between this fear of "splinternet" and the fear of cyber anarchy, and I&J manages to fill this gap.

    Nicklas Lundblad Vice President, Public Policy and Government, Google