About the Conference
The second Global Internet and Jurisdiction Conference of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network will take place in Ottawa, Canada on February 26-28, 2018. It will gather senior representatives from governments, the world’s largest Internet companies, technical operators, civil society groups, top universities and international organisations to build trust, bridge policy silos, and enable multistakeholder cooperation. The Conference of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network has received broad institutional support by the Government of Canada and five important organisations in the field of Internet Governance: the OECD, UNESCO, the Council of Europe, the European Commission and ICANN.
Stakeholders are at a crossroads: the Internet increasingly underpins every aspect of political, economic and social life, but the necessary frameworks to deal with its transnational nature and address abuses while guaranteeing due process across borders remain to be created. Time has come to accelerate the collective effort to fill this gap and address growing jurisdictional tensions on the internet through joint action.
Read more about the work under way in the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network and the road towards Ottawa here.
Outcomes of the 2016 Conference
The first Global Internet and Jurisdiction Conference of Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network was held on November 14-16, 2016 in Paris, France. It 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 French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the OECD, the European Commission, UNESCO, the Council of Europe, the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and ICANN.
The first 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.
Enabling Multistakeholder Cooperation
Comments from the 2016 GIJC
“November 21, 2016
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.”
“Deputy Secretary-General for the OECD
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.”
“African Regional Coordinator, World Wide Web Foundation
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.”
“Former Swedish Prime Minister
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.”
“Vice President, Public Policy and Government, Google
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.”