About the Conference

The second Global Internet and Jurisdiction Conference of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network presents a unique opportunity to address one of the greatest global governance challenges of the 21st century: how national laws apply on the Internet.


When they convene in Ottawa, Canada, on February 26-28, 2018, key senior-level representatives from a wide range of stakeholder groups and countries will work toward the development of operational solutions to preserve the cross-border nature of the Internet, protect human rights, fight abuses and enable the global digital economy.


After the 2016 Conference in Paris, Contact Groups on Data & Jurisdiction, Content & Jurisdiction, and Domains & Jurisdiction were formed to advance the work ahead of the 2018 Global Internet and Jurisdiction Conference. They started their respective work in April 2017 with the goal to map and identify concrete Policy Options for the Areas of Cooperation identified at the Paris Conference.

These Policy Options will be tabled as input documents at the Conference, which is organized in Ottawa by the I&J Secretariat in partnership with the Government of Canada, and institutionally supported by the OECD, UNESCO, the Council of Europe, the European Commission, and ICANN.


The 2018 Conference will be a critical moment to build on the results of this work and decide on concrete focus, priorities, as well as a clear methodology and roadmap to develop in the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network operational solutions for submission at the third Global Internet and Jurisdiction Conference in 2019.


Time has come to accelerate the collective effort to address growing jurisdictional tensions on the internet through joint action.

Institutional Supporters

Participants Include:

David McGovern Associate Deputy Minister, Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Canada
Vint Cerf Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google
Matthew Prince CEO, Cloudflare
Ajay Prakash Sawhney Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, India
Kathryn Brown President & CEO, Internet Society
Stefan Schnorr Director General, Digital and Innovation Politics, Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany
Tarek Kamel Senior Advisor to the President for Government Engagement, ICANN
Jane Horvath Senior Director of Global Privacy, Apple
Andrew Wyckoff Director, Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation, OECD
Jan Kleijssen Director of Information Society and Action against Crime, Council of Europe
Fiona Alexander Associate Administrator, NTIA, Department of Commerce, United States
Frank La Rue Assistant Director-General, UNESCO
Paul Nemitz Principle Advisor, Directorate General for Justice and Consumers (DG JUST), European Commission
David Martinon Ambassador for Cyberdiplomacy and the Digital Economy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, France
Pablo Bello CEO, Inter-American Association of Telecommunications Companies (ASIET)
Katherine Maher Executive Director, Wikimedia Foundation
Benedicto Fonseca Filho Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Brazil
Byron Holland President & CEO, Canadian Internet Registry Association (CIRA)
Eileen Donahoe Executive Director, Stanford University, Global Digital Policy Incubator
Nii Quaynor Father of the Internet in Africa and Chairman, Ghana Dot Com
Wolfgang Kleinwächter Professor, Department for Media and Information Sciences, University of Aarhus

Enabling Multistakeholder Cooperation



  • If nothing is done, many who met [at the first 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
  • 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
  • By convening stakeholders from across the Internet community, the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network is working to develop real, actionable solutions that have the potential to change how the world thinks about, and ultimately cooperates on, some of the most pressing jurisdictional challenges on the Internet today.

    Fiona Alexander Associate Administrator, NTIA, Department of Commerce, United States
  • I am particularly pleased that the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network has provided sustained momentum to our joint efforts towards fulfilling the call made by NETMundial back in 2014 for addressing jurisdiction issues and how they relate to Internet governance.

    Benedicto Fonseca Filho Director, Department of Scientific and Technological Affairs, Ministry of External Relations, Brazil
  • With a faster than expected pace of the digital transformation across all corners of the economy and society around the world, the second Global Internet and Jurisdiction Conference will provide an opportunity for global thought leaders to discuss and find out solutions in order to address these new economic and social changes.

    Wonki Min Chair, OECD Committee on Digital Economic Policy