Outcomes of the Conference
The 2nd Global Internet and Jurisdiction Conference of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network was an important milestone in addressing one of the greatest global governance challenges of the 21st century: how to manage the coexistence of national laws on the internet.
When they convened in Ottawa, Canada, on February 26-28, 2018, key senior-level representatives from a wide range of stakeholder groups and countries worked toward the development of policy standards and operational solutions to at the same time fight abuses, protect human rights, and enable the global digital economy. This is necessary to preserve the benefits generated by the cross-border nature of the Internet for future generations.
The 2nd Global Conference of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network was organized in partnership with the Government of Canada and institutionally supported by the OECD, UNESCO, the Council of Europe, the European Commission, and ICANN.
Taking stock of the outcomes of the 1st Global Conference in 2016 in Paris, and the intersessional work in the Policy Network’s three Programs Data & Jurisdiction, Content & Jurisdiction, and Domains & Jurisdiction, the 2nd Global Conference of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network was an important opportunity.
Stakeholders decided on concrete focus and priorities, as well as a clear methodology and roadmap for the Policy Network to advance the development of policy standards and operational solutions for submission at its third Global Conference. It will take place in Berlin in June 2019, and will be, after France (2016) and Canada (2018), organized in partnership with Germany.
Enabling Multistakeholder Cooperation
“November 21, 2016
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.”
“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.”
“Co-Founder of the Internet and Vice-President, Google
The Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network brings to the space of policy-making the collaborative attitude that formed the very foundation of the Internet design.”
“Associate Administrator, NTIA, Department of Commerce, United States
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.”
“Director, Department of Scientific and Technological Affairs, Ministry of External Relations, Brazil
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.”
“Chair, OECD Committee on Digital Economic Policy
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.”