Policy Options Documents for the 2nd Global Internet and Jurisdiction Conference
On November 21, 2017, the Secretariat of the Internet and Jurisdiction Policy Network released Policy Options Documents for each of its three Programs: Data & Jurisdiction, Content & Jurisdiction, and Domains & Jurisdictions. They will serve as official input to structure discussions in the three Workstreams on Day 2 of the second Global Internet and Jurisdiction Conference of the Policy Network in Ottawa, Canada.
These Policy Options Documents, prepared by the Secretariat of the Internet and Jurisdiction Policy Network, present the result of the work of the three multistakeholder Contact Groups that were established after the first Global Internet and Jurisdiction Conference in Paris. These documents lay out key elements to help the development of policy standards and operational solutions, in order to preserve the cross-border nature of the Internet, protect human rights, fight abuses, and enable the global digital economy. On this basis, stakeholders are expected in Ottawa to define community mandates to structure further work in the Internet and Jurisdiction Policy Network.
An Ongoing Process Towards Operational Solutions
On November 14-16, 2016, over 200 stakeholders from more than 40 countries gathered at the first Global Internet and Jurisdiction Conference in Paris where they collectively identified Areas of Cooperation. These were summarized by the Secretariat of the Internet and Jurisdiction Policy Network in three Framing Papers, which served as basis for the work of the three multistakeholder Contact Groups preparing the second Global Internet & Jurisdiction Conference. The Contact Groups are composed of respected Members from governments, Internet companies, technical operators, civil society, academia and international organizations, who are actively involved in finding operational solutions to the Areas of Cooperation identified in Paris.
Between April and November 2017, each Contact Group held seven virtual meetings. The Groups served as neutral space to allow participants to map their respective perspectives, compare approaches, foster policy coherence, and identify possible steps for coordinated actions.
The second Global Internet and Jurisdiction Conference will be a milestone moment to identify concrete focus and priorities to develop policy standards and operational solutions for major jurisdictional challenges. This will define the methodology and roadmap in the lead-up to the third Global Internet and Jurisdiction Conference in Berlin in June 2019, which will be organized in partnership with the Government of Germany.
The following timeline released by the Secretariat explains how the first, second and third Conferences of the Policy Network are interlinked, and how the intersessional work is structured along the three Programs.