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Wednesday, September 3 • 2:30pm - 5:30pm
Main/Focus Session: Network Neutrality:Towards a Common Understanding of a Complex Issue

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 1.1.        Description/Agenda/Questions

The debate on network neutrality has flared up in recent months. Net neutrality was one of the most controversial issues at the NETmundial Conference, held in Sao Paulo in April 2014. At NETmundial there were “diverging views  as to whether or not to include the specific term as a principle in the outcomes”  . However, NETmundial participants agreed on the need to continue the discussion regarding network neutrality and recommended this discussion “be addressed at forums such as the IGF”.

NETmundial was a landmark event of Internet Governance in 2014 and its decision to identify the IGF as an appropriate forum to further discuss an Internet Governance policy issue such as net neutrality, was a significant outcome to affirm the important role of the IGF.

The NETmundial outcome document – the NETmundial Multistakeholder Statement -  has set up a useful framework for further discussions of net neutrality:

"Net neutrality:  [...] It is important that we continue the discussion of the Open Internet including  how  to  enable  freedom  of expression, competition, consumer choice, meaningful transparency and appropriate network management and recommend that this be addressed at forums such as the next IGF."

The session will take the NETmundial wording as the basis for its discussion. Main objective of the session is to explore the various facets of the network neutrality debate and foster a common understanding of these issues. It will look at a set of agreed policy questions from five different perspectives:

1. Technical perspectives

2. Economic perspectives

3. End-user perspectives

4. Regulatory and legislative perspectives

5. A developmental perspective.

It will also look at previous workshops held in the IGF context as well as other international developments which have contributed to the debate:

• The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is currently elaborating rules about the future of the "Open Internet";

• The European Parliament adopted its First Reading of a new Regulation on the Single Telecoms Market enshrining new net neutrality provisions;

• The Council of Europe is working on a draft recommendation by the Committee of Ministers to its 47 member states on protecting and promoting the right to freedom of expression and the right to private life with regard to network neutrality.

• Brazil officially adopted the "Marco Civil" with strong provisions for network neutrality; and, lastly, 

• The Dynamic Coalition on Network Neutrality developed its own understanding which fed into a Model Framework on Network Neutrality, initiated by the Council of Europe.

The Session, among other issues, will address the following policy questions:

• How to ensure freedom of expression and other social, economic and cultural rights.

• How to ensure end-to-end consumer choice and unfettered access to the Internet, enabling consumers to access all legal content.

• How to ensure requisite network transparency

• How to ensure competition among over-the-top providers. This cluster of issues also includes media consolidation and related questions.

• How to define what is considered appropriate network management.

Other questions may be added to the list as a result of the IGF Secretariat’s call for public input.

1.2.    Chair

Mr. Galip Zerey , Board Member, Information and Communications Technologies Authority, Turkey

1.3.    Moderators/Panellists

The session is conceived as an interactive discussion. It will be divided into three segments with three discussion leaders for each segment, looking at technical, economic, end-user, social and human rights perspectives. Regulatory and development perspectives will be dealt with as cross-cutting issues.

There will be pre-notified discussants for each segment with one overall moderator who will act as a master of ceremony.

Regulatory perspectives

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will be given the opportunity to provide regulatory perspectives in opening remarks.

Segment 1:  Technical perspectives

Discussion leaders:

-        Robert Pepper, Vice President for Global Technology Policy, Cisco, Washington DC, United States

-        Sally Wentworth, Vice President, Global Policy Development, Internet Society, Reston, United States



-        Bram Tullemans , European Broadcasting Union, Geneva, Switzerland


Development perspectives 

-        Prabir Purkayastha, Delhi Science Forum / Free Software Movement of India, Delhi, India

-        Adam Peake, Researcher, GLOCOM, Tokyo, Japan

-        Alejandro Pisanty, Professor, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico.

-        Renata Avila, Lawyer, Lead of Creative Commons Guatemala, Guatemala City



Segment 2:  Economic perspectives

Discussion leaders:

-        Vladimir Radunovic, Coordinator of e-diplomacy educational and training programmes, DiploFoundation, Belgrade, Serbia

-        Pablo Bello, Secretary General, Latin American Association of Research, Centers and Telecommunication Enterprises (AHCIET), Montevideo, Uruguay




-        Andrew McDiarmid, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Democracy and Technology, Washington DC, United States

-        Scott McCollough, McCollough|Henry PC / Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2C) and Cloud Providers, Austin, United States

-        Christopher S. Yoo, Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer and Information Science, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, United States


Development perspectives

-        Roslyn Layton, Ph.D. Fellow, Aalborg University, Copenhagen, Denmark

-        George Fong, Executive Director, Lateral Plains / President, Internet Society of Australia, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia


Segment 3: End-user, social and human rights perspectives

Discussion leaders:

-        Carolina Rossini, Vice President for International Policy, Public Knowledge, Washington DC, United States

-        Rajan Mathews, Director General, Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), New Delhi, India

-        Elvana Thaçi, Administrator, Information Society and Action Against Crime Directorate, Directorate General I -Human Rights and Rule of Law, Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France


-        Luca Belli, Agent, Council of Europe/ Dynamic Coalition on Net Neutrality, Strasbourg, France

-        Dominique Lazanski, Policy Director, GSMA, London, United Kingdom

-        Berin Szoka, President, TechFreedom, Washington DC, United States

Development perspectives

-        Ephraim Percy Kenyanito, Policy Fellow, Access, Eldoret, Kenya

-        Claudio Ruiz, Executive Director, Derechos Digitales, Santiago de Chile, Chile


Overall moderator:

-        Markus Kummer, Senior Vice President, Internet Society, Geneva, Switzerland


1.4.    Remote moderator

John Walubengo, Dean, Faculty of Computing & IT, Multimedia University of Kenya (MMU), Nairobi, Kenya

1.5.    Feeder workshops

Meeting of the Dynamic Coalition on Network Neutrality, 2 September, 11:00 - 12:30

WS 208 "Net Neutrality, Zero-Rating & Development: What's the Data?" , 3 September, 9:00 - 10:30

WS 172 "Network Neutrality: a Roadmap for Infrastructure Enhancement" , 3 September, 11:00 - 12:30



Markus Kummer

Senior Vice President, Internet Society
Markus Kummer is Senior Vice President of the Internet Society.   He has extensive experience with Internet policy at the global, regional, and national levels. Before joining the Internet Society in February 2011, he was the Executive Coordinator of the Secretariat supporting the... Read More →


Amelia Andersdotter

Politician, former Member of the European Parliament, Stockholm, Sweden
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Renata Avila

Web We Want Lead, World Wide Web Foundation
Renata is Board member of Creative Commons, Lead of the Web We Want initiative at Web Foundation, Researcher for Cyberstewards at Citizen Lab. Human Rights Lawyer and activist from Guatemala

Luca Belli

Council of Europe/Université Paris 2
Luca Belli has recently joined the Council of Europe's Internet Governance Unit, where he works as an agent. Over the past years, Luca Belli worked for the IGF Secretariat, for the Internet Society and for the Council of Europe. Furthermore, he was trained as an ISOC Next Generation... Read More →

Pablo Bello

Secretary General, AHCIET
Pablo Bello is Secretary General of the Association of Latin American Telecom Operators (AHCIET) since June 2011. Pablo is an expert and lead policy advisor in telecommunications and economic regulation. He holds a degree in Economics from the University of Chile and an MBA from the... Read More →

Mignon Clyburn

Mignon L. Clyburn served as Acting Chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission, following her appointment by President Barack Obama on May 20, 2013. As Commissioner, she is serving a second term as a Democrat on the Commission, for which she was sworn in on February 19... Read More →

George Fong

Executive Director, Lateral Plains/President, Internet Society of Australia, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia

Ephraim Percy Kenyanito

Ephraim is a Policy Fellow working with the Policy team for Access, where he focuses on the connection between internet policy and human rights and specifically works on Internet Governance Reforms. He is an ICANN Fellow (Singapore & USA) and a Fellow of the African School of Internet... Read More →

Dominique Lazanski

Public Policy Director, GSMA
Dominique is a London-based digital policy and strategy consultant and works on cyber security policy and Internet governance for the GSM Association. Her career began in Silicon Valley as one of the early employees of Yahoo!. She spent five years there working on streaming media... Read More →

Rajan Mathews

Director General, Cellular Operators Association of India, India

W. Scott McCollough

W. Scott McCollough specializes in public law, including consumer rights; telecommunications, electric and gas utilities; administrative law; economic regulation; governmental relations; and, instruction and training in those areas. Clients include competitive communications companies... Read More →

Andrew McDiarmid

Senior Policy Analyst, Centre for Democracy and Technology

Adam Peake

Associate Professor, GLOCOM
Senior researcher at the Center for Global Communications (GLOCOM), International University of Japan. Works on telecommunications, Internet and broadband policy, and Internet governance. Adam has been active in policy-making activities for the deployment and development of the... Read More →

Robert Pepper

Vice President Global Technology Policy, Cisco
Robert Pepper leads Cisco’s Global Technology Policy team working with governments across the world in areas such as broadband, IP enabled services, wireless and spectrum policy, security, privacy, Internet governance and ICT development He joined Cisco in July 2005 from the FCC... Read More →
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Roslyn Layton, PhD

Visiting Researcher, Strand Consult
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Alejandro Pisanty

Professor, UNAM - National University of Mexico
Alejandro Pisanty is Professor at UNAM, the National University of Mexico, and Chair of ISOC Mexico (chapter of the Internet Society.) He has experience in IT, IT operations, Internet operations, Internet governance, computing, e-learning, and quantum/theoretical/computational Chemistry... Read More →

Prabir Purkayastha

Delhi Science Forum/Free Software Movement of India
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Vladimir Radunovic

Director, E-diplomacy and Cybersecurity, DiploFoundation
Vladimir Radunović is a director of e-diplomacy and cybersecurity programmes at DiploFoundation. He is a lecturer in cybersecurity policy, Internet governance, and e-diplomacy at postgraduate and professional courses. Vladimir also serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the... Read More →
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Carolina Rossini

Policy Manager, Facebook
Carolina Rossini is a Brazilian lawyer and policy advocate, working on the impact of the internet on development, human rights, intellectual property and telecommunications law and policy. She works at Facebook on the Global Connectivity Policy Team. Before joining Facebook, Carolina... Read More →
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Claudio Ruiz

Director of Ecosystem Strategy, Creative Commons
I'm director of ecosystem strategy at Creative Commons, meaning I'm all interested in to talk about how to expand the open movement outreach, how to be better and more effective at what we do and how to contribute better to more collaborative spaces. I'm also currently an Affiliate... Read More →
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Berin Szoka

President, TechFreedom
Berin Szoka is the President of TechFreedom. Previously, he was a Senior Fellow and the Director of the Center for Internet Freedom at The Progress & Freedom Foundation. Before joining PFF, he was an Associate in the Communications Practice Group at Latham & Watkins LLP, where he... Read More →

Elvana Thaçi

Administrator, Council of Europe
Elvana Thaçi works as and administrator for the Information Society Division, in the General Directorate of Human Rights and Rule of Law of the Council of Europe. She has participated in the elaboration of a number of Council of Europe policy documents on the protection of rights and freedoms on the Internet, in particular freedom of expression and freedom of association... Read More →

Bram Tullemans

Senior Project Manager, EBU

Sally Shipman Wentworth

Sally Shipman Wentworth joined the Internet Society in May 2009 and is currently the Vice Preident of Global Policy Development.  She will lead the organization’s public policy activities, guiding the development of public policies that support the global, open Internet and the... Read More →

Christopher Yoo

Christopher S Yoo is the John H. Chestnut Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer & Information Science and the Founding Director of the Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition at the University of Pennsylvania. He has emerged as a leading authority on law and technology... Read More →

Remote Moderators

John Walubengo

Dean, Faculty of Computing & IT, Multimedia University, Kenya & Board Member, AfriNICMr. Walubengo holds an MSc in Strategic Business IT (University of Portsmouth) and a BSc in Mathematics & Computing (KU).  He has earned several industry certifications including the CCNA (Certified... Read More →

Wednesday September 3, 2014 2:30pm - 5:30pm EEST
Main Meeting Hall (Rumeli Ground Floor / Room A1 + A2)

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