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Tuesday, September 2 • 9:00am - 10:00am
WS112: Implications of post-Snowden Internet localization proposals

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Following the 2013-2014 disclosures of large-scale pervasive surveillance of Internet traffic, various proposals to "localize" Internet users' data and change the path that Internet traffic would take have started to emerge.

Examples include mandatory storage of citizens' data within country, mandatory location of servers within country (e.g. Google, Facebook), launching state-run services (e.g. email services), restricted transborder Internet traffic routes, investment in alternate backbone infrastructure (e.g. submarine cables, IXPs), etc.

Localization of data and traffic routing strategies can be powerful tools for improving Internet experience for end-users, especially when done in response to Internet development needs. On the other hand, done uniquely in response to external factors (e.g. foreign surveillance), less optimal choices may be made in reactive moves.

How can we judge between Internet-useful versus Internet-harmful localisation and traffic routing approaches? What are the promises of data localization from the personal, community and business perspectives? What are the potential drawbacks? What are implications for innovation, user choice and the availability of online services in the global economy? What impact might they have on a global and interoperable Internet? What impact (if any) might these proposals have on user trust and expectations of privacy?

The objective of the session is to gather diverse perspectives and experiences to better understand the technical, social and economic implications of these proposals.

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Nicolas Seidler

Senior Policy advisor, The Internet Society
Nicolas Seidler is Senior Policy Advisor at the Internet Society. He joined the organization in February 2010 and currently leads ISOC’s work on Internet and Human Rights issues. He also engages in key global Internet governance issues and processes. | | Nicolas works with a broad spectrum of international partners, global policy makers and non-governmental stakeholders on a range of Internet issues. In this role he contributes to ISOC's... Read More →


Sunil Abraham

Sunil (an Ashoka Fellow) is the executive director of the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS), Bangalore/New Delhi. CIS is a 6 year old policy and academic research organisation that focuses on accessibility, access to knowledge, internet governance and  telecommunications. He is also the founder and director of Mahiti, a 16 year old social enterprise that aims to reduce the cost and complexity of ICTs for the voluntary sector by using... Read More →
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Jari Arkko

Jari Arkko is the chair of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the standards organisation responsible for core Internet standards. He is also an Expert on Internet Architecture with Ericsson Research in Finland. At the IETF, Jari has served six years as one of the Internet Area Directors in the Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG) and one year as a member of the IAB. From March 2013 he is serving as the General Area Director and... Read More →

Christian Kaufmann

Senior Director Network Services, Akamai Technologies
Christian Kaufmann is a Senior Director Network Services at Akamai Technologies, a leading provider of Cloud Services. | He is heading the Network Service department which is responsible for peering, capacity planning, supporting network partners and the architecture of the Akamai Network. | Christian also currently serves as RIPE MAT WG co-chair and as a RIPE NCC Executive Board Member. | Having operated the INXS in Munich, co-founded the... Read More →
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Emma Llanso

Director, Free Expression Project, Center for Democracy & Technology
Center for Democracy and Technology

Chris Riley

Senior Policy Engineer, Mozilla
I work on a broad range of Internet policy issues, from net neutrality to surveillance to intellectual property. I'm trained as both a lawyer and a computer scientist. I work mostly on U.S. policy though I've been active in Internet governance through recent IGFs, NETmundial, and the Freedom Online Coalition.

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Konstantinos Komaitis

Konstantinos Komaitis is a Policy Advisor at the Internet Society, focusing primarily on the field of digital content and intellectual property.   Before joining the Internet Society in July 2012, he was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK. Konstantinos holds a PhD in Law and his thesis focused on issues of intellectual property and the Internet, with particular focus on the intersection of trademarks and... Read More →

Tuesday September 2, 2014 9:00am - 10:00am
Workshop Room 08 (Rumeli -1 Floor / Room 4)

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