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Thursday, September 4 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm
WS97: Will Cyberspace fragment along national jurisdictions?

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The transnational Internet is instrumental in helping people exercise their universal human rights, irrespective of where they are located. However, there is a growing tension between the cross-border nature of the Internet and the territorial conception of national sovereignty. Concerns are legitimately rising about a “fragmentation” of cyberspace along national jurisdictions.

The session will address the following issues:
- What is actually meant by “fragmentation of cyberspace”?
- Do we really observe trends towards fragmentation?
- Is this voluntary or an unintended consequence of unrelated decisions?
- What would be the long-term impacts on the ecology of cyberspace?

If we collectively believe that cyberspace fragmentation would be detrimental to the benefits the Internet has brought to mankind, new collaborative multi-stakeholder frameworks are needed to diffuse tensions and enable the coexistence of different laws and norms in shared online spaces.

Launched in 2012, the Internet & Jurisdiction Project is a multi-stakeholder effort to develop a due process framework to deal with transborder tensions around online content.

The roundtable discussion is intended to frame the broader debate and solicit feedback. It will also update IGF participants about the progress of the global multi-stakeholder dialogue process facilitated by the Internet & Jurisdiction Project and engage them in the way forward.

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Bertrand De La Chapelle

Director, Internet & Jurisdiction Project
Director and Co-Founder of the Internet & Jurisdiction Project

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Guy Berger

Director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development, UNESCO
I am director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development at UNESCO. Oversee UNESCO's report "World Trends on Freedom of Expression and Media Development", and taking forward UNESCO Member States' agreement to the concept of Internet Universality, and options for Internet action on access to information & knowledge online; freedom of expression; privacy; and ethical dimensions of the Information Society... Read More →

Kathy Brown

President and Chief Executive Officer, Internet Society
Kathryn C. Brown joined the Internet Society as President and Chief Executive Officer on January 1, 2014. She is a veteran of Internet policy development and corporate responsibility initiatives that have aided in the Internet’s global expansion. Her career spans the public and private sector, including serving in the United States National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) as well as the Federal Communications Commission... Read More →

Vint Cerf

Chief Internet Evangelist, Google Inc
Dr. Vinton G. (Vint) Cerf is a computer scientist and widely recognized as one of the "Fathers of the Internet."" He was one of the inventors of the internet architecture and co-designer of the basic protocols (TCP/IP) along with Robert Kahn. He serves as vice president and chief internet evangelist for Google and his primary responsibility is to identify new enabling technologies to support the development of... Read More →

Ankhi Das

Public Policy Director, Facebook
Ankhi Das is the Director of Public Policy for Facebook in India and South & Central Asia. With over 16 years of public policy and regulatory affairs experience in the technology sector, Ankhi’s primary responsibilities are to lead Facebook’s efforts on Internet governance, Open Internet, privacy, data security, safety issues and political risk management for the company. In this role, Ankhi oversees the... Read More →

Benedicto Fonseca Filho

Ambassador Benedicto Fonseca Filho is Director of the Department of Scientific and Technological Affairs of the Ministry of External Relations, Itamaraty of Brazil. A trained diplomat by profession, since he was appointed Ambassador in 2010 he has participated in several international forums related with Internet governance issues such as IGF, the WSIS process, the CSTD, the GAC at ICANN and at Netmundial, among others

Michael Niebel

Head of Task Force Internet Policy Development, European Commission, Belgium

Norbert Riedel

Commissioner for International Cyber Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Germany

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. Also, she has been actively involved in Internet governance dialogues at... Read More →

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Paul Fehlinger

Deputy Director, Internet & Jurisdiction
Paul Fehlinger is the Deputy Director and Co-founder of Internet & Jurisdiction. He is actively engaged in global Internet fora, including as a speaker at venues such as the UN Internet Governance Forum, OECD, the Council of Europe or the WTO. Paul was appointed as a member of the Advisory Network of the Global Commission on Internet Governance, as well as the Working Group on Rule of Law of the Freedom Online Coalition. He was also a participant... Read More →

Thursday September 4, 2014 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Workshop Room 02 (Rumeli Ground Floor / Room B2)

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