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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

Executive Director, Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network
Director and Co-Founder of the Internet & Jurisdiction policy network.

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Guy Berger

Director for Policies and Strategies in the field of Communication and Information, UNESCO
I am director for Policies and Strategies in the field of Communication and Information at UNESCO. I work with colleagues on UNESCO's report "World Trends on Freedom of Expression and Media Development", and taking forward UNESCO Member States' agreement to the concept of Internet... 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... 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 c... 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... 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... Read More →

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... Read More →
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Joana Varon

Founder Director, Coding Rights
Brazilian researcher and digital rights advocate. Founder Director of Coding Rights, where she works as creative chaos catalyst, developing research and advocacy strategies for digital rights, particularly focused on privacy and freedom of expression. Consultant of Consumers International... Read More →

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Paul Fehlinger

Deputy Executive Director, Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network
Paul Fehlinger is the Co-Founder and Deputy Executive Director of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network. The multistakeholder organization engages over 200 key entities around the world from governments, the world’s largest Internet companies, civil society, and international... Read More →

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

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