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Thursday, September 4 • 9:00am - 10:30am
WS82: Alternative routes protecting human rights on the Internet [CB]

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Enforcing the correct level of human rights protection is very often a matter of jurisdictional reach. In the cyberspace, there could be two obvious alternatives to create a separate jurisdictional space: the technological option and the legal option.

Over a year before German Chancellor Merkel travelled to France in February 2014 to speak with French President Hollande about creating the foundations of a “protected” EU Internet, the EU-funded MAPPING project had already spelt out its plan of researching if “parallel universes” in cyberspace could be a solution for promoting human rights. This objective of creating spaces within cyberspace where European values on privacy and other human rights may be applied could conceivably be created by technological or legal means.

In its first stakeholder assembly (Rome 20-21 May 2014) MAPPING will be dedicating a session to “On-line mass surveillance, security and privacy: is an international treaty the only way forward?” including a discussion of the recent ECJ decision declaring “invalid” the EU Data Retention Directive.

In the IGF, the MAPPING consortium aims to take this debate even further with as many Internet governance stakeholders as possible - from Europe and beyond. How can we have human rights embedded in the current Internet structure? Are there technological or legal solutions to this issue? Would a “Schengen cloud” human rights Internet, as suggested by French and German leaders, be the solution? How would others see such a possible space?"


Joseph Cannataci

Joseph Cannataci co-founded and co-directs the Security, Technology & e-Privacy Research Group (STeP) at the Faculty of Law at the University of Groningen where he holds the Chair of European Information Policy & Technology Law.   He is Head of the Department of Information Policy & Governance at the Faculty of Media & Knowledge Sciences of the University of Malta and Adjunct Professor at the Security Research... Read More →


Alfonso Alfonsi

Alfonso Alfonsi, is a sociologist, with more than 25 years of experience in social research and educational studies, monitoring and evaluation, scientific networking. His areas of expertise include urban development, urban services for disadvantaged groups, good governance, socialisation of scientific and technological research. He is the representative at the United Nations of a research NGO in general consultative status with UN Economic and... Read More →

Christian Hawellek

Christian Hawellek has studied at the faculty of law of Leibniz University of Hanover, specialising on European and German economic and IT/IP-law. His primary field of work are European and national research projects addressing legal issues related to data security and data protection law, particularly those related to questions of homeland security, network based intelligence and smart surveillance. Research activities for the private sector... Read More →

Bogdan Manolea

Bogdan Manolea is the Executive Director of Association for Technology and Internet - APTI Romania. Mr. Manolea has a legal background and a vast experience in the Law and IT&C and is interested in digital civil rights (Freedom of expression online, privacy and open copyright). Author of presentations and articles on subject related to IT&C Law in national and international conferences. Owner of the only Romanian web page dedicated to the... Read More →
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Meryem Marzouki

Academic Researcher, CNRS & UPMC Sorbonne Universités

Oleksandr Pastukhov

Dr. Oleksandr Pastukhov is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Information Policy and Governance of the University of Malta. His areas of expertise include Internet governance, digital copyright, Open and Free Software, trademark protection online, privacy and personal data protection, cybercrime, and public sector information. Dr. Pastukhov is a widely published author and a regular speaker at various national and international fora (incl... Read More →

Nevena Ružić

Council of Europe. Vice-Chair of the Consultative Committee set up under the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data | | Nevena Ruzic is the Head of Compliance Department at the Republic of Serbia Office of the Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection. Her work is both in the field of freedom of information and personal data protection, namely it... Read More →

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Bo Zhao

Bo Zhao is a Research Fellow at the Security, Technology and e-Privacy (STeP) Research Group of the European and Economic Law Department of the Faculty of Law at the University of Groningen in The Netherlands. Dr. Zhao is a native Chinese and is a legal philosopher by training. His research fields include: a. Chinese Privacy Law and Defamation Law, Chinese Data Protection Law, Law development in China; b. General Privacy Law and Defamation... Read More →

Thursday September 4, 2014 9:00am - 10:30am
Workshop Room 09 (Rumeli -1 Floor / Room 6)