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Wednesday, September 3 • 9:00am - 10:30am
WS152: Internet Governance: Challenges, Issues, and Roles [CB]

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The growing complexity and significance of Internet governance necessitates addressing the difficult issues that impact, or are impacted by the continued evolution of the global Internet. Capturing these issues requires that the roles played by intergovernmental, and governmental stakeholders in collaboration with Internet technical professionals, private sector businesses and other non-governmental stakeholders be better understood. Successfully dealing with these all-important Internet governance aspects requires connecting several, sometimes-disparate areas of technology, policy, development and civil society to work on solutions and act in concert to ensure collaborative stewardship of the Internet continues.

Each panel member will provide an opening statement regarding the challenges and issues they see with the changing Internet Governance landscape as well as the roles that everyone, including governments, have in the multistakeholder process.

An open discussion will follow with the Moderator providing questions for the discussion.

Specifically, the panel will be asked to address the following questions during the open and interactive discussion:
• The Internet is expanding exponentially - Who is responsible for identifying the Internet governance knowledge gap among the different stakeholder groups?

• What can be done to bridge the Internet governance knowledge gap in terms of resourcing, scaling, and awareness building?

• How should these knowledge gap issues, and discussion be used to improve the global Internet openness and collaborative multistakeholder engagement?

• Where there are issues that may disrupt the roles of existing stakeholders, how should consensus on key principles or outcomes be reached for solutions that benefit the global Internet rather than special interests?

• How should market-specific challenges or issues that are particular to a local community be approached for the global Internet to continue its innovative contributions?


Karen Mulberry

Policy Advisor, The Internet Society
Karen Mulberry joined the Internet Society as a Policy Advisor in March of 2012. She brings over 10 years of international public policy advocacy experience and has addressed the implementation of local number portability, ENUM, threats to IP addressing, establishment of open competition... Read More →


Manu K. Bhardwaj

Manu, a political appointee in the Obama Administration, currently serves as a Senior Advisor at the State Department's Office of Communications and Information Policy. At the State Department, Manu has reported directly to three U.S. Ambassadors and advised them on telecommunications... Read More →
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Jovan Kurbalija

Director, Geneva Internet Platform
Director, DiploFoundation & Geneva Internet Platform
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Marilia Maciel

Digital Policy senior researcher, DiploFoundation
Ms Marília Maciel is a Digital Policy Senior Researcher at DiploFoundation. She previously was a researcher and coordinator of the Center for Technology and Society of the Getulio Vargas Foundation (CTS/FGV) in Rio de Janeiro. She serves as a councilor at ICANN´s Generic Names Supporting... Read More →
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Towela Nyirenda-Jere

Head, Economic Integration, African Union Development Agency

Myla V. Pilao

Director Core Technology, Trend Micro
Innovative and performance driven Marketing and Service Operations Management professional with 15 years of progressive hands-on Information Technology, Cyber Security experience and comprehensive knowledge of creating and implementing strategic plans in an international platform... Read More →

Remote Moderators

Wednesday September 3, 2014 9:00am - 10:30am EEST
Workshop Room 06 (Rumeli Mezzanine / Hisar)

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