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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... 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... Read More →
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Jari Arkko

Senior Expert, Ericsson Research
Jari Arkko is a Senior Expert with Ericsson Research. He has also served as the Chair of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the Internet technology standards development organisation, from 2013 to 2017. He has published 45 technical specifications (RFCs) at the IETF. He is... Read More →
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Christian Kaufmann

Vice President Network Technology, Akamai Technologies
Christian Kaufmann is heading the Network Technology department which is responsible for interconnection standards, hardware engineering, datacenter architecture, network architecture and engineering of the Akamai Network. Christian also currently serves as the Chairman of the RIPE... Read More →
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Emma Llanso

Director, Free Expression Project, Center for Democracy and Technology
Emma Llansó is the Director of CDT’s Free Expression Project, which works to promote law and policy that support users’ free expression rights in the United States and around the world. Emma leads CDT’s work in advancing speech-protective policies, which include legislative... Read More →
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Chris Riley

Director of Public Policy, Mozilla
Chris Riley is the Director of Public Policy at Mozilla, working to advance the open internet through public policy analysis and advocacy, strategic planning, coalition building, and community engagement. Prior to joining Mozilla, Chris worked as a program manager at the U.S. Department... Read More →

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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... Read More →

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

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