[AfrICANN-discuss] Fwd: [NCUC-DISCUSS] Fwd: [governance] Countdown to the Geneva Internet Conference

Seun Ojedeji seun.ojedeji at gmail.com
Sat Nov 15 08:41:42 UTC 2014


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*From: *Ginger Paque <ginger at paque.net>
*Date: *November 14, 2014 at 7:05:32 PM GMT+1
*To: *"governance at lists.igcaucus.org" <governance at lists.igcaucus.org>
*Subject: **[governance] Countdown to the Geneva Internet Conference*
*Reply-To: *governance at lists.igcaucus.org,Ginger Paque <ginger at paque.net>

Hi everyone...

The Geneva Internet Platform (GIP) Geneva Internet Conference (GIC) is just
a few days away (next week, 17-19 November). The message below includes the
latest updates and the conference programme. Speakers include Mr Fadi
Chehadé, CEO and President of ICANN, who will deliver the keynote address.
The list of speakers is also available below, while full conference details
are available at http://giplatform.org/gic

Although time zones are always a challenge for those of us attending
remotely, you might want to take a close look at the programme and choose a
few sessions to join us.

If you are in Geneva, plan to attend, and have not yet registered, please
do so here
<http://www.diplomacy.edu/registrations/geneva-internet-conference>. Remote
participants are strongly encouraged to register.

We will tweet using #IGeneva and #theGIP

Cheers, Ginger

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Dear colleagues,

With only a few days left before the Geneva Internet Conference, let us get
back with a few updates.

If you have not registered yet, please do so at your earliest convenience
at http://giplatform.org/gic

On Monday 17 November from 14.00 to 17.00, we will be organising a
workshop on Introduction to Internet governance*. If you are interested to
participate, please contact Barbara Rosen Jacobson at barbarar at diplomacy.edu

On the same day, join us for a* keynote reception speech by Mr Fadi Chehadé*,
CEO and President of ICANN from 17.30.

On Tuesday 18 November from 10:00 to 11:00, let us highlight the Forum on *One
Internet – many policy angles* with Deputy Secretary-General of the ITU,
Deputy Director-General of WIPO, Deputy Director-General of the WTO and
Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights.

See the detailed programme below.

*DAY ZERO – 17 November 2014*

14.00 ‒ 17.00
*Introduction to Internet governance* (pre-conference workshop)
   17.30 ‒ 19.30 Keynote address by Fadi Chehadé,
President and Chief Executive Officer, ICANN

Inauguration of *Geneva Digital Landscape IG 360° *followed by* a reception*
(WMO Attic)

*DAY ONE – 18 November 2014*
The Internet governance landscape

09.30 ‒ 10.00

*Welcome and opening remarks*
Ruedi Noser, National Counselor, President of ICT Switzerland and the
initiators of the Geneva Internet Platform
Amb. Jürg Lauber, Head of Division, UN and International Organisations
Division, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs

10.00 ‒ 11.00
 *FORUM: One Internet – many policy angles*
Malcolm Johnson, Deputy Secretary-General, ITU
Christian Wichard, Deputy Director-General, Global Issues Sector, WIPO
Yi Xiaozhun, Deputy Director General, WTO
Flavia Pansieri, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, OHCHR  Preserving
one Internet involves different policy processes. More than 50% of global
Internet policy is discussed and decided on in Geneva: telecom
infrastructure, human rights, e-commerce, digital intellectual property are
just a few of the areas. This high-level panel will discuss different
policy angles, and ways in which cross-cutting Internet policy can be
developed. High officials from the ITU, the WTO, and WIPO will discuss
potential synergies among their activities of the relevance for the

11.00 ‒ 11.30
 *Coffee break and conference photo*

  11.30 ‒ 13.00
 *FORUM: Mapping the Internet governance landscape ‒ actors, processes, and
Moderator: Jovan Kurbalija, DiploFoundation and GIP
Louis Pouzin, expert in computer communications (one of the fathers of the
William J. Drake, Visiting Professor, University of Zurich
Rinalia Abdul Rahim, Member of the ICANN Board of Directors
Khaled Fattal, Group Chairman, Multilingual Interne Group, London   Internet
governance is a highly complex policy space with hundreds of actors
addressing more than 50 IG issues through more than 1000 mechanisms
(conventions, standards,events, experts groups, etc.). The more Internet
impacts all spheres of our life, the more complex and broader Internet
governance will become.  Very few actors, if any, have a full grasp of the
complexity of IG.  The risk of incomprehensible IG could lead towards the
marginalisation of some actors and, ultimately, a risk for legitimacy of
Internet governance. In addition, good mapping of Internet governance will
increase the efficiency of policy processes and reduce duplicate efforts in
various forums. The session will discuss the challenge of mapping Internet
governance and ways and means of making it more accessible to all
concerned. The panellists will address the following issues:

   - What does Internet governance include?
   - What are the criteria for mapping Internet governance issues and their
   - How can we create easier access to Internet governance?
   - If a one-stop shop is a solution, what functions should it have and
   how should it be organised?

A discussion thread from this session will continue at:

   - Session ‘Same issues, different perspectives: overcoming policy silos
   in privacy and data protection’ (18 November 2014: 14.30–16.00)
   - Forum: How do actors deal with the complexity of Internet governance?
   (19 November 2014: 09.00–10.30)

  13.00 ‒ 14.30
 *Lunch break*

  14.30 ‒ 16.00
 *Same issues, different perspectives: overcoming policy silos in privacy
and data protection*
Moderator: Vladimir Radunovic, DiploFoundation and GIP
Brian Trammell, Internet Engineering TaskForce (IETF)
Nick Ashton-Hart, Computer and Communications Industry Association
Amb. Thomas Hajnoczi, Permanent Mission of Austria to the United Nations,
Carly Nyst, Privacy International
  The omnipresence of the Internet in modern society makes most Internet
policy issues transversal. For example, cybercrime cannot be addressed only
as a security issue or e-commerce only as trade issue. Yet, a transversal
approach is more an exception than a common practice in Internet
governance. This session will discuss ways and means of introducing a
transversal approach using the example of data protection and privacy,
addressed from standardisation, human rights, diplomatic, security, and
business perspectives.

14.30 ‒ 16.00
 *Legal framework, jurisdiction, and enforcement in Internet governance*
Moderator: Prof. Jacques de Werra, University of Geneva
Prof. Rolf Weber, University of Zurich
Prof. Joe Cannataci, University of Groningen
Dr Mira Burri, Senior Research Fellow, World Trade Institute, University of
Konstantinos Komaitis, Policy Advisor, Internet Society
Xianhong Hu, UNESCO
  The Internet does not function in a legal vacuum. Increasingly, it is
perceived that what is (il)legal offline is (il)legal online. The UN Human
Rights Council made this principle explicit: ‘The same rights that people
have offline must also be protected online.’ Thus, most Internet issues are
already regulated in the offline environment (e.g. jurisdiction, copyright,
trademark, labour law).The main challenge is how to apply these rules to
Internet transactions, particularly in view of transborder aspects and the
speed of Internet activities. At the preparatory seminar for the
Conference, the idea of legal innovation with wisdom was suggested. It
means that there is a need for innovation for the Internet, which should
not ignore  the wisdom of the legal profession gathered over centuries in
regulating conflicts and ensuring order in human society.

The session will focus on the following questions:

   - Is there any area where the ‘offline/online principle’ cannot be
   applied and there will be a need for new substantive rules for the Internet?
   -  What are the specific challenges for applying  existing legal rules
   on the Internet?
   -  How do we innovate with wisdom? What are the possible innovations?

  14.30 ‒ 16.00
 *Inclusion in digital policy: e-participation and capacity development*
Moderator: Pete Cranston, co-director, Euforic Services, Oxford
Chengetai Masango, Secretariat of the Internet Governance Forum
Ginger Paque, DiploFoundation
Anders Norsker, ITU (tbc)
Marília Maciel, Center for Technology and Society, FGV Brazil
Anne-Rachel Inne, ICANN
  Inclusive digital policy depends on e-participation and capacity
development. E-participation ensures participation of all those who cannot
participate in situ. It is not surprising that e-participation in global
governance is most advanced in the field of Internet governance.  The
session will discuss the four most relevant experiences in digital policy:
the IGF, ICANN, the ITU, and NETmundial.
The session will provide concrete input based on the following questions:

   - What  practical techniques are there for making e-participation more
   - How can we ensure proper synchronisation between two dynamics of the
   event: in situ (in the conference room) and remote (via e-participation)?
   - How do we deal with different time-zones in e-participation?
   - How do we  ensure capacity development for e-participation?

  16.00 ‒ 16.30
 *Coffee break*

  16.30 ‒ 17.30
 *Wrap-up and discussion (feedback and synthesis of ideas)*

  19.00 ‒ 20.30
 *Cocktail dînatoire (Maison de la Paix, Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2)*

*DAY TWO – 19 November 2014*
The complexity of Internet governance: sustaining innovation while ensuring

09.00 ‒ 10.30

*FORUM: How do nations cope with Internet governance complexity?*
Hon. Helena Dalli, Minister for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil
Liberties, Malta
Parminder Jeet Singh, Executive Director, IT for Change, India
Marília Maciel, Center for Technology and Society, FGV Brazil
Richard Samans, Managing Director and Member of the Managing Board, World
Economic Forum   With more than 50 Internet policy issues addressed in
hundreds of various forums, many actors face difficulties in following
Internet governance. Some governments, such as China, the USA, and Germany,
have introduced cyber and Internet ambassadors as a way of covering foreign
digital policy. Many countries started a national Internet Governance Forum
in order to integrate the wider technical, academic, and business
communities in Internet policies. For business and technical communities,
following IG requires covering non-technical issues such as human rights
(e.g. privacy). For civil society, in particular small organisations,
covering the IG field is becoming very difficult. At the same time, due to
the inter-connection of IG issues, many actors cannot afford not to use a
comprehensive approach including technical, legal, and human rights aspects
among others. Panellists will present different experiences in covering
Internet governance and suggest some practical solutions. The session is
planned to end with a list of concrete suggestions that should help various
actors to deal with the complexity of IG.

10.30 ‒ 11.00
 *Coffee break*

  11.00 ‒ 12.30
 *Aim for full transparency – accept exceptional translucency*
Moderator: Pete Cranston, co-director, Euforic Services, Oxford
Veronica Cretu, Open Government Institute (Moldova)
Nigel Hickson, Vice-President, ICANN
Avri Doria, Principal Researcher, Technicalities
Kari Tapiola, ILO
  Transparency is essential for robust and effective Internet governance.
It is particularly important in multistakeholder spaces that typically do
not have procedural mechanisms to ensure procedural transparency and due
process. While full transparency should be a default operational mode, in
some cases a ‘translucent’ approach could be considered (e.g. limited
public participation in deliberation with full publicity of results of
deliberations). This session will aim to establish criteria for determining
the level of transparency needed (e.g. full transparency with
transcription, access to documents, etc.). It will rely on experiences from
the Open Governance and ILO communities.

11.00 ‒ 12.30
 *Subsidiarity: how to make Internet governance decisions at the
appropriate level, building on lessons learnt from Switzerland*
Moderator: Thomas Schneider, OFCOM
Peter Gruetter, Swiss Telecommunications Association
Norbert Bollow, co-founder and co-convenor of the Just Net Coalition
Michel Veuthey, Vice-president of the International Institute of
Humanitarian Law, San Remo
Hanane Boujemi, Hivos
  While global solutions are preferable for global issues (e.g. IG, climate
change), they are often difficult to achieve. After the failure of the
Copenhagen summit (2009), the climate change community focused more on
local, national, and regional initiatives. The same tendencies are
noticeable in IG (most cybercrime conventions are regional, protests
against IG policies are regional/national – SOPA, ACTA).
IG issues should be addressed at the policy level which is closest to the
cause of the issues (e.g. cybercrime) or the impact a specific policy may
have (e.g. access, net neutrality).
The main challenges will be to ensure that ‘policy elevators’ move both
ways (up and down) among local,national, regional, and global levels. The
session will also discuss the practice of ‘forum shopping’ (inserting
policy initiatives on the most favourable policy level). Swiss academics
and practitioners will  present the country’s long experience in using
subsidiarity principles.
The panel will address the following specific questions:

   - What issues could be addressed effectively at a lower level than a
   global one (e.g. regional and national levels)?
   - How can we ensure synchronisation among different policy levels while
   avoiding the risk of ‘forum shopping’?

  11.00 ‒ 12.30
 *Evidence in Internet governance: measurement and data-mining*
Moderator: Vladimir Radunovic, DiploFoundation and GIP
Aaron Boyd, Chief Strategy Officer, ABI Research
Sacha Wunsch-Vincent, Senior Economist, WIPO
Eliot Lear, CISCO
Kavé Salamatian, University of Savoie, France
  Although the Internet is an engineering artifact, we do not have
sufficient technical data of relevance for Internet governance. For
example, one of the major problems in cybersecurity is the lack of data
about threats and losses. Policy-makers and, increasingly a more engaged
general public,  are looking for data such as: the impact of digital
innovation on economic growth; the quantity of digital assets and their
distribution worldwide, etc. The session will focus on three main issues:

   - Mapping of available data and measurement of relevance for IG
   - Survey of data and measurement for specific issues.
   - Techniques and approaches to improve evidence and measurement of
   relevance for IG.

  12.30 ‒ 14.00
 *Lunch break*

  14.00 ‒ 15.30
 *Lessons learned from other multistakeholder processes*
Moderator: Anne-Marie Buzatu, DCAF
Andy Orsmond, International Code of Conduct Association
Michel Quillé, Europol
Amb. Theodor H. Winkler, Director – DCAF
Michele Woods, WIPO
  The different stakeholder communities remain divided over the legitimate
carrying out and enforcement of decisions. Consequently, compliance remains
a test case for IG processes. How can we ensure effective implementation
and compliance of decisions, in particular those that require the
participation of multiple actors with different views on legitimacy and

14.00 ‒ 15.30
 *Drafting in policy processes: how can we best nurture the socialisation
of policy texts in multistakeholder contexts?*
Moderator: Jovan Kurbalija, DiploFoundation and GIP
Richard Hill, Association for Proper Internet Governance
Avri Doria, Principal Researcher, Technicalities
Alex Sceberras Trigona, Special Envoy of the Prime Minister of Malta and
former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malta
  One of the fathers of the Internet Jon Postel said ‘Group discussion is
very valuable; group drafting is less productive.’ The more people
involved, the greater the complexity of the process. The drafting process
is not individual writing; it is highly social. Thus, ‘socialisation of the
text’ is essential for successful negotiations. All involved should be
aware of how the final draft was negotiated, what was included, and what
was left out. Participants should know that their voices were heard,
considered, and adopted… or not, accordingly.

The panellists will address the following questions:

   - How do we harvest and harness a wide range of inputs in the drafting
   - What types of procedures are needed to ensure that the drafted text
   can have legitimate acceptance by most actors involved in the process?
   - How do we deal with conflicting situations in the drafting process?

  14.00 ‒ 15.30
 *Funding, accountability and trust in Internet governance*
Moderator: Pete Cranston, co-director, Euforic Services, Oxford
Markus Kummer, Member of the ICANN Board of Directors
Désirée Miloshevic, Afilias International
Jean-Marie Chenou, University of Lausanne
  Funding,  accountability, and trust are closely inter-related and are
necessary for a legitimate governance system. Funding  contributes to
accountability, which in turn creates more trust in IG space. This session
will address various approaches to fundraising in Internet governance. It
will also discuss the question of accountability and trust.

15.30 ‒ 16.00
 *Coffee break*

  16.00 ‒ 17.00
 *Closing session: wrap-up and concluding remarks*
Philipp Metzger, Director-General, OFCOM

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