Work

The Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network

The Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network addresses the tension between the cross-border nature of the internet and national jurisdictions. Its Paris-based Secretariat facilitates a global multistakeholder process to enable transnational cooperation. Participants in the Policy Network work together to preserve the cross-border nature of the Internet, protect human rights, fight abuses, and enable the global digital economy. Since 2012, the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network has engaged more than 200 key entities from six stakeholder groups around the world.

More Transnational Cooperation, or a Less Global Internet

Most online interactions and data flows today involve multiple jurisdictions based on the locations of users, servers, internet platforms, or technical operators. Traditional modes of interstate legal cooperation struggle to handle this new digital reality. In the absence of policy standards and appropriate frameworks, increasing tensions trigger uncoordinated short-term solutions. 

The resulting legal arms race risks causing unintended and harmful consequences, including acute jurisdictional conflicts and unwanted fragmentation. The present situation constitutes one of the greatest global governance challenges of the 21st century  —- one that no actor can solve unilaterally.

The Internet & Jurisdiction Process

The Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network uniquely connects relevant stakeholder groups and bridges policy silos. Its innovative methodology strives to fill an institutional gap in internet governance at the intersection of three areas: digital economy, human rights, and cybersecurity.

Through the Global Internet and Jurisdiction Conferences, as well as regional and thematic meetings, its Secretariat facilitates a neutral and ongoing dialogue process to build trust among the different actors, foster policy coherence, and help stakeholders develop the operational solutions necessary for legal certainty and the coexistence of diverse laws on the cross-border internet.

Internet & Jurisdiction Programs

Responding to the pressing needs of the global community, the thematic programs of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network catalyze the development of issue-based policy standards.