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November 14, 2016

Global Internet and Jurisdiction Conference

The global multistakeholder policy network Internet & Jurisdiction held the first Global Internet and Jurisdiction Conference on November 14-16, 2016 in Paris, France. The event brought together over 200 key stakeholders from more than 40 countries. For the first time on a global level, senior representatives from governments, businesses, technical operators, civil society, academia, and international organizations specifically addressed the future of jurisdiction on the cross-border Internet.

Additional information about the event can be found on the dedicated Global Internet and Jurisdiction Conference website.

Jurisdiction on the Internet has become a core concern at the intersection of human rights, the global digital economy and security. Discussions and reform initiatives addressing this issue have emerged around the world in recent years, involving numerous policy silos and a multiplicity of actors.

Enabling Multistakeholder Cooperation

The Global Internet and Jurisdiction Conference gathered key representatives from states, Internet platforms, technical operators, civil society, academia and international organizations on an equal footing to address the issue of jurisdiction online.

The goal of the Global Internet and Jurisdiction Conference was to enable transnational cooperation and catalyze operational solutions. It was prepared through a series of reports and international meetings throughout 2016, and was structured around three Workstreams:


Internet & Jurisdiction is grateful to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs for having provided its Ministerial Conference Center as the venue for the inaugural Global Internet and Jurisdiction Conference. 

Institutional Supporters for the GIJC

Members of the GIJC Advisory Group

Anne Carblanc

Head, Digital Economy Policy Division


Benedicto Fonseca Filho

Director, Scientific and Technological Affairs

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Brazil

Carlos Affonso Souza


Institute for Technology and Society Rio

Chinmayi Arun

Executive Director, Centre for Communication Governance

National Law University, Delhi

David Kaye

UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression

United Nations

Eileen Donahoe

Director of Global Affairs

Human Rights Watch

FIona Alexander

Associate Administrator for International Affairs

United States, Department of Commerce NTIA

George Sadowsky

Board Member


Gulshan Rai

National Cybersecurity Coordinator

India, Prime Minister’s Office

John Frank

Vice President, EU Government Affairs


Madan Oberoi

Director of Cyber Innovation and Outreach Directorate


Matt Perault

Head of Policy Development


Megan Richards

Principal Advisor, DG Connect

European Commission

Nii Quaynor


Ghana National Information Technology Agency

Sally Shipman Wentworth

Vice President of Global Policy Development

Internet Society

Sunil Abraham

VP, Leadership Programs

Mozilla Foundation

Vint Cerf

Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist


Global Internet and Jurisdiction Conference