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Published on
November 22, 2015

Engaging in the UN Internet Governance Forum

The Internet & Jurisdiction Project participated in the Internet Governance Forum convened by the United Nations on November 10 – 13, 2015, in Joao Pessoa, Brazil, where it organized the workshop “Transnational due process: A case study in multi-stakeholder cooperation”. In addition to the workshop convened by Internet & Jurisdiction, Bertrand de la Chapelle and Paul Fehlinger were invited as speakers at five different sessions.

Main Session — Setting the Scene

Bertrand de la Chapelle was a speaker at the Setting the Scene session, organized to provide an overview of hot topics of the eight main sessions of the Internet Governance Forum 2015. Bertrand de La Chapelle was selected to speak about the main theme, "Cybersecurity and Trust." He observed that the jurisdiction issue has now become a main topic on the global Internet Governance agenda and called for multistakeholder action to preserve the global character of the Internet. Mr. La Chapelle's speech starts below:


Bertrand de La Chapelle


Internet & Jurisdiction

Hasnanul Haq Inu

Minister of ICT


Rahul Gosain

Director, IRSME

Indian, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology

Vint Cerf

Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist


Byron Holland

President and CEO

Canadian Internet Registry Authority (CIRA)

Peter Major

Working Group Chair

UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development

Paul Mitchell

Senior Director, Tech Policy


Constance Bommelaer

Senior Director, Global Internet Policy


Workshop — Implementing Core Principles in the Digital Age

The governments of Brazil and Germany invited Bertrand de La Chapelle to speak about how to move key Internet Governance principles moving forward. The session focused on the question of how to implement core principles like democracy, accountability, human rights and due process in Internet Governance. Mr. La Chapelle stressed the need for developing cooperation mechanisms between the different stakeholders to operationalize core principles in working policy frameworks.

We need to develop procedures so that the laws can coexist in the different spaces. They need to guarantee due process across borders.


Anriette Esterhuysen

Executive Director

Association for Progressive Communications

Bertrand de La Chapelle


Internet & Jurisdiction

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

Frida Orring

European External Action Service

Joana Varon

Project Coordinator

CTS Getulio Vargas Foundation

Joseph Cannataci

Special Rapporteur for the Right to Privacy

United Nations

Marietje Schaake


European Parliament

Mishi Choudhary

Legal Director

Software Freedom Law Center

Moez Chakchouk

Tunisian Postal Service


Nanjira Sambuli

iHub Kenia

Niels ten Oever

Head, Digital

Article 19

Nnenna Nwakanma

Africa Regional Coordinator

World Wide Web Foundation

Nora Abusitta


Sheetal Kumar

Global Partners Digital

Thiago Tavares



Thomas Fitschen

Ambassador and Director for the United Nations, International Cyber Policy and Counterterrorism

Germany, Federal Foreign Office

Workshop — When Governments Hit "Like" on the War on Terror

Paul Fehlinger was invited to speak at the workshop titled When Governments hit ‘Like’ on the War on Terror. The workshop revisited efforts in various countries to combat terrorism online and analyzed the impact of adopted measures on human rights. Mr. Fehlinger emphasized the importance of multistakeholder cooperation to develop appropriate and balanced solutions that can work in the transnational online environment:

The challenge of terrorist content online needs to be addressed in a multistakeholder manner.


Anja Mihr

Utrecht University

Ephraim Kenyanito


Frank La Rue

Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information


Gabrielle Guillemin

Senior Legal Officer

Article 19

Melody Patry

Index on Censorship

Paul Fehlinger


Internet & Jurisdiction

Workshop — Building Internet Observatories: Approaches and Challenges

For the first time, leading Observatories in the Internet Governance space gathered at the Internet Governance Forum. Paul Fehlinger stressed the historic nature of this gathering. The I&J Observatory that was launched in 2012 to provide expert-input into the Internet & Jurisdiction process and is one of the longest-running Observatories in the Internet Governance landscape. 

The workshop posed the question how different Internet Observatory projects can create synergies, avoid duplication of efforts, and foster cooperation in order to positively impact capacity-building, education, and policy-making in Internet Governance. Mr. Fehlinger stressed the need to work together to take advantage of the data gathered by the various observatories to ensure the Internet governance debate moves ahead on the basis of solid evidence.

This workshop is a sign of the maturity of the ecosystem of Internet governance as such. I want to highlight the real need and benefit is to enable what we, at the Internet & Jurisdiction Project, call evidence-based policy innovation, so that the debates on Internet Governance are inspired and informed by evidence.


Arne Hintz

Mapping Global Media Policy

Carlos Affonso Souza


Institute for Technology and Society Rio

Giancarlo Frosio

Stanford University, Center for Internet and Society

Kasia Jakimowicz

Global Internet Policy Observatory

Kelli Kim

Open Net Korea

Nicolau Reinhard

University of São Paulo

Omar Kaminski

Brazilian Marco Civil Observatory

Paul Fehlinger


Internet & Jurisdiction

Stefaan Verhulst


The GovLab at NYU

Susan Chambers

US Department of Commerce NTIA

Tereza Horejsova

Geneva Internet Platform

Session — Birds of a Feather: A Network of Virtual Working Spaces for Internet Governance?

On November 13, 2015, Bertrand de La Chapelle and Paul Fehlinger moderated a Birds of a Feather (BoF) meeting, an innovative format to place new issues on the Internet Governance agenda. This short session titled A network of virtual working spaces for Internet Governance? gathered actors interested in exploring the feasibility of building a network of high-performance connected virtual meeting spaces for Internet Governance working groups. It explored how to best take advantage of the dramatic lowering in costs of bandwidth, flat panel displays, and image compression. The session covered how a joint effort by technology providers, international organizations, and civil society networks could help build a series of connected local hubs providing high-capacity teleconferencing for use by multistakeholder initiatives. Such hubs could also be leveraged to facilitate remote participation in numerous meetings, including the Internet Governance forum.


James Wood

Senior Director Strategic Communications


Michael Nelson

Public Policy Director


Anne Carblanc

Head, Digital Economy Policy Division


Robert Pepper

Vice-President Global Technology Policy


Bertrand de La Chapelle


Internet & Jurisdiction