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Published on
March 3, 2016

Meeting of the GCIG Advisory Network

During a meeting of the Global Commission on Internet Governance (GCIG) in Washington DC, USA on March 2, 2016, Paul Fehlinger presented the upcoming publication “Jurisdiction on the Internet: From Legal Arms Race to Transnational Cooperation,” written by the founders of Internet & Jurisdiction, Bertrand de La Chapelle and Paul Fehlinger. The publication was commissioned by the GCIG, which is chaired by Carl Bildt and will publish its final report in 2016.

Based on the experiences of the pioneering global multistakeholder process and policy network that , the forthcoming publication will provide an analysis of the current policy challenges and suggest avenues for operational solutions and cooperation.

Jurisdiction on the Internet: From Legal Arms Race to Transnational Cooperation

The cross-border Internet and its online spaces run over a fragmented patchwork of national jurisdictions. This poses a challenge to the Westphalian international system and creates increasing tensions. A legal arms race produced by extreme application of the principle of territoriality and the difficulty of traditional modes of legal cooperation to solve the jurisdictional issue puts the global community on a dangerous path. This would have severe unintended consequences for the global digital economy, human rights, the technical Internet infrastructure and security.

About the GCIG

The Global Commission on Internet Governance was established in January 2014, to articulate and advance a strategic vision for the future of Internet governance. With work commencing in May 2014, the two-year project will conduct and support independent research on Internet-related dimensions of global public policy, culminating in an official commission report. A Research Advisory Network provides input into the Commission by helping identify and prioritize Internet governance and Internet policy related issues within the commission’s mandate. I&J Project’s Bertrand de La Chapelle and Paul Fehlinger were appointed to the Research Advisory Network.

Chaired by Carl Bildt, the Commission will inform concrete policy recommendations for the future of Internet governance, by providing a framework both for coordination among advanced industrial democracies and for addressing the interests and values of states that are uncertain about the future of multi-stakeholder governance. Key issues to be addressed by the commission include governance legitimacy and regulation, innovation, online rights and systemic risk.

Launched by two independent global think tanks, the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and Chatham House, the Global Commission on Internet Governance will help educate the wider public on the most effective ways to promote Internet access, while simultaneously championing the principles of freedom of expression and the free flow of ideas over the Internet.