I&J convened

Published on
March 2, 2020

On February 25, 2020, The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan (METI) and the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network organized a joint Workshop on “Governance Innovation in Digital Cooperation: The Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network”. The workshop took place at the World Economic Forum - Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Tokyo, and convened senior representatives from three Japanese ministries, the European Union, the governments of Germany and Denmark and over 35 businesses, academic institutions and think tanks from Japan.


In December 2019 METI released a report on Governance Innovation Society 5.0, addressing the importance of multistakeholder collaboration in setting guidelines or standards to achieve legitimate goals and seek for global interoperability or harmonization. Following the launch of its Report METI, introduced the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network as a leading example of an innovative multistakeholder organization in the area of digital cooperation.

I&J Executive Director Bertrand de la Chapelle and Deputy Executive Director Paul Fehlinger provided a presentation of the key findings of the world’s first Internet & Jurisdiction Global Status Report 2019 and updated participants about the work of the Programs of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network to strengthen the engagement  of Japanese stakeholders.

“In the age of Society 5.0, multistakeholder cooperation is increasingly important to address tensions between the transnational Internet and national jurisdictions on a cross border, multi-jurisdiction basis.” said Bertrand de La Chapelle, I&J Executive Director. 

Participants exchanged perspectives on how stakeholders can promote the free flow of data across borders, while addressing various challenges related to privacy, data protection, intellectual property rights, and security. Discussants outlined pathways to support enhanced coordination between actors from all stakeholder groups and policy processes.