I&J contributed

Published on
December 4, 2019

New laws and regulatory initiatives impacting data flows and trust are developing at increasing speeds in jurisdictions around the world. At the main session “Promoting Data Free Flow with Trust in a Digitally Connected World〜Osaka Track, Biarritz Strategy, and the Future” at the 14th United Nations Internet Governance Forum, participants discussed options to enhance coordination and ensure norms and frameworks are in place to support legal interoperability and cross-border data flows in the future. 

Moderated by I&J Deputy Executive Director Paul Fehlinger, panel discussants engaged in thoughtful dialogue on how to further promote the free flow of data across borders while addressing various challenges related to privacy, data protection, intellectual property rights, and security, with the concept of “trust”.

“This will be done taking into account the progress of digital transformation as well as recent geopolitical and trade tensions which have impacted the global economy.” said the Session organiser, Kenta Mochizuki, IGF/MAG member, Public Policy Councillor/Attorney at Law (New York) , COO Office, Mercari, Inc and member of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network Data & Jurisdiction Program Contact Group.

The newly released Internet & Jurisdiction Global Status Report 2019 was highlighted as a key policy tool, demonstrating a lack of coordination between regulatory initiatives. According to the Report, only 15% of surveyed stakeholders (governments, companies, IGOs, civil society) say we have the right frameworks and standards in place to address cross-border legal challenges in cyberspace. 

When discussing the value of multi-stakeholder cooperation to ensure cross-border data flows and trust, panel discussants suggested concrete actions to support the cross-border internet such as building pathways to support enhanced coordination between actors and policy processes. The role of the new G7 and G20 Chairs the United States and Saudi Arabia, in stepping up to these tasks and building on the efforts of France and Japan as previous hosts were underscored as important.

“The multistakeholder model can provide a pathway into different policy processes around the world from the perspectives of different stakeholders, so that we have the necessary coordination for cross-border data flows in the future” said Paul Fehlinger, Deputy Executive Director of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network.

Watch the full recording of the main session here.
Read the transcript of the main session here.


Responding to the urgent call of senior-level stakeholders from over 50 countries in the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network, the Internet & Jurisdiction Global Status Reportenables evidence-based policy innovation and provides stakeholders with the necessary information to develop frameworks and policy standards for the digital society. The Secretariat entrusted internationally renowned Professor Svantesson, at the Faculty of Law at Bond University, with the lead authorship of the Report. A coalition of four important public actors enabled the production of this pioneering Report: the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development , the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, and the European Commission, Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT).

Download the Internet & Jurisdiction Global Status Report here.