I&J convened

Published on
December 4, 2019

Cross-border legal challenges on the Internet are sharply increasing around the world, demanding coordination and collaboration to preserve the cross-border nature of the Internet, protect human rights, fight abuses, and enable the global digital economy.

On Tuesday, December 17, 2019, the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network organized a Brussels workshop for European stakeholders in order to provide organizations, companies, civil society, and many others with the opportunity to discuss substantive issues associated with the work conducted in the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network. The Workshop took place at the European Commission DG CONNECT.

The goal of the workshop was to assess global trends, the European perspective on the future of the cross-border Internet, how to address transnational legal challenges in cyberspace, and the value of multistakeholder governance to develop standards and solutions.

The workshop also saw the Europe-Launch of the pioneering Internet & Jurisdiction Global Status Report 2019 and presented the work of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network. The workshop did in particular: 

- provide European stakeholders with a presentation of the key findings of the world’s first Internet & Jurisdiction Global Status Report, a pioneering mapping of global trends, actors and initiatives in the context of cross-border legal challenges in cyberspace. The information is based on in-depth desk research and an unprecedented data collection from over 150 key stakeholders.

- update participants about the work of 140+ stakeholders from around the world in the thematic Programs of the Policy Network, and developed proposals for operational Norms, Criteria, and Mechanisms
Data & Jurisdiction Program: Cross-border access to electronic evidence 
Content & Jurisdiction Program: Cross-border content moderation and restrictions
Domains & Jurisdiction Program: Cross-border DNS-level action to address abuses

- allow the I&J Secretariat to understand the priorities, needs, and challenges of European stakeholders to better plan its work ahead 

The Secretariat of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network provided an update on the proposals and progress of the three multistakeholder Contact Groups that were set up to implement the Berlin Roadmap, which was adopted at the 3rd Global Conference of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network.