I&J convened

Published on
August 16, 2022

The Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network hosted a Town Hall, an Open Forum, and a Report Launch at the UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF). The 17th annual IGF meeting will be hosted in a hybrid format, in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), from November 28 to December 2, 2022 under the theme “Resilient Internet for a shared sustainable and common future”.


The Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network Town Hall, took place on Thursday, December 1, 2022 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm EAT, provided stakeholders with an update on the work in 2021/2022.

The session presented the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network Regional Status Report "Framing, Mapping and Addressing Cross-Border Digital Policies in Africa", which has been produced with the support of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). 

Marking the 10th-anniversary members of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network, Contact Groups shared updates on the work of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network Policy Programs (Data & Jurisdiction, Content & Jurisdiction, and Domains & Jurisdiction) developing concrete proposals to support legal interoperability in specific policy areas related to domains names system abuse, content moderation and access to electronic evidence. 

Finally, the I&JPN shared news of the new organization it has incubated, the Datasphere Initiative, which seeks to build agile frameworks to responsibly unlock the value of data for all. 


On November 28, 2022, the I&JPN hosted a session to launch the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network Regional Status Report "Framing, Mapping and Addressing Cross-Border Digital Policies in Africa". The Report provides evidence on the current status quo among African Union member states with the aim to advance the capabilities of the African Union Commission to develop and regulate interoperability among member states. 

The launch session presented relevant findings on what information is needed to develop interoperable policy and regulatory frameworks for the digital 21st century, support the evolution of a digital single market, and contribute to Africa’s Agenda 2063 and the UN Roadmap for Digital Cooperation. 


I&JPN also co-organized an Open Forum on “Strengthening multistakeholder collaboration on DNS abuse” on Wednesday, November 30, 2022, from 9:30am to 10:30am EAT. The session, co-organized with the DNS Abuse Institute, Verisign, the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Egypt, Digital Medusa, and the UK National Crime Agency, brought together practitioners to share their perspectives on DNS abuse and introduce initiatives that are working towards strengthening global multi-stakeholder collaboration and providing a framework on which responsible action by industry actors may be based.

The Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network has participated in the IGF since 2012 with special sessions and workshops.