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Published on
April 1, 2016

RightsCon Silicon Valley

On March 30, 2016, the Internet & Jurisdiction Project’s Bertrand de La Chapelle served as a panelist in the “Jurisdiction and Extraterritoriality in a Connected World” session at RightsCon in  San Francisco, USA. 

The speakers of this session explored issues of jurisdiction in an increasingly post-Westphalian paradigm, and how ideas of territoriality are being tested and brought into question in the digital era. Particular attention was paid to cross-border requests for content takedown and their potential conflict with free expression laws. 


Daphne Keller

Director of Intermediary Liability

Stanford Law School, Center for Internet and Society

Michael Geist

Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law

University of Ottawa

Gwen Hinze

Special Counsel

Electronic Frontiers Foundation

Bertrand de La Chapelle


Internet & Jurisdiction

Dan Svantesson

Co-director of the Centre for Commercial Law

Bond University

Cynthia Wong

Senior Researcher

Human Rights Watch

Cross-border Data Requests

The second session, “Cross Border Data Requests,” was held on Friday, April 1, 2016. This session discussed MLATs (mutual legal assistance treaties), the proposed data sharing agreement between the US and UK, and the possibilities for new frameworks for requests for data across borders.


Claudio Ruiz


Derechos Digitales

Elonnai Hickok

Project Manager

Centre for Internet & Society

Bertrand de La Chapelle


Internet & Jurisdiction

Kyung-sin Park



Other participants in this session included:

  • Alex Abdo — Staff Attorney, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project
  • Jennifer Daskal — Law Professor, American University Washington College of Law
  • Jim Dempsey — Executive Director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology
  • Neema Guilani — Legislative Counsel, American Civil Liberties Union
  • Nate Jones — Director, Freedom of Information Act Project of the National Security Archive at George Washington University
  • Vivek Krishnamurthy — Clinical Instructor, Harvard Law School’s Cyberlaw Clinic
  • David Lieber — Senior Privacy Policy Counsel, Google
  • Drew Mitnick — Junior Policy Counsel, Access
  • Margaret Nagle — Head of U.S. Government Affairs, Yahoo!
  • Greg Nojeim — Director, Freedom, Security, and Technology Project at the Center for Democracy & Technology
  • Matt Perault — Head of Global Policy Development, Facebook
  • Peter Swire — Huang Professor of Law and Ethics, Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business
  • Lee Tien — Senior Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Andrew Woods — Assistant Professor of Law, University of Kentucky College of Law

About RightsCon

RightsCon is an annual conference convened by Access Now, an international non-profit advocacy, human rights, and public policy group dedicated to an open and free Internet. RightsCon is a multistakeholder conference, bringing together human rights experts, business leaders, technologists, activists, government representatives, and other actors to share ideas and build strategies for the future of the Internet. This year marks the 5th RightsCon and a return to Silicon Valley, where the first conference was held in 2011.