Contact Groups Formed to Implement the Ottawa Roadmap

Published on
August 31, 2018

In each of the three Programs of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network, multistakeholder Contact Groups with over 100 Members have been established to implement the Ottawa Roadmap and its Work Plans. These were adopted by stakeholders at the 2nd Global Conference of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network on February 24-26, 2018, in Ottawa, Canada. The Conference gathered over 200 senior level stakeholders from more than 40 countries, and was organized in partnership with the Government of Canada, and institutionally supported by the OECD, the European Commission, UNESCO, the Council of Europe and ICANN. 

The Contact Groups are tasked to develop proposals for policy standards and operational solutions

The Contact Groups are tasked to develop proposals for policy standards and operational solutions based on the Work Plans adopted in Ottawa for the Data & Jurisdiction, Content & Jurisdiction and Domains & Jurisdiction Programs of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network. They are comprised of key actors from all five continents from governments, Internet companies, technical operators, civil society, leading universities and international organizations. With the full support of the I&J Secretariat, their work will make a significant contribution to enhancing legal interoperability and reducing jurisdictional tensions in cyberspace.


•     Data & Jurisdiction Contact Group

•     Content & Jurisdiction Contact Group

•     Domains & Jurisdiction Contact Group

In Ottawa, stakeholders made a strong call for joint action and policy coherence: in each of the three Programs of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network, they defined, for the first time, actionable Work Plans with common objectives and structuring questions that serve as mandate for the newly created Contact Groups. The reconciliation of the three objectives of fighting abuses, protecting and promoting human rights, and enabling the development of the global digital economy is the guiding principle of their work

Their work will make a significant contribution to enhancing legal interoperability and reducing jurisdictional tensions in cyberspace.

Read the Ottawa Roadmap

•   Data Workplan (cross-border access to e-evidence)

•   Content Workplan (cross-border content restrictions)

•   Domains Workplan (cross-border domains suspensions).

The results of the Contact Groups’ work will serve as basis for discussions at the 3rd Global Conference of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network, which will take place on June 3-5, 2019 in Berlin and is organized in partnership with the Government of Germany.


Each Contact Group is facilitated by a neutral Coordinator. They have been appointed by the Secretariat for their outstanding expertise and standing in the community, and serve in their personal capacity. Learn more about them here

Data & Jurisdiction

Robert Young  Legal Counsel  Canada, Department of Global Affairs


Content & Jurisdiction

Professor Wolfgang Schulz  Director Hans-Bredow Institute

Domains & Jurisdiction

Maarten Bottermann,  Director of GNKS Consult and Director,  ICANN Board

Building on the methodology of the intersessional work between the 1st and 2nd Global Conferences, the new Contact Groups are comprised of senior-level stakeholders from around the world. All members, even if designated officially to represent their entities, serve, in the global public interest, in their personal capacity on the Contact Groups.


Robert Young
Legal Counsel
Canada, Department of Global Affairs


Sunil Abraham
Executive Director 
Center for Internet and Society (CIS)


Waiswa Abudu Sallam
Head Legal Affairs
Uganda, Communications Commission


Karen Audcent
Senior Counsel and Team Leader
Canada, Ministry of Justice


Kerry-Ann Barrett
Cyber Security Policy Specialist
Organization of American States (OAS)


Cathrin Bauer-Bulst
Deputy Head of Unit, Fight Against Cybercrime
European Commission, DG HOME


Eduardo Bertoni
Argentina, National Access to Public Information Agency


Joseph Cannataci
Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy
United Nations


Jennifer Daskal
Associate Professor
American University Washington College of Law


Fernanda Domingos
Federal Prosecutor
Brazil, Federal Prosecution Service


Brendan Eiffe
Head, Irish Central Authority for Mutual Legal Assistance
Ireland, Department of Justice and Equality


Thomas Fitschen
Director, Cyber Foreign Policy and Cyber Security
Germany, Federal Foreign Office


Sharon Bradford Franklin
Director, Surveillance and Cybersecurity Policy
New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute


Eric Freyssinet
Chief Digital Strategy Officer
France, Gendarmerie Nationale


Hartmut Glaser
Executive Secretary
Brazilian Internet Steering Committee (


Nicole Gregory
Head, Data and Online Harms Policy
United Kingdom, Foreign and Commonwealth Office


Jane Horvath
Senior Director, Global Privacy


Gail Kent
Global Public Lead on Law Enforcement and Surveillance


May-Ann Lim
Executive Director
Asia Cloud Computing Organization


Drew Mitnick
Policy Counsel
Access Now

Vivek Narayanadas
Data Protection Officer and Associate General Counsel


Greg Nojeim
Senior Counsel and Director, Freedom, Security and Technology Project
Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT)


Barrack Otieno
General Manager
African Top-Level Domains Organization (AfTLD)


Marc Porret
Senior Legal Officer
United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (UNCTED)


Katitza Rodriguez
International Rights Director
Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)


Alberto Rodriguez Alvarez
Advisor to the National Digital Strategy
Mexico, Office of the President


Alexander Seger
Executive Secretary, Cybercrime and Convention Committee and Head of Cybercrime Division
Council of Europe


Acadia Senese
Senior Counsel


Bernard Shen
Assistant General Counsel


Christoph Steck
Director, Public Policy and Internet


Dan Suter


Dan Svantesson
Bond University, Centre for Commercial Law


Peter Swire
Georgia Institute of Technology, Scheller College of Business


Chris Wilson
Senior Manager, Public Policy (Internet Governance)
Amazon Web Services


Herbert Gustav Yankson
Director of Cybercrime, Unit of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID)
Ghana, Police Service


Moctar Yedaly
Head, Information Society Division
African Union Commission


Wolfgang Schulz
Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society


Chinmayi Arun 
Assistant Professor of Law and Executive Director
National Law University Delhi, Centre for Communication Governance


Susan Benesch
Project Director
Dangerous Speech Project


Guy Berger
Director, Freedom of Expression and Media Development


Ellen Blackler
Vice President, Global Public Policy
The Walt Disney Company


Agnes Callamard
Columbia University, Global Freedom of Expression Project


Maria Paz Canales
Executive Director
Derechos Digitales


Mark Carvell
Head of International Online Policy
United Kingdom, Department for Culture Media and Sport

Alexander Corbeil 
Senior Research Analyst
Canada, Department of Public Safety


Jacques de Werra
Professor and Vice Rector
University of Geneva


Agustina Del Campo
University of Palermo, Centre for Studies on Freedom of Expression (CELE)


Harlem Desir
Representative on Freedom of the Media


Elena Dodonova
Administrator, Media and Internet Division
Council of Europe


Anriette Esterhuysen
Senior Advisor on Internet Governance 
Association for Progressive Communications


Miriam Estrin
Public Policy Manager


Raquel Gatto
Regional Policy Advisor 
Internet Society (ISOC)


Daniel Holznagel 
Legal Officer
Germany, Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection

Raman Jit Singh Chima
Asia Policy Director and Senior International Counsel
Access Now


David Kaye
Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression
United Nations


Edison Lanza
Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression
Organization of American States (OAS)


Emma Llanso
Director, Free Expression Project
Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT)


Rebecca MacKinnon
Director, Ranking Digital Rights
New America Foundation


Katherine Maher
Executive Director
Wikimedia Foundation


Giacomo Mazzone
Head of Institutional Relations and Members Relations
European Broadcasting Union (EBU)


Corynne McSherry
Legal Director
Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)


Paul Nemitz
Principal Advisor
European Commission, DG JUST


Juan Ortiz-Freuler
Policy Fellow
World Wide Web Foundation


Elena Perotti
Executive Director, Public Affairs and Media Policy


Nick Pickles
Senior Strategist, Public Policy


Jason Pielemeier
Policy Director
Global Network Initiative (GNI)


Thomas Schneider
Switzerland, Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM)


Bernard Shen
Assistant General Counsel

Carlos Affonso Souza 
Institute for Technology and Society (ITS Rio)

Christoph Steck
Director, Public Policy and Internet


Peter Stern
Policy Manager, Stakeholder Engagement


Maarten Botterman
Director, GNKS Consult and Board Director, 



Benedict Addis
Registrar of Last Resort (RoLR)


Fiona Alexander
Associate Administrator
United States, Department of Commerce NTIA


Tijani Ben Jemaa
Executive Director
Mediterranean Federation of Internet Associations (MFIA)


James Bladel
Vice President of Policy


Jordan Carter
Chief Executive


Mishi Choudhary
Legal Director 
Software Freedom Law Centre

Brian Cimbolic
Vice President and General Counsel 
Public Interest Registry

Keith Drazek
Vice President, Public Policy and Government Relations


Heather Dryden
Senior Advisor
Canada, Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development


Rita Forsi
Director General, Superior Institute for Communications and Information Technology
Italy, Ministry of Economic Development


Jothan Frakes 
Executive Director
Domain Name Association (DNA)


Grace Githaiga
Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANET)


Hartmut Glaser
Executive Secretary
Brazilian Internet Steering Committee (


Rahul Gosain
Director, IRSME
India, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology


Rudolf Gridl
Head of Division, Internet Governance
Germany, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy


Rob Hall


Byron Holland
President and CEO
Canadian Internet Registry Authority (CIRA)


Will Hudson
Senior Advisor for International Policy


Manal Ismail
Executive Director, International Technical Coordination
Egypt, National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority


Konstantinos Komaitis
Senior Director, Strategy and Policy Development
Internet Society (ISOC)


Marilia Maciel
Digital Policy Senior Researcher
Diplo Foundation


Desiree Miloshevic
Senior Advisor, International Affairs and Public Policy


Paul Mitchell
Senior Director, Technology Policy


Cristina Monti
Policy Officer, International Data Flows and Protection
European Commission, DG JUST


Michele Neylon
Blacknight Internet Solutions


Seun Ojedeji 
Chief Network Engineer 
Federal University of Oye-Ekiti

Crystal Ondo
Vice President, Corporate Affairs


Rod Rasmussen
R2 Cyber


Bryan Schilling
Consumer Safeguards Director


Jorg Schweiger


Geo Van Langenhove
Legal Manager & Data Protection Officer
European Registry of Internet Domain Names (EURid)


Peter Van Roste
General Manager
Council of European National Top-Level Domain Registries (CENTR)


Chris Wilson
Senior Manager, Public Policy (Internet Governance)
Amazon Web Services