Methodology of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network until 2019

Published on
October 27, 2017

Towards Solutions

Since 2012, the Secretariat of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network has enabled an ongoing global process to catalyze multistakeholder cooperation, actively involving over 200 entities around the world, in order to address the most pressing jurisdictional challenges caused by the digital transformation of societies and the sharp increase in cross-border data flows and services.

Timeline - Ahead of the second Global Internet and Jurisdiction Conference in Ottawa, Canada, on February 26-28, 2018, the Secretariat releases a new timeline explaining how the first, second and third Conferences of the Policy Network are interlinked, and how the intersessional work is structured along the three I&J Programs:

  • Data & Jurisdiction: How can transnational data flows and the protection of privacy be reconciled with lawful access requirements to address crime?

  • Content & Jurisdiction: How can we manage globally-available content in light of the diversity of local laws and norms applicable on the internet?

  • Domains & Jurisdiction: How can the neutrality of the internet’s technical layer be preserved when national laws are applied to the Domain Name System?

Areas of Cooperation - At the Paris conference in 2016, more than 200 senior-level participants from over 40 countries defined Areas for Cooperation in each of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network’s three programs. They were summarized in the Framing Papers for Data, Content, and Domains, which were released after this first Conference. 

Contact Groups - In 2017, three multistakeholder Contact Groups were formed, each composed of about 20 entities most actively working on elements of solutions. Their mission was to map and identify concrete, actionable Policy Options. More details on this intersessional work and members of the Contact Groups can be found here

Ottawa - As the Secretariat described in a previous blog post “From Paris to Ottawa: Progress in the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network”, key senior-level stakeholders will convene in Ottawa in February 2018, to discuss these concrete Policy Options and further refine their common goals. 

Toward 2019 - Stakeholders should emerge from these discussions in Ottawa with a clear roadmap and working methodology to develop policy standards and operational solutions via dedicated working groups, the result of which will be presented at the third Global Internet and Jurisdiction Conference in June 2019.      

The timeline released today underscores the need to build on the momentum of the first-of-its-kind Paris conference, and to accelerate in Ottawa the development of common frameworks and standards ahead of 2019. The Internet today underpins every aspect of political, social, and economic life, and transnational legal challenges will continue to grow exponentially with the increase in cross-border data flows and cloud-based services.

For stakeholders, the time for focused and solutions-oriented joint action is now.


From Paris to Ottawa: Progress in the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network

Input Documents About to Be Released for the Second Global Internet and Jurisdiction Conference