Content & Jurisdiction Policy Options Document


Published on
November 21, 2017

The Secretariat of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network is pleased to announce the release of the Policy Options Document for its Content & Jurisdiction Program. It will serve as official input to structure discussions in Workstream II on Day 2 of the second Global Internet and Jurisdiction Conference of the Policy Network on February 26-28, 2018 in Ottawa, Canada.

This Policy Options Document, prepared by the Secretariat of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network, presents the result of the work of the Content & Jurisdiction Contact Group that was established after the first Global Internet and Jurisdiction Conference in Paris. This Document lays out key elements to help the development of policy standards and operational solutions concerning cross-border content restrictions, in order to preserve the cross-border nature of the Internet, protect human rights, fight abuses, and enable the global digital economy. On this basis, stakeholders are expected in Ottawa to define community mandates to structure further work in the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network.

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An Ongoing Process Towards Operational Solutions

On November 14-16, 2016, over 200 stakeholders from more than 40 countries gathered at the first Global Internet and Jurisdiction Conference in Paris where they collectively identified Areas of Cooperation. These were summarized by the Secretariat of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network in three Framing Papers, which served as basis for the work of the three multistakeholder Contact Groups preparing the second Global Internet and Jurisdiction Conference. The Contact Groups are composed of respected Members from governments, Internet companies, technical operators, civil society, academia and international organizations, who are actively involved in finding operational solutions to the Areas of Cooperation identified in Paris.

Between April and November 2017, each Contact Group held seven virtual meetings. The Groups served as neutral space to allow participants to map their respective perspectives, compare approaches, foster policy coherence, and identify possible steps for coordinated actions.

The second Global Internet and Jurisdiction Conference is organized in partnership with the Government of Canada, and institutionally supported by OECD, UNESCO, Council of Europe, European Commission, and ICANN. It will be a milestone moment to identify concrete focus and priorities to develop policy standards and operational solutions for major jurisdictional challenges. This will define the methodology and roadmap in the lead-up to the third Global Internet and Jurisdiction Conference in Berlin in June 2019, which will be organized in partnership with the Government of Germany.

The following timeline released by the Secretariat explains how the first, second and third Conferences of the Policy Network are interlinked, and how the intersessional work is structured along the three Programs.

Additional Information

Find additional information about the Contact Groups and the issues they are addressing by visiting the Program page of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network and the Documents page of the 2018 Global Internet and Jurisdiction Conference website, or by following the links below:

Members of the Content & Jurisdiction Contact Group

Chinmayi Arun

Executive Director, Centre for Communication Governance

National Law University, Delhi

Luca Belli

Senior Researcher

Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) Law School

Theo Bertram

Google Policy Strategy, EMEA


Ellen Blackler

Vice President, Global Public Policy

The Walt Disney Company

Adeline Champagnat

Advisor to the Prefect in Charge of the Fight Against Cyberthreats

Ministry of Interior, France

Raquel Gatto

Regional Policy Advisor

Internet Society (ISOC)

Elfa Ýr Gylfadóttir

Director, Media Commission

Ministry of Communications, Iceland

Xianhong Hu

Assistant Programme Specialist, Communications and Information


Daphne Keller

Director of Intermediary Liability

Stanford Law School, Center for Internet and Society

Gail Kent

Global Public Policy Manager


Edison Lanza

Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression

Organization of American States

Judith Lichtenberg

Executive Director

Global Network Initiative

Elena Dodonova

Administrator, Media and Internet Division

Council of Europe

Rebecca MacKinnon

Director, Ranking Digital Rights

New America Foundation

Jeremy Malcolm

Senior Global Policy Analyst

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Frane Maroevic

Director, Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media


Gregory Mounier

Head of Outreach at European Cybercrime Centre (EC3)


Paul Nemitz

Principal Advisor

DG JUST, European Commission

Nick Pickles

Head of Public Policy and Government, UK and Israel


Alexander Schäfer

Deputy Head of Division, Consumer Policy in the Information Society

Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, Germany

Wolfgang Schulz


Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG)

Thiago Tavares