Content & Jurisdiction Program Operational Approaches


Published on
April 24, 2019

The Secretariat of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network is delighted to announce the release of Operational Approaches documents (download links below) for each of its three policy Programs: Data & JurisdictionContent & Jurisdiction, and Domains & Jurisdiction. They contain concrete proposals for Operational Norms, Operational Criteria and Operational Mechanisms to address some of the most pressing cross-border legal challenges of the digital 21st century.

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The proposals for concrete Operational Norms, Criteria and Mechanism put forth in the Content & Jurisdiction Operational Approaches documents intend to provide a common frame of reference for public and private decision-makers in their efforts to develop policy standards and cooperation frameworks.

The Operational Approaches documents will feed into the 3rd Global Conference of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network on June 3-5, 2019 in Berlin, which is organized in partnership with the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany, and institutionally supported by six international organizations: Council of Europe, European Commission, ICANN, OECD, United Nations ECLAC, and UNESCO. On their basis, stakeholders will discuss the Berlin Roadmap to structure the work in the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network for the next two years, in preparation for its 4th Global Conference in 2021.

The Operational Approaches documents are the result of a best effort by the Members of the three Programs’ Contact Groups established to address the issues identified by stakeholders in the Ottawa Roadmap of the 2nd Global Conference of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network on February 26-28, 2018. The work of the Program’s Contact Groups was facilitated by three neutral Coordinators, appointed by the I&J Secretariat and selected for their outstanding expertise and standing in the community.

The Work Plans of the Ottawa Roadmap identified important structuring questions to further guide interactions within the three Programs of the Policy Network. The Operational Approaches released today are a joint contribution by some of the most engaged experts in this field to advance the ongoing debate on the complex cross-border issues of access to electronic evidence, online content moderation and restrictions, and requests for domain suspensions. They should however not be understood as the result of a formal negotiation validated by the Programs’ Contact Group Members’ organizations.

The proposals for concrete Operational Norms, Criteria and Mechanism put forth in the Operational Approaches documents are intended to provide a common frame of reference for public and private decision-makers in order to help stakeholders take into account the full range of relevant parameters when developing and implementing responsible frameworks, rules and practices to address the issues addressed within the three I&J Programs.

From Paris to Berlin and beyond: Stakeholders from Around the World Progress Towards Operational Solutions

On November 14-16, 2016, over 200 stakeholders from more than 40 countries gathered at the 1st Global Conference of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network in Paris, France, where they collectively identified Areas for Cooperation for the three Programs, based on Framing Papers summarizing four years of international deliberations in the Policy Network. These Areas for Cooperation served as mandate for three Programs’ Contact Groups, whose Members developed Policy Options outlining tangible pathways to jointly address pressing cross-border legal challenges in cyberspace. These three Policy Options documents then formed the basis for discussions at the 2nd Global Conference of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network, on February 26-28, 2018, in Ottawa, Canada. There, for the very first time, stakeholders defined, concrete Common Objectives and detailed Work Plans to jointly develop policy standards and concrete solutions in each Program of the Policy Network. Together, they form the Ottawa Roadmap. To implement the Ottawa Roadmap, Members from around the world worked intensively in the Programs of the Policy Network between July 2018 and April 2019 to develop the present Operational Approaches. They will feed into the 3rd Global Conference of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network, on June 3-5, 2019, in Berlin, Germany.

Historical Documents and Background Information

List of Members  | Framing Paper (2016) |  Policy Options Document  (2017) | Common Objective and Work Plan of the Ottawa Roadmap (2018)  | Operational Approaches (2019)

Members of the Content & Jurisdiction Program's Contact Group


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