Domains & 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 Domains & Jurisdiction Program. It will serve as official input to structure discussions in Workstream III 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 theDomains & 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 access to data, 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 Domains & Jurisdiction Contact Group

Benedict Addis


Registrar of Last Resort (RoLR)

FIona Alexander

Associate Administrator for International Affairs

United States, Department of Commerce NTIA

Maarten Botterman

Board Director


Mark Carvell

Head of International Online Policy

United Kingdom, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Edmon Chung


DotAsia Organisation

Mason Cole

Vice President, Communications and Industry Relations


Keith Drazek

Vice President, Public Policy and Government Relations


Elizabeth Behsudi

Vice President and General Counsel

Public Interest Registry

Hartmut Glaser

Internet Networking Consultant and Contractor

Brazilian Internet Steering Committee (

Jamie Hedlund

Vice President, Contractual Compliance and Consumer Safeguards

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

Byron Holland

President and CEO

Canadian Internet Registry Authority (CIRA)

Désirée Miloshevic

Senior Advisor of International Affairs and Public Policy


Paul Mitchell

Senior Director, Tech Policy


Cristina Monti

Head of Sector, Internet Governance and Stakeholders' Engagement

European Commission, DG CONNECT

Alice Munyua


Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANet)

Michele Neylon


Blacknight Internet Solutions

Richard Plater

Policy Executive


Rod Rasmussen


R2 Cyber

Peter Van Roste

General Manager

Council of European National Top-Level Domain Registries (CENTR)

Thomas Schneider

Ambassador, Director of International Affairs

Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM), Switzerland