Top Internet and Jurisdiction Trends of 2015


Published on
January 15, 2016

Keeping Track of Global Trends

Internet & Jurisdiction released the 4th volume of its annual Retrospect report. “2015 in Retrospect” features a review of crucial dynamics to identify emerging norms, stimulate policy discussions and catalyze the development of cooperation mechanism to preserve the global character of the Internet.

Retrospect is Internet & Jurisdiction's flagship publication. Since 2012,  it has serves as a unique source to study and understand emerging trends and high-level patterns regarding the tension between the cross-border nature of the Internet and the patchwork of geographically defined national jurisdictions. The I&J Retrospect was founded to enable evidence-based multistakeholder cooperation and inform participants engaged in the Internet & Jurisdiction process about relevant developments. Between January and December 2015, Internet & Jurisdiction  detected, curated and categorized over 350 cases around the world.

The I&J Observatory

The Internet & Jurisdiction Observatory, composed of leading academic experts, supports the Internet & Jurisdiction Project in keeping track of the latest trends around the globe. This interdisciplinary network crowd-ranks every month all collected cases in the Internet & Jurisdiction database via a progressive filtering process. The 20 most important cases are showcased the monthly Internet & Jurisdiction Project newsletter Retrospect with concise summaries and links to relevant background information. The collection of top cases ”2015 in Retrospect“ is a compilation of the 240 most important cases of 2015.

About the Internet & Jurisdiction Process

The Internet & Jurisdiction Project facilitates since 2012 a pioneering global multi-stakeholder process. It addresses the challenge of how to handle the digital coexistence of diverse national laws in shared cross-border online spaces and prevent a fragmentation of cyberspace. The Internet & Jurisdiction Project enables multi-stakeholder cooperation in order to develop new mechanisms that are as transnational as the Internet itself and guarantee due process across borders.

The process has a high visibility in various global Internet Governance fora and actively engages over 100 key entities including states, Internet companies, technical Internet operators, civil society organizations, international organizations and leading universities around the world.