PL 4: Internet fragmentation and digital sovereignty: implications for Europe

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Session teaser

This plenary session will discuss Internet Fragmentation from both a technical and jurisdictional point of view, and highlight implications for Europe.

Session description

This plenary will discuss what we mean by ‘Internet fragmentation’ and ‘digital sovereignty;’ what the social, political and economic costs of unintended fragmentation are; and what Europe should do to address this challenge.

Our traditional international system is based upon the notion of territorial sovereignty. Can we apply national jurisdiction on the Internet without re-aligning the cross-border network along geographic boundaries or extending jurisdiction extraterritoriality? Do we have the necessary legal tools and frameworks in place that a transnational Internet demands? In the European context, debates around Internet fragmentation and digital sovereignty increase in the context of the enforcement of the right to be de-indexed, privacy protection and data localization, as well as the Digital Single Market.

Keywords

Internet Fragmentation, Digital Sovereignty, Technical Fragmentation, Jurisdiction, Standards, Unintended Consequences

Format

Interactive panel discussion

Further reading

Jurisdiction on the Internet: From Legal Arms Race to Transnational Cooperation by Bertrand de La Chapelle and Paul Fehlinger

Internet Fragmentation: An Overview by William J. Drake, Vinton G. Cerf, and Wolfgang Kleinwächter. Geneva: The World Economic Forum, January 2016.

People

  • Focal Point: Paul Fehlinger, Internet & Jurisdiction Project, France
  • Key participants
  • Göran Marby, President and CEO, ICANN
  • John Frank, Vice President, EU Government Affairs, Microsoft
  • Roberto Viola, Director, DG Connect, European Commission
  • Elfa Ýr Gylfadóttir, Director, Icelandic Media Commission and Chair of the Council of Europe CDMSI
  • Marietje Schaake, Dutch Member of the European Parliament for D66/ALDE
  • Moderators: Paul Fehlinger, Co-Founder and Manager, Internet & Jurisdiction and Wolfgang Kleinwächter, Professor emeritus, Aarhus University
  • Remote moderator: The remote moderator is in charge of facilitating participation via digital channels such as WebEx and social medial (Twitter, facebook). Remote moderators monitor and moderate the social media channels and the participants via WebEX and forward questions to the session moderator.
  • Org team
  • Dennis Broeders
  • Bill Drake
  • Anja Gengo
  • Thomas Grob
  • Konstantinos Komaitis
  • Jovan Kurbalija
  • Milton Mueller
  • Louis Pouzin
  • Sorina Teleanu
  • Wolfgang Kleinwächter
  • Andrea Beccalli
  • Reporter: Anja Gengo, Fellow, Internet Governance Forum

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Mailing list

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Transcript

Transcript: Internet fragmentation and digital sovereignty: implications for Europe

Messages

  • All stakeholders have the responsibility toward the Internet and it is essential to work together, for the purposes of sustaining the future.
  • The mechanisms on how to apply the rule of law online in a more horizontal manner should be developed in line with the principles of openness and universality of human rights.
  • The stakeholders should aim for creating the digital single market without borders in order to overcome the fragmentation. More visions and ideas are needed.
  • There is a need for good regulations. Within European institutions, there are recognised good practices that are in line with the most important human rights principles.
  • Variations in laws, legal traditions, political systems and languages should not be perceived as fragmentation. The fragmentation should be discussed in a context of inability to connect end points.
  • The need to negotiate needs to be developed on all levels. Cooperative sovereignty is needed so that we meet important social values, in a democratic process.
  • We should work on models on how to extend trade to protect open Internet in line with connecting economic interests of nation states to an open Internet.

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