Should public policy priorities and requirements be included when designing Internet standards? – WS 05 2020

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11 June 2020 | 14:30-16:00 | Studio The Hague
Consolidated programme 2020 overview / Day 1

Proposals: #10, #40, #45 (#120, #161)

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Session teaser

At present internet standards are developed by technology engineers, largely independently of other stakeholder groups. How should public policy priorities and requirements from those stakeholder groups be taken into account in the development of new Internet standards?

Session description

The purpose of the session is to debate whether and how public policy priorities and requirements should be taken into consideration in the development of new Internet standards, enhancing the current system where standards are developed by technology engineers largely in isolation of other stakeholder groups, and ensuring that the Internet’s technical evolution follows a direction set through multi-stakeholder consensus.

This has led to a situation where some technology engineers are able to promote the adoption of standards that are designed with clear policy objectives in mind, however there is a perception by some that these policy objectives are those of the technology engineers and are not based on multi-stakeholder input. Due to this, decisions are being taken and standards developed that may override the public policy preferences of democratic states, potentially to the detriment of their citizens when it comes to considerations such as privacy, cybersecurity or parental choice.

Questions for consideration during the session:

  • If public policy priorities and requirements are be taken into consideration in the development of new Internet standards, is there a body or process that can provide the necessary public policy input to standards groups? Or should a new body or process be created for this purpose?
  • Which stakeholders should be included in such a body or process to give it legitimacy?
  • How should this body or process interact with the Internet standards groups?
  • Should it provide advance direction, or should it examine the proposed standards before their final release, or both?
  • Should its input be binding, or just advisory?


We will start with three speakers briefly sharing their differing views on the topic to stimulate debate before opening up to others to gain further input. Technology permitting, we will take advantage of the virtual nature of the event to poll all of the session participants for their opinions at the start and then again towards the end of the discussion.

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Focal Point

  • Vittorio Bertola
  • Andrew Campling

Organising Team (Org Team) List them here as they sign up.

  • Nadia Tjahja
  • Eva Ignatuschtschenko
  • Amali De Silva-Mitchell
  • Riccardo Nanni
  • Wout de Natris
  • Sofia Badari
  • Peter Koch
  • Debora Cerro Fernandez
  • Zoey Barthelemy
  • Kris Shrishak

Key Participants

  • Fred Langford, Deputy CEO and CTO of the Internet Watch Foundation
  • Mattia Fantinati, Member of the Chamber of Deputies of the Italian Republic


  • Vittorio Bertola, Head of Policy & Innovation, Open-Xchange

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  • relate to the particular session and to European Internet governance policy
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  • are in (rough) consensus with the audience

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