WS 3: Technical basics everyone should know before discussing online content control

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Session teaser

The impact of voluntary and/or mandatory actions on the different layers of the internet, from a technical perspective and in the context of questions including jurisdiction, censorship, and enforcement.

Session description

The session will be divided into two parts:

Part 1 (50min): "Technical training" to provide the audience with information on the underlying building blocks of the Internet and the functioning of the different internet layers (ISPs, IP addressing, DNS, naming). Objective: explain the impact of online content control on the technical operations of the different internet layers and how this affects the daily use of internet; lay the foundation for an informed discussion about content control.

Part 2 (40min): Moderated open debate kick-started by "fire starters". The moderator will build the bridge from the technical part to the policy debate. A balanced selection of "fire starters" from civil society, academia, law enforcement, etc. will fuel the debate with short, concise statements that are then open to discussion.


contentcontrol, copyright, DSM, censorship, DNS, ISP, ccTLD, EuroDIGws3


After a 50 minute technical (but understandable) training on the underlying building blocks of the Internet, we will build the bridge to a 40 minute policy debate (open to everyone!) on the different aspects and views on content control initiated by "fire starters".

Further reading


  • Focal Point: Nina Elzer, CENTR asbl, Belgium
  • Key participants
    • Malcom Hutty, Technical “trainer”, EuroISPA, UK, link to CV
    • Peter Van Roste, Technical “trainer”, CENTR, Belgium, link to CV
    • Peter Janssen, Expert, EurID, Belgium,link to CV
    • Oliver Süme, Expert, EuroISPA, Germany, link to CV
    • Peter Koch, Panellist (“Fire starters”), DENIC eG, Germany, link to CV
    • Maryant Fernández, Panellist (“Fire starters”), EDRi, Belgium, link to CV
Maryant is an Advocacy Manager at European Digital Rights (EDRi). She defends human rights and online freedoms in the fields of telecommunications, private enforcement, trade agreements and Internet governance. Maryant is also a lawyer specialized in EU, International and Comparative law, with a focus on digital rights. She obtained an LLM in Law in a European and Global Context from Universidade Católica Portuguesa. In the past, she gained experience at the Spanish Ministry of Public Works, CEU San Pablo University, the European Law Moot Court Society, Décathlon and CCA-ONTIER. Maryant is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.
  • Grégory Mounier, EUROPOL, The Netherlands, link to CV
  • Lawrence Siry, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg, link to CV
  • Moderator: Thomas Rickert, ECO, Association of the German Internet Industry, Germany, link to CV
  • Remote moderator: Matei-Eugen Vasile
  • Org team
    • Nina Elzer, CENTR asbl, Belgium
    • Owen Bennett, EuroISPA, Belgium
    • Chris Buckridge, RIPE NCC, Netherlands
  • Reporter: Owen Bennett, EuroISPA, Belgium, link to CV

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Conference call. Schedules and minutes

01/06/16 - Conference calls with people involved

  • structure of the workshop (2 parts)
  • technical training (part 1): what’s happening here
  • policy debate (part 2): what’s happening here
  • different roles (trainers, moderator, fire starters): objectives & expectations
  • Questions

Prep material for contributors can be found here: link

05/04/16 – Meeting with EuroISPA at CENTR

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Transcript: Technical basics everyone should know before discussing online content control


  • Networked system defined by open, scalable standards (DNS, IPv4, IPv6)
  • Internet architecture renders access blocking technically infeasible
  • Content control necessarily entails complex questions surrounding free expression, legitimate interest of law enforcement, and infrastructure providers’ right to conduct business

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Hashtag: #eurodig16 #EuroDIGws3