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Navigating the Internet Governance Ecosystem. Where are we and where are we heading?
This session will aim to raise participants’ awareness of the current status of the internet governance ecosystem - including major issues and debates, both globally and in Europe:
- Part One: Setting the scene: Overview of key global IG developments in 2015 as well as major IG debates and challenges ahead.
- Part Two: Mapping the European IG ecosystem: Identifying priority IG issue areas in Europe, including challenges and potential ways to overcome them.
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The workshop will be divided into two parts. In the first part, (co-)Moderators will invite key discussants to provide input and set the scene (Part One in the session description). The rest of the session (Part Two in the session description) would be an interactive dialogue among all participants:
- a. Initially, participants will be asked to identify priority/key IG issues facing European countries (e.g. digital divide, privacy and data protection, cybersecurity, etc.);
- b. Participants will then be divided into groups, and each group will be asked to look at one or several main IG issues, according to the previous block, with the aim to identify:
- i. Three main challenges in addressing the issue(s)
- ii. Examples of good practices in addressing the issues/challenges (if these can be identified)
- iii. Potential solutions and next steps.
- i. Internet Policy and Governance: Europe’s role in shaping the future of Internet Governance. European Commission, Brussels. (12.02.2014) - Here
- ii. Outcome document of the high-level meeting of the General Assembly on the overall review of the implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society. UN General Assembly. (13.02.2015) - Here
- iii. OECD Principles for Internet Policy Making. Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. (2014) - Here
- iv. Internet Governance – Council of Europe strategy 2016 – 2019. Council of Europe, Committee of Ministers. (30.03.2016) - Here
- v. Best Practise Forum (BPF) on Strengthening Multistakeholder Participation Mechanisms. Internet Governance Forum. (2015) - Here
- vi. An Introduction to Internet Governance. Kurbalija, J., DiploFoundation. (2014) - Here
- vii. Survey on Internet Governance in South Eastern Europe and the Neighbouring Area. SEEDIG Annual Meeting, Belgrade. (22.04.2016) - Here
- Focal Point
- i. Lea Kaspar. Global Partners Digital. United Kingdom.
- Key participants
- i. Aida Mahmutović
- ii. Lea Kaspar
- Remote moderator
- i. Oksana Prykhodko - LinkedIn
- Org team
- i. Cristina Monti. European Commission. Belgium.
- ii. Grigori Saghyan. ISOC Armenia. Armenia.
- iii. Oksana Prykhodko. iNGO European Media Platform. Ukraine.
- iv. Ana Neves. Department for the Information Society. Portugal.
- v. Anelia Dimova, Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications, Bulgaria.
- vi. Lee Hibbard, Council of Europe, France.
- vii. Michael J. Oghia, Non-Affiliated, Turkey.
- viii. Narine Khachatryan, Safer Internet Armenia & Media Education Center, Armenia.
- i. Erwin Yin - Profile Page
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Conference call. Schedules and minutes
Planning Call #1 - 13th April - Summary of Call
Planning Call #2 - 4th May @ 9am (BST)
1. Internet Governance for Cybersecurity
- Differences in the understanding of basic terms within Cybersecurity between different actors are a major stumbling block to progress on internet governance for cybersecurity. Before sound progress can be made, all parties must form a common understanding of cybersecurity. Cybersecurity should also not be seen as adversarial to human rights, rather they should complement each other.
2. Regulatory/Judicial Challenges for the Digital Single market.
- Individuals and countries do not have a common place to address their concerns, which raises difficulties as the economy transitions into the digital/online sphere. There is a vital need for debate surrounding whether companies have a duty to pay taxes to countries in which they provide services for the use of local infrastructure, with companies such as Uber and Airbnb as prime examples of this debate.
3. Human Rights
- Human rights issues are hugely broad and cannot be understood as a monolithic issue that exists unrelated to other internet governance issues. Rather it should form the basis of internet governance. Human rights should apply equally online and offline –all internet governance discussions should keep this in mind. Education, particularly for the younger generation, is vital in ensuring human rights are understood and respected equally both online and offline.
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