Event: "Facing Challenges to the Internet Governance Regime: A European Perspective Workshop"

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Facing Challenges to the Internet Governance Regime: A European Perspective Workshop

June 19th from 15.00 to 18.00 in room PHS5 B001

European Parliament

The workshop will deal with several aspects of internet governance and the way forward for Europe. The focus will be on the upcoming World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in December of this year as part of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). The WCIT will consider a review of the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs), which can have a significant impact on the way the internet is regulated. Background We are witnessing growing attempts by governments across the world to take greater control of the internet, and on the other hand growing unaccountable corporate power. The present internet governance regime has reached a difficult moment: in the past two years we have seen proposals fromIndiaand IBSA for large scale changes to the current regime; fromRussia&Chinafor a UN General Assembly Resolution on “information security”; proposals to change the ITU Regulations; a CSTD process to look at enhanced cooperation.  All of these initiatives raise constitutional questions about how the Internet is governed on the global scale.

This workshop seeks to discuss the various proposals on the table, as well the legitimate concerns about the internet governance regime at present. We aim to promote a broad multi-stakeholder discussion about what roleEuropeshould be playing in shaping an internet governance regime in the public interest.


Andrea Glorioso, European Commission William Drake, University of Zurich Joe McNamee, European Digital Rights Initiative Dixie Hawtin, Global Partners Marco Pancini, Google View event summary video View full event video