[IRP] FW: Invitation to Internet Governance Workshop - June 19th in the European Parliament

Dixie Hawtin Dixie
Tue Jun 12 19:06:27 EEST 2012

FYI if anybody is able to come!

Best, Dixie

From: SCHAAKE Marietje [mailto:marietje.schaake at europarl.europa.eu]
Sent: 12 June 2012 16:30
Subject: Invitation to Internet Governance Workshop - June 19th in the European Parliament


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

June 19th from 15.00 to 18.00 in room PHS5 B001

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.

Please RVSP to marietje.schaake-office at europarl.europa.eu<mailto:marietje.schaake-office at europarl.europa.eu>

Kind regards,

Marietje Schaake MEP


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 from India and IBSA for large scale changes to the current regime; from Russia & China for 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 role Europe should be playing in shaping an internet governance regime in the public interest.

Confirmed speakers from the following institutions and organisations:
European Commission
University of Zurich
European Digital Rights Initiative
Global Partners
Council of Europe
Internet Society (tbc)

Draft agenda
15:00-15:15 - Welcome and introductions
15:15-16:00 - Brief overview of current IG regime and some of the main advantages/disadvantages.
16:00-17:00 - Overview of main proposals for changing the regime (ITU, enhanced cooperation, IBSA, Internet Code of Conduct, normative principles)
17:00-17:45 - Questions and audience discussion
17:45-18:00 - Summary and conclusions
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