Outcomes of the Conference

The 2nd Global Internet and Jurisdiction Conference of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network was an important milestone in addressing one of the greatest global governance challenges of the 21st century: how to manage the coexistence of national laws on the internet.


When they convened in Ottawa, Canada, on February 26-28, 2018, key senior-level representatives from a wide range of stakeholder groups and countries worked toward the development of policy standards and operational solutions to at the same time fight abuses, protect human rights, and enable the global digital economy. This is necessary to preserve the benefits generated by the cross-border nature of the Internet for future generations.


The 2nd Global Conference of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network was organized in partnership with the Government of Canada and institutionally supported by the OECD, UNESCO, the Council of Europe, the European Commission, and ICANN.

Taking stock of the outcomes of the 1st Global Conference in 2016 in Paris, and the intersessional work in the Policy Network’s three Programs Data & Jurisdiction, Content & Jurisdiction, and Domains & Jurisdiction, the 2nd Global Conference of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network was an important opportunity.


Stakeholders decided on concrete focus and priorities, as well as a clear methodology and roadmap for the Policy Network to advance the development of policy standards and operational solutions for submission at its next Global Conference. The 3rd Global Conference of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network takes place in Berlin on June 3-5, 2019, and will be, after France (2016) and Canada (2018), organized in partnership with Germany.

Institutional Supporters

Participants Include:

David McGovern Associate Deputy Minister, Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Canada
Vint Cerf Co-Founder of the Internet and Vice President, Google
Matthew Prince CEO, Cloudflare
Katherine Getao ICT Secretary, Ministry of Information and Communications Technology, Kenya
Kathryn Brown President & CEO, Internet Society
Stefan Schnorr Director General, Digital and Innovation Politics, Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany
Alan Kessel Assistant Deputy Minister Legal Affairs and Legal Adviser, Department of Global Affairs, Canada
David Redl Administrator, NTIA and Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Department of Commerce, United States
Uri Rosenthal Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands
Rebecca MacKinnon Director of Ranking Digital Rights, New America Foundation
Nii Quaynor Father of the Internet in Africa and Chairman, Ghana Dot Com
Anriette Esterhuysen Director of Policy and Strategy, Association for Progressive Communications
David Kaye UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression
Joseph Cannataci UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy
Manal Ismail Executive Director, National Telecom Regulatory Authority, Egypt
Andrew Wyckoff Director, Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation, OECD
Theresa Swinehart ‎Senior Vice President, Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives, ICANN
Sissi Maribel De La Pena Mendoza International Affairs Advisor, Presidency of the Republic of Mexico
Jan Kleijssen Director of Information Society and Action against Crime, Council of Europe
Colin Crowell VP, Global Public Policy & Philanthropy, Twitter
Maria Paz Canales Executive Director, Derechos Digitales
Guy Berger Director, Freedom of Expression and Media Development, UNESCO
David Martinon Ambassador for Cyberdiplomacy and the Digital Economy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, France
Gail Kent Global Public Policy Manager, Facebook
Paul Mitchell Senior Director, Tech Policy, Microsoft
Rita Forsi Director General, Ministry of Economic Development, Italy
Katherine Maher Executive Director, Wikimedia Foundation
Benedicto Fonseca Filho Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Brazil
Oscar Martin Gonzalez Undersecretary of Regulation, Ministry of Modernization, Argentina
Lauren Van Wazer Vice President, Global Public Policy, Akamai
Catalina Botero Dean, Faculty of Law, Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota
Byron Holland President & CEO, Canadian Internet Registry Association (CIRA)
Eileen Donahoe Executive Director, Stanford University, Global Digital Policy Incubator
Corynne McSherry Legal Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Chris Wilson Senior Manager, Public Policy (Internet Governance), Amazon
Ellen Blackler Vice President, Global Public Policy, The Walt Disney Company

Enabling Multistakeholder Cooperation



  • If nothing is done, many who met [at the first Global Internet and Jurisdiction Conference] in Paris worried, the open internet could be a thing of the past within a decade or two. What is needed, they said, is more international co-operation—but not of the old kind.

    The Economist November 21, 2016
  • These difficult issues challenge the very foundation of our Westphalian global order; how they are addressed will shape our digital future. We need to work step by step toward solutions—a rush to answers might take us in wrong directions with great negative consequences.

    Carl Bildt Former Swedish Prime Minister
  • The Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network brings to the space of policy-making the collaborative attitude that formed the very foundation of the Internet design.

    Vint Cerf Co-Founder of the Internet and Vice-President, Google
  • By convening stakeholders from across the Internet community, the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network is working to develop real, actionable solutions that have the potential to change how the world thinks about, and ultimately cooperates on, some of the most pressing jurisdictional challenges on the Internet today.

    Fiona Alexander Associate Administrator, NTIA, Department of Commerce, United States
  • I am particularly pleased that the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network has provided sustained momentum to our joint efforts towards fulfilling the call made by NETMundial back in 2014 for addressing jurisdiction issues and how they relate to Internet governance.

    Benedicto Fonseca Filho Director, Department of Scientific and Technological Affairs, Ministry of External Relations, Brazil
  • With a faster than expected pace of the digital transformation across all corners of the economy and society around the world, the second Global Internet and Jurisdiction Conference will provide an opportunity for global thought leaders to discuss and find out solutions in order to address these new economic and social changes.

    Wonki Min Chair, OECD Committee on Digital Economic Policy