Open and decentralised Internet: governance challenges
21 SeptemberSep 2020 11:15 - 12:00
Before we discuss challenges and opportunities related to the use of the Internet and digital technologies, we take a moment to look at the broader picture: How does today’s Internet actually look? What is the good, the bad, and the ugly in current governance models? Proposals are emerging for new models to govern the Internet infrastructure. How feasible are such models? What impact could they have on the Internet and our society? Join us for a focused discussion, on what does it take to keep the Internet open and decentralised.
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Andrea Beccalli | Stakeholder Engagement Director, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) (contributor)
Andrea's responsibilities include working on ICANN's engagement with the European governments, Internet communities, the EU bodies, as well as the European-based IGOs. Prior to working at ICANN, Andrea served as Policy and Advocacy Manager for the International Federation of Libraries Association and Institutions (IFLA) in The Hague, Netherlands, where he strengthened IFLA relationship with the UN systems and libraries' contribution to the UN Millennium Development Goals. He was also an Associate Expert at UNESCO's Knowledge Societies Division, Communication and Information Sector in Paris, France, where he worked at the Organization's involvement in WSIS, Internet Governance, and negotiated the 2009 partnership agreement between UNESCO and ICANN.
Ceren Ünal | Regional Policy Manager – Europe, Internet Society (contributor)
Ceren Ünal studied law at Ankara University, subsequently gaining an LLM degree from Queen Mary, University of London, specialising in Computer and Communications Law as a British Chevening Scholar. Always fascinated by the Internet and the challenges and opportunities it presents to the law as we know it, Ceren has been teaching and consulting on IT/Internet law issues since 2003. Since 2017, she has been working as the Regional Policy Manager at the Internet Society European Bureau, focusing on a wide variety of Internet policy issues including privacy and data protection, IoT and cybersecurity.
Chris Buckridge | Head of External Relations, RIPE Network Coordination Centre (RIPE NCC) (co-moderator)
Chris Buckridge is Head of External Relations for the RIPE NCC. This role involves engaging the broad range of RIPE NCC stakeholders, including RIPE NCC members, governments, law enforcement agencies (LEAs) and international organisations such as the United Nations, the European Commission, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Chris oversees an External Relations team spread across Amsterdam, Dubai and Moscow. Born in Brisbane, Australia, Chris began working for the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) in 2003, before relocating to Amsterdam in 2006 to take up a position in the Communications Department of the RIPE NCC. He moved into the External Relations department when it was established in 2010.
Ilona Stadnik | Youth Projects Manager, CCTLD.RU/.РФ (co-moderator)
Youth projects manager in CCTLD.RU/.РФ; Assistant professor, Saint-Petersburg State University; Curator, Digital Watch Observatory.
Jovan Kurbalija | Executive Director, DiploFoundation (contributor)
Jovan Kurbalija is the Executive director of DiploFoundation and Head of the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP). He was a member of the UN Working Group on Internet Governance (2004‒2005), special advisor to the Chairman of the UN Internet Governance Forum (2006‒2010), and a member of the High Level Multistakeholder Committee for NETmundial (2013‒2014). In 2018-2019, he served as co-Executive Director of the Secretariat of the United Nations (UN) High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation. A former diplomat, Jovan has a professional and academic background in international law, diplomacy, and information technology. He has been a pioneer in the field of cyber diplomacy since 1992 when he established the Unit for Information Technology and Diplomacy at the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies in Malta, and later, DiploFoundation. Since 1997, Jovan’s research and articles on cyber diplomacy have shaped research and policy discussion on the impact of the Internet on diplomacy and international relations. His book, An Introduction to Internet Governance, has been translated into 9 languages and is used as a textbook for academic courses worldwide. He lectures on e-diplomacy and Internet governance in academic and training institutions in many countries, including Austria (Diplomatic Academy of Vienna), Belgium (College of Europe), Switzerland (University of St Gallen), Malta (University of Malta), and the United States (University of Southern California). He publishes regular articles on DiploFoundation's blog and the Huffington Post.
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