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Thursday, March 31 • 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Ensuring Users' Rights are part of Internet Governance Debates

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This session is an audience discussion exploring how the institutions involved in shaping the Internet can be more responsive to advocates for human rights. The last couple years have seen a large increase in both the number of meetings devoted to "Internet governance" and in the number of people participating in them. In addition to meetings of long-established organizations like the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and ICANN, which shape Internet standards and the domain name system, the Council of Europe and the OECD are attempting to define international norms in areas like online privacy, cybercrime, and cybersecurity, and we have seen new efforts, including dozens of national and regional IGF meetings, the Net Mundial conference in Brazil, and the Wuzhen World Internet Conference in China. More and more time and attention are being paid to human rights at these meetings. Panels on privacy, security, censorship, and surveillance are framing the debate, affecting technology choices, and influencing national Internet policies.

Moreover, over the past few years, institutions dealing with critical issues of Internet policy and governance have laid out commonly accepted principles of good governance, for example the NETmundial Principles. They call for ­ governance structures that are­ governance structures that are inclusive, transparent and accountable, but how do we uphold those principles? The session will examine how best to put these governance principles into practice.
Outcomes :

1) More awareness among members of the human rights community about how they could affect Internet governance decisions.
2) Creative suggestions for making the IGF, ICANN, the OECD ministerial conference, and other institutions involved in shaping the Internet more transparent and accountable, and responsive to advocates for human rights online.

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Farzaneh Badiei

Associate Researcher, Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society
Farzaneh Badiei is an associate researcher at Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society. She is finalizing her PhD at the Institute of Law and Economics, Hamburg University, Germany. Farzaneh’s research focuses on the institutional design of online private justice systems in commercial contexts. She is also interested in studying online intermediaries such as social networks and payment intermediaries and their justice systems, using a... Read More →

Adam Peake

civil society engagement, ICANN
I'm responsible for ICANN's relations with civil society organizations, supporting non-commercial participation in ICANN's multi-stakeholder model. Before joining ICANN in December 2014, I worked for more than two decades as a researcher at the Center for Global Communications (GLOCOM), International University of Japan, on projects related to telecommunications and Internet policy. I was one of the civil society representatives during WSIS... Read More →
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Andrew Puddephatt

Director, global partners digital
Director of Global Partners and Association
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Karen Rose

Internet Society
Karen has been active across Internet technology, policy, and development for nearly 20 years, including prior roles in Internet start-ups, government, and management consulting. She began her career in public policy working on Internet and e-commerce issues at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. She later joined the National Telecommunications and Information Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce where her work focused on the... Read More →

Thursday March 31, 2016 2:30pm - 3:45pm
The Cottage

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