The Centre for Communication Governance (CCG) at National Law University, Delhi along with the Internet & Jurisdiction Project hosted a workshop on ‘Cross-border Frameworks for Interoperability and Fair Process’ on 16 and 17 September in New Delhi.
The objective of the workshop was to gather various stakeholders who are concerned with the governance of the Internet from India. This includes Indian public authorities, online platforms, members of the technology community, civil society groups and academics. The discussions revolved around:
- Identifying high-level trends related to the Internet and jurisdiction in India.
- Documenting how states, platforms and users cope with the regulatory patchwork of national laws in areas such as privacy, defamation, copyright and freedom of expression.
- To explore what multi-stakeholder frameworks can be developed to handle
seizures, takedowns and Law Enforcement Agencies’ access to user data.
This workshop was a part of a series of meetings convened by the Internet & Jurisdiction Project with different stakeholder groups around the world (Brazil, Europe, India and US). The results of the discussion will feed into the Workshop 42 “Fair process frameworks for cross-border online spaces” at the Internet Governance Forum 2013 in Indonesia, which takes place on October 22-25, 2013.
Entry is by invitation only. All discussions will be held under the Chatham House Rule.
The cross-border nature of the Internet challenges the geographic conception of jurisdiction based on separated national sovereignties. Tension is growing in the absence of appropriate frameworks to deal with the diversity of procedures put in place by states to enforce local laws, and cross-border platforms to implement their Terms of Service. How can interoperability, fair process, transparency and proportionality in state-platform-user interactions be guaranteed? This challenge constitutes a rare issue of common concern for all stakeholder groups.