Submitted Proposals

Organization: CSDMS
Title :
28. An Interpol for the Internet?
Provide a concise formulation for the proposed workshop theme including its importance and relevance to the IGF.

The Internet comes closest to Jurgen Habermas’ ideal of a Public Sphere – “a discursive space in which individuals and groups congregate to discuss matters of mutual interest and, where possible, to reach a common judgment.” The Internet allows engaging in trade, entertainment, research and communication with almost no physical or geographical boundaries. Internet is facilitating the emergence of new forms of human interaction in what is becoming known as cyberspace: a computer-generated public domain which has no territorial boundaries or physical attributes and is in perpetual use. However, this utopia can become an instant dystopia of spam, fraud, identity theft and other forms of cybercrime. The governance of the internet in these cases cannot be approached from the traditional perspective since for the Internet, unlike any other form of communication, the brain does not lie at the centre but at the edges of the technology in the form of users. Everyone can create content. This is the most powerful aspect of the internet as well as the most destructive. During the two week "cyber war" against Estonia, in May 2007, the Russian Business Network shut down the websites of banks, governments and political parties using "denial-of-service" (DoS) attacks, which knock websites offline by swamping servers with page requests. Similar incidents of large scale cyber attacks which disable an entire industry or economy are becoming more common place. This session deals with the issue of Cyber Security. Its a broad discussion topic and we are going to focus on the emerging policies on cybercrime from various developed and developing nations. We would like to hold a consultative forum which will hopefully lead us to constructive suggestions of how the nations of the world can come together on a single platform to form a single set of laws and policies which are applicable to all.

Key Questions:

  1. Where do we differentiate between cyber law and real law?
  2. What are the IT policies in various developing countries?
  3. Is it possible to have one common set of guidelines and policies for all nations?
  4. If online crimes mirror offline crimes then which country’s jurisdiction prosecutes?
  5. Is there a need for an international body like the Interpol for the Internet?
Provide the names and affiliations of the panellists you are planning to invite. Describe the main actors in the field and whether you have you approached them about their willingness to participate in proposed workshop.
Provide the name of the organizer(s) of the workshop and their affiliation to various stakeholder groups. Describe how you will take steps to adhere to the multi-stakeholder principle, including geographical diversity.

Centre for Science, Development and Media Studies, (CSDMS) NOIDA, UP, India, is a not-for-profit research institution established in 1997. CSDMS is committed to advocacy and developing knowledge solutions for under-privileged societies through the use of innovative and effective Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for development. Our activities are targeted to meet the needs of society in the development sector through research in the field of ICT, undertaking development projects through the usage of knowledge-sharing tools and products like print and electronic media, and building capacity through training programmes. Our multi-cultural team has expertise from across disciplines and cover various aspects of research on ICTs for development. CSDMS has been an active member of the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) processes held in Geneva (2003) and Tunis (2005). CSDMS was also a lead panel speaker at the WGIG summit at Greece (2006). CSDMS is a knowledge partner and lead member of the Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP), which promotes multi-stakeholder partnerships. CSDMS works closely with civil society organisations, private sector enterprises, service and solution providers and governments in India and Asia. We have working relations with several lead international development institutions like UNDP, UNESCO, World Bank, SDC, IDRC, etc. 

Key speakers and respondents at the proposed workshop will represent 

- Both Genders

- Geographies: Africa, Asia, Latin America

- Mix of government, private sector, academia and civil society organisations

Does the proposed workshop provide different perspectives on the issues under discussion?
Please explain how the workshop will address issues relating to Internet governance and describe how the workshop conforms with the Tunis Agenda in terms of substance and the mandate of the IGF.
List similar events you and/or any other IGF workshops you have organized in the past.
Were you part of organizing a workshop last year? Which one? Did you submit a workshop report?