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Day 4 – 25 October

9:30 – 10:45: Main Session: Taking Stock / Emerging Issues – Internet Surveillance

In the last few months there have been pubic confirmations of the existence of Internet surveillance programs in different countries. While these programs have been justified as necessary for generally-accepted objectives like fighting terrorism and strengthening of national security among others, the International community has articulated concerns with regard to the impact of those programs in the exercise of human rights and in preserving the core values of the Internet.

One of the objectives of the session will be to figure out how the Internet community and all its stakeholders can play a meaningful role in this debate:

Some aspects to be covered in the session are:

-    Defining the scope of the problem and the involved topics.
-    Different perspectives and view with regard to these programs.
-    How do different societies approach the role of security and surveillance services and oversight of their activities? Scope of the discussion.
-    Does the society at large understand what is at play?
-    Guarantees to the citizens:

o    Transparency
o    Due process

-    Equitable approaches regarding cross-border jurisdiction. .  
-    Surveillance and privacy.
-    What’s the role of the multistakeholder Internet Governance mechanisms on this topic?


Anne-Rachel Inne, Chief Operations Officer, AFRINIC (TBD)
Jovan Kurbalija, Founding Director, DiploFoundation

Panel Discussants:

Jari Arkko - Finland - IETF
Ross LaJeunesse - USA - Google
Valeria Betancourt - Ecuador - APC
Johann Hallenborg - Swedish Government
Scott Busby, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, US. Department of State


Bertrand de la Chapelle - France - Internet & Jurisdiction project.
Megi Margiyono - Indonesia - Civil Society
Ron Dilbert - Canada
Nick Ashton-Hart, Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA)