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From the physical infrastructure to the services that run on top of it, the Internet has become a major focal point of debate around the world. Over the next few years, we will witness a wide array of policies that dictate the way these infrastructures and services operate introduced at the national, regional, and global levels. These policies that will shape the evolution and future of the Internet.
Globally, Internet governance is split into three camps. On one end of the spectrum, there are proponents of an Internet driven by ideals of freedom and openness, whose domestic governance usually manifests in an equitable multistakeholder approach. On the other end, authoritarians see the Internet as a threat to regime security and opt for a sovereign and controlled model for the Internet, where the state is the primary force in governance over the infrastructure and services. In the middle, there are the undecideded—some unsure of which direction to go, and others seeking a third way.
The coming months are filled with important processes that could play a significant role in steering the future the Internet towards one of these poles, including the Internet Governance Forum, the ITU Plenipotentiary, ICANN63, the UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation, and more. Some of these processes will pose significant opportunity to codify principles of freedom, openness, interoperability, security, and resilience, while others pose serious challenges to proponents of the same.
Join New America, DiploFoundation, and ISOC-DC at noon on Thursday, 27th September to discuss what the coming months might mean for Internet governance.
Dr Jovan Kurbalija , @JovanKurbalija
Executive Director, Secretariat of the UN Secretary General's High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation
Sr. Policy Analyst & Deputy Director, FIU-New America C2B Partnership
Deputy General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer, Neustar
Co-Chair Internet Governance Forum USA
Dr Tereza Horejsova, @TerezaHorejsova
Project Development Director, DiploFoundation
Dr Tereza Horejsova Projects and Partnerships Director
Joining Diplo in 2012, Dr Tereza Horejsova has had an international career in academia and the non-governmental sector in the Czech Republic, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, and Switzerland. She holds an MA in International Area Studies and a PhD in European Studies, both from the Charles University in Prague.
Tereza works on several capacity development activities in the field of digital policy, and is an advocate of bringing practical considerations of capacity building into the discussion. She is chair of the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise's (GFCE) Working Group on Cyber Security Culture and Skills, and a member of Internet Governance Forum's (IGF) Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) where she cochairs the MAG Working Group on Hybrid Meetings. Tereza also serves as the executive director of Diplo US and is responsible for Diplo's activities in the United States.
Dr 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).