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Wednesday, November 27 • 16:40 - 18:10
WS 331 Should We Tackle Illicit Content Through the DNS?

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Theme: 

Security, Safety, Stability and Resilience

Subtheme(s): 

Domain Name System
Human Rights
Illicit content

Organizer 1: Hartmut Glaser, Brazilian Internet Steering Committee (CGI.br)
Organizer 2: Thiago Tavares, Safernet Brazil 
Organizer 3: Rocío de la Fuente, LACTLD
Organizer 4: Nathalia Patrício, NIC.br

Speaker 1: Bertrand de La Chapelle, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 2: Polina Malaja, Technical Community, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 3: Manal Ismail, Government, African Group
Speaker 4: Jennifer Chung, Technical Community, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 5: Thomas Rickert, Private Sector, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)

Additional Speakers

LAC Region Stakeholder: Miguel Ignacio Estrada, Technical Community, Latin American and Caribbean Regional Group (GRULAC)

Policy Question(s)

Two policy questions will guide discussions throughout the session. The first one deals with the different layers that, combined, enable the Internet to work. The second one delves into the issue of responsibility. - Policy question #1: Is “blocking access to illegal online content in the level of DNS infrastructure” as effective as “removing illegal content by taking action against the owner/publisher or the hosting providers”? - Policy question #2: Should DNS operators play any role in general efforts aimed at tackling illegal content on the Internet? If DNS operators have any role to play, should they bear the same responsibilities as hosting providers and publishers of illegal content or should they have a different legal treatment? What are the risks inherent to a one-size-fits-all approach to the matter? In the end, both questions require a risk assessment to allow for an evaluation of the direct and indirect implications of each possible response.

Format

Other - 90 Min
Format description: Town Hall model will be applied - auditorium or classroom

Description: Methodology & flow of session: The session will apply an adapted version of the “Town Hall model” to enable both a controlled as well as a free style of multistakeholder dialogue and aim at providing an overarching conversation by a very plural group of participants on all of the aspects inherent to the topic under discussion. A local stakeholder has been invited to bridge global discussions to the current landscape of Germany. It will be structured around a brief presentation of (a) the relevance of the topic, (b) its relation to Internet governance and the SDGs and (c) the policy questions selected for discussion by the onsite moderator (5min). Two brief interventions (10 minutes each) will kick start discussions: one will present a “global status” of the Internet and jurisdiction debate, with a special focus on activities that explored the DNS as an avenue to tackle illicit content and endangered the security, stability and resiliency of the Internet; the other one will present the European experience vis-à-vis the role of DNS operators in fighting illicit content online. After that, the moderator will entertain open-ended discussions about the first and the second policy questions in sequence (30 minutes each). In each 30-minutes segment, the moderator will give the floor in a random fashion (seeking to keep a multi-stakeholder balanced) to people on site and people following the session remotely. The audience will be able to engage with comments and questions (2 minutes each) directed to the invited speakers/participants, who cover a wide array of stakeholder groups as described in the “co-organizers” and “speakers” sections below (ccTLD and gTLD operators, technical community organisations, companies, government officials). Comments and questions might also be directed to other people in the audience. The last five minutes of the session will be used by the moderator to summarise discussions and point out further avenues for future dialogue. Synoptic session agenda: - Introductory remarks by the moderator - 5 minutes - Short introduction on the “global status” of the Internet and jurisdiction debate - 10 minutes - Short introduction on the European experience - 10 minutes - Open-ended Q&A session among participants (two segments) -- Policy question #1: Is “blocking access to illegal online content in the level of infrastructure” as effective as “removing illegal content by taking action against the owner/publisher or the hosting providers”? -- Policy question #2: Should DNS operators play any role in general efforts aimed at tackling illegal content from the Internet? If they have any role to play, should DNS operators bear the same responsibilities as hosting providers and publishers of illegal content or should they have a different legal treatment? What are the risks inherent to a one-size-fits-all approach to the matter? - Concluding remarks by the moderator - 5 minutes

Expected Outcomes: - Outreach with multiple and distinct stakeholders in order to spread the word and include more people on the debate. - Build new networks for discussion and collaboration on the topic. - Detailed report: map of good and bad examples of local legal frameworks applicable to the DNS as well as of policies and initiatives adopted by DNS operators to deal with illegal online content. - Potential impact on policy making through the diffusion of the workshop results.

Onsite Moderator

Thiago Tavares, Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)

Online Moderator

Nathalia Patrício, Technical Community, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)

Rapporteur:

Vinicius W. O. Santos, Technical Community, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)

Discussion Facilitation

The discussion will be facilitated by the onsite moderator who will guide the debate in each of the proposed segments for the workshop. The online moderator will make sure the remote participants are represented in the debate. Online participation and interaction will rely on the WebEx platform. Those joining the session using WebEx (either invited members of the Town Hall or the general audience) will be granted the floor in the segments of the workshop. The person in charge of the moderation will strive to entertain onsite and remote participation indiscriminately. Social media (twitter and facebook) will also be employed by the online moderator who will be in charge of browsing social media using some hashtags (to be defined).

Online Participation: 

Online participation and interaction will rely on the WebEx platform. Those joining the session using WebEx (either invited members of the Town Hall or the general audience) will be granted the floor in the segments of the workshop. People in charge of the moderation will strive to entertain onsite and remote participation indiscriminately.

Proposed Additional Tools: Social media (twitter and facebook) will also be employed by the online moderator who will be in charge of browsing social media using some hashtags (to be defined).

SDGs: 

GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
GOAL 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
GOAL 17: Partnerships for the Goals

Reference Document

Agenda: 

*Session agenda*

- Introductory remarks by the moderator - *5 minutes*
- Short introduction on the “global status” of the Internet and jurisdiction debate - *10 minutes*
- Short introduction on the European experience - *10 minutes*

- Open-ended Q&A session among participants (*two segments*)

*Policy question #1*: Is “blocking access to illegal online content in the level of infrastructure” as effective as “removing illegal content by taking action against the owner/publisher or the hosting providers”? *30 min*

*Policy question #2*: Should DNS operators play any role in general efforts aimed at tackling illegal content from the Internet? If they have any role to play, should DNS operators bear the same responsibilities as hosting providers and publishers of illegal content or should they have a different legal treatment? What are the risks inherent to a one-size-fits-all approach to the matter? *30 min*

- Concluding remarks by the moderator - *5 minutes*

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Session Organizers
avatar for Nathalia Sautchuk Patricio

Nathalia Sautchuk Patricio

Technical Advisor, NIC.br
I'm a computer engineer. I am a Technical Advisor to CGI.br and professor in some universities. My interests are: network neutrality, Education and ICT, Social and Digital Inclusion.
avatar for Vinicius W. O. Santos

Vinicius W. O. Santos

Expert advisor, NIC.br / CGI.br
Expert advisor to the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee (CGI.br)


Wednesday November 27, 2019 16:40 - 18:10
Raum V Sonnenallee 225, 12057 Berlin, Germany

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