IGP@IGF2016: Trade, Fragmentation and Accountability

The 2016 Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is scheduled to take place at the PALCCO Centre from 6-9 December 2016 in Guadalajara, Mexico. Several partners in the IGP, which was recently reconstituted at Georgia Tech’s School of Public Policy, will be there – as observers, organizers and panelists. If you would like to meet with IGP please get in touch. Some of IGP’s activities at IGF include:


WS60: Trans-Pacific Partnership: Good or bad for the Internet?
Date/Time: Thursday, December 8 09:00 – 10:30
Location: Workshop Room 10

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a trade agreement between the U.S. and 11 other Pacific Rim countries. Its 30 chapters include commitments that touch on various aspects of Internet governance, such as Electronic Commerce, Telecommunications, Cross-border Trade in Services, Copyright and Trademark protection. EFF and other civil society organizations have sharply criticized TPP because of some of its intellectual property protection aspects. Others have claimed that TPP would ban data localization, free up trade in information services, and have a number of other beneficial effects. This panel will feature a discussion among advocates and opponents of TPP ratification, including stakeholders from civil society, business and government. The group will discuss what kinds of things should be in a trade agreement, and what kinds of issues should not be. In an attempt to move beyond polarization, the results of the workshop will contribute to new model text for future Internet-related trade processes, such as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) or the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). This session will not deal with the transparency of trade agreements, but focus on the substance of the agreements and how they would affect trade or Internet governance. Another session will focus on process and transparency of negotiating trade agreements.

Speakers:

Barayre-El Shami, Cecile, UNCTAD
Kilic, Burcu, Public Citizen
Malcolm, Jeremy, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Mueller, Milton, IGP, Georgia Institute of Technology
Aaronson, Susan, George Washington University
Juan Antonio Dorantes, Commission on Environmental Cooperation, Mexico
Bramble, Nick, Google, Inc.


WS75: Domain Name System fragmentation? Risk and reality
Date/Time: Friday, Dec 9 12:00-13:30
Location: Workshop Room 2

Many argue that Internet is at the risk of fragmentation by various state and non-state actors. Internet fragmentation can affect the Internet and sustainable growth by threatening global interoperability, which would create barriers to communication, increase costs and affect the inclusiveness of the Internet. However, the arguments that the Internet is fragmenting are too broad and need to focus on more specific problems. In this workshop we look at controversies around fragmentation of the Domain Name System (DNS). This workshop seeks to find out more about the extent to which some states or other actors are promoting and supporting technical efforts to create an alternative root or competing sources of authority for the Domain Name System, and what it means if anything to the Internet ecosystem. The areas and projects that will be discussed at this session are: the experimental YETI-DNS live root server testbed project, continued coordination of IETF special-use names and private domain names, and the post-transition management of the Root Zone Management contract between Verisign and ICANN. By looking into specific projects, the workshop will clarify the extent of effect of such projects on Internet fragmentation.

Speakers:

Farzaneh Badii, IGP
Oleg Demidov, PIR Center, Russia
Brenden Kuerbis, IGP
Kaveh Ranjbar, RIPE NCC
Andrew Sullivan, Dyn and Internet Architecture Board
Paul Vixie, Farsight Security, Internet Hall of Fame inductee


Dynamic Coalition on Accountability
Date/Time: Friday, December 9 10:15 – 11:45
Location: Workshop Room 4

This session is an attempt to use the IGF to maintain oversight and monitoring of Internet governance institutions’ accountability arrangements. The focus here will be on the progress of ICANN’s Work Stream 2 accountability reforms.