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International Seminar on Internet Governance

The definition of “Internet Governance” is still an unfinished issue even amongthe actors that make up the effort to interconnect everyone in the so-called global village. Even though the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) has forged the most widely adopted definition, which claims for the importance of multisectorialism , there is still a long way to design and opertionalize the balance of representativeness and diversity in the decision-making instances of Internet governance, for example.

It becomes even more necessary to discuss what the Internet Governance agenda currently is. This considering the controversies and challenges of maintaining a global network and advancing a recognized global governance regime, guided by the principles of multisectorialism. It is in this context that the Internet Governance School in Brazil (EGI) promotes the International Seminar on Internet Governance. The event aims to address the past, present and future of Internet governance, reflecting on its origins, challenges and perspectives that help to point out limits, possibilities and opportunities for the new decade.

The activities of the Seminar will be divided into three core themes. Each of them will have until three workshops on different days. The workshops will be online, and will have audience interaction. Except for the first activity, dedicated to the pioneers of the Internet in Brazil, each table will have a mediator from Latin America and other international panelists, bringing together specialists, scholars and great references in their respective areas of activity. The speakers will present different or complementary views to promote a debate that can contribute on building perspectives on the future of Internet Governance.

Check the complete agenda bellow.



- March 25th, 10am (UTC-3) - Workshop 1 - Brazil and its pioneering approach to Internet multistakeholder governance

Recovering the pioneering spirit and the history of Internet governance in Brazil. How lessons learned from the past can help us understand the governance challenges of today and guide us to a promising future that is inclusive and democratic.


  • Demi Getschko (NIC.br)
  • Hartmut Glaser (CGI.br)
  • Carlos Alberto Afonso (Instituto Nupef)

Mediator: Cristina De Luca (UOL Tecnologia)

Watch it again: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3vzITcQRqs 


- March 30th, 10am (UTC-3) – Workshop 2 - The challenges of global Internet governance and the construction of multistakeholder spaces

The workshop will address the state of the art of the governance system structure in its multiple aspects, and how the representation of stakeholders in the different spaces takes place. Participants will be encouraged to discuss the challenges of representation, engagement, and the real effectiveness of participation based on concrete experiences in different governance forums.


  • Marília Maciel (Diplo Foundation)
  • Laura DeNardis (American University)

Mediator: Fernanda Rosa (Annenberg School for Communication) 

Watch it again: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgruebILllA 


- April 1rst, 10am (UTC-3) – Workshop 3 - Multistakeholderism and the deliberative process: inclusion, representativeness, and democracy

The objective is to discuss the limits and challenges of multistakeholderism as a decision-making method and practice in Internet governance forums. To understand its weakness and strengths, and to point out ways towards a democratic and inclusive practice in Internet governance spaces. Ultimately, this panel seeks to answer how multistakeholderism succeeds in responding to geopolitical disputes over policymaking in the global context.


  • Jean-Marie Chenou (UniAndes)
  • Jeanette Hofmann (Internet & Jurisdiction)

Mediator: Virgílio Almeida (BK Harvard)

Watch it again: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhtlRQewKeM 




- April 6th, 3pm (UTC-3) – Workshop 1 - Infrastructure challenges: building a borderless Internet and the threats of blockages and fragmentation

This debate will focus on the disputes around network geolocation strategies, the need for interconnection regardless of national borders, and, as a consequence, the legitimacy of the current governance arenas over infrastructure and protocols.


  • Milton Mueller (Georgia Institute of Technology)
  • Bertrand de La Chapelle (Internet & Jurisdiction) 

Mediator: Flávio Wagner (ISOC Brasil)

Watch it again: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUhswLLY_jI 


- April 8th, 10am (UTC-3) – Workshop 2 - Technical and Policy Challenges for Internet Protocols

The panel will address the disputes around 5G, the consequences for net neutrality, and the geopolitical controversies involved in this issue. Guests will also discuss the benefits and risks of proposals such as New IP and other issues involving the technical development of the network.


  • Fiona Alexander (Salt Point Strategies/American University)
  • Berry Leiba (Futurewei Technologies)

Mediator: Cristian O’Flaherty (ISOC)

Watch it again: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wO7GPNHpvA 





- April 13th, 10am (UTC-3) – Workshop 1 - The future of cyberspace: between the openness of the Web and platformization

To return to the discussion started by Berners-Lee a decade ago, the event will address the need to maintain an open and interoperable Internet based on protocols and also policies capable of ensuring the development of the network.


  • Wolfgang Kleinwachter (EuroSSIG)
  • Renata Ávila (Stanford University)

Mediator: Vagner Diniz (Ceweb.br|NIC.br)

Watch it again: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvpsCg-yOK0 


- April 15th, 4pm (UTC-3) – Workshop 2 - The new Internet business models and innovation dystopias

Our guests will be provoked to discuss the power and representativeness of these new actors and how they should be submitted to instances of governance so that they can have spaces to discuss their business models. The idea here is to address platforms and their multiple capacities to modulate the functioning of the network, whether on the technical, legal, or political side.


  • Ulises Mejias (Institute for Global Engagement, SUNY Oswego)
  • Selena Nemorin (University College London)

Mediator: Fernanda Bruno (UFRJ/ MediaLab.UFRJ/ LAVITS)

Watch it again: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYhLVVCqIcc