BEGIN:VCALENDAR PRODID:-//Microsoft Corporation//Outlook 11.0 MIMEDIR//EN VERSION:2.0 CALSCALE:GREGORIAN METHOD:PUBLISH BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART:20240214T080000 DTEND:20240214T093000 DTSTAMP:20240413T081023 SUMMARY:Risks of Internet Fragmentation DESCRIPTION:The Internet is a vital resource that allows us to connect, communicate, collaborate, and create with anyone, anywhere. It is the backbone of the world economy. How we shape Internet-related policy could have a profound effect on how the Internet functions for generations to come. Despite good intentions, decision-makers in government and industry are increasingly making decisions that have the potential to hurt the open, global Internet. Any policy or decision that undermines the open, global, interoperable nature of the Internet—the very attributes that have empowered people everywhere to benefit from it—contributes to weakening the Internet. Instead of the same global, seamless Internet that the world now relies on and benefits from, we could end up with a splintered, degraded version of the Internet that is unrecognizable to the one we have today. One where ordinary people are not able to create, share, and connect freely. This debate will focus on how to raise awareness about these threats, help stakeholders identify and fight against proposals that damage the Internet and empower the community to engage with policymaker and corporate decision-makers to ensure the Internet remains a global infrastructure open for everyone. LOCATION:European Parliament, Members' Salons, Belgium TRANSP:OPAQUE END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR