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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.

  • Programme

    Opening remarks

    Miapetra Kumpula-Natri MEP and EIF Steering Committee Member


    Esteve Sanz, Head of Sector, Internet Governance and Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue, DG CNECT, European Commission

    Paul Fehlinger, Director of Policy, Governance Innovation & Impact, Project Liberty

    Dr. Mirja Kühlewind, Chair of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) in the Internet Engineering Task Force

    Tatiana Tropina, Assistant Professor in Cybersecurity Governance at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs at Leiden University

    Exchange of views with the participants under the Chatham House rule

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  • Miapetra Kumpula-Natri MEP, EIF Steering Committe member
  • Esteve Sanz Head of the Internet Governance and Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue DG CNECT, European Commission
  • Paul Fehlinger Director of Policy, Governance Innovation & Impact Project Liberty
  • Tatiana Tropina Assistant Professor in Cybersecurity Governance Leiden University
  • Mirja Kühlewind Chair of the Internet Architecture Board IETF

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