SaveTheInternet: Lessons learned from the fight for net neutrality

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Session Description

All around the world, for decades, people have been fighting and continue to fight to save net neutrality. To many, if not all, this is the fundamental basis upon which the open, free and secure internet accessible with no restrictions for anyone is build. These efforts and campaigns have, however, had varying degrees of success. Some claim, "Save the Internet" failed in the light of the newly adopted EU regulations, while it generated incredible tailwind in India - what is the difference between these campaigns? Why did the US-American Federal Communications Commission (FCC) receive more than 4 million submissions regarding the regulation of net neutrality? And why is there no visible public response in Kenya yet? This session will look into the differences of context, stakeholders, existing regulations and legislative processes by analyzing different campaigns favoring net neutrality; trying to identify lessons learned for campaigners, practitioners and advocates alike. The session is developed in cooperation with Nanjira Sambuli, iHub Research, Nairobi, Kenya.

#SaveTheInternet: Lessons learned from the fight for net neutrality
Presenter/s Nanjira Sambuli, Thomas Lohninger (tbc), Mishi Choudhary (tbc), Cathleen Berger, Lea Gimpel
Bio/s "Cathleen is an independent policy advisor passionate about Internet freedom, digital rights and foreign policy. Among other things, she currently works as a consultant to Global Partners Digital (GPD) where she shapes and implements a programme aimed at empowering underrepresented voices in regional and international cyber policy debates and decision-making processes. In former positions she worked within the International Cyber Policy Coordination Staff at the German Foreign Office where she was in charge of divising strategies for Internet Governance, promoting human rights and freedom online, as well as drafting policy concepts for capacity building and digital development. Cathleen has also worked as a research assistant with the German Insitute for International and Security Policy (SWP) looking, among other things, into practices of data exchange in the European Union and as a visiting lecturer at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena.

Lea works as at the intersection of international development and digital rights as an independent policy advisor. Among other things, she currently works for the German government at the German development agency GIZ focusing on the benefits of digital technologies for international development cooperation and digital rights. She is especially interested in the question on how to bring the next billion Internet users online and was an associate at the Berlin-based thinktank stiftung neue verantwortung where she conducted research on issues of internet freedom and net neutrality. Prior to her current work Lea developed and managed political campaigns for the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) at GIZ’s agency for political communications."

Language English

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