Visiting Scholar on Panels at EPIC in Uruguay & IGF 2012 in Azerbaijan

Malavika Jayaram, Visiting Scholar at CGCS, was recently invited to speak at a few conferences on ICT media law.

This past week, Jayaram was in Uruguay for the “Public Voice: Privacy Rights are a Global Challenge” event hosted by EPIC. Part of the 34th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners, this annual event is the most important gathering of regulators charged with the enforcement of data protection and privacy legislation.

She was also invited to speak at the Internet Governance Forum in Baku, Azerbaijan where she presented on 4 different panels. In her followup report, Jayaram provides Media Wire readers with an overview of the panels she sat on, insight gained from each and a look towards future action and legislation on the issues discussed.

1) “Solutions for enabling cross-border data flows” – This panel focused on how to facilitate data flows across legal environments, the balance between privacy and free flow of data, the exercise of human rights across borders, including freedom of expression and opinion,  interoperability, portability and security, surveillance and opportunistic observation
and business strategies (such as advertising and anonymity; etc.). The other speakers were Meredith A Baker, the Senior Vice President of NBC-Universal Government Relations, Maria Hall of the Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications of Sweden, Christine Runnegar, a Senior Policy Adviser from the Internet Society. This panel was moderated by Jeff Brueggeman, Vice President-Public Policy & Deputy Chief Privacy Officer, AT&T.

2) “Civil rights in the digital age, about the impact the Internet has on civil rights” – This session presented various perspectives on the internet’s influence on liberties and rights and the increasing efforts by governments the world over to control and regulate social media. It examined the various threats to online freedom and the sources of hostility to the internet. The other speakers were Marietje Schaake (European parliamentarian), Lionel Veer (Dutch Human Rights Ambassador), Hanane Boujemi (managing Hivos on its  program ‘Internet Govenance for the Mena region’), Emin Milli (an Azerbaijani writer who was recently censored and imprisoned), and the session was moderated by Robert Guerra (special adviser to the Citizen Lab, University of Toronto).

3) “Governing identity on the internet” – This panel examined the role of governments pursuing digital identity efforts, as well as private actors who are considered the de facto managers of Internet identity information.  Private, rule-based arrangements (e.g., “trust frameworks”) have emerged in many industry sectors to help manage Internet identity transactions.  The session looked at the compatibility of various identity solutions with the transnational nature of the Internet, and queried which stakeholders determine the standards and policies for how Internet identity information is created, transmitted, used or protected. This panel included input from Naomi Lefkovitz, Senior Privacy Advisor, National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace National Program Office, NIST, United States Dept of Commerce, Andrea Servida, Head of Task Force “Legislation Team (eIDAS)”, European Commission, Robin Wilton, Technical Outreach for Identity and Privacy, Internet Society, Mawaki Chango, Africa Internet Policy Coordinator, Association for Progressive Communications, Marc Crandall, Google, Bill Smith, Technology Evangelist, Paypal and was moderated by Brenden Kuerbis, Postdoctoral Fellow, Citizen Lab, University of Toronto and Internet Governance Project.

4) In “Who is Following me: Tracking the Trackers” (organized by the Internet Society with the Council of Europe), Malavika Jayaram joined Wendy Seltzer, Policy Counsel for the W3C consortium, Cornelia Kutterer, Director of Regulatory Policy for Microsoft, Kimon Zorbas of the Interactive Advertising Bureau, Europe and Rob van Eijk, Council of Europe expert from Leiden University, and the session was moderated by Christine Runnegar of the Internet Society and Sophie Kwasny of the Council of Europe. The panel engaged with issues beyond the use of cookies for targeted advertising, and debated on how to deal with less-observable tracking (e.g. browser and/or device fingerprinting, monitoring of publicly disclosed information), how to tackle various tracking scenarios, whether a traditional consent model is sufficient and effective, whether self regulation and voluntary standards provide better options than legal remedies.

//Malavika Jayaram is a practising technology lawyer, Fellow at the Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore and PhD candidate focusing on data and privacy. You can read her most recent contribution to the Media Wire, Transparency and Accountability vs. Privacy and Protection here.

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