The EU and internet governance

17 Nov 2015 17:00
17 Nov 2015 19:00

The European Union has been an active player in discussions concerning internet governance since the US government set up ICANN, an American not-for-profit corporation established to manage the internet’s naming and addressing system (the internet’s ‘phone book’). Finding ways to being involved in these global debates has not been easy for the European Union’s institutions; discussions have taken place in multiple fora and between a wide range of different actors (states, corporations, NGOs, etc). In this highly complex and diverse environment, this lecture seeks to untangle the EU’s actions, and suggests that EU performance is potentially maximised when the EU’s institutions focus on their role as a ‘platform’ for consolidating debates on internet governance. Questions to be addressed include: What are the key current debates in internet governance at the moment? Does the EU add specific value to global debates on internet governance? Can we talk about the EU being more effective (or a better performer) than individual member states?

Speakers:

  • Roxana Radu, researcher in International Relations/Political Science at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Maciej Tomaszewski, Policy Officer in the Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT) at the European Commission

Chair:

  • Trisha Meyer, Postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for European Studies

Registration and venue

Participation is free of charge and open to all but, due to space limitations, registration is required. To register, please fill in the online registration form.

Venue:
Institute for European Studies
Karel Van Miert Building
Conference Room Rome & Lisbon
Pleinlaan 5
1050 Brussels

Roxana Radu is a researcher in International Relations/Political Science at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva (Switzerland). She recently co-edited 'The Evolution of Global Internet Governance: Principles and Policies in the Making' (Springer, 2014). Since 2011, Roxana has been extensively involved in Internet governance in different capacities, most recently as part of the Geneva Internet Platform. Her current research explores the way in which global internet policy-making is negotiated in global and regional frameworks.

 

 

Maciej Tomaszewski is Policy Officer in the Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT) at the European Commission where he works on different issues related to Internet governance. Previously he has worked on such issues as on-line content and media freedom and pluralism. Before joining the European Commission in 2010, Mr Tomaszewski worked on different issues related to new technologies law. He has an expertise in competition law related to new technologies   sector and he used to work on patent law in the European Patent Office.

 

Trisha Meyer is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for European Studies. Trisha's main research focus is on online copyright enforcement policies in the European Union. In this context, she is particularly interested in the European institutions' arduous task to reconcile values and interests among stakeholders. At the IES, Trisha's responsibilities include the dissemination of her research and collaboration on externally funded projects.

 

This lecture is part of the IES Autumn Lecture Series. More information about upcoming lectures can be found on http://www.ies.be/lecture-series/ies-autumn-lecture-series-2015-euperform.

Contact

Jamal Shahin (General Academic Coordinator)
Senior Researcher
Institute for European Studies
Jamal.Shahin@vub.ac.be

Anamaria Bacsin (Communications and Logistics)
Institute for European Studies
+32 2 614 80 40
Anamaria.Bacsin@vub.ac.be