Wrap-up session

Internet freedom for global development – making progress?

May 23, 14.00–15.30, Mässhallen, #wrapup

The open internet has a unique ability to act as a catalyst for multifaceted development. Preserving this ability relies on preserving the internet’s disruptive and decentralised features through effective multistakeholder dialogue and transparent societies governed by the rule of law.

But considering the global debate on some of these contentious issues, how can we further strengthen the relationship between global, open networks and development? How can capacity for development be built in this field, and what role do policy makers in governments and in international organisations have in this context? What are the take away messages from the Stockholm Internet Forum and are these dialogues valuable?


emilytaylorEmily Taylor, Internet lawyer and governance expert.

Emily Taylor is an independent consultant in Internet Law and Governance. She served for 6 years on the Internet Governance Forum’s Multistakeholder Advisory Committee, and currently Chairs the independent WHOIS Review Team, appointed by ICANN under its Affirmation of Commitments to the US Government. Emily has worked for a variety of clients in the Internet space, including UNESCO, EURid (the .eu registry), IIS (the .se registry), and Afilias. She is also a consultant to the law firm Sipara, specialising in domain name disputes. An experienced speaker and moderator on Internet Governance issues, Emily most recently moderated at the 2011 Internet Dagarna, and the 2011 Internet Governance Forum plenary session on Critical Internet Resources. For 10 years, Emily worked at Nominet, the .uk domain registry, as Director of Legal and Policy. She writes a regular blog for Dot Nxt.


gunillakarlssonGunilla Carlsson, Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation

Gunilla Carlsson has been Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation since September 2006. She was a Member of the European Parliament for the Moderate Party between 1995 and 2002. She was elected to the Swedish Parliament in 2002 and has been First Vice Chair of the Swedish Moderate Party since 2003. Between 2004 and 2006 she was Vice Chair of the European People’s Party (EPP). During the same period she was Deputy Chair of the Swedish Parliament’s Committee for Foreign Affairs and she has also been a member of the Committee on EU Affairs.

YoaniSa?nchezYoani Sanchez, Journalist, Generation Y



photo-Nam480x640Sang-yirl Nam, Research Fellow at the Korea Information Society Development Institute (KISDI)

Sang-yirl Nam is a research fellow and director of Research Group on International Organization and Cooperation at the Korea Information Society Development Institute (KISDI). KISDI is a government-affiliated policy research institute focusing on socio-economic aspects of broadcasting as well as telecommunications, and international cooperation.

His main research interests are in international trade policy and trade liberalization; standards, technical regulations and technical barriers to trade (TBT); trade and development; information and communication technology (ICT) cooperation in international organizations, for example, APEC, OECD and the WTO. He earned his B.A. and M.A. degree in Economics from Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea and his Ph.D. degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, U.S.A. Before join in KISDI, he worked as a research fellow at the Korea Institute for Industrial Economy and Trade (KIET) and the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP). He served as the Advisor to the Minister at the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) of Republic of Korea on international trade and trade policy issues. He is currently serving as a vice chair of Working Party on Information Economy (WPIE), OECD.

andrewwyckoffAndrew Wyckoff, Director, Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry at the OECD

Andrew W. Wyckoff is the Director of the OECD’s Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry (STI) where he oversees OECD’s work on innovation, business dynamics, science and technology, information and communication technology policy as well as the statistical work associated with each of these areas. Mr. Wyckoff was previously Head of the Information, Computer and Communications Policy (ICCP) division at the OECD which supports the organisation’s work on information society as well as consumer policy issues. Before heading ICCP, he was the head of STI’s Economic Analysis and Statistics Division which develops methodological guidelines, collects statistics and undertakes empirical analysis in support of science, technology and innovation policy analysis.

His experience prior to the OECD includes positions at the US Congressional Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), the US National Science Foundation (NSF) and The Brookings Institution. He is currently the co-chair of the US Natonal Academies’ panel on Developing Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators for the Future and a member of the B20’s ICT and Innovation Task Force. Mr. Wyckoff is a citizen of the United States, holds a BA in Economics from the University of Vermont, and a Master of Public Policy from the JFK School of Government, Harvard University.

carlosCarlos Affonso Souza, Vice-Coordinator, Center for Technology and Society (CTS/FGV)

Carlos Affonso Pereira de Souza is one of the founders of the Center for Technology & Society (CTS) at the Getulio Vargas Foundation’s (FGV) Law School in Rio de Janeiro. He holds a doctorate and a master’s degree in civil law from the University of the State of Rio
de Janeiro (UERJ). He is a visiting fellow at Yale Law School’s Information Society Project and a Policy Fellow at Access.

Carlos has been a councillor at the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO/ICANN), representing the non-commercial users constituency (NCUC) from 2008 to 2009, and a member of NCUC’s Executive Committee (2010). He has been involved in many Internet governance activities and currently is a lead researcher at the Brazilian Internet Observatory, a partnership between CTS/FGV and the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee (CGI.br).

His research is focused on access to knowledge and intellectual property, internet filtering and its impacts on free speech, as well as general Internet governance issues. He is currently involved in the creation of a civil rights framework for the Internet (“Marco Civil da Internet”) in Brazil. The Marco Civil is a bill of law being discussed in the Brazilian Congress and a direct result of a collaborative process in which a diverse range of stakeholders relied on the Internet to comment and make suggestions for the final text of said Bill of Law.

sylvie_coudray_2Sylvie Coudray, Chief of Section of Freedom of Expression, UNESCO

Sylvie Coudray is in charge of ensuring public awareness of press freedom as a fundamental right by organizing the World Press Freedom events, by supervising the process for the UNESCO World Press Freedom Prize; by promoting safety programmes among journalists associations and by strengthening independent and free media landscape in countries in transition. Her Section seeks to trigger discussions on a wide range of issues related to Internet freedom at global, regional and national levels. This aims at exploring the changing legal and regulatory framework of Internet and at providing member states with policy recommendations in order to foster a conducive environment to freedom of expression on the net.