MAPPING – Extraordinary General Assembly

MAPPING (www.mappingtheinternet.eu) is an EU-financed project built around a core idea to mobilize a wide spectrum of stakeholders and major actors and get them involved in an informed discussion on three complementary focus areas: Privacy, Intellectual Property Rights and Internet Governance.

The first event inviting relevant stakeholders was the Extraordinary General Assembly, held in Rome on May 20-21, 2014. The Assembly brought together 130 experts, academics, decision-makers and practitioners. It was opened by a workshop entitled “On-line mass surveillance, security and privacy: is an international treaty the only way forward?”. This provoked a discussion among all those present on issues surrounding current and future Internet governance, one of the key areas of the project. The discussion also took on an added dimension by dealing with the possible evolution of multiple parallel Internets, the nature of such Internets and their relevance or otherwise to a new Internet Treaty. Three half-day thematic sessions followed, on each on the three MAPPING focus areas entitled respectively:

  • “Reforming Internet governance regarding surveillance”
  • “Privacy, Economy & Security”; and
  • “The EU IP Law and Policy: What next?”

EVIDENCE team members took part in the discussions especially those related to privacy, security and surveillance being key issues related to the project research and future activities.