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SXSW 2018

Keep the Internet International, Not Internal

The internet enables access to knowledge for everyone and across national borders. However, legislators and courts around the world are now seeking to enforce national laws globally. Such extraterritorial jurisdiction to remove content from the web is a worrying trend both for fundamental rights online and the cohesion of the internet itself. Our panel explores the threat of creating many disconnected national networks and what should be done to avoid it.

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  1. Why are laws enforced beyond national borders online?
  2. How does extraterritorial jurisdiction affect access to knowledge?
  3. What is an appropriate policy response that will support the cohesion of the internet and prevent it from breaking apart?



Jan Gerlach, Public Policy Manager, Wikimedia Foundation

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Government
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate
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