SXSW 2020

Can We Save the Global Internet?


Expansion of the Internet has slowed. And the next billion users won’t be getting the same global Internet we always took for granted. On one hand, broad-stroke regulations harm the core of how the Internet functions. At the other extreme, Internet shutdowns by governments are on the rise. What they have in common is an attempt to solve social, legal or political challenges by breaking the technologies that make the Internet happen.
This session will map these trends to relevant layers of the Internet, with case studies to explain the unintended effects of imposing local solutions on a global, connected system.
We can revive the Internet – with innovative models for policy making and stakeholder collaboration. Learn how to get involved – and get the Internet up and running again.

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  1. Don’t take the Internet for granted! It is a system that depends on collaboration and participation by diverse stakeholders worldwide.
  2. Policy “solutions” can have serious technical impacts, resulting in Internet fragmentation. The same goes for Internet shutdowns. And they don't work.
  3. Interoperability among networks requires collaboration among all stakeholder groups (including governments). Sustainable policies benefit all of us.



Christopher Mondini, VP Global Stakeholder Engagement, ICANN

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Tech Industry & Enterprise
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate

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