An Evidence-based Intermediary Liability Policy Framework

03 September 2014 - A Workshop on Istanbul,Turkey


IGF 2014 sub theme that this workshop fall under

Internet as an Engine for Growth & Development


Economic activity, human development and civic engagement converge on the Internet. In connecting producers and consumers of information, online intermediaries serve as a valuable tool for growth and innovation. By organising and facilitating access to information, data and user-generated content, intermediaries play a crucial role in protecting the human rights of end users. While the economic benefits provided by online intermediaries is fairly widely acknowledged, a concerted approach to understanding their impact on human rights demands our urgent attention.
This workshop will consider the various roles and functions that intermediaries fulfil in the online space. Currently, the types of intermediaries covered by different liability regimes changes considerably across jurisdictions. Policy concerns raised by classification of functions and responsibilities across different types of intermediaries are not addressed systematically in existing law or jurisprudence, leading to widely differing regimes being imposed both across different legal systems and within the same legal system. The aim of this workshop will be, then, to come to a more in-depth and rounded understanding of what are the different classes of intermediaries, how they differ functionally and if their differing roles should bear an impact on their responsibility with regards to protection of human rights.
The workshop will be an opportunity to present and discuss ongoing research on the changing definition of intermediaries and their responsibilities across jurisdictions and technologies and contribute to a comprehensible framework for liability that is consistent with the capacity of the intermediary and with international human-rights standards.

Name(s) and stakeholder and organizational affiliation(s) of institutional co-organizer(s)

Giancarlo Frosio
Centre for Internet and Society, Stanford, USA

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Type of session


Duration of proposed session


Subject matter #tags that describe the workshop

# freedom of expression #intermediaries #diversity #good practice #governance #privacy

Names and affiliations (stakeholder group, organization) of speakers the proposer is planning to invite

Malcolm Hutty : Technical Community : European Internet Service Providers Association (EuroISPA)
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Gabrielle Guillemin : Civil Society : Legal Officer, Article19
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Nicolo Zingales : Academic : Assistant Professor of Law at Tilburg
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Elonnai Hickok : Civil Society: Centre for Internet and Society
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Francisco Vera : Civil Society : Advocacy Director: Derechos Digitale
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Titi Akinsanmi: Private Sector : Policy and Government Relations Manager, Google Sub-Saharan Africa
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Martin Husovec: Legal: MaxPlanck Institute
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Name of Moderator(s)

Giancarlo Frosio, Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) (confirmed) Jeremy Malcolm, Electronic Front

Name of Remote Moderator(s)

Anubha Sinha, New Delhi

Description of how the proposer plan to facilitate discussion amongst speakers, audience members and remote participants

• Panel to address audience through short remarks
• Moderator to structure the discussion with a key set of questions
• Each session is structured to include discussion and questions from the audience
• Panellists' presentations (if any) to be made available online prior to the event for people to access/follow remotely (website/SlideShare)
• Call for questions on social media to be addressed to the panel
• Online Poll - Plan on an online poll on 2-3 fundamental questions in advance of the session and use outcomes to spur the discussion
• Film session and make presentations available post-conference

Description of the proposer's plans for remote participation

Scope for hosting remote participation hubs involving local networks and affiliates with video/audio streaming in US and India

Background paper

background paper