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Thursday, December 8 • 16:30 - 18:00
Trade Agreements and the Internet

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IGF was established as a global multi-stakeholder forum to address Internet-related public policy issues. But an increasing number of such issues—including domain name dispute resolution and access to registrant data, the use of encryption standards and source code disclosure mandates, and cross-borders information flows—are now also being dealt with in trade fora such as the WTO and in trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Trade in Services Agreement (TISA), Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).

There is a need to ensure that discussions on trade policy are not isolated from broader multi-stakeholder discussions of those same topics. In particular, because national trade ministries and trade negotiators do not always perceive these as being Internet governance issues, but view them simply as trade issues.

The session will be to open multi-stakeholder discussion, between trade officials, experts and Internet stakeholders. Participants will include government officials, former trade negotiators, prominent trade experts, industry representatives and civil society representatives.


Civil society

  • Burcu Kilic (Public Citizen) - Turkey

  • Jeremy Malcolm (EFF) - Australia

Technical community

  • David Snead (Internet Infrastructure Coalition) – USA

Private sector

  • Joseph Alhadeff - Oracle - USA

Government, Academia and independent

  • Juan Antonio Dorantes Sánchez (Trade expert) - (Mexico)

  • Marcela Paiva Véliz (Trade expert) - (Chile)

Floor moderators

  • Maryant Fernandez - EDRI - USA
  • Olusegun Olugubile - MAG - Gov. Nigeria
  • Patricia Vargas - Syracuse University - USA

Main Moderator

  • Emily Taylor - UK

Organizers - MAG members

  • Renata Aquino Ribeiro, civil society, raquino@gmail.com

  • Omar Mansoor Ansari, private sector

  • Wanawit Akhputra, government, Thailand

Remote moderator

  • Ayden Férdeline (NCUC) – UK
  • Haoran Huang (Youth@IGF)- China
  • Lawrence Olawale Roberts - Nigeria
  • Koliwe Majama (Media Institute of Southern Africa) - Zimbabwe


  • Maria Beebe - Techwomen - Afghanistan

See all the participants biographies at http://bit.ly/tradebios

Session Organizers

Thursday December 8, 2016 16:30 - 18:00 CST
Main Session Room PALCCO, Guadalajara, Mexico