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Internet Governance 6 April 2015

Roundtable on April 7 Discussing Data Localisation and Internet Governance in Russia

Maarit Palovirta
By Maarit PalovirtaFormer Senior Manager, Regional Affairs Europe

The 6th Russian Internet Governance Forum (RIGF) is fast approaching and, for the first time, the Internet Society (ISOC) is participating as an organisational partner.

In addition to contributing to the traditionally animated policy and technical debates at the RIGF itself, the Internet Society European Regional Bureau will be organising a roundtable discussion on data localisation together with the Russian ISOC Chapter and the Russian Association for Electronic Communications (RAEC). This discussion will occur on 7 April 2015 at 17.00-19.00 at the Lotte Hotel after the RIGF has ended.

Following the disclosures of pervasive surveillance of Internet traffic in the recent past, various proposals have emerged in many countries across the globe to “localize” Internet users’ data and to change Internet traffic routing patterns. With the help of local and international experts, this roundtable discussion aims to clarify the economic, legal and technical consequences of data localisation. We will also explore and debate alternative measures to increase the resiliency of the Internet.

The panellists include:

  • Jari Arkko, Chair of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
  • Mikhail Emelyannikov, Managing Partner, Emelyannikov, Popov & Partners
  • Karen Kazaryan, Chief Analyst, Russian Association for Electronic Communications (RAEC)
  • Alexandra Kulikova, Program Coordinator, PIR Center
  • Fedor Smirnov, Board Member, ISOC Russia
  • Uliana Zinina, Advisor on Legislation and Regulation, Microsoft

In parallel with the policy and technical discussions, the ISOC European Regional Bureau will be celebrating the launch of the Russian translation of the IETF journal at the RIGF in the presence of Jari Arkko and the Russian ISOC Chapter. See previous blogs in English or in Russian for more information about this project.

How to get involved?

The roundtable discussion on data localisation will take place after the RIGF on 7 April 2015 at 17.00-19.00 at the Lotte Hotel. The registration is open at: http://runet-id.com/event/isoc15(in Russian only).

Regarding the Russian translations of the IETF journals, pick up your copy from the ISOC table during the RIGF!

We look forward to a lively discussion and debate!

Image credit: mariusz kluzniak on Flickr.

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Disclaimer: Viewpoints expressed in this post are those of the author and may or may not reflect official Internet Society positions.

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