3rd Annual Meeting of the Dynamic Coalition on Network Neutrality

The 2015 meeting of the Dynamic Coalition on Network Neutrality was held on 10 November at 11:00 AM (João Pessoa time).  The meeting stimulated a reflection on the emerging challenges of the network-neutrality debate and the concrete implemetations of this important principle.

The panellists explored issues such as the relevance of net neutrality for consumers, the compatibility of zero rating offerings with the network neutrality principle and the elaboration of sustainable approaches to foster non-discriminatory Internet traffic management. Importantly, panellists interventions were based on their contribution to the Net Neutrality Compendium, a book encompassing the three-year-long work of the Dynamic Coalition on Network Neutrality that will be presented and distributed during the event. The meeting report is available here

Meeting Agenda

-         Introduction and moderation: Luca Belli, Center for Technology and Society at Fundação Getulio Vargas
-         Keynote: Vint Cerf, Google
-         Roundtable with the authors of the 3rd DCNN annual report, included as a third section of the Net Neutrality Compendium:

  • Chis Marsden, Sussex Universit

  • Elise Lindeberg, Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority  

  • René Arnold, WIK Consult

  • Konstantinos Stylianou, University of Leeds

  • Primavera De Filippi, Berkman Center & Université Paris 2  

  • Nathalia Foditsch, American University

-         Presentation of the Input Document on Network Neutrality, to be discussed as a DCNN outcome during the Main Session on Dynamic Coalition outcomes: Luca Belli, Center for Technology and Society at Fundação Getulio Vargas
-         Open Debate with the audience


IGF Input Document on Network Neutrality


The Input Document on Networ Neutrality, containing the Policy Statement on Network Neutrality has been published on the IGF website on 1st October 2015. The Input Document was discussed during the IGF Main Session on Dynamic Coalition Outcomes in order to seek validation of the entire IGF Community. Statistics with regard to the feedback received during the IGF Main Session may be accessed here (results going from 1 to 5, where 5 means strong agreement)



Request for Comments: Policy Statement on Network Neutrality


During the RightsCon joint meeting of the DCNN and the Global Coalition on Net Neutrality, consensus emerged as regards the elaboration of one or more DRAFT Net Neutrality Policy Statement(s) to be presented to the IGF MAG and discussed – and hopefully endorsed - by the IGF community at-large


The development of DRAFT Policy Statements on Net Neutrality aims at promoting the endorsement of an agreed position on net neutrality by the IGF community, based on the Model Framework on Network Neutrality developed by the DCNN.
Such initiative is consistent with the Final Chair's Summary of the IGF 2014, according to which “The ninth IGF concluded with looking at the role of the IGF in taking the network neutrality discussion forward. [...] The Dynamic Coalition on Network Neutrality will continue the discussions leading up to the 2015 meeting, but the view was also held that there was a need to develop a process that allowed the entire IGF community to weigh in and validate the findings of the Dynamic Coalition.”


The Consolidated version of the Net Neutrality Policy Statement has been published on the IGF website in order to stimulate the comments of the entire IGF community.



Calendar:


The deadline to comment the initial DRAFT Policy Statements is 10 May 2015. After the deadline, the drafters will consolidate the comments and provide an updated draft that will be shared for a second round of comments.
According to DCNN Rules of procedure, “DCNN members will be provided with 14 calendar days to comment, followed by a revised draft, and 10 calendar days to comment the revised draft.” To foster debate within the IGF community at-large, all individuals will be allowed to comment the Draft statements using this google doc and this Pad or via the DCNN mailing-list <nncoalition@mailman.edri.org> to which you can subscribe following this link.


The DRAFT 2.0 has been released on 18 May to be commented on until 29 May using this googledoc, this pad or via the DCNN mailing-list.


The DRAFT 3.0 was released on 10 June to be commented on until 25 June. All interested individuals and stakeholders can comment on the draft and propose modifications using this googledoc or this pad or sharing their views via the DCNN mailing-list.


The consolidated version of the Net Neutrality Policy Statement can be accessed here. By 1st August 2015 the consolidated version will be published on the IGF website in order to stimulate further comments from the entire IGF community. This participatory process aims at the elaboration of a statement that will be presented at the IGF 2015 Main Session on Dynamic Coalitions’ outcomes. Comments regarding the consolidated version can be shared on the DCNN mailing-list or using the interactive platform available on the IGF website.



Call for Papers

Network Neutrality:Emerging Challenges and Concrete Implementations


The Dynamic Coalition on Network Neutrality, established under the auspices of the United Nations Internet Governance Forum, invites researchers and practitioners to submit a position paper pertaining to Network Neutrality: Emerging Challenges and Concrete Implementations.
After having explored the instrumental role of NN in guaranteeing the full enjoyment of fundamental rights and the existing regulatory approaches to NN in different countries, the Dynamic Coalition on Network Neutrality seeks to trigger discussion around the emerging practices that might either support or endanger the effective application of Network Neutrality principles, considering the latest evolutions in Internet access.


Submissions are due on 1st August, 2015 and should be sent to contact@networkneutrality.info

  

2nd Annual Meeting


The Annual meeting of the Dynamic Coalition on Network Neutrality will take place at the IGF on 2 September 2014 from 11:00 to 12:30, Istanbul time. The meeting offered the occasion to discuss the papers selected for the Annual Report of the DC NN. The meeting recrding is available here..

Meeting Agenda:  

-Introduction & moderation: Luca Belli, Council of Europe & Université Paris 2

-Keynote: Vint Cerf, Google                                                                 

-Debate with the authors of the annual DC NN report (or their spokespeople):

  •      Chris Riley, Mozilla                                                                                                                                    
  •      Roslyn Layton, Aalborg University                                                                                                 
  •      Ørnulf Storm, Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority                                                                        
  •      Patricia Vargas-Leon, Syracuse University                                                                                                             
  •      Alejandro Pisanty, National Autonomous University of Mexico and ISOC Mexico                                                     
  •      Angela Daly, Swinburne University                                                                                                       

- Open debate with the audience


Overview of the Annual Report:

Network Neutrality: an Ongoing Regulatory Debate
2nd Report of the Dynamic Coalition on Network Neutrality


The 2nd Annual Report of the DCNN has been officially released at the IGF meeting and subsequently published under Creative Commons (CC-BY) License

  • Preface (Vint Cerf)                                                                                                                                    
  • Introduction - Network Neutrality: an Unfinished Debate (Luca Belli & Primavera De Filippi)                        
  • The net neutrality service model and specialized services (Frode Sørensen)                                
  • Net Neutrality: an overview of enacted laws in Latin America (Patricia Vargas-Leon)                     
  • Network Neutrality debates in Telecommunications Reform – Actors, Incentives, Risks (Alejandro Pisanty)  
  • Net Neutrality in Australia: an emerging debate (Angela Daly)                                                                          
  • A New Way Forward for Net Neutrality (Chris Riley)                                                                                                   
  • There’s no economic imperative to reconsider on open Internet (Benoît Felten)                                        
  • Net Neutrality Regulation and Broadband Infrastructure Investment:  How to Make an Empirical Assessment (Roslyn Layton)                                       
     

Opinion on the European Commission's Proposal for a regulation of the European single market for electronic communications 

This document includes brief comments expressed by some members of the Dynamic Coalition on Network Neutrality with regard to the European Commission’s proposal for a regulation laying down measures concerning the European single market for electronic communications and to achieve a Connected Continent.

 

Further inputs pertaining to the aforementioned proposal may be found in the Report of the Dynamic Coalition on Network Neutrality, which was presented at the United Nations Internet Governance Forum, on 25 October.

Request for Comments: Model Framework on Network Neutrality


One of the purposes of the Dynamic Coalition is "the elaboration of a model framework on network neutrality, which can be deemed as consistent with international human-rights standards".
This model should be elaborated  through an open, collaborative and multi-stakeholder process such as the one utilised by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) in order to craft its “Request for Comments”.

Two comment periods were established in order to provide all interested stakeholders with the opportunity to comment the draft model. The model framework was initiated and has been stimulated by the Council of Europe and will be communicated to the Council of Europe Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI), in December.   


News & Events

 

Dynamic Coalition

Dynamic Coalition on Network Neutrality

1st Report  of the Dynamic Coalition on Network Neutrality   

 

Overview of the 1st Annual Report:

THE VALUE OF NETWORK NEUTRALITY FOR THE INTERNET OF TOMORROW REPORT OF THE DYNAMIC COALITION ON NETWORK NEUTRALITY- Foreword
- Preface (Marietje Schaake)
- Introduction – Framing the Network Neutrality Debate: a Multi-Stakeholder Approach towards a Policy Blue-print (Primavera De Filippi & Luca Belli)
- Network Neutrality and Human Rights An Input Paper (Luca Belli)
- The Importance of Internet Neutrality to Protecting Human Rights Online (Andrew McDiarmid & Matthew Shears)
- Net Neutrality from a Public Sphere Perspective (Francesca Musiani & Maria Löblich)
- Net Neutrality: Ending Network Discrimination in Europe (Raegan MacDonald & Giusy Cannella)
- Network Neutrality under the Lens of Risk Management (Alejandro Pisanty)
- Net Neutrality and Quality of Service (Louis Pouzin)
- Net Neutrality: Past Policy, Present Proposals, Future Regulation? (Christopher T. Marsden)
- Privatised Online Enforcement Series (Joe McNamee)
- A Discourse-Principle Approach to Network neutrality: A Model Framework and its Application (Luca Belli & Matthijs van Bergen)
- Conclusion

The Report of the Dynamic Coalition was released on 25 October at the IGF meeting and is currently available under CC-BY License. 

1st Meeting of the Dynamic Coalition on Network Neutrality

 

The 1st Meeting of the Dynamic Coalition took place on 25 October, on the occasion of the 8th United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF).

MEETING AGENDA:  
  • Brief introduction, by Luca Belli

  • Keynote: "Net Neutrality: Past Policy, Present Proposals, Future Regulation?" by Christopher T. Marsden

  • Interactive debate aimed at the analysis of the 1st Report of the Dynamic Coalition on Network Neutrality.
  • Participatory analysis of the Model Framework on Network Neutrality

Further details pertaining to the draft Shedule for the IGF 2013 can be found here


Call for Papers 2016



The Dynamic Coalition on Network Neutrality invites researchers and practitioners to submit position papers analysing the issues of specialised services and zero rating and their compatibility with the net neutrality principle. Submissions are due on 20th June 2016.
 
Suggested topics include analyses of, inter alia:
 
●          Case studies of zero-rating practices in developing countries
●          Price discrimination schemes in developed countries 
●          Specialised service models
●          Policy proposals with regard to specialised services
●          Frameworks aimed at assessing the compatibility of zero-rating or specialised services with net neutrality
●          Examples of successful enforcement of net neutrality regulation (Guidelines, rulings, individual enforcement actions, civil claims, technical standards, empirical evidence of effect)
 

Dynamic Coalition meeting at RightsCon Silicon Valley

Network Neutrality: How to Identify Discriminations and Advance Solutions

Moderators: 

  • Mr Luca Belli, CERSA and founder of the Dynamic Coalition on Network Neutrality;
  • Ms Primavera De Filippi, CERSA, Berkman Center and co-founder of the DC 

Panellists: 

  • Ms Raegan MacDonald, ACCESS;
  • Ms Elvana Thaçi, Council of Europe;
  • Mr Joe McNamee, EDRi;
  • Mr Alejandro Pisanty, National Autonomous University of Mexico and ISOC Mexico;
  • Ms Carolina Rossini, New America Foundation;
  • Mr Francisco Vera Hott, Derechos Digitales;
  • Ms Renata Avila, World Wide Web Foundation.
  • Ms Yana Welinder,Wikimedia Foundation;

Session description:

This session analysed the instrumental role played by the network neutrality (NN) principle to guarantee the full enjoyment of human rights and foster a competitive market, and focused on concrete solutions aimed at implementing this principle. The panellists underlined the risks of discriminatory Internet-traffic management(ITM) practices and suggested technical and policy “remedies” that may be usedto mitigate, avoid or prevent traffic discrimination. Subsequently, the panel analysed a selection of national approaches aimed at safeguarding NN, identifying potential loopholes and pitfalls that may jeopardise Internet-users’ full enjoyment of fundamental rights and compromise the free flow of information.