ITIF Unveils Groundbreaking Framework to Govern “Cross-Border” Internet Policy Conflicts

September 2, 2014

WASHINGTON (September 2, 2014) – Even though the importance of the Internet to the global economy and society continues to grow, nations collectively have made little progress in creating an actionable framework for resolving the many international conflicts over Internet policy that inevitably occur. These conflicts arise over a myriad of issues, such as free speech, intellectual property, privacy and taxation, but despite many attempts, no framework has been successful at providing a practical and widely-accepted model of cross-border Internet policy.

In a new report to be released Tuesday, September 9, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) argues that the chief reason for this failure has been the reliance on “all-or-nothing” Internet policy approaches, either universal rules applied to all nations or a complete free-for-all among countries. This dichotomy fails to provide a pragmatic path forward to resolve the inevitable conflicts that arise in a manner that respects sovereignty while at the same time maintaining the global nature of the Internet. In response, ITIF has developed a policy framework that allows nations the right to customize Internet policy to their own national needs and rules, while at the same time constraining those rights in ways that enables global Internet commerce.

If you would like an embargoed copy of the report please contact ITIF Communications Director William Dube.

The report will be unveiled as part of the event, “Resolving Cross-Border Internet Policy Conflicts,” which will be held from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM at ITIF, 1101 K St. NW, Suite 610A. It will feature leading international internet policy experts Stephen Conroy, member of the Australian Senate and former Minister for Broadband; Jacquelynn Ruff, currently Vice President of International Public Policy at Verizon Communications and former Chief of Staff for the International Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission; and Gordon Goldstein, Managing Director at Silver Lake and former co-director of the Project on the Information Revolution at the Council on Foreign Relations.

The event is free, open to the public and complies with ethics rules. It will be webcast live and lunch will be served.

Register for the event.


The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) is a non-profit, non-partisan think tank whose mission is to formulate and promote public policies to advance technological innovation and productivity internationally, in Washington, and in the states. Recognizing the vital role of technology in ensuring prosperity, ITIF focuses on innovation, productivity, and digital economy issues. Learn more at

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