PARALLEL SESSION - Internet Society (ISOC)

Parallel Session #3

Internet Society - Surveillance policy ripples: the implications of data localization, traffic re-routing and other policies to counter extraterritorial surveillance

The leading question for this panel was whether national policies such as data localisation and/or traffic re-routing have been successful responses to extraterritorial surveillance. The answer was overwhelmingly negative. Panelists noted that those policies only enabled greater surveillance and control opportunities for implementing countries, rather than reducing other countries’ capabilities. Additionally, both involved worse experiences for individuals and companies. Instead, more cables, raising awareness, teaching encryption, and increasing openness were identified as potential factors for restoring trust in the Internet.