Director, Internet & Jurisdiction Project
Joined on August 30, 2012 – France
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Bertrand de LA CHAPELLE is the Co-founder and Director of the Internet & Jurisdiction Project, a multi-stakeholder dialogue process launched in early 2012 to address the tension between the cross-border Internet and the diversity of national jurisdictions. He was a Director on the ICANN Board between 2010 and 2013.
From 2006 to 2010, he was France's Thematic Ambassador and Special Envoy for the Information Society, participating in all WSIS follow-up activities and Internet governance processes, including in particular the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), and was a Vice-Chair of ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC).
Between 2002 and 2005, he actively participated in the World Summit on the Information society (WSIS) to promote dialogue among civil society, private sector and governments, including as Director of the collaborative platform WSIS-online.
An engineer, diplomat and civil society actor, he also has nine years of private sector experience, including as co-founder and President of Virtools, acquired by CAD company Dassault Systèmes in 2005.
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The cross-border nature of the Internet challenges an international system based on separate national jurisdictions. Unfortunately, discussions among governments on this growing tension easily spiral into ideological infighting about the application of sovereignty. Early November however, 1600 participants from 100 countries gathered for the 7th annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF)... Several sessions showed that it is possible to address the relations between the Internet and sovereignty in a responsible manner. more»