A Digital Magna Carta

Internet Governance and a New Social Contract
New America

On the heels of the Congressional decision on net neutrality, the discussion around Internet governance is moving into a decisive phase. It's clear that modern society should address some fundamental questions on the future development of technology and its impact of society, but many issues remain open and unresolved.

Many have suggested the adoption of a new "digital social contract," with Tim Berners-Lee calling for a Digital Magna Carta. How can the globalization of ICANN be achieved? Can we strike the delicate balance between ongoing innovation for the Internet and the public interests of security?

As Geneva, Switzerland is becoming a global hub for Internet governance, New America NYC is thrilled to be joined by the Consulate General of Switzerland for a discussion on the future of the Internet in an increasingly connected, globalized world.

Follow the discussion online using #NANYC and by following @NewAmericaNYC and @SwissCGNY.


Dr. Jovan Kurbalija
Director, DiploFoundation
Author, Introduction to Internet Governance

Constance Bommelaer
Senior Director for Global Policy Partnerships, Internet Society

Olivier Sylvain
Associate Professor of Law, Fordham University

George Sadowsky
Member, Internet Governance Forum series
Member, Board of Directors, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

Stefaan Verhulst
Co-founder and Chief Research and Development Officer, the Governance Lab