For immediate release
14 November 2016
Mr Markus Kummer and Prof Rolf H. Weber are the first Senior Digital Policy Fellows at the Geneva Internet Platform.
More than 50% of global digital policy is addressed in Geneva. Geneva is a very vibrant policy space hosting 35 international organisations, hundreds of NGOs and more than 200 diplomatic missions and representation offices. The Geneva Internet Platform (GIP) is an initiative supported by the Swiss authorities and operated by DiploFoundation, which strives to engage these digital actors in Geneva. It runs capacity development activities in Internet governance and digital policy, including running the online observatory GIP Digital Watch.
As of 1 November 2016, Mr Markus Kummer, ICANN Board Member, is one of two senior digital policy fellows at the GIP. He was the Internet Society's Senior Vice President until 2014. Prior to that, he worked for the United Nations, first as Executive Coordinator of the Working Group on Internet Governance and subsequently of the Secretariat supporting Internet Governance. In this capacity, he was responsible for preparing and organising the first five annual Internet Governance Forum meetings. Markus joined the United Nations in 2004, after holding the position of eEnvoy of the Swiss Foreign Ministry. He was a member of the Swiss delegation during the first phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) where he chaired several negotiating groups. Markus served as a career diplomat in several functions in the Swiss Foreign Ministry since 1979. He was posted to the Embassies of Switzerland in Portugal, Austria, Norway and Turkey as well as the Swiss Mission to the United Nations in Geneva.
Prof. Rolf H. Weber is also starting his senior fellowship as of 1 November. He was educated in Switzerland and at Harvard Law School (Visiting Scholar 1980/81). From 1995 to 2016, he was ordinary Professor for Civil, Commercial and European Law at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. From 2000 to 2015, he was also a permanent Visiting Professor at the Law Faculty of Hong Kong University, Hong Kong, and short-term senior lecturer at several European Universities. His main fields of research are Internet and Information Technology Law, International Business Law, Competition Law and International Financial Law. Rolf H. Weber is a director of the European Law Institute and of the Center for Information Technology, Society and Law at the University of Zurich; in addition he serves as a co- director of the University Priority Research Program “Financial Market Regulation”. He was a founding member of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet) and of the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG). Since 2009, he has been a member of the High-level Panel of Advisers of the Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies and Development (GAID). Rolf H. Weber serves as co-editor of several Swiss and international legal periodicals and widely publishes in his research fields. Besides that, he is engaged as an attorney-at-law.
The fellows will be involved in GIP programmes and related research, participate in the delivery of courses and training programmes and interact with a wide variety of stakeholders.
The Geneva Digital Fellowship is designed for