The first edition of the Online Content Workshop was held in Bogota, Colombia, on October 23-24, 2019. The two-day event brought together judges, prosecutors and law enforcement agents from South America with stakeholders from the regional Internet community with the aim of exchanging information, trends and best practices addressing online content.
Illegal content on the Internet poses different challenges to stakeholders involved in its handling. Understanding the operation of the Internet as well as the appropriate mechanisms to prevent access to illegal content are key to protecting users and avoiding unintended collateral damage.
The Online Content Workshop was jointly organized by Latin American and Caribbean Top Level Domains (LACTLD) and .CO INTERNET S.A.S., the Colombian Country Code Top-Level Domain (ccTLD) manager (.CO), with the aim of guaranteeing and protecting the operation, integrity, stability and reliability of both the Domain Name System (DNS) and the Internet in general, as well as the image, reputation and trust of all stakeholders.
Over the course of the two-day event, participants worked on different topics, such as the operation of the Internet, the Domain Name System (DNS), ecosystem organizations, and the different mechanisms that are in place to identify and contact those responsible for online content.
Horacio Azzolin, head of the Specialized Cybercrime Prosecutor Unit of the Argentine Public Prosecutor's Office, was one of the guest speakers at the Online Content Workshop. After participating in the different sessions and activities, he shared some thoughts: “If you don't know how the Internet works, you will not be able to investigate properly and mistakes will probably be made. The Internet ecosystem is excessively complex, with different layers, many actors, diverse organisms and a large number of acronyms.”
As part of the activities, judges, prosecutors, law enforcement agents, domain managers from the region and actors from the broader Internet community exchanged experiences, shared best practices, engaged in networking and worked on cooperation schemes.
Participants recognized the need to continue and replicate the discussions that took place at the Online Content Workshop. Juan Sebastián Grijalva, Expert in Forensic Computing and Technological Crimes of the Attorney General's Office of Ecuador, explained that "the event offered a progressive course, from basic notions to complex legal issues. In addition, from an interdisciplinary approach, the Workshop allowed us to understand the differences among the different countries in the region regarding legislation, technology, and accession to international conventions.”
The first edition of the Online Content Workshop was organized by LACTLD and .CO INTERNET S.A.S. with the support from the Public Interest Registry (manager of .ORG Top-Level Domain), NIC.br (Brazilian ccTLD manager), NIC México (Mexican ccTLD manager), the Internet Addresses Registry for Latin America and the Caribbean (LACNIC), Philip Morris International, Mercado Libre and Twitter. To learn more about the event, please visit: https://tallerdecontenido.co/