Chicago convening: Internet Multistakeholder Privacy Initiative | Sept. 27-28, 2018

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A new effort to help consumers gain more control over their identity and privacy, without breaking the business and civic value of the Internet, launched Sept. 27-28 with a first convening in Chicago of the “Internet Multistakeholder Privacy Initiative.”  For publishers, broadcasters, content creatives, privacy advocates and information technologists, it’s  an exciting opportunity to make a concrete contribution to solving one of the most important public-policy issues in online commerce.  Apply by email (below) to request participation.

Corboy Law Center space


A diverse group of 25 people gathered over two days at Chicago with the goal of defining the challenge of governing privacy and identity on the web, and seeking consensus on a process for doing so.  One outcome sought — a model data-use privacy policy that fulfills public privacy expectations and can be adopted and championed by publishers — without government regulation or tech-platform control.  Lead facilitor will be Lawrence Strickling, a lawyer and former U.S. Commerce Department administrator who heads the Internet Society’s Collaborative Governance Project

LEARN MORE: Protecting the online privacy of consumers — an urgent priority.  


To apply to register and participate please email

This page outlines the ongoing program and provides an email address to apply to participate in further deliberations. 

  • Participation is capped at 50 in order to facilitate a collaborative discussion atmosphere.

  • To participate you must apply by email to and receive an invitation.

  • Applicants will receive early invitation to subsequent meetings in the multistakeholder process.


The three organizing groups are:

    • The Information Trust Exchange, a 501(c)3 nonprofit former last year with a mission to help foster rules and services for trust, privacy, indentity and information commerce on Internet.
    • The  Collaborative Governance Project of the Internet Society.
    • The Local Media Consortium (LMC), which representing 70+ local media companies in top markets across the United States covering more than 1,600 publications and broadcasters,
    • With Mozilla guiding a pre-convening workshop.



By coming to Chicago, or joining the process at subsequent meetings, you will help create a viable alternative to creepy advertising tracking, leaky security, scattered and inaccurate identity management . . . to a world dominated by proprietary algorithms and competitive silos  . . . and government regulation that is misinformed and too late. 

The ideal multistakeholder process has the following attributes:

  • Stakeholder-driven: Stakeholders determine the process and decisions, from agenda setting to workflow, rather than simply fulfilling an advisory role;

  • Open: Any stakeholder may participate and the process includes and integrates the viewpoints of a diverse range of stakeholders;

  • Transparent: All stakeholders and the public have access to deliberations, creating an environment of trust, legitimacy, and accountability; and

  • Consensus-based: Outcomes are consensus-based, arrived at by compromise, and are a win-win for the greatest number or diversity of stakeholders.

To apply to participate, please email


Philip H. Corboy Law Center
Loyola Univ. School of Law
25 E. Pearson St. | Chicago IL 60611


(subject to adjustment based on convening consensus)

Thurs., Sept. 27 

  • 12:15 p.m. — Convene at the Philip M. Corboy Center of Loyola Univ. Chicago
  • 4:45 p.m. — ADJOURMENT  (Class is in room at 5 p.m.)
  • DINNER ON OUR OWN  or with homework groups

Friday, Sept. 28 

  • 8:30 a.m. — Convening, Corboy Center
  • 3:00 p.m. — ADJOURNMENT

Publishers and other stakeholders wishing to participate in and support the multistakeholder privacy-governance standards process through their participation, financial support, membership in ITEGA, or other means, are invited to contact any of the principals below.


For THE Local Media Consortium:

Chris Hendricks, President
For ISOC’s Collaborative Governance Project:

Lawrence Strickling, Project Director

Bill Densmore, Executive Director
Mobile: 617-448-6600

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