de La Chapelle

Bertrand
de La Chapelle
Director, Internet & Jurisdiction Project

Since 2012, the Internet & Jurisdiction Project facilitates a multi-stakeholder dialogue process to address the tensions between the cross-border Internet and national jurisdictions. Its first objective is to develop and implement a transnational due process framework for the submission and handling of requests regarding domain seizures, content takedowns and user identification. 

Bertrand was previously a Director on the Board of ICANN (2010 - 2013) and France's Thematic Ambassador and Special Envoy for the Information Society (2006 - 2010), covering all Internet governance processes, including as vice-chair of ICANN's Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) and member of the Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), a process he has engaged in since its creation in 2006. Bertrand actively participated in the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) process between 2002 and 2005 to promote dialogue among civil society, the private sector and governmental representatives, including as Director of the collaborative platform WSIS-online.

An active promoter and implementer of multi-stakeholder governance for more than 15 years, he builds upon his experience as a diplomat, a civil society actor and also a tech entrepreneur. He was, in particular, the co-founder and president of Virtools (1994 - 1998), a pioneer provider of virtual reality development environment, acquired in 2005 by CAD leader Dassault Systèmes. 

Bertrand is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique (1978), Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (1983) and Ecole Nationale d'Administration (1986).

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