Paul Fehlinger is the Co-Founder and Deputy Executive Director of the international multistakeholder organization Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network.
At Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center on Internet & Society, Paul focuses on the future of the cross-border internet, how stakeholders deal with complex legal uncertainty regarding transnational data flows and services, and governance innovation.
Since 2012, Paul pioneers bringing together governments, the private sector, civil society, intergovernmental bodies, and knowledge institutions to address the new cross-border legal challenges of the digital 21st century. His comments on the future of the global internet, regulations and the digital economy have been featured in leading international outlets such as The Economist, New York Times, Fortune, Politico, Euronews, Slate, Die Zeit, as well as by the Council on Foreign Relations, Mary Meeker's Internet Trends Report, or Oxford University Press. He is a regular speaker in international fora, including at the United Nations, OECD, European Commission, Council of Europe, the G7 process, or the WTO.
Politico wrote "Paul Fehlinger isn’t a household name like Mark Zuckerberg. But the Paris-based policy wonk has an ambition that’s just as big and far-reaching as the Facebook chief’s digital empire: fixing the internet."
Paul was appointed to participate in working and advisory groups in various digital governance processes, including the Global Commission on Internet Governance, the Freedom Online Coalition, the Council of Europe, and the World Economic Forum. Recognizing the contribution of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network to global governance, the organization was one of only 40 worldwide initiatives especially showcased at the inaugural Paris Peace Forum, gathering over 80 heads of government and international organizations.
He holds a Masters of International Relations from Sciences Po Paris and was awarded a scholarship of the German National Merit Foundation (Studienstiftung). He was also a visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies and holds a BA in European Studies from Maastricht University. He is fluent in English, German and French.