Today Wednesday October 19 2016 Brooklyn Law School’s Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship (CUBE) presents What’s the Big Deal with Big Data?. A panel will address questions: Do the benefits of data collection and usage outweigh the privacy intrusions? Does the Blockchain, or other emerging technologies, somehow save us and our data from control by (un)trusted intermediaries while advancing the value of a data-driven world? How do lawyers wrestle with these questions in a real-world context? Speakers: Solon Barocas, Postdoc Researcher, New York City Lab, Microsoft Research; Dimitri Nemirovsky, Co-Founder of Reyhani Nemirovsky LLP and Vida Identity; Rachel F. Strom, Partner, Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz, LLP; Dana V. Syracuse, Counsel, BuckleySandler LLP. Moderator: Christina Mulligan, Associate Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School. The event will be webcast live on the Internet Society Livestream Channel.
Today, Thursday 13 October 2016, DE-CIX will present DE-CIX Summit New York. This 21st anniversary DE-CIX Summit, which takes place simultaneously in NYC, Munich, and Istanbul, will focus on the latest developments in internetworking. In addition to a keynote from Hunter Newby, the NYC event includes presentations and panels featuring leading local Internet infrastructure movers and shakers: Cliff Kane (CEO, Cleareon); Shrihari Pandit (CEO, Stealth Communications); Ray La Chance (CEO, ZenFi); Monica Link (Editor, New York City Wired); Frank Orlowski (Console); Christian Koch (Co-Founder, NYNOG); Tony Rossabi (Managing Director, Colocation and Connectivity, Digital Realty); Phil Koblence (NYI); Ivo Ivanov (Executive Board, DE-CIX); Ilissa Miller (CEO, iMiller Public Relations). The New York Summit will be webcast live on the Internet Society Livestream Channel.
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On Wednesday October 12 2016 BrightTALK presents a webinar panel Security vs. Privacy – Can We Have Both?. Moderator: Bob Carver, Cybersecurity Guru at Verizon Wireless. Panelists: Dr. Ann Cavoukian, International Privacy Expert, Professor – Ryerson University – Toronto; Scott Schober, Cybersecurity Expert and Author of “Hacked Again“; Dan Lohrmann, Chief Strategist & Chief Security Officer at Security Mentor, Inc. The panel is available as a free webcast.
Last Thursday 6 October 2016 the Geneva Internet Platform presented a webinar Net neutrality in Europe: The BEREC guidelines and beyond. Mr Frode Sørensen, Senior Adviser at Norwegian Communications Authority (Nkom) presented an overview of the recently published Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications set of Guidelines on the Implementation by National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) of European Network Neutrality Rules. The BEREC guidelines are aimed at assisting national regulatory authorities in implementing their net neutrality-related obligations according to the new EU regulations (2015/2120), including by closely monitoring and ensuring ‘compliance with the rules to safeguard equal and non-discriminatory treatment of traffic in the provision of Internet access services and related end-user rights’. The Guidelines were received with enthusiasm by civil society – some of whom see them as a win for net neutrality in the EU – and with a degree of reticence by telecom operators – some of whom argue that most of their concerns have not been taken into account. Regulators say their guidelines have found a balanced solution within the frames set out by the regulation, indicated by the observation that both camps in the debate seem equally (un)happy. Mr Sørensen provided a snapshot of the BEREC’s net neutrality guidelines, and reflected on their effect on commercial practices such as zero rating, traffic management of internet access services, the issue of specialised services, and the innovation and rights of Internet users, as well as questions raised by the participants. An edited version of the webinar will be streamed at 1pm EDT today Monday October 10 2016 on the Internet Society Livestream Channel
South By South Lawn: Panel 1 – Fixing Real Problems
Moderator: Jenna Wortham, staff writer for The New York Times Magazine. Panelists: Stewart Butterfield, co-founder and CEO of Slack, Jukay Hsu, founder of Coalition for Queens (C4Q); Chris Redlitz, managing partner of Transmedia Capital; Nina Tandon, co-founder and CEO of EpiBone.
South By South Lawn: Panel 2 – Feeding the Future
Moderator: Danielle Gould, founder of Food+Tech Connect. Panelists: Will Allen, farmer, founder and CEO of Growing Power; Maria Rose Belding, co-founder and executive director of the MEANS Database; Caleb Harper, principal investigator and director of the Open Agriculture Initiative (OpenAG) at the MIT Media Lab; Nikiko Masumoto, organic farmer and agrarian artist.
The 2017 Internet Freedom Festival will take place in Valencia, Spain on 6 – 10 March, 2017. The Internet Freedom Festival gathers the community keeping the Internet open and uncensored for a week of multidisciplinary collaboration. The Festival is something of an unconference in that any participant can host a session. The Call for Proposals is now open. Conversations and workshops – rather than sessions that just highlight personal work – are encouraged. Content is divided into eight different Themes, curated by the IFF Fellows. Themes include hackathons, workshops, security trainings, panel discussion and social events. The deadline is 28 Nov 2016.
According the city’s agreement with CityBridge — the company granted rights to install the LinkNYC kiosks and sell advertising on them — there should have been 180 Wi-Fi hotspots installed in the outer boroughs by the end of July. Two months after that deadline, the vendor had just 20 active hotspots in the Bronx, 12 in Queens, and none in Brooklyn and Staten Island.
See video here, or below. NYC Council Tech Committee Chair James Vacca is calling for a hearing on the issue.
Panel 1: Public-Private Cooperation in Incident Response
How can governments and the private sector work together to enhance current incident response collaboration mechanisms and what are the necessary next steps?
Moderator: Robert Morgus, Policy Analyst, New America. Panelists: Chris Boyer, Assistant Vice President, AT&T; Kathryn Condello, Director of National Security, CenturyLink; Arturo Gomez Garcia, Inspector, Mexican Federal Police; Adam Hatfield, Director, CDN Cyber Incident Response Centre, Public Safety Canada; Brad Nix, Acting Director, United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT).
Panel 2: Engaging with Small and Medium Enterprise
What challenges do small businesses face in cybersecurity, particularly when doing business internationally? How can our governments and industry engage with SMEs to promote good cybersecurity practices?
Moderator: Ola Sage, Chair, IT Sector Coordinating Council, & CEO, e-Management. Panelists: Alfredo Reyes Krafft, Chairman, Lex Informatica, & Executive VP, Mexican Internet Association; Terri L. Williams, Director, Small Business Development Center’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center at University of Texas San Antonio; J. Paul Haynes, CEO, eSentire.
Panel 3: Cybersecurity Policies in a Global Economy
Can policies be developed and implemented that provide for better cybersecurity without inhibiting cross-border supply chains, for example, by allowing business to be confident that their international operations and intellectual property are secure, cybercrime is prosecuted, and that component parts produced abroad meet cybersecurity standards?
Moderator: Eric Miller, President, Rideau Potomac Strategy Group, & Non-Resident Fellow, Stimson Center. Panelists: Norma Krayem, Senior Policy Advisor Co-Chair, Cybersecurity and Privacy, Holland & Knight LLP; Eric Rojo, Director of Industry Projects, SL Global Energy; James C. Wilson, Senior Legal Counsel, Blackberry.
The following day there was a session focused on the Asia Pacific region. The panel included Dr. Tobias Feakin, Director of National Security Programs at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, an author of the newly released report “2016 Asia-Pacific Cyber Maturity Metrics.” Other speakers: Ryan Gillis – Vice President of Cybersecurity Strategy and Global Policy, Palo Alto Networks; Denise Zheng – Deputy Director and Senior Fellow, Strategic Technologies Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies. Moderator: Peter W. Singer, Strategist and Senior Fellow, New America.
Today Monday September 29 2016 Quartz and Mastercard present Bridging the Digital Divide – an evening discussion surrounding the energy and dialogue of the United Nations General Assembly around financial and economic inclusion. SPEAKERS: Mark Latonero, Fellow, Data & Society Research Institute & Research Director, Center On Communication Leadership And Policy, USC Annenberg School; Olivia White, Associate Principal, Mckinsey & Company; Shamina Singh, President, Mastercard Center For Inclusive Growth; and Kevin Delaney, Co-President And Editor In Chief, Quartz. The event will be webcast live via the Quartz Livestream Channel.
Today Thursday September 22 2016 the New York Network Operators Group (NYNOG) will hold their second meetup at the MarketplaceLive full day event at Spring Studios in NYC. The NYNOG #2 Agenda: – Introduction and Interconnection Basics – Christian Koch of NYNOG + Engineering & Operations for Interconnection – Ryan Woolley of Netflix + The Business of Interconnection – Adam Rothschild of Packet. The session will be streamed live on the Internet Society Livestream Channel. Plus, as a bonus, we will be streaming two later sessions by NYNOG associates: Duckweed in the Data Center? The Next Generation of Sustainability – Philomena Chu : PHD Candidate in Plant Biology & Pathology, Rutgers & John Peter (JP) Valiuis : VP of Marketing & Thermal Management, Emerson + Rackspace | Cloud training for today’s IT leaders– Ed Molinari : Senior Advisor- Hosting and Cloud Solutions Architect, Rackspace & Zachary Muren : Enterprise Consultant, Rackspace.
Next Wednesday September 21 2016 theInternet Society will be holdingInterCommunity2016 – the second online meeting of our entire 80k+ global members. Sessions will be staggered according to time zones, session 3 will be optimally timed for participation in the Western Hemisphere. ISOC-NY will be one of several Chapters setting up “nodes” (= remote hubs) to participate. We will meet at Civic Hall starting at 11:45am, and the session will run 12:30pm-4pm. We are honoured to be joined in person by ISOC’s Senior Director of Internet Leadership Toral Cowieson, who will address the global meeting via our node. Space is limited but all ISOC NY members are invited to attend. Pleaseregister via our meetup. It is also possible to individually participate remotely in the Global Meeting from 2pm-4pm..
On Saturday September 17 2016 A11ynyc will present Accessibility Camp NYC 2016at NYU MAGNET2 Metrotech Center in Brooklyn. Speakers from different fields in accessibility will come together to share ideas, experiences, and knowledge. Focusing on users with different disabilities, sessions can cover digital accessibility topics from the web (technical to tactical), desktop software, assistive technology, hacking, education, elections, and everything in between. The event will be webcast live on the Internet Society Livestream Channel.
After 18 years of steady progress since the formation of ICANN, and two years of intense negotiation within the multistakeholder community to come up with a plan, on Aug 12 2016 the NTIA declared that it intends to let theIANA Functions Contract expire on Sep 30 2016, “barring any significant impediment”. However, a significant impediment may indeed possibly arise in the form of congressional opposition. On the Senate side this is led by former presidential candidate Ted Cruz who, speaking on Sep 8 2016, vociferously spoke against it.
Cruz made several spurious claims – pretty much the opposite of reality – about the implications of the transfer, for instance, about the power of governments to control global content via ICANN, or that ICANN would leave U.S. jurisdiction. This prompted ICANN to issue a refuting FAQ.
Also on September 8, a bill opposing the transfer was introduced in the House, and several other prominent pols sent a letter to the DoC & DoJ raising anti-trust, jurisdiction, and accountability concerns. Cruz’s solution was to call for “continuing and strengthening” financial constraints imposed on the NTIA in 2015 via a continuing resolution, in effect de-funding the transfer in the imminent Appropriations Bill. If such were to happen, the only way the transition would go through would be via an Obama veto, and a resulting government shutdown. Something that did happen in the battle over Obamacare in 2013, but not seen as a likely prospect in 2016, despite it precipitating a Republican pratfall last time round.
However, transcendentally, whether such financial constraints do even in fact prevent the transfer taking place appear negated by a GAO report issued on Monday! The NTIA’s Larry Strickling immediately responded “We thank the GAO for its thorough analysis of the property implications of the IANA transition. We are pleased that GAO concluded that the transition does not involve a transfer of U.S. government property requiring Congressional approval.”
AXSChat is an open online community of individuals dedicated to creating an inclusive world, using social media.
They host weekly (8pm UK time) video interviews and twitter chats with people who are contributing to making the world a more inclusive place through technology or innovating to enable wider participation in society for people with disabilities.
The topics are wide-ranging and everyone is encouraged to take part by tweeting using the hashtag#axschat.
The last one was on Tuesday September 6 2016 at 19:00 UTC and featured three special guests – Tara Voelker of Turtle Rock, Bryce Johnson from XBOX & Accessibility Specialist Ian Hamilton – talking about gaming accessibility. Video is below.
On July 16 2016 U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Angus King (I-Maine), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and John Boozman (R-Ark.) joined together to launch and co-chair a new Senate Broadband Caucus, with the purpose of working to improve connectivity in rural America. The launch was streamed live on YouTube.
Today Thursday, 18 August 2016 the 2016 Ghana Internet Governance Forum(IGF) takes place at the the Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in IT in Accra. This year’s event has the the theme Building a StrongMulti-Stakeholder Model for a Sustainable Development of the Internet in Ghana. The Forum will discuss key issues on Internet governance in Ghana, such as cyber security, affordable access, critical internet infrastructure, data protection and openness, child safety and many other topical issues. Ghana’s position on key issues from the Ghana IGF will be articulated at the Global IGF which will be held in Guadalajara, Mexico from 6-9 December 2016. The GhanaIGF has two tracks both of which will be webcast live via YouTube, and remote participation will be available via Webex. Ghana is in the WAT time zone, same as UTC, 4 hours ahead of NYC.
Today Wednesday August 17 2016Fintech Worldwide presents the 2nd annual Blockchain Conference New York at PriceWaterhouseCooper’s Madison Ave offices. This is the 9th such Conference worldwide and brings a stellar line up of experts to delve in to topics like smart contracts, the “Internet of Money”, and Decentralized Autonomous Organizations aka DAOs. The entire event will be webcast live on the Internet Society’s Livestream Channel.