On October 14, 2015 at ITU Telecom World 2015 in Budapest, a plenary panel Reaching the last mile: innovative solutions to remaining connectivity issues examined the challenges of providing last – or first – mile connectivity in remote, rural or economically unviable areas, where geography, demography or market size render traditional access models unfeasible. Innovative technological solutions include the use of white spaces, balloons or drones, or grassroots initiatives such as assembling mesh Wifi networks or connecting groups of houses through local open source projects. What lessons can be learnt from successful innovators in last mile connectivity, and what are the latest trends, cross-sector partnerships, and new developments? What is the role of local entrepreneurs in building access from a central point in a village or rural community, in both developed and emerging markets? How can governments work to ensure access to local content and data to stimulate broadband demand? Do smart villages supporting local community needs provide an answer? Panelists: Ms Anat Bar-Gera, Chairperson, YooMee Africa AG, Switzerland; Mr Chakrya Moa, Chairman, Telecommunication Regulator of Cambodia (TRC), Cambodia; Mr H Sama Nwana, Executive Director, Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA), United Kingdom; Mr Christian Olsson, Market Intelligence Officer, O3B networks, Netherlands; Mr Christopher Weasler, Director of Global Connectivity, Facebook, USA. Moderator: Alex Wong, Head of Global Challenge Partnerships, World Economic Forum. Video is below:
On Tuesday 17 November 2015 and Wednesday 18 November 2015 the plenary sessions of INET Islamabadwill take place at the Islamabad Serena Hotel. A joint presentation of the Internet Society (ISOC) and the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), the INET’s theme is Towards a Digital Economy in Pakistan: Building ICT Agenda for Sustainable Development. The event brings together over 250 participants from Government agencies, Internet service providers, mobile operators, academic institutions, banks, ICT entrepreneurs, commercial companies and the general public to deliberate on a selection of topics most relevant to Pakistan in the context of its journey towards a digital economy and building an ICT agenda for sustainable development. It will be webcast live on the Internet Society Livestream Channel.
On November 4 2015 Vint Cerf gave the 7th Sloan Foundation Cyber Security Lecture at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. His topic was ‘The Coming Age of the Internet of Things‘. After the talk, there was Q&A and discussion with respondents were Deborah Estrin, Computer Science Professor, Cornell Tech; and Beth Simone Noveck, Global Network Professor, NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Moderator: Paul M. Horn, Distinguished Scientist in Residence, Senior Vice Provost for Research, NYU. Video is below.
Today, Monday November 16 2015 Quartz will be holding a full day conference The Next Billion – one of a global series exploring the next generation of technologies and strategies that will help companies and individuals around the globe prepare for the next billion internet users to come online. Speakers include: Phil Libin: Founder and Chairman, Evernote; Luis von Ahn: Founder & CEO, Duolingo; Catherine Hoke: Founder & CEO, Defy Ventures; Jocelyn Wyatt: Executive Director, IDEO.org; Lawrence Lessig: Professor of Law and Leadership, Harvard Law School. The event will be webcast live via Quartz’s Livestream Channel.
a coming-out party for the cooperative Internet, built of platforms owned and governed by the people who rely on them. The program will include discussion sessions, screenings, monologues, legal hacks, workshops, and dialogues, as well as a showcase of projects, both conceptual and actual, under the purview of celebrity judges. We’ll learn from coders and worker cooperatives, scholars and designers. Together, we’ll put their lessons to work as we work toward usable apps and structural economic change. This is your chance to get on the ground floor of the next Internet, and to help make it a reality.
Today Friday October 30 2015 and tomorrow Saturday October 31 2015 the Internet Society’s Board of Trustees is meeting in Yokohama prior toIETF 94. Proceedings will include planning for InterCommunity 2016 and a 25th Anniversary event in 2017. Remote participation is available. Japan is UTC+7) 13 hours ahead of NYC.
Today Friday October 30 2015 the Greater Washington DC Chapter of the Internet Society(ISOC-DC) will present, as part of its Internet Policy Forum series, Are You Happy With Your Internet? A Discussion about Broadband Competition with Blair Levin. Levin, currently a Brookings Non-Resident Fellow, will talk about policies for intensifying competition in the broadband era. Based on lessons learned as a senior government official in the development and aftermath of the 1996 Telecom Act and the 2010 National Broadband Plan, as well as working with such efforts as Gig.U and Republic Wireless, Levin will outline a framework for what society should want competition to deliver, where competition comes from and the current policy levers most likely to intensify competition. Respondents will be James Baller, President, Baller Herbst Stokes & Lide PC, and Hal Singer, Principal at Economists Incorporated, and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. The event will be webcast live on both Livestream and Youtube.
On October 19 2015 the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and Google NYC presented Data-Driven Innovation in Manhattan, an afternoon conference to discuss how Manhattan organizations are using data to solve really big problems and improve people’s lives. Keynote speaker was Rachel Haot – Chief Digital Officer and Deputy Secretary for Technology, New York State. After which there were 3 panels 1) Data for Smarter Cities: the various ways that people and organizations are turning data into insights that help power the city; 2) Data for Small Businesses & Startups: homegrown data-driven business models that are revolutionizing various industries; and 3) Data for Social Good: how organizations are harnessing the power of data to make a difference. The entire event is posted as a video on the MCC YouTube Channel.
offers a stark, and concerning, view on the current status of online freedoms. Out of the 65 countries assessed, the report concludes that Internet freedom in the world has declined for the fifth consecutive year. Governments that had already expanded their arsenal of tools for controlling the online sphere are now strengthening their application of these methods
The report is being launched with a panel discussion with speakers Gady Epstein of The Economist, Eileen Donahoe of Human Rights Watch, Chinmayi Arun of the Centre for Communication Governance, and activists Grace Githaiga and Tetyana Lokot. The event is being webcast live via the Freedom House YouTube Channel.
On Friday October 30 2015 Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs will present a lunchtime panel The High Politics of Internet Governance: Global Policy Conflicts a Decade after the World Summit on the Information Society. On December 15-16 in New York, the United Nations is convening a General Assembly High-Level Meetingto review the goals of the World Summit on the Information Society after a decade (WSIS+10) and to craft a future vision for the information society. Input from various stakeholders has raised questions about the future of the Internet and who will run it. This Columbia SIPA panel will explain the implications of this dialog for Internet sustainability, security, and freedom, and how this high-level discussion connects to the planned transition of U.S. oversight in Internet governance. Moderator: Merit Janow, Dean, School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University. Panel: Laura DeNardis, Professor, American University, and Senior Research Scholar, Columbia SIPA; Gordon Goldstein, Managing Director and Head of External Affairs, Silver Lake Group; Ambassador David Gross, Partner, Wiley Rein; Veni Markovski, Vice President, ICANN; Ambassador Janis Mazeiks, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Latvia to the United Nations; H. E. Lana Nusseibeh, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the United Nations. The event will be webcast live via the Columbia SIPA Livestream Channel.
On Tuesday, October 20, 2015, the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University presented Property Law and the Blockchain, a talk by Patrick Murck, co-founder of the Bitcoin Foundation.This isthe first of series that aims to explore unpacks the legal complications of this fascinating new technology. Video is below.
Today Saturday October 24 2015 and tomorrow Sunday October 25 2015 the inaugural Radical / Networks conference will take place at NYU Magnet in Brooklyn. GOALS: To understand how communications technology can be used as a method of control and how to subvert that. Teach people how to use networking technology for themselves. Encourage creative and social exploration with computer networks. IDEALS: Promoting free and open networks built with free and open hardware and software. Decentralizing the control of where networks exist and what and whom are served by them. Maintaining control of our own content, hardware, and means of deployment. Community and free expression first. The Lecture track of the event will be webcast live via theInternet Society Livestream Channel.
On Wednesday October 14 2015 the NY-Metro Joint Cyber-Security Conference will take place in NYC. The NYMJCSC is an annual collaborative event cooperatively developed, organized and sponsored by the leading area information security industry organizations and chapters, including InfraGard, ISACA, OWASP,(ISC)2, ISSA, HTCIA , and ACFE. The conference will be opened with a keynote address by Tim Rains, Chief Security Advisor, WW Cybersecurity & Data Protection, Enterprise & Partner Group, Microsoft Corporation, followed with a keynote by Ron Ross, Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The conference will be webcast live via the Internet Society Livestream Channel.
Today Tuesday, October 13 2015 and tomorrow Wednesday, October 14 2015 the 25th annual Computers, Freedom, and Privacy Conference (CfP2015) is taking place in Washington DC. CFP 2015 will focus on the growing tensions between, on the one hand, maturing information technology and its benefit to innovation and free speech online and, on the other, the threat that technology poses in areas as diverse as consumer privacy, racially biased policing, political dissent worldwide and, indeed, to the teeming marketplace of digital speech and association enabled by that very technology. The entire event, including breakout tracks is being webcast live on the Internet Society Livestream Channel.
TheCode for America summit (#CfASummit) is an annual collection of smart government and civic technology practitioners. On Tuesday October 13 2015, from 6:30pm-8:30pm EDT, BetaNYC has invited NYC’s #CfASummit attendees to come to Microsoft Civic‘s NYC offices to share their insights, highlights, and reinforce the local connections made on that other coast. You’ll get the “Best of CfASummit“, even if you couldn’t make the trip, as eight to ten Code for America Summit speakers and attendees will recap their personal highlights and reconnect the discussions to the work our community’s doing locally. The event will be webcast live via the Internet Society’s Livestream Channel. See below:
On Thursday October 8 2015 the Internet Society convened its Q4 2015 Community Forum. It was essentially an Internet Governance update from – and Q&A with – our policy staff Sally Wentworth, Vice President of Global Policy Development, and Constance Bommelaer, Senior Director of Global Internet Policy, plus a chance to meet with the 2015 Internet Society WSIS fellows. Video is below:
Today, Friday October 9 2015 the Princeton Center for Information Technology Policyaka CITP will present a Conference on Internet Censorship, Interference, and Control which will examine questions like: What is the current state of internet accessibility, and what technologies and policies can help protect international security and human rights in this area? This conference will explore research by both computer scientists and political scientists into internet censorship, interference, and control. We will consider interdisciplinary perspectives on relevant contemporary questions: What is the state of the art in network measurement, and how can information about social and political conditions better inform future measurements? How should computer scientists measure and study offensive technologies, such as China’s denial of service attacks on Github, and what role should policy play in responding to these security threats? How extensive are national firewalls, internet surveillance, and filter bubbles, and how should citizens and governments respond? Speakers include Wendy Seltzer and Roger Dingledine. The conference will be streamed live via Princeton Media Central